Art of Anarchy
Let There Be Anarchy


1.5
very poor

Review

by Dakota West Foss STAFF
February 20th, 2024 | 20 replies


Release Date: 02/16/2024 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I'm da joker, baby

In the music video for lead single “Vilified”, Cuba Gooding Jr. -yes, the guy from Snow Dogs- holes himself up in his apartment while police gather outside, shouting at him and taking cover despite no crime being visibly discernable. It’s hinted that his character is antisocial and egged on by the perverse and depraved plot of the 2019 Joker movie due to the vocal samples of the song which plainly state just that, and Art of Anarchy themselves are performing on that movie’s iconic staircase. Don’t worry though, this story has a happy ending: the power of love heals all when Cuba’s daughter breaks through the police barrier to hug her dad and stop him from, well, it’s still not exactly clear. But there’s a ripping guitar solo tailormade for a Guitar Hero 3 boss battle and a chorus about being painted insane for merely standing up for what’s right -“the clowns and fools, forever enslaved yeah”. To quote the great Joaquin Phoenix in his twisted jester role, “you wouldn’t get it.”

Art of Anarchy are a love letter to the hard rock of yesteryear composed of tertiary characters from that Affliction-adorned amber age. After going through two Scotts -Creed’s Stapp and Stone Temple Pilots’ Weiland- the non-Slash guitar player from Guns n’ Roses and the Brothers Votta are joined by Jeff Scott Soto to gesture to all the tropes and trappings of rock in the Wal-Mart graphic t-shirt sense, with weedley solos and vague allusions to freedom and love and fighting for what’s right. I have a strong intuition that the less I read into their words, the better. That being said, I do have to tell you that “Echo Your Madness” has the line “your judgement’s constipated/your mind is clouded steel.” Sure, why not. Hell yeah.

Let There Be Anarchy lies in a Mariana’s Trench depth of the generational divide and levies a full-blown audio-assault by way of a sound and scene that has aged as well as its rockstar icons have. To the geriatric boomers, this probably works as a full-throated reclaiment of Real Music thanks to the pervasive presence of Real Instruments and actual, honest-to-god guitar solos. To everyone else, it operates more on the level of a Da Share Zone meme where a scythe-wielding skeleton tells you to invest meaningfully into a Roth IRA. It is a profoundly silly and low-stakes affair that is undeniably entertaining as such, even if that was doubtfully the intention. Much as Art of Anarchy would like, nobody is gonna start a Let There Be Anarchy review with “I had never seen a shooting star before” and that’s probably a good thing.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Odal
Staff Reviewer
February 20th 2024


1927 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Honestly, just wanted to make everyone aware that Cuba Gooding Jr. is in the music video for Vilified

pizzamachine
February 20th 2024


26984 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Gonna forget I checked this out real soon. Good review

artificialbox
February 20th 2024


1479 Comments


last paragraph made me cackle. nice job.

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
February 20th 2024


32013 Comments


Hard to see Jeff Scott Soto falling this hard. Great vocalist with terrible band choices. He peaked with Talisman.

Great review Odal, I had a good laugh , thanks!

Koris
Staff Reviewer
February 20th 2024


21096 Comments


The title and album cover give off peak “I’m 16 and just watched V for Vendetta” energy 😂

Jasdevi087
February 21st 2024


8116 Comments


do you reckon these guys read Bakunin or nah?

Mort.
February 21st 2024


25062 Comments


this band seems bizarre and sketchy as hell. theyve tried suing two different vocalists?

ReturnToRock
February 21st 2024


4805 Comments


I didn't know this was out. Will have to check it out at some point. Their previous two were supremely eh.

mkmusic1995
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2024


1697 Comments


Snow Dogs is a masterpiece, featuring the one and only Sisqo

Odal
Staff Reviewer
February 21st 2024


1927 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Their history is actually kinda crazy.



They got Weiland on board by basically hiring him to sing on some songs and when the press releases started rolling out for the album he was shocked that he was being billed as their vocalist. His death put any lawsuit to bed.



Stapp, it seems, is a bit more complicated. The members were basically treating it as their main gig and Stapp was constantly going off and doing solo tours. They basically allege that him not being committed was what made them lose their record deal.



Crazy band lol

mkmusic1995
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2024


1697 Comments


Nice review Odal! I actually quite enjoyed some of the songs off The Madness but everything else by this group has been full on stinky. Might check this if I get some free time where I feel like laughing lol

DoofDoof
February 21st 2024


14937 Comments


How is Scott Weiland in this band? The ghost of Scott Weiland?

Odal
Staff Reviewer
February 21st 2024


1927 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Weiland was "in" the band in the time leading up to his death

DoofDoof
February 21st 2024


14937 Comments


He was in a bad way.

Christening this band Art of Banality

jc3494
February 23rd 2024


34 Comments


Absolutely bizarre how they keep trying to make this happen. Who is this for???

Jamdbz
February 23rd 2024


1520 Comments


idk just read the youtube comments for villified

Odal
Staff Reviewer
February 23rd 2024


1927 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Every time I read the youtube comments section on mildly popular song you can hear the wails of a million damned souls

Jamdbz
February 23rd 2024


1520 Comments


also this is hot garbage

MillionDead
February 24th 2024


5280 Comments


I bet this is so ass, it's hilarious. Also, Cuba Gooding Jr deserves more respect than being the guy from Snow Dogs. Like, Boyz n the Hood? C'mon.

Ectier
February 24th 2024


2549 Comments


The artwork is enough for me to conclude this is awful



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