Bilmuri
400LB BACK SQUAT


4.5
superb

Review

by vult USER (5 Reviews)
September 27th, 2021 | 48 replies


Release Date: 09/27/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: No need for a spotter here.

Have you ever wondered what your brain experiences after it is flooded with endorphins following a massive benchpress or weight crush at the gym? Well, Bilmuri seems to have capsuled this feeling in the form of 400LB BACK SQUAT, the followup release to an album I reviewed here before, EGGY POCKET. Since first listening to EGGY POCKET, I subsequently blasted Bilmuri’s entire discography and have since embraced the wacky and carefree attitude that he brings to music. These qualities bleed into his music in a way that makes the listener feel enveloped in the surreal nature of its creator and left eager for another taste.

Bilmuri is the brainchild of Johnny Franck, former member of post-hardcore band Attack Attack!, and has established a brand for himself that fully embraces the insanity and nonsensical nature of current internet trends, developing “deep fried” music videos, merch plugs, and Instagram content. However, while memes and humor are prevalent across this album, it does not take away from the craftsmanship of excellent music and hooks that could catch a great white shark with ease. The entire brand idea behind this project is gym culture and “huge gains”, which is obvious given the title of the album and track titles such as “ACOWBOYSHEAVYLOAD”, “JACKEDANDSTACKEDMASSMONSTER” AND “KEEPINITBEEFY”. This pokes fun at the trend of posting gym videos of massive weightlifting but in a way that creates an aura of positivity around the act of doing so, going so far as to request “sick personal record lift” videos from fans to include in music videos for tracks off this album. Bilmuri has a knack for making connections with his listeners, and has a great understanding of how to pull people in to his lovable nature.

While Bilmuri has never truly taken himself too seriously, refusing to pigeonhole himself as an artist into an image or brand, it is readily apparent that he takes the songwriting very seriously. Though he has never been the type to write overly-complicated epics or “change the game” lyrically or sonically, he has always been consistent with creating bite-sized moments of fun that never stay static in any genre or style. Slivers of current-day pop a la The Weeknd, synth and power metal elements, post-hardcore breakdowns, and even western twang solos all prevail, leaving the listener waiting to hear what is next. Hooks and lyrics are simple, yet infectious. Diverse and immaculate production. The features on this album are seamless and help diversify the songwriting even more, most notably a beautiful inclusion of Seneca on the track “lvl99ROIDMAGE”, a track that pulls you in with an atmospheric ballad, only to blow out with a heavy-hitting breakdown. Kaiyko’s feature on “ACOWBOYSHEAVYLOAD” is also a standout moment on the album as it goes from a hyper-pop chorus into a western twang solo. The album closes with “Relaxingboxfansleepambientsounds no.3”, which, in my opinion, is the strongest vocal performance across the whole album and shows Bilmuri’s ability to utilize his vocal range to its fullest.

A lyric that stands out to me on this album comes from the chorus of “KEEPINITBEEFY” (a track that includes a keytar solo and saxophone solo back to back for possibly the first time in human history):

I wanna let go for a second / I wanna know what it’s like to not be afraid”.

This lyric to me perfectly encapsulates what I believe to be Bilmuri’s biggest strength: never shying away from taking a risk and giving someone a way to let go of stresses of the real world, even if for a short while. The entirety of 400LB BACK SQUAT is an escape into the mind of a musician that is just like you and me: someone looking for a distraction from everyday issues and an environment of fun and frivolity. It is impossible to get through this project without holding onto the brief moments of excitement and wonderment at what comes next, never feeling comfortable sticking where you are, and soaking it all in.

Bilmuri has perfected the art of his own style, which is unlike any style I’ve heard from another artist. It is the product of a creative mind having a blast doing what he loves and showing that you can still have fun making music and connecting with people through it. His trend of releasing short, 20-30 minute albums works to his advantage because the albums never grow stale. You can start listening and then before you know it it’s over, but you know that he is working on the next one, just for you.

Next time you’re at the gym lifting stones and getting swole, this may be the record to push you to breaking your record lifts and making massive gains.


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3.8
excellent


Comments:Add a Comment 
JefferyBigglestein2
September 27th 2021


420 Comments


i only listen to mozart and godspeedyou!black emperor at the gym thats how i get swole.

parksungjoon
September 27th 2021


37594 Comments


listen to whitehouse

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SteakByrnes
September 27th 2021


25057 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

lets fucking go vult



Jeff you'd either find bilmuri unbearable or cool idk lol

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vult
September 27th 2021


547 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

We out here. Stan Bilmuri.

nash1311
September 27th 2021


3129 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not as good as Eggy imho, but still excellent. Pos'd the review also, great write up.



City-pop country death metal ftw

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parksungjoon
September 27th 2021


37594 Comments


It's time to die

death sits behind the door

satan sends his warriors

demons break

out

of

hell

ChoccyPhilly
September 27th 2021


13399 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's hard to go into an album title like that and think 'hell yeah i'm excited' but Eggy Pocket proved me wrong so LET'S GO

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onionbubs
September 27th 2021


13872 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

first time checking him out. pretty fun stuff so far

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nash1311
September 27th 2021


3129 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Eggy Pocket is a must listen bubs

onionbubs
September 27th 2021


13872 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

its queued up next!

Purpl3Spartan
September 27th 2021


1462 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Bless you vult for pumping out this excellent review so quickly.



Pos my dud

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Jamdbz
September 28th 2021


1096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this guy can do no wrong I swear

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SteakByrnes
September 28th 2021


25057 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

fr fr

JefferyBigglestein2
September 28th 2021


420 Comments


so i actually listened to this.

its stupid as fuck but incredibly energetic and fun. i can see how people would like this. LORDFARQUADZILLA might make the next workout playlist.

SteakByrnes
September 28th 2021


25057 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Haha hell yea dude glad you got some enjoyment out of it, he's really fun and knows his way around a melody so well

TheStoebZ
September 28th 2021


123 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I love this album. Especially Relaxingboxfansleepambientnoise no. 3

vult
September 28th 2021


547 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah I can't get over how awesome he sounds on Relaxingboxfan.

gravityswitch
September 28th 2021


769 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh shit lets goooo

Odal
September 28th 2021


635 Comments


Having a hard time deciding on a rating.

I think this is a fun album, but probably his least essential in a minute. None of the songs are bad, but I'm also not really sure how memorable they are either. Feels like he's kind of exhausted the bag of tricks he uses on here over the last few releases, so this ends up kind of feeling like b-sides to me. Then again, if this were to be someone's first stab at Muri, then I could also see this sticking with them as their favorite so I don't know. Maybe my expectations are too high, but I would like to see him commit to a direction for a release rather than jump around country, synthwave, metalcore like he has for three or four albums now.

TheStoebZ
September 29th 2021


123 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Idk, I think it's really refreshing to hear so many genres blended together, it's like a tasty sound soup.



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