Goodbye World
At Death's Door


4.0
excellent

Review

by TheSpirit USER (160 Reviews)
May 26th, 2021 | 12 replies


Release Date: 05/14/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Possessed and corrupted/To find peace I must be destroyed"

The loyalty for Mark McCoy’s Youth Attack label will never cease to amaze me; watching the fanfare surrounding the release of their latest batch of oddities last week was awe-inspiring to say the least. Over the years, Youth Attack’s novel aesthetic – cultivated by McCoy and his Boston University issued Fine Arts degree- has made it an extremely popular boutique label in extreme music. Every record, from 2 song EPs to 12 track full-lengths are treated with the same attention to detail, gifted with exquisite artwork and packaging that makes them the crowning jewel of any fan’s collection. However, despite the immense care that goes into their visuals, the overriding factor in Youth Attack’s success has always been its meticulous curation of quality hardcore and black metal.

Each of the 5 albums that dropped in that last grouping is of the high caliber that’s come to be expected from the label. Veterans Grinning Death’s Head’s blackened punk contortions and VEIL II’s thrashcore pummeling continue to enrich their legacies while two of the newer acts, The Consequence and Mangled State took the first steps towards establishing theirs. Each of these projects is deserving of a purchase, but if you were down to your last dollar, my recommendation for record to pick up from this collection is Goodbye World’s debut At Death’s Door, the easy standout in this bunch.

The band’s ancestry is too impressive to be ignored. Featuring members of punk legends MK-ULTRA and Charles Bronson to more recent hardcore luminaries City Hunter and The Repos, Goodbye World would probably hesitate to call themselves a supergroup, but their pedigree speaks for itself. Their music is a mélange of classic and current powerviolence sounds; first track “Blood and Bone” opens with guitarists Mark McCoy and Jeff Jelen shredding their strings into oblivion, obliterating three note riffs while Aaron Aspinwell ruminates on the on the fragility of existence. Throughout At Death’s Door he frequently harps on the morbid, but it’s always with a wink and smile; “Laugh Out Loud” naughtily explains why some questions are sometimes better left unsaid, while “At The Graveyard” humorously expounds on that thought, Aspin asking, “I got so fucking mixed up/ Unearthed something I shouldn't have/ Wanna see it?”.

On the whole, Goodbye World adheres to the archetypal Youth Attack sound. With most of its members coming from a myriad of other projects hosted by the label – Cadaver Dog, Civilized, Vile Gash among others – there is a very specific sonic tumult associated with these acts that the band seamlessly falls into. That being said, the band -and the album as whole by extension - is not without its quirks. Again, attention has to be drawn to Aspinwell’s rabid delivery, each lyric bursting from behind his teeth like he’s foaming at the mouth. In a scene where almost every frontman blends together, his distinct roar adds an extra layer of definition to Goodbye World. Will Killingworth’s stellar production can’t be overlooked either; the quasi-clean meets quasi-grit of the guitars only perpetuates the album’s chaotic leanings, and when Jelen decides to kick his axe into overdrive for a solo, his squealing tone cuts through the mix conjuring ear-piercing pleasure.

For a band whose name references a farewell, Goodbye World’s debut is certainly one heck of a hello. Despite their penchant for eccentricity, At Death’s Door probably won’t appeal to anyone with a distaste for Youth Attack’s easily recognizable sound. That’s okay though, you won’t find this band vying for anyone’s approval; to quote Aspinwell one more time, “the men who beg get nothing.”



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Comments:Add a Comment 
TheSpirit
May 26th 2021


29709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The newest Youth Attack drop is very good.

Digging: Panopticon - Collapse (remixed and remastered)

Hawks
May 26th 2021


75358 Comments


Gotta hear this.

TheSpirit
May 26th 2021


29709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think you'd like it!



Also, nice dig :]

Hawks
May 26th 2021


75358 Comments


Dude that album is amazing.

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
May 26th 2021


17287 Comments


I hear this is blowing up some reviewers’ social pages. Black/hardcore has always been 50/50 for me. I shall give this a go because a Spirit said so.

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
May 26th 2021


48657 Comments


A Spirit review with more than 2 paras holy shit nice, will read

Hawks
May 26th 2021


75358 Comments


Those are my favorite reviews. m/

TheSpirit
May 26th 2021


29709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Y’all are the best, love u guys :*



Rob, I was SICK when I saw Mark repost the review. So kind. And this doesn’t have any black metal in it, it’s more or less just hardcore/powerviolence.



Johnny and Hawks you two are babes and you both have my heart.

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
May 26th 2021


17287 Comments


--And this doesn’t have any black metal in it, it’s more or less just hardcore/powerviolence.--

My bad, saw a couple genre tags and ran with it. Will report back in when the deed is done.

: ]

TheSpirit
May 27th 2021


29709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

looking forward to hear what you think!

LaughingSkull
May 29th 2021


860 Comments


tracklist, please?

TheSpirit
June 1st 2021


29709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

1.Blood and Bone 00:54

2.Fetch the Blade 01:04

3.Hacked to Pieces 01:13

4.Laugh Out Loud 00:47

5.Normal 00:49

6.I Must Be Destroyed 00:35

7.Effigy 00:27

8.My Body was Dead 00:17

9.In Flames 00:37

10.Laid Out 00:52

11.At the Graveyard 00:28

12.Invention 00:38

13.Arc Blast 00:44

14.Abomination 00:47

15.Within Walls 01:17



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