'68
Two Parts Viper


4.5
superb

Review

by Sebastian USER (71 Reviews)
June 2nd, 2017 | 146 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Chaotic neutral.

Seeing ’68 when they came to Australia left me in a state of awe. Here was this two-piece who, despite their relatively tame following compared to headliners Architects and Bring Me The Horizon, completely took over the crowd, and played one of the most incredible sets I’ve ever seen. There was no single song, but rather one big performance, with guitar tracks, chaotic drumming and downright insane vocals. As the band began to wrap up, the vocalist recorded a single guitar line and played it on repeat as he took apart the drummer’s kit as he still played. This last moment stuck with me as it was the tamest part of their set; watching Josh just calmly pick apart Michael’s drum kit and hand it off to the crowd was something I had never seen before. And even if it wasn’t the most powerful performance of the night (Architects playing ‘Gone with the Wind’ just a month after Tom’s passing absolutely takes that accolade), it was a very close second. This live persona ’68 had built for themselves was brilliantly backed up by their debut In Humour and Sadness, a noise-rock outing that was visceral as it was catchy. But with the release of Two Parts Viper, ’68 take a far more focused approach, resulting in an outing that provides enough variety to stand tall next to their debut.

Although Two Parts Viper focuses more on melody than it does chaos, it certainly proves Josh Scogin’s capabilities as a song writer. Opener ‘Eventually We All Win’ starts quiet, before exploding into a burst of noise, led by Scogin’s signature harsh vocals. His ability to carry songs with his vocal-guitar combination is something to be admired, as they bounce off each other seamlessly. Follow-up track ‘Whether Terrified Or Unafraid’ touches on the more chaotic side of ’68, as the glitchy vocal effects mix in-between southern-eqsue guitar lines and a mix of frantic and measured drums from Michael McClellan. The duo’s chemistry is unrivalled, and is proven even stronger on ‘This Life Is Old, New, Borrowed And Blue’. As the guitars drive the song forward, the drums weave themselves into both vocals and strings, hitting just as hard. Later, ‘Life Has Its Design’ contains a droning bass line that tunnels its way under the song as it slowly devolves into a beautiful mess of effects and Josh’s vocals, and ‘Death Is A Lottery’ shows furthermore the capabilities of Josh as a driving force for the band, mixing his slightly strained vocals perfectly with the guitar and bass lines.

The more dynamic songs, however, prove to be what truly shows ‘68’s capabilities as a dynamic duo. ‘No Apologies’ grooves as Josh croons over the top, but midway through the song all noise cuts as the vocals take hold, cutting only to bring in a low bass line, and cutting back to only vocals. Josh’s lyrics have always been a staple of his previous bands, and here they are nothing short of fantastic. ‘No Apologies’ contains some fantastic lines; “So I’d like to panic but I ain’t got the time/If you give them eight eyes, they will ask for nine”, as does the previously mentioned ‘Whether Terrified Or Unafraid’; “Hope is a four letter word that I wrote on my fingers/For nothing else even came close”. Closer ‘What More Can I Say’, the most subdued the band has ever been, may well be one of the best songs they’ve ever written. As Scogin’s vocals become more and more strained as the song progresses, the measured guitar line cuts before the band comes full force, adding horns and keys as the album comes to a beautiful close.

What Two Parts Viper lacks in noise it makes up for in character. The variance of everything on the album sets it far enough apart from ‘68’s debut to be its own entity whilst succeeding as a continuation of what was built on In Humour and Sadness. The addition of melody and a concentrated structure plays perfectly into the hands of both Josh as a vocalist-guitarist, and Michael as a drummer. Their chemistry is immaculate, and continues to be the reason ’68 are so fantastic, and provides a wonderful addition to the ever-growing world that Josh Scogin has created.



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Drubbi
June 2nd 2017


266 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

'Whether Terrified Or Unafraid': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nOic5O6qvE



'What More Can I Say': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fm4gIkbtRg



Great record. Got Volumes and Fleet Foxes (I know right) on my radar next, excited for what's ahead this month.

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verdant
Staff Reviewer
June 2nd 2017


2204 Comments


this sounds really good, and your review reads that way too (:

XingKing
June 2nd 2017


13363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Few typos here and there (Scolin in the second to last paragraph for example) but good review. I'm on my first listen of this right now. It's mostly more of the same but I can already feel the 4.5 coming.

dixoncocks
June 2nd 2017


3208 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is a big improvement from In Humor and Sadness in every way. This album is chock full of surprises and joshes vocals sound better than ever.

JS19
June 2nd 2017


6550 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm not seeing this an an improvement yet but I reckon it's a grower

MillionDead
June 2nd 2017


792 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sweet. Definitely gotta check this out soon cause the last record basically turned me onto noise rock.

cosmopazz
June 2nd 2017


410 Comments


jean claude van damme y'all got me excited

VanPelt
June 2nd 2017


26 Comments


They're finally coming to my middle of nowhere together with Listener, so what should I expect?

The first album's chaos worked well on the record but I'm a bit scared it's just gonna sound like an incoherent string of riffs live.

Danred97
June 2nd 2017


1783 Comments


Thought the debut was just okay, but I'll check this to see if this album clicks.

JWT155
June 2nd 2017


14065 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

There's new '68?!?!?!?!

captaincrunch11
June 2nd 2017


1492 Comments


I fuck with this review

JoylessBastard
June 2nd 2017


270 Comments


First track doesn't work for me but enjoying the record as a whole so far.

Thealwaysopenedmind
June 2nd 2017


688 Comments


I saw them live and they were amazing. It was quite an experience.

Zaeth
June 2nd 2017


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review. It's extremely accurate and well written. Only a few typos, but none that make the read incoherent in any way.



'68 is phenomenal live and in recordings. Listening to Two Parts Viper for the first time right now - absolutely incredible!!

Pajolero
June 2nd 2017


986 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Seeing them live next month with Listener and the Dillinger Escape Plan and holy shit am I excited.

StickFeit
June 2nd 2017


872 Comments


This goes hard. holy shit.

Muppelope
June 2nd 2017


1519 Comments


I oughtta check this

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dbizzles
June 2nd 2017


11789 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

'Seeing them live next month with Listener and the Dillinger Escape Plan and holy shit am I excited.'



Fuck's sake, that's a wicked lineup. Bring tissues in case Listener plays It Will All Happen The Way It Should.

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Pajolero
June 2nd 2017


986 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Might have to take a day off from work afterwards

cosmopazz
June 2nd 2017


410 Comments


i thought dillinger rested in rip or summink



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