Grade 8
Resurrection


1.0
awful

Review

by Channeleven USER (5 Reviews)
May 16th, 2018 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A flatline for a genre that already wained in popularity by 2003.

(I previously covered Grade 8's self-titled album (because I guess I was the only one interested in doing a full review.) It sucked, but my review on it wasn't that good either. So, let's try again.)

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After the commercial failure of their debut album, Grade 8 were left without any major label support, but they didn't feel like throwing in the towel just yet. They went to a low-profile independent label to release their next album... in 2004. They came out the year nu metal began to fade, and they didn't get the idea that they wouldn't be able to do better commercially on this release.

Typically, most bands like Grade 8 would experiment with new genres in the hopes of preserving consumer interest. Grade 8 believed that they still had a shot at the big time by, more or less, repeating traditions set on their debut album.

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Track one, Intro: First foray into the album and I get an earful of technological squealing. What is that supposed to represent" That the band is made up of robots who perform what they perceive to be hard rock or metal" For an album that's called Resurrection, a connection to the name from the opening track is vague. Hell, the sound of beeps from an oscilloscope would be more a more welcoming (and fitting) introduction.

Track two, Resurrection: Finally, we get a taste of this album's sound... and I'm immediately reminded of the start of their previous album. Seriously, the opening riff is almost identical to the start of their only notable song Brick By Brick, just played a bit differently and at a slightly slower tempo. They do try something new on the vocals though. Vocalist Dustin Tooker does some whiny screams near the middle of the first vocal portion, giving the "I'm a tough guy, I swear." mentality.

Track 3, Fighting Me: This song gives me a lot of mixed signals. The opening riff gave me a Spineshank vibe (sounding like the opening riff to New Disease if it were a mediocre guitar cover.) The vocals are worse, Tooker tries to add harmony to his vocals, but comes off as a bit tone-deaf in some areas. Referring back to my New Disease comparison, when one part of the verse ends it gives off a similar rhythm.

Fighting Me: https://www.youtube.com/watch"v=ebByYtped2g&list=PL8D25373513C2656F&am p;index=3

New Disease: https://www.youtube.com/watch"v=LgYO1k9Iyvk

Could just be me, either way this song hardly stands out.

Track 4, Everybody: The intro track comes back in an attempt to break up the monotony of the album. The first few seconds gave me the impression that they were actually going to cover the song of the same name by the Backstreet Boys. Let me tell you, that would've been preferable to what really occurred on the track. Tooker's channeling his inner Eddie Vedder (albeit, Eddie if he put his vocals toward something outside of his main genre and actually tried to emulate said new genre.) Could've sworn that toward the one minute mark, I could hear Tooker trying to mimic the opening verse to Even Flow.

Track 5, Oxyrotten: Not gonna lie, the opening riff didn't sound too bad. It was a bit better than what the previous tracks offered me. The instrumentation itself is actually not too bad, and I'd consider it to be an objective high-point to the album.. then Tooker comes in with his signature warbling tough guy voice. The last six letters in the title should say numbers for how a potentially decent song was ruined by poor vocals (but then again, thanks to the mildly decent instrumentation alone, I'd consider this a breath of fresh air from what I've heard so far.)

Track 6, Fallen Angel: I'm getting a Stabbing Westward vibe from this, maybe its the piercing synth when the vocals begin. Speaking of, Tooker sounds more like a hybrid between Jonathan Davis and Trent Reznor, albeit hammed up. As usual, it doesn't entice me to listen all the way through.

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Unfortunately, that's as far as I could go. Those are the only tracks I could find for free. Then again, after listening to the tracks I've told you about, I have no intent of looking for the rest.

The album sucks, but don't take my word for it. While critics hated the first album, they didn't even acknowledge this one. You can't find this album on iTunes or Spotify and no good info on this album is out there. So in essence, Grade 8 solidified their status as a band that nobody ever asked for.

Resurrection serves as the flatline to nu metal as a commercially viable genre. Or in Grade 8's case, they just applied a defibrillator to an already flatlined corpse.

If you're curious, this is a playlist containing all of the tracks I've mentioned: https://www.youtube.com/watch"v=TuwuO-9OZV8&index=0&list=PL8D25373513C2656F


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Channeleven
May 16th 2018


5 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Tried to place a focus on the tracks and maintain a core focus. Hope this'll be better than my review on Grade 8's previous album.

SoccerRiot
May 16th 2018


5336 Comments


It is a better review, although I'd suggest avoiding track-by-track reviews in the future as they aren't too highly regarded on this site. My suggestion is to look at the album as a whole and measure its pros and cons while using some tracks as examples along the way. It's better to give the reader a picture of the entire experience rather than breaking down every track in a sequential order, at least in my opinion. Still, this is more well-formed and descriptive than your previous review, so you're progressing nicely :]

Snake.
May 16th 2018


20795 Comments


why are you wasting your time listening and reviewing these albums when you already know they're gonna be trash

why can't you just review something you like for once

Digging: Mitski - Be the Cowboy

Snake.
May 16th 2018


20795 Comments


also one review per day please you've already well proved your point that this band is shit thank you

SoccerRiot
May 16th 2018


5336 Comments


Dude, Snake, I can't get used to that username change after so long. lol

Snake.
May 16th 2018


20795 Comments


actually knowing your field of musical interest i'm going to be steering clear of listening to anything that you review so just ignore me i guess

Channeleven
May 16th 2018


5 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Snake, I've got time, and I made my previous review yesterday.

Snake.
May 16th 2018


20795 Comments


also yikes don't review albums that you didn't even finish

Channeleven
May 16th 2018


5 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

That I get, but I couldn’t find the rest of the tracks. I’ll be sure to listen to albums fully for future reviews. I’m here to improve

Asdfp277
May 16th 2018


18535 Comments


i can't find this on slsk lol

edit: it's elsewhere tho

Supercoolguy64
May 16th 2018


8534 Comments


will pay top dollar for sealed copy of this rare cd

Asdfp277
May 16th 2018


18535 Comments


ah

neekafat
May 16th 2018


11468 Comments


Try writing positive reviews first

Asdfp277
May 16th 2018


18535 Comments


or don't. i never could, and look at me now

y87arrow
May 17th 2018


150 Comments


Why aren't track by track reviews too highly regarded? I find them interesting sometimes.
Listened to this album once but found it bad.
The self-titled album is ok, when I have a nu metal phase, which is very rare. Songs like "Chances" or "Headcase" are listenable.

Digging: Bark Psychosis - Hex

Asdfp277
May 17th 2018


18535 Comments


"Why aren't track by track reviews too highly regarded? I find them interesting sometimes"

cuz they're too long and usually get repetitive, especially for boring albums like this one. also, it seems to kinda prevent you from talking about the album as a cohesive piece

i personally don't mind them but idk



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