Jarrod Alonge
Beating a Dead Horse


3.5
great

Review

by AlphaBetaFoxface USER (16 Reviews)
May 26th, 2015 | 8 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: THIS. IS. PLAGIARISM.

Parodies spiked on the internet during the early stages of social media platforms such as Youtube, mainly residing in the pop-music realm. With Youtubers such as Stevie T, Jarrod Dines, and in this case, Jarrod Alonge rising to internet stardom, it only makes sense that a metal-parody album is made about now.

The main problem with this album is just how well it has been made. Although it shouldn't be taken seriously at all, it has been made remarkably well, with musical performances mimicking bands in an exceptional manner. Songs such as "Save My Life" and "Hey Jarrod, What's That Song Again?" outright copy from bands such as Memphis May Fire and Bring Me The Horizon in EVERY aspect. Playing styles of every instrumentalist from every band parodied have been studied very well by Mr. Alonge and it is a very commendable effort. Inconceivable Somatic Defecation" showcases very well the instrumentation study as Jarrod pummels out riff after riff, ripping off death metal bands in a very well-thought out fashion.

The most stellar attribute to this album is the production. While I won't say that there were any songs of which the production blew me away, EVERY SONG has been mixed and produced in correlation with the band it parodies. In terms of parody, this is truly going the extra mile. Anyone who has listened to any of the bands that are mimicked in this album should be able to identify them purely off of the mix, guitar tones, and overall production. If you are not a fan of parodies, this would be a reason to listen to a few songs off of this album. That level of detail just makes everything so much more believable.

Now for the most dividing aspect of the album; the lyrics. As noted in the summary of this review above, you may have noticed the 'This is sempiternal!' reference, which is found within this album. Track 10 features many quotes of Jaden Smith's twitter account as lyrics to the song. Track 9 is a punk parody of leaving home and pursuing a fun life of rock and roll. "2 Freaky 4 da Club" is exactly what you think it probably is. While very clever on paper, this will be the factor that separates the crowds from a '5 - Classic' and a '1 - Awful'.

There is no denying that this album was made by an incredibly talented man. Solos are insanely technical, songs stay true to their genres and the mixes are near perfect in terms of what they set out to achieve. The lyrics have been written very well but whether or not one enjoys them will be up for more debate than most, standard releases. But an extraordinary effort from Jarrod nonetheless, if "Goodbye Baltimore"'s flute solo doesn't make you at least smile, the desensitization of humor from spending too much time on Netflix has unfortunately reached the deepest, darkest places of your soul.




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Sarcastasaur (4.5)
With Beating a Dead Horse, Jarrod Alonge has crafted an album that stands on its own musically, and ...

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This horse still has a little life left it seems....

Jordan Bowlin (4.5)
I wish most metalcore sounded this good....


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AlphaBetaFoxface
May 26th 2015


89 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The album title should be enough to explain whether or not this is for you. So listen with that in mind. Any constructive criticism is appreciated!

Mutantsnowstorm
May 27th 2015


507 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I disagree with your statement on the lyrics, I mean "Hey Jarrod" is making fun of multiple bands that appear to rip off each other; it only makes sense for him to be ripping off lyrics as well, cause it's a song about plagiarism. Most of these lyrics are generic because a lot of the bands he's mimicking are also generic in their songwriting. he's essentially taking the stereotypes that are within the genre and exaggerating them greatly



Now with all that being said, nice review, I actually did think it was well written

AlphaBetaFoxface
May 27th 2015


89 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks for the compliment, Mutant! And I thought 'Hey Jarrod' was making fun of a few bands. I wasn't entirely sure, however, as I am not entirely sure about the controversies that might be surrounding the bands in question. The generic song-writing approach is damn funny though.

Havoren94
May 27th 2015


62 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hate me all you want, but $wagCh0de is one of the best things I've heard on this album. Not to mention that they're the only crunkcore band that's actually decent for a change. But pretty much every song off the album was awesome, especially "Misogyneric" which makes fun of bands writing lyrics about a girl fucking them over and talking trash about girls and shit.

24gadjet
May 28th 2015


289 Comments


I think a lot of people fail to realise straight away that 'Hey Jarrod' isn't so much satire as a direct parody, each section of the song is musically identical to a well known metalcore song but with the lyrics modified to be about plagiarism, thats the schtick

AlphaBetaFoxface
May 28th 2015


89 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Havoren, haha yo dude, I swear I know you from youtube xD Misogyneric is my favourite song on that album. So damn good. That build up to the breakdown had me in stitches, and I agree. $wagCh0de is very good in terms of the genre it parodies.



And 24gadjet, that explains a lot. Some of the sections sounded a little too close to the originals, thanks for clearing it up.

Havoren94
September 17th 2015


62 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's funny because the parody bands happen to sound a lot better than the bands themselves. Especially $wagCh0de, they are the most tolerable thing to listen to EVER in the crunkcore scene lol.

Havoren94
September 17th 2015


62 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

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