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Released on the independent Caroline label in 1990, Frizzle Fry documents the San Francisco Bay area thrash-funk trio at its energetic best. The bare-bones production serves the group’s skeletal sound well and makes the most of nearly live performances of gems such as the antiwar ”Too Many Puppies,” the stoner testimony of ”Spegetti Western,” and the madcap litany of ”Groundhog’s Day.” Larry LaLonde’s guitar is more melodic and concise than the squirrelly avant-gardisms of later albums such as Pork Soda (many of the lines were written by original guitarist Todd Huth). Bassist Les Claypool, meanwhile, is just stunning. By turns sounding like a scrappy Larry Graham or a dirty-minded John Wetton, his four-string slaps, slurs, and squeaks form a perfect union with drummer Tim Alexander’s jazz-informed power beats. Claypool’s goofy vocals owe a lot to P.I.L.-era John Lydon, with lyrics about Corn Chex, striped bass, and porn films. An inspired and assured studio debut. –James Rotondi

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  • Before Their Eyes have succeeded in making a fantastic career debut with their self-titled first release. The album is so well balanced, that it is difficult to pin-point one specific reason that the album is worth ordering. The songs are heavier than pop-punk and contain plenty of screaming, but Nick’s clean vocals make the songs easy to appreciate even if you typically don’t enjoy harsh vocals. Clean singing is more prominent than screaming, and the screaming is well articulated and non-abrasive, so whether or not you like screaming should not be a large factor in whether or not you like the album. Before Their Eyes manages to write catchy, and fun songs without choking them of interesting instrumentation. Lyrically, the band highlights their Christian faiths without becoming preachy and overbearing. Give it a listen, and you will see why I am recommending this album.

    Posted on March 14, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I have never heard of this band a day in my life but while browsing throught amazon, I think I clicked on “a skylit drive” (if you haven’t heard of them, def check them out.) and underneath I saw before their eyes. so I listened to the samples and liked them. Ordered the cd, listened to it. thought it was ok. listened to it again in detail. liked it more. listened to “crawling back to forgiveness” (omg) that is the most agressive hardcore song I have ever hear. the lead singer is not the best screamer but on this song he is amazing. This song is one of the best songs I have ever heard in my life and I love it. after listening to the album more and more I love the album, (you never know what to expect from a new band as far as a screamer or guitars) so I had to check them out in more detail before I could come to the conclusion that I liked them.

    Posted on March 14, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This is a recently signed band to Rise Records and they definately put out an amazing first release. Nearly everything about this cd is amazing. For starters, Joey Sturgis did some perfect production, everything is perfectly clear, crisp, and has good bass to drive it all. Instrumentally the band fits into a screamo-esque sound but isn’t a heavy driven band, which is what sets them out of the cliche bands.

    They mix some addictingly catchy choruses with a lot of the songs ending with a little breakdown or the chorus screamed. Most of the lead guitars are intricate enough that you aren’t drowned by boredom of songs sounding similar. The first 7 songs on this cd out of 9 are perfect. This band also has mastered being able to have a soft verse and a fast paced chorus or singing behind a breakdown. its like giving you breakdowns without drownign you in screams. Their vocals are some of the best out there, his vocals are close but not as extreme as chiodos and his screaming is as clean and percise as his singing.

    Here’s a song breakdown:

    1. crawling towards forgiveness: soft intro starts the cd but kicks into the faster paced great song, the chorus is quite catchy and the back up vox drive u in, has a fun breakdown at the end and the outro to this song is amazing.

    2. the nighttime is our time: Simple song but its addicting, really catchy and has one of the best breakdowns screaming “the nighttime is our

    3. You talk a good game: this is one of the most out there songs. its one of the best, lyrics are funny. the bridge/pseudo-breakdown at the end is some of the most original writing.

    4. Crawling Towards Forgiveness: starts slow and kicks in with a scream/sing verse and then the chorus is also good (like all of them) and has some screaming. The breakdown is kind of out of nowhere but it grew on me.

    5. This is redemption, this is our lives washed clean: Soft song with Jeremy from TDWP, i personally think he has one of the best voices out there so i love this song. its definately worth listening to and has some good lyrics, beginning has piano with some keys that fit perfectly.

    6. Why 6 is afraid of 7: intro reminds me of “boy brushed red” by underoath. slower song but more upbeat than previous, my personal favorite. all singing. Chorus is the catchiest the back-up “awing” lol the vocals are amazing.

    7. The journey down south (starts with a 2-step): Southern as hell, heaviest song, just plain amazing. has cowbell.

    8. shotguns speak louder than words :not a fan, its still really good just doesnt compare, i usually skip.

    9. close your eyes, it’s okay to rest now: pretty good song, has a good chorus the ending breakdown is epic lol really carried out and heavy.

    overal, cd is worth of the 10 bucks at 5 stars. go pick it up!

    Posted on March 14, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Hopefully you have heard of this band prior to checking out the album. But if you havent, were talking some excellent christian screamo music. You will enjoy

    Posted on March 14, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now