Goblin Cock: Come With Me If you Want To Live
Author: Lucas McCallister
Rating: 1.5 / 5
Bland is never a word that should be associated with your music. Goblin Cock I really wanted to like you. I honestly tried. I should never have to put effort into liking something.
Judging by samples of your previous album, this is a step down. The guitar riffs are uninteresting. The drum work is present, but lacks distinction. But the absolute worst was your vocalist. Try another style, for your own sakes. Everybody is tired of the gritty vocalist. I have a voice in this range, and so have may other musicians. Trust me, there are other ways to sing. The worst part of your entire album was the mixing. Listening to your previous album, Bagged and Boarded, I was surprised to see the exact same problems. I can’t hear or understand your singing, because it is drowned out by the guitar. (And I can’t even try to read the lyrics because you printed them in Tolkein’s elf runes. This would be awesome if it wasn’t an obstacle because of your bad mastering.) I would think that on the second go-around, you would say to yourselves, “Let’s make sure we learn from previous mistakes”. But no, you decide to make the music less interesting and make the recording just as bad. You are artists. Take control of how you sound. This is YOUR record. ‘We’ve got a Bleeder’ is the only song worth listening to on the entire album. Everything else runs together in a messy pile. You can do better, you’ve shown it in Bagged and Boarded. I don’t like to rip albums apart, but when I see wasted potential, it makes me furious.
Hot Panda: Volcano Bloody Volcano
Author: Erin Adams
Overall Rating: 3.5 / 5
Hot Panda is very eclectic. The mix of instruments is very interesting. I have no idea what a glockenspiele is but it sounds great with an accordion. Especially in “Afraid of the Weather”(track 5). It’s peppy. The music reminds me of something that I’d hear in a pumped up version of Juno, especially “Holes”(Track 7) and “Chinatown Bus”(Track 10). My favorite song on the album is “Gold Star Swimmer”(Track 8). The beginning of the song is “London Calling”- esque, but with a glockenspiele. There’s also a nice guitar interlude. My second favorite song is “I Tried Very Hard”(Track 4). It kepps the peppy feel of the entire album, but it slightly deviates from the norm. The two most interesting songs were “Whale Headed Girl”(Track 3) and “Sexual Frustration”(Track 12); Part of me felt as though I was on drugs when I first heard “Whale Headed Girl”, but in a good way. I found the lyrics of “Sexual Frustration” caught my attention. The instrumental part reminded me of The Killers. The lyrics reminded me of something else. Usually, an album starts to wind down towards the end, but Volcano Bloody Volcano goes out with a bang-for the lack of a better term. Overall the album was good, it was eclectic. I found it to be refreshingly different.
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