The Armed
Untitled


4.0
excellent

Review

by Sunn177 USER (12 Reviews)
June 30th, 2015 | 135 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Armed bring their head splitting, face ripping spastic noise to bigger and more diverse heights on "Untitled".

Hardcore ( or metallic hardcore if you wanna get genre picky and nerdy) has gone through a evolution of ups and down throughout the last 15 to 20 years or so. The days of the Botchs and the Coalesces of the late 1990's and early 2000's in particular have all but disappeared except for the instance of The Dillinger Escape Plan (love em or hate em) who have been belting out one record after another being the flag bearer for the genre. As of the last year five or six years however has seen the return of the sound that at the time of it's rise was seen as an outsider sound within the extreme music community. Seizures out of California, Cult Leader (formerly Gaza) out of Salt Lake City, as well a multitude of other bands take the same musical path that the forefathers of this genre ( for a lack of a better term) have laid out while further evolving and making it their own. That finally leads us to Detroit's The Armed and their latest "Untitled" record. Although pushing one debut in 2009 and a few eps and split 7"s for a good six years now this is The Armed's second release exploring and melding this genre into something tangible and chaotic and seizure inducing as well as putting their own footprint into this genre.

Though the differences of The Armed's previous releases and this one are slight and with just a handful of listens won't be apparent to most, there still is bit of difference however. Although this record starts off like you'd expect with any The Armed record, shrill math rocky song structures, throat ripping vocals, it's not the only thing that defines this record. "Future Drugs" and "Rage of Youth" are basically The Armed doing what they do best which is not a bad thing but there seems to be more of a "punk rock" focus although be it slight while the calculated and mathy approach has been swapped lightly for a more diverse and to the point set of songs."Blessings" has a more punk feel to to it with stomping drums and the chorus gang vocals along with the power chord-ish approach with all of these elements making it very anthemic without losing edge and energy. In fact a lot of what goes on vocally has a lot of moments of fists in the air sing along anthemic parts to it without coming across as corny like on midway mark of "Isaachar"."Paradise Day" albeit is still very abrasive but is also melodic in its structure for the most part and gang vocals come in at the end lightly.

The production on "Untitled" is one upped as well handled by Kurt Ballou and, if at all possible, makes their sound even more headache inducing and frantic and gives their music more of a focused feel. The guitars are bright and ear-piercing and at the same time heavy and fierce and the bass is thick and very audible Kurts production chops bring a much bigger and better sound to the band. Nick Yacyshyn whom you might know from bands such as Baptists and Sumac does drums on here and, though technically talented and spastic as his playing is, he brings variety and cohesiveness to the record ranging from his signature crazy drumming ("Future Drugs", "Forever Scum") to hardcore punk inspired drum hooks ("No Risk", "Nervewrecker").

Within the first several listens in the differences of not only The Armed's previous releases compared to "Untitled" but their peers as well will likely not be that apparent to anyone who is familiar with this form of extreme music. As the listener dives deeper into the records these elements and changes of approach become more clear. Better production and progression of songwriting makes each song stand in it's own on "Untitled". Though the ever rotating members and contributors of this (Chris Pennie, Nick Yacyshyn, etc.) it's very impressive to see a band still maintain it's focus, energy and songwriting chops and keep creating quality works of sheer ferocity and power.



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Sunn177
June 30th 2015


310 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love this band. Can't push people to check these guys out enough. All their releases are free on bandcamp so get to downloading and listening and as always all mistakes on the review were intentional and all criticism is welcome of course which I'm sure is obviously inevitable.



Music: https://thearmed.bandcamp.com/



Merch: http://shop.norestuntilruin.com/



Sunn177
June 30th 2015


310 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^ gotta have the positivity wall up before the storm of negativity hits it in the comments.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
June 30th 2015


14594 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review posd, downloaded this cos it sounds interesting

Digging: Camel - Mirage

Sunn177
June 30th 2015


310 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yup Converge, Botch, Dead Guy, Drowning Man, Coalesce, The Dillinger Escape Plan just to name a few off the top of my head.The list is never ending.

Sunn177
June 30th 2015


310 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh shit haha got it!thanks



Sunn177
June 30th 2015


310 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

go for it sir.

grannypantys
July 1st 2015


2149 Comments


big fan of their spreading joy EP
excited to check this out


goodreview

henryChinaski
July 1st 2015


4290 Comments


Sounds interesting, will check this out. Nice review!

Digging: Leif Vollebekk - New Ways

FearThyEvil
July 11th 2015


17081 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Band is the tits

Tyler.
July 16th 2015


17526 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great band

tacos n stuff
September 6th 2015


3181 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Seriously we need more awesome bands like this that share their stuff for free

The band's not connected to them but free music is part of why Throatruiner records is such a sick label.

Tyler.
September 9th 2015


17526 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hardcore AOTY

tacos n stuff
September 9th 2015


3181 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I actually have to agree with that

No other hardcore releases really wow'd me this year

XingKing
September 14th 2015


14954 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album deserves so much more love and attention. Nervewrecker absolutely fucking slays and melts my face

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
September 14th 2015


14594 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Video for polarizer is awesome aswell

tacos n stuff
September 14th 2015


3181 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Dead Actress is my personal fav, No Risk makes wanna scissor kick shit tho



Tyler.
September 23rd 2015


17526 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The end of rhythm 0 is so fucking heavy

TheSonomaDude
October 23rd 2015


6875 Comments


Jeff Goldblum got a buzzcut

alienobserver
November 10th 2015


4494 Comments


not as good as i remember it

grandfather
December 10th 2015


161 Comments


I finally listened past the first track and holy shit this fucking shreds. Enemies Closer crushed me



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