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So I Had To Shoot Him - Alpha Males and Popular Girls - 2005 - Crucial Blast

Track Listing
1. People Hugging and Football
2. Another Roman e' Clef by Hart Bochner
3. Cadavertising
4. John Cleese and the Fountain of Youth
5. King Diamond in the Rough
6. Stoicism Conservatory for the Marred of Heart
7. Chausson Chansson
8. Contusion Schematics
9. Sherman Tank-flavored Anvil Forcefeedings
10. Persuasive
As my first entry to this band, this album brings to mind visions of Mr. Bungle, Dillenger Escape Plan, and Hole set adrift on a raft in the ocean, left to fight it out to see who will get to eat the other two. There is plenty of chaos as regards to the song structure with each running the gamut from crushing bursts of grind paired with fairly poppy snippets. NOt all of the songs meet up again at the end, but I have always given much respect to those bands who have the tenacity to bring together such disparate musical styles and not sound foolish in doing so. The musicianship is solid on each band members part and their conviction is a big selling point for me with this album. The riffs and such are not difficult in a straighforward, technical way, but the arrangements themselves more than make the songs fairly technical pieces.
This is not a darkly themed album by any means. With humor floating in and out of several songs, I believe they do not take themselves too seriously, only their artistic ambition. No matter which way your musical stylings may lean, you will find something on this album to suit you, although that something may be a 20 second bit from one track, or if you are like me, the whole damn album. Some standout out tracks are the aptly named (don't ask) Sherman Tank-Flavored Anvil Forcefeedings for it's intensity and Persuasive, a somewhat mellower track, as if Grandpa had gotten half his dose of Prozac and Xanax, still a bit looney but good enough to be out in public.

--Jason Murray 01.12.06









Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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