Made Out of Babies
Trophy


4.0
excellent

Review

by Alkemest USER (16 Reviews)
February 6th, 2014 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Made Out of Babies rips their way into the metal scene with their debut release.

Trophy was the first album to come screaming forth from the outfit bizarrely named, and appropriately so, Made Out of Babies. Blending together elements of post-metal, post-hardcore and noise, trying to label a band like Made Out of Babies is inherently problematic. However, it’s safe to say that you’ll either love them, or find their music to be some of the most obnoxious sounding chaos you've ever heard.

Fronted by Julie Christmas, this Brooklyn-based group pulls no punches right from the get-go. Trophy was released in 2005, and signaled the beginning of a violently noise-filled reign of terror in the metal community. Everything about this album is calculated to evoke aural discomfort. From the abrasive styling and distortion of the guitars, to the groovy bass lines, to Christmas’ now-angry-now-singsong vocals. Made Out of Babies works their talons under your skin, and never really lets go.

Kicking off the album is a vicious track titled “Herculoid”. With its vocal styling and riffage reminiscent of the Melvins circa 1994, listeners can gauge whether or not they’ll enjoy the rest of the album straight from the beginning.

Two stand-out tracks defy the mold of the typical mid-album slump. The strategically positioned “Gut Shoveler” and “Sugar” are some of the best tracks on the album. In particular, “Gut Shoveler” sounds much like what the band would write and produce in their later albums. From the brooding intro, to the climaxes and chuggy, often dissonant bass tracks, to the eerie clean vocals proclaiming ‘All my life is for you my sweet thing’, this song is one of the finest Made Out of Babies has ever created.

The second half of the album is just as strong, with warped cuts like "Swarm" and "Wounded Rhino". If, on the off chance you haven’t heard this yet, stop reading right now, go find this album, and give it a spin. It’s well worth it if you’re looking for something heavy, groovy, and a bit off.



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tommygun
February 6th 2014


27043 Comments


made out of babies

Alkemest
February 6th 2014


316 Comments


I love them, I could have gone in depth, but I really do think that a short to-the-point review is a better way to go seeing that this is almost ten years old.

Judio!
February 6th 2014


8469 Comments


If you’re reading this, I’ll just go ahead and assume you’ve heard Made Out of Babies before.


Tai baisi būdas pradėti peržiūrą.

Judio!
February 6th 2014


8469 Comments


Oh I'm sorry, I just assumed you spoke Lithuanian.

Alkemest
February 6th 2014


316 Comments


Fine, I fixed it haha. It was a poor decision to start off the review like that. Feedback is appreciated. If this sucks, I'll gladly re-write it tonight or tomorrow to include more details and a more comprehensive view of the album.

tommygun
February 6th 2014


27043 Comments


zing

Alkemest
February 6th 2014


316 Comments


Thanks, I fixed it. I'm new at writing these, so any criticism or comments are highly appreciated.

titanslayer
February 6th 2014


2714 Comments


Possibly the weirdest band name ever

TheBarber
February 7th 2014


4022 Comments


The Ruiner is a fantastic record but never tried this one, does Julie also sing like some demented evil toddler/brat here?

Alkemest
February 7th 2014


316 Comments


Of course! It wouldn't be a Babies album without it. IMO one of the most interesting voices out there.

TheBarber
February 7th 2014


4022 Comments


Definitly, but she seems to have kinda dissapeard, haven't heard anything from here in a while

Alkemest
November 1st 2014


316 Comments


lol this is the review where I learned that writing a review drunk and just posting it doesn't fly. It's better now though. god I love this band

parksungjoon
April 27th 2021


39264 Comments


lol

parksungjoon
January 15th 2022


39264 Comments


helmet/quicksand + julie christmas = this album?

bit kylesa maybe or some other sludge

parksungjoon
January 15th 2022


39264 Comments


converge mb?



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