Buckcherry
Warpaint


1.0
awful

Review

by Mason Pearmain USER (58 Reviews)
March 8th, 2019 | 47 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Please cleanse my ears

Riddle me this: who asked for a new Buckcherry album in 2019?

Of all the 2000s radio rock bands that came and went over the years, Buckcherry stands in a league of their own. Not even Nickelback faded to obscurity despite their legion of detractors, unlike the band whose name is nothing more than a dyslexic take on one of the most iconic rock artists to ever exist. Bar a couple of successful singles like “Lit Up” and “Crazy Bitch”, their mark on the mainstream scene was surprisingly insignificant. They didn't inspire new blood to follow in their footsteps, nor did they have a lasting impact on rock as a whole. 15 had a few moments of potential where they branched out of the usual boundaries they relied on, but that's about as much praise as they deserve. Every release after got more and more banal. Their reach was reduced to the point that the types of baby-boomer fans that think Greta Van Fleet are the “saviors of rock n’ roll” were the only ones even bothering with Buckcherry. If they were to come back, they'd need a miracle to shoot themselves back into relevance.

News flash: they haven't changed at all. Josh Todd's voice is still as insufferable as the sound of nails on a chalkboard. The absence of guitarist Keith Nelson only made the music worse, even as he wasted his potential for years in the band. The drums? You might as well have replaced the rotating deck of drummers they had on board after Xavier Muriel's departure with a rotating deck of drum machines with how basic and tepid every facet of the rhythm section on Warpaint is. Every song here screams “bootleg AC/DC”, except instead of the angry Elmo they’ve had on vocals for years, you've got a literal nose that strains to hit the higher notes because he has little to no range. They have more structure than something like The Shaggs’ Philosophy of the World, but is that really the (low) standard you want to go by when writing a record? To its credit though, we're lucky they didn't repackage a ton of outtakes from that Spraygun War EP that Todd and Stevie D wrote a couple years ago, presumably on an extended high. The brand of sleazy cock rock that Buckcherry has been running on felt stale in 2006, and it's only gotten worse since. To make things worse, they botched a classic Nine Inch Nails song, and it still manages to be the best thing here. Really think about that.

So again, who asked for a new Buckcherry album in 2019?



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AgentDeathbat
March 7th 2019


9596 Comments


This was a very quick write-up. Album sucks.

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Lucman
March 7th 2019


2138 Comments


If even Agent gives this a 1 do I even need to hear it to rate it the same? Imma say no.

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AgentDeathbat
March 7th 2019


9596 Comments


@Luc: Yeah, i'd say avoid this garbage like the plague.

Lucman
March 7th 2019


2138 Comments


That poor kid on the cover. Forever to be associated with Buckcherry. A living tragedy.

AgentDeathbat
March 7th 2019


9596 Comments


This is so bad that I couldn't even make it through every song in full my first time, ngl

AgentDeathbat
March 7th 2019


9596 Comments


I forced myself through a King 810 album, so i have a tolerance for terrible.

Hellscythe
March 7th 2019


3436 Comments


this is so bad I thought you would 5 it

Slex
March 7th 2019


6248 Comments


Gonna take yr word for it on this one

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AgentDeathbat
March 8th 2019


9596 Comments


@Hell: LOL
@Slex: This thing is just... ugh.

J0ckstrapsFTW
March 8th 2019


3756 Comments


why listen to this when the new misery index dropped today

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AgentDeathbat
March 8th 2019


9596 Comments


Fuck, why listen to this when the new Holding Absence dropped and is nearly a masterpiece?

Source
March 8th 2019


9378 Comments


only know crazy bitch and that song is really awful

AgentDeathbat
March 8th 2019


9596 Comments


yeah well "Onset" from the same album as that song is about as "good" as this band gets.

StrikeOfTheBeast
March 8th 2019


5666 Comments


oh god

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StrikeOfTheBeast
March 8th 2019


5666 Comments


this guy was never good tbh

AgentDeathbat
March 8th 2019


9596 Comments


At best these guys were average. I liked them more when I didn't know better, but at this point... fuck no.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
March 8th 2019


15209 Comments


great review as always agent. needless to say I shan't be checking this out

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
March 8th 2019


8187 Comments


"Every song here screams “bootleg AC/DC”, except instead of the angry Elmo they’ve had on vocals for years, you've got a literal nose that strains to hit the higher notes"

Ummm what?

SowingSeason
Moderator
March 8th 2019


29904 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This is bad but not as bad as their last few albums. Has enough going for it to be a 2-2.5.

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
March 8th 2019


8883 Comments


Well done my man, will be running in the opposite direction from this dumpster fire

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