Bilmuri
EGGY POCKET


3.5
great

Review

by vult USER (3 Reviews)
January 24th, 2021 | 43 replies


Release Date: 11/17/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: EGGY POCKET is scrambled and yokey, but not burnt or runny.

If you have ever been on Reddit, you may have heard of “r/THE_PACK”. It is an obscure corner of the site dedicated to over-the-top masculinity with a mix of satire and a dash of surreal, mostly centered around mixing “edgy” art with ridiculous meme text. It is hard to describe in words the type of environment this subreddit is, however it is where I was introduced to Bilmuri, or should I say re-introduced.

Bilmuri, aka Johnny Franck, was a member of a band that I haven't listened to in almost a decade: Attack Attack!. I had been a fan of the band in high school at the height of their popularity, basking in their crabcore glory. However, lineup changes, including the departure of Franck, marked the point in time where I drifted away from the band and lost track of the members' endeavors. This all changed when I saw a post on r/THE_PACK promoting a new song from a recognizable face from my past. The song, aptly titled “ABSOLUTELYCRANKINMYMF'INHOG” fully embraced the deep-fried pocket of the internet and brought a legitimate anthem for this group of people, and left me curious to hear more.

In a Youtube video, Franck spoke about the music scene (primarily addressing the hardcore/scene section of music) and how it has become stale and generic, relying on predictable breakdowns and basic chord progression which left the listener knowing what they are going to hear before they even hear it. With this in mind, I embarked on a journey into the weird and crunchy mind of Franck and his current vision of the growth of music style that he had been involved with for the better part of a decade.

Does EGGY POCKET deliver on his promise to differentiate and separate from the predictable and overdone? Well, mostly. There are elements of the hardcore/scene culture that Franck is familiar with, while enveloping his own quirkiness into it. Tracks like “ABSOLUTELYCRANKINMYMF'INHOG” and “POSTALMONDCLARITY” incorporate current hardcore and prog-metal elements while sprinkling in slivers of jazz, trap, glitch, ambient and even western. The album is full of callbacks to screamo and gave me flashbacks to the days of Attack Attack! while tying it together with prevailing trends in 2020 hardcore. EGGY POCKET also has strong hooks that feel familiar but evolved, although they are not the most groundbreaking aspects of the music. Features from Dayseeker and Jon Mess (Dance Gavin Dance) on “FLUORIDEINTHEHARDSELTZERWATER” make it apparent that his connections within the scene have not prevented Bilmuri from exploring new territory within the genre(s). Overall, the composition of each track seem genuine, cared for, and somehow nostalgic.

However, based on Franck's idea of breaking the mold within the music scene, there are some hangups on here. The weakest track, “ISERIOUSLYDISLIKEMOSTOTHERHUMANS” feels out of place when compared to the rest of the tracklist, as it strikes as a contradiction to his goal. This song is fairly one-note, with elements of posthardcore and metalcore, but not much else. Had Franck incorporated more differentiating qualities as he did with other tracks, it may have mesh better with the rest of the songs. However, these faults are not common on the album, and I feel that Franck kept his promise as best he could.

With a 21-minute-long run time, this album does not overstate its welcome and does not attach itself to qualities that would drive listeners away. In fact, EGGY POCKET is a window into the mind of just a regular guy with a surreal sense of humor and his desire to make fun music. Is this album a satire? Kind of. Is it weird? Yes. But, is it fun? ABSOLUTELY. A great album to chill and eat scrambled eggs out of your jacket pocket to, and maybe crank your hog to.


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3.8
excellent


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vult
January 24th 2021


347 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Slapped this review together and probably could have put more description into actual elements of the album but it is more of a "listen and see" project for me. I would have put this at a 3.75 ideally.



Also, the steel guitar solo on the intro track is HOT.

zelenichajnik
January 25th 2021


440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

In absolute awe at this dude's way with a melody. Can't believe I didn't know about this project before today. A perfect blend of comfy nostalgia, weirdness and genuinely good ideas. Sweet review vult :] and thanks to my lad Steak for actually prompting me to check it

Digging: Tim Reaper - Teletext EP

SteakByrnes
January 25th 2021


22566 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh hell yea glad this got reviewed, one of my favorites from last year. Love the way he writes, this is like the convergence of all the sounds he's attempted and made into one huge 20 minute banger

Digging: Taeko Onuki - Sunshower

zelenichajnik
January 26th 2021


440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That lap steel solo on ABSOLUTELYCRANKINMYF'INGHOG is just magical

vult
January 26th 2021


347 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I still think Track 2 is an autoskip on this for me. Idk, it's so out of place with the rest of the project. But, no one does it better than the MACHO MAN (bilmuri).

Sharenge
January 26th 2021


1323 Comments


I don't know what hog-cranking is, but it sounds like a mighty good time

SaveBandit
January 26th 2021


1714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Didn't realize this had a review now! Rad. This album is a lot of fun. The dude just knows how to write catchy songs, point blank. Excited to see where he goes from here!



Side note, he's got another project in the works called Chayr. Apparently dropping an EP in Feb at some point.

Digging: Darko (US) - Dethmask

zelenichajnik
January 27th 2021


440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like Track 2 for what it is - it does stand out a little bit awkward but I don't think it'll ever reach autoskip. Today's 'help i'm addicted' track is the chorus of POSTALMONDCLARITY which is the Tears For Fears/post-hardcore crossover I never knew I needed

parksungjoon
January 27th 2021


28022 Comments


bill murray?

Digging: The Sisters of Mercy - Temple of Love / Heartland

zelenichajnik
January 27th 2021


440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bilmuri yes



I have a strong suspicion this ain't gonna be your bag park my dude, but it's worth a shot...?

parksungjoon
January 27th 2021


28022 Comments


do you know me?

zelenichajnik
January 27th 2021


440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I'm the Idiot Formerly Known As Archelirion

parksungjoon
January 27th 2021


28022 Comments


!

SteakByrnes
January 27th 2021


22566 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the homie aaron :3

zelenichajnik
January 27th 2021


440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

:333333

parksungjoon
January 27th 2021


28022 Comments


is this an eggy pocket? http://tiny.cc/5debtz

zelenichajnik
January 27th 2021


440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh my

SteakByrnes
January 27th 2021


22566 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lmao

SymbolicInTime
January 27th 2021


7061 Comments


I really need to check this. The track with Jon is so good

zelenichajnik
January 27th 2021


440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah that's one of the best. Chorus is outta this world.



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