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The Shell Corporation: Force MajeureForce Majeure (2011)
Death To False Hope

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The Shell Corporation's Force Majeure serves as an interesting nexus between '90s skatepunk and the hard rocking post-hardcore that typified Hot Water Music's tenure at Epitaph; retaining the fast drum beats and soaring whoa-ohs of the former and the intertwining guitars and self-reflection of the l.
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The Shell Corporation's Force Majeure serves as an interesting nexus between '90s skatepunk and the hard rocking post-hardcore that typified Hot Water Music's tenure at Epitaph; retaining the fast drum beats and soaring whoa-ohs of the former and the intertwining guitars and self-reflection of the latter. I've heard similar things attributed A Wilhelm Scream before but it isn't something I'd say is immediately evident like it is on Force Majeure. Should Shell Corporation be persecuted for their obviousness? What for? Drawing crisp clear lines around what they are doing? Poppycock!

In a way you could call this 99 percent rock as the topics of shady government policy and corrupt big business tend to dominate the Shell Corporation's reflections. Although there are similar reoccurring themes, they never get overtly specific in their critiques of society. This can be seen as a benefit or a hindrance, depending on how you look at it. Is the message clearer when given specific cultural context or does it lose some of it's timelessness? There is an unhinged folksy aesthetic to the music at play here rather than an attention to technicality that seems to point more towards that timelessness that a more academic approach would sour in my opinion.

Folk music finds it's way into Force Majeure in a more overt way in the form of acoustic balladeering. Tossing in some variation to the tone and tempo should give the listening experience more longevity but in this case I really feel they stifle the album's momentum. "A Scrillion Scrieces" which features some of the best guitar leads and vocal melodies on the album is preceded by the drab power balled "All Of The Best", which is criminal. Well maybe it helps anyone listening appreciate the awesomeness of "A Scrillion Scrieces" more.

Force Majeure works really well as a product of its time and is a really impressive debut. People looking for new bands that do something different with the '90s skatepunk thing look no further, the vocal harmonies on this are especially satisfying. I hope on their next release they can iron out the kink or two.

 

 
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hatetheplacelovethechords (November 2, 2012)

Solid album, the folk-y parts really aren't that bad. But the reviewer is right, it's songs like "A Scrillion Scrieces" that make this album stand out.

abolitionist (November 30, 2011)

This album fucking rules. Only complaint is the production coulda been a little better. Aside from that, very solid.

baseball (November 29, 2011)

Good review. This is a really good debut. I can see further releases being killer.

alien (November 29, 2011)

This is an enjoyable album.
I'd disagree with the folky parts dragging it down.

yep

Longshot (November 29, 2011)

Good review, but I happen to disagree with the comments made about the slower jams. I really appreciate the differences in melody and tempo that songs like "All of the Best" provide. Beyond that, the song has a great hook. Additionally, the vocalists' style has a certain rock gruffness that isn't too overbearing or contrived, which is all too rampant and abused in today's more popular punk acts. I found it interesting that the conviction within his vocal dynamics is just enough to make the rather painful lyrics of "Broken Hearted Loser" go seemingly unquestioned.

That said, I strongly recommend this for fans of 90's and early 2000's punk rock that don't heavily rely on the same tempo or formula, and are looking for a welcomed relief from the saturated and lazy fad of whiskey-tinged beardcore.

The hooks are there and the harmonies are killer. Also, that track "Ozymandius" is the fucking jam.

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