Genghis Tron
Board Up the House


3.0
good

Review

by bastard USER (65 Reviews)
September 27th, 2008 | 54 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Disco-inspired Grindcore fun!

In the world of generic grindcore, Genghis Tron couldn’t be any further from the pack. The only band members they have are a guitarist, a vocalist, and a keyboardist, no drummer or bassist (though the drums are still here, just programmed), and their music mixes the extremes of grind with some rather weird and eccentric electronic work. They didn’t stand out in a good way with the disappointing Dead Mountain Mouth, an album that never could get a good grasp on my interests. Coming into Board Up The House I was expecting something more, especially because of the single “Things Don’t Look Good”, which instead of housing the grind and electronics into different sections, the band put a little more into blending the two, and having build-ups into their grindcore guitar madness. Ultimately, Board Up The House didn’t disappoint one bit, and is a very large improvement on Dead Mountain Mouth.

What makes Board Up The House so much better than Dead Mountain Mouth? Well, ultimately this album tries to blend in the electronic influences, instead of just kind of randomly changing places. While there is still some random changes, the band has become decidedly less Mr. Bungle influenced, and focus more on multiple bridges and build-ups. The music invokes more complexity and, in the case of more grindcore-oriented songs like “Things Don’t Look Good”, technicality. While the music isn’t perfect, Genghis Tron has improved a lot above Dead Mountain Mouth, and while the band hasn’t really dug too deep with their sound, they have made something that is very enjoyable and complex, something the band has been attempting to do their entire career.

Out of the three members of the band, by far the most talented member is the keyboard player Michael Sochynsky. Even during parts of guitar riffing madness, he is probably playing along, and may even have a lead lick here or there, like in the beginning part of “City on the Hill”, where he takes a lead role in the insanity, going up and down with the energy of a six year old who has eaten way too much candy. But as quickly as the song begain, it moves in to the keyboard-led interludes, which mix a pinch of ambiance with 250 ml of cheesy disco-inspired electronica. With Board Up The House, Michael Sochynsky shows us the reason why, again, he takes such a large part in the bands musical direction, and shows off some major musical talent in the process.

The rest of the band isn’t exactly as high and mighty as their keyboard player. Guitarist Hamilton Jordan is a good guitarist, no doubt, but his riffs aren’t too outstanding, and seem to just be filler just until the keyboard parts, making the generic grind part of Genghis Tron very average and boring. However, he does show some skill, as he taps along with the keyboard interludes. Vocalist Mookie Singerman isn’t really anything to be proud of, as his screams all seem somewhat half-hearted and weak, while his clean vocals just seem to drone on and on, just for drone's sake. However, despite these half-hearted performances, the mixture of the guitar, keyboard, and vocals together make something rather excellent.

With Board Up The House, Electronic grindcore outfit Genghis Tron at times repeat themselves a bit too much, but all the while they make for an enjoyable listen. I would recommend any fan of Grind to at least give Board Up the House a try, for they will not be disappoint with the keyboard looping madness. I would even recommend this album to some electronica fans, as it would give them a new prospective on their genre.

What’s good about Board Up the House:
  • Good Keyboard work
  • Improved Structure
  • More Build Ups
  • Fun to Listen to.
  • Band fits perfectly together

What’s bad about Board Up the House:
  • Mediocre vocals
  • Runs together at the end
  • Boring Guitar riffs




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Comments:Add a Comment 
bastard
September 27th 2008


3432 Comments


I was kind of stuck on the rating, I was between a 3 and a 4.

bastard
September 27th 2008


3432 Comments


I guess that is true, but still the guitarist is boring.

marksellsuswallets
September 27th 2008


4882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not really Watch live videos he is often tapping along with the keyboard parts...This Message Edited On 09.27.08

bastard
September 27th 2008


3432 Comments


Really?

I gotta go see that.

marksellsuswallets
September 27th 2008


4882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Watch the live video of Board Up The House on their MySpace

bastard
September 27th 2008


3432 Comments


will do

Edit: Damn you are right.This Message Edited On 09.27.08

marksellsuswallets
September 27th 2008


4882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You often can't hear the guitarists interesting parts because of the keyboards but he is actually quite good...he actually taps most of the time if I'm not mistaken...



Don't worry about it, I would have made the same mistake if I hadn't ever seen live videos and such haha...This Message Edited On 09.27.08

bastard
September 27th 2008


3432 Comments


what'd ya think of the review bud?

Personally, I ain't too happy with it.

marksellsuswallets
September 27th 2008


4882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The third paragraph is just a bit awkward to me as well a bit of the fourth but other than that all seems well...oh and you might want to re-write the bit about the guitarist with your new found knowledge :thumb: even if he does seem to follow the keyboard he's still dang good...This Message Edited On 09.27.08

bastard
September 27th 2008


3432 Comments


Review edited a bit more.This Message Edited On 09.27.08

myfootwashere
September 27th 2008


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

While I disagree with this review a hell of a lot, It was pretty good.

marksellsuswallets
September 27th 2008


4882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Aaahhh there we go...haha much better

bastard
September 27th 2008


3432 Comments


thanks.

hooray 96% approval! I know it shouldn't matter much, but I like the number 96.This Message Edited On 09.27.08

marksellsuswallets
September 27th 2008


4882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

We are approval rating twins! Unfortunately I got negged for giving an Emmure album a bad rating though

bastard
September 27th 2008


3432 Comments


Don't worry bud, it happened to me too on my Serj Tankian Lie Lie Live review.

McP3000
September 27th 2008


4093 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you raised this from a 3 to a 3.5 and now your user rating is a 4



why

bastard
September 27th 2008


3432 Comments


I am a bit confused on my personal rating and my review rating for this.

Does a 3 seem more fitting for my review?This Message Edited On 09.27.08

McP3000
September 27th 2008


4093 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

idk idc review what you want and make your own decision



i dont know if your review can be that great if you cant even pick a rating to fit its description

bastard
September 27th 2008


3432 Comments


I am kind of stuck between a 3 and a 3.5. But reading it again, it seems a bit more like a 3 because the vocalist is kind of bad. And yeah, my personal rating is leaning more towards a 3.5, though the average for this album (3.7) would be my rating if I could rate albums like that.This Message Edited On 09.27.08

rasputin
September 28th 2008


14968 Comments


I liked this album.



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