Neurotic November
Fighting Words


3.0
good

Review

by ASnideReturns USER (26 Reviews)
October 24th, 2015 | 10 replies


Release Date: 09/18/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Crocodile-Dundamn

This review was originally published on http://youreviews.us/neurotic-november-fighting-words/

When you think of Miami, street disfiguring alligators, mid-tone rappers, and golden grills may be a staple, but to amalgamate such qualities with down-tuned riffs, harsh vocals and eerie electronic arrangements is relatively unheard of. Neurotic November are looking to develop their already established brand of rapcore on this latest endeavor “Fighting Words”, and for the most part, they succeed with some awkward mishaps and poor songwriting decisions along the way.

Setting the pace right from the get-go with “NNTRO”, haunting vocals supported by a well-placed choir line pull the song to a technically strong yet unfitting rap break before charging into the synth-laden breakdown in “The Truth About You.” This segment is basically the album in a nutshell; unique immersive keyboards, hard hitting breakdowns and a bouncing dynamic between screams and rapping. On their own, each of the composition’s elements are strong and produced fantastically; but where it falters is the blend. The electronics steal the show here; influences range from eastern-style string plucking alongside to the floor beats such as on “Everglades”, to glitched pseudo-trance loops over riffs such as on “2004 – Present.” There’s always variety to be found here, and the keyboardist is quite talented, or at the very least experimental.

Now to put the -core in this show by putting in the actual non-electronic instrumentals; for the most part they’re your standard fare: tight drumming juxtaposed with catchy breakdowns, chugs and some solid riff work to be expected from the genre. Nothing really stands out here, bar on the track “Rockstar” which features a rather entertaining distorted guitar solo. Now for the icing on the cake, we’ll talk about “Dee Dee’s” vocals. When making such an eclectic blend of vocal stylings, one would expect them to be fit well into the music and also be very technically skilled at both such styles; while the latter may be true, unfortunately, the former is not. Dee Dee’s screams are powerful, with shredding vicious highs that are contrasted well by deep gutturals. His rapping is also strong, boasting a solid flow with some humorous one-liners like “call the X-Games, cause I’m way too extreme.” The problem is that they don’t flow well together in particular, as the rapping sounds under-produced and too far up in the mix for it to really make his vocal tone fit as well with the instrumentals as it could have.

Overall, Neurotic November have put out a solid album filled with mindlessly fun electronic work and acceptable backing instruments to wrap it all up. Time will tell if this young band can take what they’ve experimented with and meld it even deeper into their sound.



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Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
October 24th 2015


18010 Comments


an ambient alligator?

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Tunaboy45
October 24th 2015


16583 Comments


wut is this

Tunaboy45
October 24th 2015


16583 Comments


damn, sounds....


erm.....

.... not for me

Tunaboy45
October 24th 2015


16583 Comments


great review though, posd

Sinternet
October 24th 2015


17528 Comments


Their first album was a collection of some of the stupidest and most painfully tracks I've ever heard. Not much hope for this. Good review as always though.

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Ebola
October 24th 2015


3343 Comments


Their debut was cancer so I don't think I'm gonna check this one.

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
October 24th 2015


11587 Comments


Great review, but this combo sounds like a mixture of intersting and terrible. I'll check it though.

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ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
October 24th 2015


11587 Comments


Ugh that was so much worse than I expected, it's not even fun so prepare for my rant. It's like the worst parts of each of those genres came together, the guitars are a literal definition of 1s and 0s - binary metal. It's breakdown after breakdown like an even less inspired debut-album Black Tongue. The vocalist is decent, with his deep vocals, but his high screams are shrill and weak, and his lyrics are terrible, made even worse when he pseudo-raps becuase his flow is so slow and basic they stick out like a sore thumb. Band sounds like all the generic nu-metal stuff you can cram in their, mixed with the worst of deathcore. Also the mixing is terribly unbalanced, the drumming loses any punch it might've had but I doubt there was much to begin with becuase he's not trying very hard to stick out with any interesting fills. Who knows what the bass sounds like becuase they decided not to record any I guess, but from the vids it looks like a lot of open strings followed by more open strings. If that wasn't bad enough, the transition between parts is also weak as fuck. No thought went into this album and they're riding off rhythm alone, which would be okay if they had interesting rhythms but it's the same stop start down tuned popping we've all heard before.

Sinternet
October 24th 2015


17528 Comments


I mean you could just say 'it's shit' and move along and it would have the same effect.

But yes, agreed on all points, this is awful. Up there with King 810 for worst of the year tbh

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
October 24th 2015


11587 Comments


"I mean you could just say 'it's shit' and move along and it would have the same effect."

I guess so but I like to justify my stance when I dislike something this much



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