Look What I Did
Atlas Drugged


5.0
classic

Review

by Mrs. Pain~~ USER (17 Reviews)
October 4th, 2014 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An album with an incredible number of influences finds a way to separate itself from all of them.

On the surface Atlas Drugged is an aggressively strange post hardcore release that is somehow rooted in accessibility. It’s a pop punk album that cites progressive rock as its biggest authority. The most chaotic moments here are plagued with catchy melodies. It’s not afraid to tackle any genre, but never has a moment of “wait, that transition didn’t make sense”. No style of music is off limits, but instead of such peer bands as Mr. Bungle, Tub Ring, Dog Fashion Disco, or others of the like that always have moments of smashing puzzle pieces together that were never meant to be matched, Look What I Did’s approach remains so smooth throughout the album that its list of influencers all appear to have come from one place. Their methods make you feel as if the very unorthodox sound of Atlas Drugged was in fact an established genre of music all along.

Throughout its length, you can find fuzzy, effortless, yet complex bass lines, atmospheric guitar solos, impressive, bouncy drums fills, and a voice that shifts from harsh vocals to a croon that understands melody in ways that will gently drill into your brain with no intention of ever leaving. The band truly understands each other and plays off of its mates in constantly impressive manners. Their chaos to paradise and back again dynamic grips you in ways that is a rarity in nearly any genre of music. This is made even more confounding by the fact that Look What I Did is a genre almost all their own.

In lyrical conception, the album is socially aware to the point that it can sometimes be surprising, humbling, and even disarming. The album’s title appears to be an attack on the Ayn Rand novel, Atlas Shrugged. A very large portion of the lyrics follow suit with it’s culmination happening on the album’s closer as a simple but powerful question is presented to those who hold a dog eat dog world view:

“What if that was you right now?”

However, most of the lyrics do not hold a serious tone. Many songs are themed around absurd humor that still manages to be thought provoking. Some of the best examples that come to mind in terms of comparisons are not fellow lyricists, but authors during the golden age of dark satire such as Joseph Heller and Kurt Vonnegut. “Pussy Comitatus” builds an almost sympathetic view of a domestic abuser which is something that can not be done without extraordinary finesse, but the lyrics never for a moment seem like they’re approached with caution. The album opens with an all out attack on those who profit through religion, and a few songs in focuses its rage on rich kids that go to college with no intention of direction in “I’m Majoring in Psychology”. This song pairs a very innocuous concept with pandemonium as the vocals desperately belt out “Let’s spend our parents' money! Let’s spend our parents' money! Let’s go to college!” over a sea of instrumental turmoil.

With Atlas Drugged, the listener is sure to find themselves in musical territory that seems familiar, but is somehow something entirely new. And for those looking for something that they will likely find nowhere else, it is a terrific journey. The album hits hard during the actual run time, but will continue to haunt you in the following hours, days, and weeks by its impressively strange combination of anarchic instrumentals with soaring melodies and beautiful vocal harmonies that never for a moment seem anything near mismatched.

Death Recz:
Six Flags Over Jesus
Fade to Daft
Holding Pattern
Sh*t $
Pussy Comitatus
Baby Darwins



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Son of Mr. Pain
October 4th 2014


24951 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My first 5 review. Anyway. I love this. A lot. Feedback is appreciated! I kind of accidentally hit enter before I was done proofreading this. I may have to edit a bit as well.

Judio!
October 4th 2014


8456 Comments


Really good review man, pos'd. Your seriously got my interest...gonna check this so time when time permits. The Mr. Bungle comparison alone puts this high up on my hit-list.

Son of Mr. Pain
October 4th 2014


24951 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks Judio! I think you'd like this. Kind of took me by surprise, because I listened to it on a whim, then it just crushed me.

BMDrummer
October 4th 2014


14646 Comments


this sounds like it could be really good

Son of Mr. Pain
October 5th 2014


24951 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You should give it a listen, BM.

Angelboros
October 5th 2014


1357 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

God, this review was smexy! You think I should check their other albums?

Son of Mr. Pain
October 5th 2014


24951 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks bro! Yeah. Minuteman for the Moment is an excellent album as well, though not quite as good as this. I haven't listened to their debut or the new one yet. I will soon though.

TheSupernatural
October 5th 2014


2048 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love Ayn Rand's writing, I also love the arguments against her views. This sounds like fun

Son of Mr. Pain
October 5th 2014


24951 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, man. I'm not really advocating for or against her. I think these guys are pretty decidedly against her though. I also should point out that I've never actually read anything by her, so I'm not sure if her views are as extreme as some people that tend to cite her. I kind of doubt it.

TheSupernatural
October 5th 2014


2048 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Some of her views are extreme, some of them aren't. Most people manipulate her focus on acting on self-interest as to mean lacking empathy or not caring about others, and it's generally a misunderstanding.



My biggest problem with her is that she saw so much of the world as black and white, and it simply isn't like that. Yes, there is a right and wrong when it comes to issues of morality or ethics, but society is also complicated and her social views were more of opinions than anything based on fact.

Detective Dan
October 10th 2014


233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm not a big fan of their previous albums and I'm not really digging Zanzibar III, but this album rules.

Son of Mr. Pain
October 10th 2014


24951 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I really like Minuteman for the Moment, but it's a bit closer to typical post hardcore (if there is such a thing) than this is for sure. It has some crazy awesome moments, but this hits me so hard.

TheSupernatural
October 20th 2014


2048 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is really really really good

danielito19
October 29th 2014


12203 Comments


this band is so fucking weird

Son of Mr. Pain
October 29th 2014


24951 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

In the best fucking way.

danielito19
October 30th 2014


12203 Comments


been ages since i jammed

Son of Mr. Pain
October 30th 2014


24951 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Have you heard this one or just Minute Man?

danielito19
October 30th 2014


12203 Comments


just minuteman. is this better?

TheSupernatural
October 30th 2014


2048 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

More of the same I think. I haven't heard much of Minute Man but what I have heard sounds pretty similar to this. I think Atlas Drugged is a little crazier to be honest

Son of Mr. Pain
October 30th 2014


24951 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I like this better than Minute Man. It's more focused in its ideas, and flows better. Some of the lyrics on this are pure genius as well.



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