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All Dinosaurs

All Dinosaurs: Rules of Civility and Decent BehaviorRules of Civility and Decent Behavior (2012)
self-released

Reviewer Rating: 2.5


Contributed by: JeloneJelone
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I love all dinosaurs (the animal!). I don't love All Dinosaurs (the band!). Nothing against the riffy quasi-metal they've got going on. I'm all about that. Nor is it anything against shit kicking speed punk. That's cool too. But the way the band jumps between the two leaves the group's new George Wa.
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I love all dinosaurs (the animal!). I don't love All Dinosaurs (the band!). Nothing against the riffy quasi-metal they've got going on. I'm all about that. Nor is it anything against shit kicking speed punk. That's cool too. But the way the band jumps between the two leaves the group's new George Washington-referencing record, Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior, a little incoherent. At their best, All Dinosaurs recall the post-hardcore of Planes Mistaken For Stars: Punkers with a love of dirty rock riffs. That's just not a consistent accomplishment here.

Still, the record starts off promisingly with the title track. That one's a romper stomper. But by track three, "High Karate," the vocals start to feel more and more incidental, as if the band is just ranting whenever. This is not a catchy record, but rather a showcase for riffs.

And such deliciously dirty riffs! Rules of Civility finds a balance, production wise, between dirty and clean. All the better to highlight those sick licks (dig that guitar solo on "Tight Rope," man). But these still don't feel like memorable songs, as they jump around a lot without really going anywhere, and not in a cool, alternating technical hardcore way. Sad to say, given that All Dinosaurs almost recall Black Tusk's thrashing, gnashing brand of metal, but this album could use a couple of hooks.

 

 
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Ghoti34 (November 2, 2012)

Saw these guys at the Fest. Pretty good show even though you couldn't hear the vocals. Was a little disappointed they didn't pay much off their previous album including my two faves "Black Gold" and "Push Back". The songs of off Rules of Civility sound great live, but this album is just ok. I was hoping for some sort of melodic trash punk, but instead just got lots of loud songs that don't make me want to play the air guitar like their previous album did.

jvoland (November 2, 2012)

I should start by saying that these dudes are good friends of mine - however, I have no problem criticizing my friends bands if I don't think they are good. Having said that, I don't think this review does this record any justice. I was blown away the first time I put this album on - it DOES have plenty of hooks ("social mongoloid", "ragnarok & roll"), insane energy and musical ability. All friendships aside, I'd say this is easily in my top 3 albums of the year. No offense to the reviewer, but it seems like he wrote this review after half-listening to the album one time through. Ignored way too much of what this band has to offer and only really talked about the riffs and the hooks, or lack thereof. Do yourself a favor and listen to this record for yourself.

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