ChugChugWob
Redemption


2.0
poor

Review

by Essence USER (30 Reviews)
August 4th, 2015 | 95 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: when keeping it real goes boring

ChugChugWob is a band from the Twin Cities, in Minnesota. They play music, and recently they recorded an album. They have five members, who presumably have learned how to play their instruments for some time, though this album does not suggest that. They likely all have ideas and creative forces that drive them to be expressive in some capacity, but this album does not suggest that either. They play a mixture of metalcore and dubstep, though mixture in this sense is like saying that wine and cheese combines wine and cheese. They are likely passionate about music, and they are probably passionate about being in a band. I think it is fair to say that this is all factual, so how is it that, based on these facts, this group of people can create something so offensively pointless and dull?

A name like ChugChugWob is supposed to be self-aware. It’s supposed to be a joke at the band’s own expense, but these types of jokes only work when you are parodying the idea you are satirizing. ChugChugWob do not offer any satire. Their music is a vapid, thoughtless void, a blank spot on an MRI of the brain. Not even a million monkeys in a million rooms with a million typewriters apiece could craft something this forgettable. Trying to remember what happened during this album makes me feel like I have Alzheimer’s. Nowhere in the runtime of this album is there any attempt at novelty or unique presentation at all. Repeated listens to the album leave no impressions, no lasting imprints on the listener - in retrospect, they will struggle to remember whether they listened to anything at all.

The band alleges to mix metalcore and dubstep, but what this constitutes is that for most of the record metalcore is played, and then every once in a while there is some pointless, completely disconnected electronic music played that, if you put a gun to my head and told me to call it dubstep, I might consider calling it dubstep. You’ve got your poppy choruses, you’ve got your super hard breakdowns, and of course you’ve got your chug chug. Again, the band's name can only function as a funny joke if they don't do exactly what they’re making fun of, but I’m certain that someone will prove the existence of bigfoot before the guitarists learn they have more than two frets. The worst part about this whole exercise is that when the band isn’t doing something as forgettable as possible, they’re doing it badly. The singer struggles to hit his notes, the guitar is mixed poorly, the bass is nonexistent, the lyrics are horrendous, there are spoken word samples placed at random, and the drums sound lifeless. Keyboards are sprinkled in at random with no desire to sound cohesive and they almost always overpower the mix. The album exists, so it seems to follow that someone tried hard to make it sound good, but I really cannot convince myself that this is the case.

Why was this album made? It’s not interesting as metal, it’s not interesting as dance music, and it’s not interesting as music. Reflecting on it, this type of album is the logical conclusion of a trend started a decade or more ago, as artists struggled more and more to produce something that would, hopefully, make them money. This is a cash grab, an exercise in banal bandwagoning. It’s either some ironic, 50 minute joke by the bandmembers that doesn’t work, or they genuinely tried their hardest to make this album, and if that’s the case, that’s just… sad.



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Essence
August 4th 2015


6692 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this whole album made me think of this:



http://i3.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/738/025/db0.jpg



let me know what you think or yell at me or whatever

Asdfp277
August 4th 2015


24275 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

haha, oh wow

DatsNotDaMetulz
August 4th 2015


4309 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Damn this review was brutal.



I thought I'd post the news article for a bit of fun about the band name but damn this has provoked a reaction and a half.

Asdfp277
August 4th 2015


24275 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

well to be fair, in paper this sounded interesting at least, and with a name like that, one would think this would be kinda fun, so people checked it out, but it was not -- instead, we got shitty christian djentcore

Essence
August 4th 2015


6692 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i wanted to address that, by the way. i think maybe one song they sound 'djent', but i don't otherwise get that sound out of this at all

Asdfp277
August 4th 2015


24275 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

i get it from the timbre and the way they play their instruments, not from the technical aspects cuz that's just absent on this

Essence
August 4th 2015


6692 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

right that's what i meant, the mixing doesn't really sound djent almost ever, and the way they play is pretty typical of cookie cutter metalcore to me

DatsNotDaMetulz
August 4th 2015


4309 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I don't tend to do overwhelmingly negative reviews cos I always try to offer ways they can improve instead of just saying "THIS IS BAD". I even tried it (dunno if I succeeded) for Unleashing My Demons and that was beyond repair.

Essence
August 4th 2015


6692 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

On top of that, negative reviews often strike the same tone, and they more or less all say the same thing. Positive reviews tend to be arguments for your own reactions to an album, so even two identically scored positive reviews about an album can say completely different things.



Still, I hadn't written in awhile, and this seemed (and was) fun

Ebola
August 4th 2015


4506 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This is hilarious. Pos.

Reads more like a 1 than a 2 though.

Judio!
August 4th 2015


8496 Comments


There's no way this can't suck

Asdfp277
August 4th 2015


24275 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

It does suck, indeed.

YakNips
August 4th 2015


20097 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

If life is an ocean

Then love is a lighthouse that shows us the way

Because it's getting dark out

Your love is a lighthouse

Essence
August 4th 2015


6692 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

historically, which isn't a good metric considering how much my philosophy has changed, i reserve 1s for thing i cannot get through

DatsNotDaMetulz
August 4th 2015


4309 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Trees Don't Grow On Trees

DatsNotDaMetulz
August 4th 2015


4309 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

When seeing this band for the first time I was expecting something akin to The Hell (YOU DICK) but nah

Asdfp277
August 4th 2015


24275 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

I was expecting catchy wubs and riffs ov angst, but was left sorely dissappointed instead

YakNips
August 4th 2015


20097 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

idk this has got some comedic value

DatsNotDaMetulz
August 4th 2015


4309 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

There need to be more bands like The Hell who just make fun of everything all the time.

ResidentNihilist
August 4th 2015


2150 Comments


A hearty welcome back to the guy who wrote that awesome Felony review.

Great review, first paragraph was brilliant though there's a couple of mistakes here and there.



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