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|3.5 great||Jared Floryan | August 17th 14|
When you compare this to The Files You Have on Me and Never Kill a Boy On the First Date , German hardcore band Waterdown have stepped into some different territory. All Riot not only introduces a more hardcore sound, it's the first album to feature a new secondary vocalist in Michael Janczak - an improvement over the melodramatic Marcel Bischoff. Although the songs begin to have the same tone after a while (what with a strict formula and all), and the CD should've been polished, All Riot tells its listeners that the band isn't as toothless as they're made out to be.
|3.5 great||Damrod EMERITUS | November 16th 06|
Quite a lot has changed since their last release The files you have on me. Melodic singer Marcel Bischoff left the band. And after trying to run the thing with one vocaliist, a new guy was 'hired'. With him an older edge has reurned to Waterdowns music. All Riot is much rougher than the melancholic precessor, and has more of a Hardcore touch to it.
The songs sound harder, the both singers compliment each other quite good. Melodic parts are often found during the chorus, many of the songs feature a break-down like part. Though that is nice, it's at the same time a big con for the whole album. Rather quick you get the feeling that most of the songs are constructed after the same formula. Some songs show different approaches, like My hopelessness and me with it's dischord like guitar work. But around the last third again a breakdown-ish part kicks in, like on basically all songs before. This could have been better. Lyrics are a split edge as well. Some are quite interesting and/or funny, others pathetically clichee (Yes Recruit, I'm looking your way! "We are a drop out generation, this is a war on everything"? Oh please, this must have been a joke. Especially the way it's sung)
Summed up: This is a good step forward compared to their older material. Still, I'm always left with the feeling that this could have been more. Better than The files you have on me, still lacking something...
|3.0 good||iglu | February 18th 12|
|2.5 average||VJ90 | January 17th 11|
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