Pg. 99
Document #8


3.0
good

Review

by Finn Baker USER (39 Reviews)
January 4th, 2019 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Pg. 99 matures in the span of 20 minutes.

As someone who has taken no more than cursory glances at the 'screamo' brand, it is damn near impossible to not slip into the rabbit hole at which pageninetynine points. I've arrived here because I received a challenge to write a review of any album that was top-10 in the screamo charts on rateyourmusic.com. Naturally, those 10 albums do not offer a lot of variety when it comes to location, time, or even bands and their respective members. Most selections fall within the golden age of '00-'03, while the groups responsible inhabit the East Coast of the United States, and contain a male with the surname Evans, Taylor, or Bajda. This particular album by pageninetynine, Document #8, is one of four albums in the selection that lists Kurt Ballou as an engineer.

Ballou's talent is displayed within the first thirty seconds of this record, with drums that are battered with equal parts finesse and raw anger. With the exception of the guitarists who have relatively soft arrangements on the intro cut, it sounds like everyone in the band is relentlessly angry, directing their rage at a distinct focal point. While both vocalists concoct a satisfying performance in terms of their actual delivery, they falter in lyricism. This first song is longest but one across the whole album, but it achieves that length through reusing just a handful of weak lines. Sure, it gets to the four-minute mark, but recycling tired allusions to vampires and ghosts means that the song has not rightfully earned it. Repetition is not completely ubiquitous across Document #8, but it materializes in different breeds. The second track uses a two-note bass motif for the majority of its allotted time, book-ended by verses that still do not sound particularly novel. A tongue is likened to a razor, and that is not a striking metaphor by any means.

Somewhere between all seven songs, there is a point where pageninetynine start playing with some vital ferocity and urgency. 'We Left As Skeletons' is a beautiful example of everyone involved functioning at their peak in one short burst of time. The guitarists take this opportunity to lash out violently against the pulverizing drums, and these peculiar lyrics manage to get their message across through brilliant means, describing life as something one can bite into and pick from their teeth. This song kickstarts a fantastic run where pageninetynine actually take the time to fill their recordings to the apex with refreshing ideas. It's frustrating that this was not happening during the first moments of Document #8. In this latter half, less lyrics are repeated, the imagery no longer feels so childish, and the performances from everyone are for more electrifying. 'Punk Rock In The Wrong Hands' could be considered the pinnacle of this, with the mantra of "Stomp! Stomp! Stomp!" being nothing short of relentless.

Parts of Document #8 feel worn out, others are spectacular, others are downright silly. However, my gut tells me that pageninetynine never cared about consistency. A Kurt Cobain sample starts off the whole album with the statement that punk rock is meant to embody freedom; that anything is valid as long as it has passion. Fully realizing that motto was likely never difficult for this band, as this album is chock full of passion. Problems lie in how that burning fervor manifests itself. Tropes present on 'In Love With An Apparition' read as puerile, making the vocalists look like their expressive songwriting abilities are not yet thriving. That comes later, three songs later to be exact, once their bodies are filled with the hatred that comes from constant rejection, seemingly never living up to the standards of anyone, not even themselves. The enmity eventually overtakes them, and transforms their personalities into ones full of apathy. At this point, the band finally explode with all of their might and create their most heart-wrenching pieces. Document #8 is just a late bloomer, that's all.



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IcelandRevel
January 4th 2019


920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

First review of 2019 means 1) I'm not bolding things like a dumbass, and 2) I'm starting my new goal of three reviews per month. Also I am sorry for somewhat disliking a classic screamo album, please don't kick me

Hawks
January 4th 2019


66839 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damn.

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AgentDeathbat
January 4th 2019


5861 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I dig this album but nice review.

Digging: Deftones - Diamond Eyes

Tyler.
January 4th 2019


16024 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

oh no

TheCharmingMan
January 4th 2019


509 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good review

Btw im p sure the guy in the beginning is Kurt Cobain but i could be wrong

IcelandRevel
January 5th 2019


920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You're right, I fixed it

TheSonomaDude
January 6th 2019


6536 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

always thought it was kurt too lmao

TheSonomaDude
January 6th 2019


6536 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh shit it is nvm



good review

Supercoolguy64
January 6th 2019


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

u got sum balls to walk around here with a doc 8 rating lower than 4.0

i can respect that

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IcelandRevel
January 6th 2019


920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I blame ignorance

AsleepInTheBack
January 6th 2019


5898 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"please don't kick me"



kick him. kick him in the head.



good read, fair points, pos pos

StonedManatee
January 6th 2019


27 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah, not buying it...

IcelandRevel
January 6th 2019


920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Can I get some feedback?

BMDrummer
January 6th 2019


14418 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

...is meant to embody freedom, that anything is valid as long as it has passion.
would just avoid comma splices like this; put a semicolon where the comma is. great review otherwise, obv i disagree but it's coo



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