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Glassjaw: Worship and TributeWorship and Tribute (2002)
Warner Music Group

Reviewer Rating: 4
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Contributed by: AubinAubin
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Glassjaw. What can you say about Glassjaw? Well, their debut release on Roadrunner (and technically, their second release overall) "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Silence" could be best described as an aural temper tantrum. Explosive rhythms, frenetic guitar and a vocals that barely sou.
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Glassjaw. What can you say about Glassjaw?

Well, their debut release on Roadrunner (and technically, their second release overall) "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Silence" could be best described as an aural temper tantrum. Explosive rhythms, frenetic guitar and a vocals that barely sounded rehearsed. [1] And I mean that, when Daryl broke into a sudden burst of piercing screams, it really sounded like it was unplanned. Probably one of the best things about that excellent record was it's spontaneous and barely controlled rage.

So, fast forward two years. Roadrunner is defunct, and a band without a label jumps to Warner Brothers, for their second major label release "Worship and Tribute", with Warner, probably thinking they have the next Deftones. [2]

"Worship and Tribute" isn't the Deftones; in fact, it shares little with any other heavy act, including Glassjaw's previous records.

I hated it.

Well, it's a fair assessment at first glance; gone are the viciously straightforward lyrics, the freakouts, and the raw production. Now produced by the guy who produced bands like Korn, it's got a slicker, dangerously-close-to-nu-metal sound.

I hated that (and I still do)

But, devoted guy that I am, I persevered.[3] Listening to the record over and over, until the subtleties hit me; the good tracks are spectacular. The subtle blend of Fugazi and Minor Threat that permeates Tip Your Bartender, the soaring, delirium of Mu Empire, the restrained anthemic Ape Does Mil, and of course, the noise and melody of Stuck Pig. Other tracks like Must've Run All Day play the sounds of a somewhat heavier Sparta. [4]

Unfortunately, the new spirit of experimentation, while yielding some incredible new tracks, does result in some failed attempts. It's bound to happen, but it's nevertheless disappointing; Trailer Park Jesus and Calvacade sound like sloppy alt.rock, and the drug-tinged, dynamic Two Tabs of Mescaline comes almost too late to stave off boredom.

After that, I didn't hate it, but it isn't warranting the endless repeats that Everything.. wrought. Everything... was a five star album. This isn't, but it's still damn good, and I highly recommend it.

Endnotes:

[1] - I want everyone to take notice of how I avoided calling it any type of core.
[2] - Major label A&R people scare me a little
[3] - Aren't you lucky?
[4] - Not At the Drive-In, Sparta. I know every reviewer on earth likes to name drop ATDI, but I'm so behind the times that I'm name dropping Sparta.

 

 
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XHenkkaX (November 11, 2009)

I'm sorry, but the vocal work makes this band almost unlistenable. Listen to Stay Gold, kids.

shawnlw (July 11, 2009)

Just a correction on some of the misinformation contained in this review: "that guy" that produced this album and made the band sound more "nu-metal" is Ross Robinson. He also happens to be the same guy that recorded Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Silence, as well as Relationship Of Command by At The Drive-In, and The Cure's 2004 self-titled album. So that "nu-metal" sound was likely sound desired by the band. Also, Roadrunner Records is not defunct, Glassjaw broke their contract with the label. Warner didn't think they had the next Deftones. They picked up the record because GJ was trying to shop it to a label for release after they recorded it with Robinson independently. Warner was the best label to bite.

strizzmatik (May 7, 2008)

This album rips it up on every concievable level. And where the fuck is an EYEWTKAS review?

kungfulawyer (October 20, 2006)

Most of you were probably similar to me in that your Everything... CD was just getting warn out from all the listens - what a killer record. The long-awaited Worship and Tribute, GJ's 3rd album if you include Kiss Kiss Bang Bang ep was about as satisfying as sex in a nursing home for me in the beginning. I couldn't believe that glassjaw could let me down. The raw intensity shown most prominently in their live shows was missing. To give credit to Darryl and the boys, this album is more melodic, and even my girlfriend liked it - which came in handy when it came time for sex once a year. It really took a few listens until I started to realize what this album was about, but now I enjoy it more than ever. It will never be considered to me as nu metal, I think to classify this band in that light is downright irrational, and to think glassjaw is nu metal, is to think Micheal Jackson is white. Don't be fooled, it is a lot more benificial to comment on something if you've actually listened to its content in its entirety. As for everyone cursing out this band, and saying they are overhyped can get a life. There is no such thing as overhyped. You either earn it, or you don't, this music abviously didn't connect with you so just put it back on the shelf for someone with actual musical erudition.

Poison_Operation (June 21, 2006)

ARRRRRRRRRGH! Damn that fucking time limit!

Here is the score I meant to put with my last post.

Poison_Operation (June 21, 2006)

For the life of me, I just cannot get into this record as much as EYEWTKAS. It's definitely got some good points (Tip Your Bartender, Ape Dos Mil), but the songs seem to mesh together, and if I wasn't watching my CD player change tracks, I would think there were only three or four very long songs on the whole album. There are also not as many freak-outs from Daryl as there were on EYEWTKAS. Those moments where he just seemed to go fucking nuts were one of the many reasons, and probably the main reason, the first full-length appealed to me so much.

Oh well, though. At least I can still listen to EYEWTKAS, although I still try to get into W&T every once in a while. I'm currently involved in this process right now.

fordireburnsred130 (June 9, 2006)

and that score doesn't even deserve half a star.

fordireburnsred130 (June 9, 2006)

my score is for the morons who call or make a referance to this band being nu-metal.

Anonymous (February 20, 2005)

what more can i say, glass jaw rocks...raw rock kills!!!

Anonymous (November 24, 2004)

"between the buried and me isent nu-metal. what the fuck. nu- metal is radio rap rock shit. nu-metal is gay"

Yeeeah, and so is BTBAM.

Anonymous (November 14, 2004)

come on now, two tabs of mescaline kicks ass

bemused (August 17, 2004)

Darryl's lyrics are whack yo!

-chris-

Anonymous (June 9, 2004)

Home is where the heart is

ON THE BUS!!!

Anonymous (June 6, 2004)

between the buried and me isent nu-metal. what the fuck. nu- metal is radio rap rock shit. nu-metal is gay

Anonymous (June 6, 2004)

glasjaw is not fucking nu-metal. linkin park is. god i hate linkin park. i fucking hate korn and slipknot and all those bands that soccor mom sons use as an excuse to be hardcore. fucking mtv shit. and the blood brothers arnt nu-metal either. jesus go read a music book or something just cause you never heard of this type of music doesent mean there "nu"

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

On the Incubus comment below , Incubus is a Faith No More rip-off with more emphasis on funk. The only reason why they are still around is that because of there looks that makes girls cream.If they were fatass dudes with beer bellys and sounded exactly the same, they wouldn't last for a second. Back to Glassjaw, they sound somewhat similar to Faith No More but they do it better than any other band that tries to. Worship and Tribute may not be the follow up that everybody wanted to EYWTKAS, but it places a bigger emphasis on Daryl Palumbo's voice and it shows the bands maturity as a core. Probably one of the most important bands right now. Oh I almost forgot on the Korn comment:FUCK KORN!!

mrwaffles (July 10, 2003)

and t_garn was right: KORN DOES SUCK

mrwaffles (July 10, 2003)

Oh, and about the Ozzfest comments:

I hate ozzfest as much as the next punk kid, but just because a band plays a specific festival or show doesn't mean they have any less credibility. Danzig played the first ozzfest. Are you gonna make fun of the misfits for that?

mrwaffles (July 10, 2003)

I feel sort of weird giving this an 8, because i usually make fun of this stuff. I'm not a nu-metal person at all. On the other hand glassjaw isnt really nu-metal at all. you cant classify their sound that easily. I thought "Cosmopolitan blood loss" and "Ape Dos Mil" were really good songs, and im looking forward to seeing them on the warped tour.

Anonymous (June 2, 2003)

Nu-metal??
nahhh, these guys are fuckin' brilliant. Anyone who considers these guys nu-metal knows fuckall about music. How can you compare shit like slipknot to glassjaw? Ross did em both, but so fuckin what? Ross also did, korn, limp, and at the drive-in. So, is Ross the "nu-metal producer?" Nahh..PS: Simple plan sucks the ballsack.

Anonymous (May 30, 2003)

Ross Robinson produced their first album and The latest The Blood Brothers record, and yeah The Blood Brothers are nu-metal and all.

Anonymous (March 16, 2003)

Omg, how could u call glassjaw 'numetal'. You must be the biggest morons. Yunno those pple that are completly musically illiterate

insinceredave (March 4, 2003)

this record is great. From start to finish!

-insincere dave

Anonymous (January 14, 2003)

I bet everyone calling this band "nu metal" are into good charlotte, because they obviously don't have any idea about what legitimate music is.

Anonymous (January 1, 2003)

I saw their video and it made my ears bleed.

evildeadalive (December 31, 2002)

Glassjaw sucks. Pat, you suck, I hope you get your Korn Glasjaw tour. Twat guy, you suck. If you think aubin's fat, go look at his picture in the about the site bar over there on the side.

Anonymous (December 10, 2002)

I hate glassjaw so much, they sound all whiny, off-beat, and shitty, well this is just form their song on Warped Tour but that is one of the few songs on it i
can't listen to .they suck and bite the big one.

Anonymous (December 8, 2002)

I think Glassjaw won't be putting anything good out anymore. Sucks for them. EYWTKAS kicked major ass. WAT just sucks.

BostonMusicGuy (October 23, 2002)

Incubus is rap metal?!?!?!?! some peopke amaze me! Incubus is just plain old rock... forget having to label everything. Glass jaw is just plain old rock... incredibly original rock but still just rock. God, I am going to go puke up my breakfast from hearing someone strech so far as to label Incubus rap-metal.-BostonMusicGuy

yellowtrash (October 22, 2002)

I'm also glad you didn't call it screamo either.

waste_elite (October 22, 2002)

"Incubus was on Ozzfest 2000. If you think Incubus is nu-metal, that's sad."

yeah, incubus is cut-rate rap-metal attempting but failing miserably to be intelligent. get it right.

Anonymous (October 21, 2002)

I smell poo poo.

Anonymous (October 21, 2002)

this is the best review ever. a boner i haveth.

Anonymous (October 21, 2002)

I got this album for free and it's only gone in my cd player once. After I heard this awful piece of crap I immediatly threw it across the room into the trash can where it belongs.

I could have taken it down and exchanged it for money but this time doing what I think is right is more important and I believe in keeping kids away from musical filth.

Anonymous (October 21, 2002)

first cd sucked
second cd sucked
what does this tell us kids this band sucks. If want to hear hardcore listen to some good bands such as one fifth,american tradegy and any trustkill band. these guys are not nu metal nu metal are bands like between the buried and me, dimmu borgir and dead to fall

peace

Anonymous (October 20, 2002)

The perfect album to listen to when you want to say "Fuck You" to everybody is DEFF not Glassjaw. Ever hear American Nightmare - s/t ? That is "fuck off" music at its best. I mean cmon they have a song called Please Die. Nuff said

Anonymous (October 20, 2002)

"saying glassjaw is nu metal becuz they were on ozzfest is like calling every band on warped tour punk u stupid a-holes. like at the drive in is nu metal cuz ross procuced it. or at the drive in had a hip hop album cuz it was on grand royal. people are dumb, its one thing not to like this band, such as my roomate, but he has at least heard all their songs. it seems alot of the people hating this band have only heard the single or some shit.listen to the music then judge it, they have alot of variety."

Very true. HEre's an example: Incubus was on Ozzfest 2000. If you think Incubus is nu-metal, that's sad.

Anonymous (October 20, 2002)

Call me crazy but I think these guys are really something special. They sound like no other band around, the perfect listen for when you just feel like saying "Fuck You" to everything and everyone.

Anonymous (October 20, 2002)

You're silly Aubin, Two Tabs of Mescaline is easily the best song on the album.

timis (October 20, 2002)

actually i think this album is pretty good. alot better then most stuff that has been coming out. i think its one of the better releases of the year.

Anonymous (October 20, 2002)

Gay gay gay gay gay gay gay gay fags!!!

Anonymous (October 20, 2002)

I'm so so sorry for my uncontrolled rage. I really am. It's just when I see fat fucks like yourself wasting time on mommy and daddy’s college money it gets me a little upset. Why not act out in other ways? Why not indulge that little voice in the back of your mind. You know which one I'm talking about. You're in line at the local burger king; you notice the guy at the register is a tom cruise look alike. He asks if there’s anything else you want. Inside your head you hear a voice booming over and over again, "YES! I WOULD LIKE SOME GLAZED TURTLE HEADS!" Come on you know you're wondering what its like to safari in a jungle of chest hair. I say do what comes naturally. If you have an inclination for a guy to donkey punch you, I say go for it. You're at college fat boy. If you can't get laid, do lots of drugs. Or if you can't get laid just watch that hidden camera you have set up in the men’s locker room. Or finally tell your roommate that you've been inhaling the sweet crotchness that is his dirty boxers. My point being, STOP WASTING YOUR PARENTS MONEY! twat

Anonymous (October 20, 2002)

saying glassjaw is nu metal becuz they were on ozzfest is like calling every band on warped tour punk u stupid a-holes. like at the drive in is nu metal cuz ross procuced it. or at the drive in had a hip hop album cuz it was on grand royal. people are dumb, its one thing not to like this band, such as my roomate, but he has at least heard all their songs. it seems alot of the people hating this band have only heard the single or some shit.listen to the music then judge it, they have alot of variety.

Anonymous (October 20, 2002)

Nice review Aubin.

Anonymous (October 20, 2002)

tell 'em steve-dave

aubin (October 20, 2002)

A&R = Artists and Representation.
The "A&R" guys are the people who sign bands. I didn't think it was a critical point to the review so I didn't explain it. It was a joke.

How am I fat? That's just a weird thing to say.

And for the record, reading comments like yours that seem to blow things way out of proportion and demonstrate the kind of uncontrolled rage of a guy who posts as anonymous is the ray of sunshine in my life.

Really.

Anonymous (October 19, 2002)

Wow this reviewer knows a lot about major labels and a&r. Shit like that, I don't even know what those kinds of words mean? Is a&r code for something?? AHHH!! Please help me! I'm not a cool insider like this dipshit! Damn you're smart dude! Are you like way up there in the record labels? Are you like a president of a company or something? Or are you some fat fuck sitting behind his computer and checking out billboard magazine trying to pick up scoops. That way he can make his pathetic existence seem a little more bearable. If it makes him feel important then I say we give him that. He should have at least one ray of light in his meaningless life. Cuz I'm sure someday he'll cure cancer or prove there’s no god. But please don't let all of your knowledge go to waste. The world needs you still!! twat.

Anonymous (October 19, 2002)

I think it'd be better if they produced the album themselves. Yes, Ross did well with their first full-length LP, but I think they were relying too much on Ross Robinson on this album. Ross Robinson gave them a good headstart, now it's time for them to get something going by themselves. I like all the songs except "Radio Cambodia" because it sounds too poppy. Not only that, it shouldn't have come after "Stuck Pig" "Two Tabs Of Mescaline" would have been perfect after "Stuck Pig".

Anonymous (October 19, 2002)

"they should tour with Korn, yea they should that would be a kick ass tour that I would go see. Korn was amazing before they released Follow the Leader." Not only does bostonmusic guy have horrible taste in music now he should probably be shot

t_garn

TJmoney (October 19, 2002)

ross robinson also produced vanilla ice. word to your mother. vanilla ice is also in the movie the new guy. crazy funky shit yo.

Anonymous (October 19, 2002)

they're numetal. stop trying to deny it.

BostonMusicGuy (October 19, 2002)

glassjaw was on ozzfest...that kind of answers the nu-metal question and what kind of fans they're appealing toWhat does being on a specific tour have to do with anything. Jurassic 5 was on Warped Tour, as well as eminem, Black Eyed Peas, Morgan Heritage, Hank Williams III, all people that dont market well to the target demographic of the Warped Tour. GlassJaw are NOT BY ANY MEANS nu-metal... and to the guy saying they should tour with Korn, yea they should that would be a kick ass tour that I would go see. Korn was amazing before they released Follow the Leader. Life is Peachy and the self titled albums are creative, original and beyond most things being released today.-BostonMusicGuy

Anonymous (October 19, 2002)

this album is def. not as good as the last one, in terms of pure energy and emotion, but its also less heavy and more melodic. as for anyone shitting on ross robinson's production, he also produced at the drive in's amazing final album. u can't fuck wit dat.
-cawknocker

Anonymous (October 19, 2002)

GLASSJAW BLOWS. i have no idea why people are so into them. unrelated comments guy is cool as shit though.

-ReeKo

Anonymous (October 19, 2002)

glassjaw was on ozzfest...that kind of answers the nu-metal question and what kind of fans they're appealing to

aubin (October 19, 2002)

Some points. First, I know Robinson produced both; what I was trying to get across was that the sound of the record changed between records. I guess I could have been more clear about that.

Second, in regards to Roadrunner, you are correct, they are not "defunct" in the "out of business" style, though the label is suffering, and there were rumours it was closing down. I just jumped to conclusons.

Finally, I have to be clear. I really, really didn't like this record the first time. It took me a good long time before it clicked with me. If you're a fan of the old record, and haven't gotten into this one, give it a little while, it'll work for you.

Anonymous (October 19, 2002)

Remember When Earth Crisis Was on Roadrunner? That sucked. Remember when Madball was on Roadrunner? Well that was kinda ok, not their best, but OK.

**Unrelated Comments Guy**

Anonymous (October 19, 2002)

Whoah there. Roadrunner records may, in general, suck ass, but they sure as fuck aren't "defunct". They just put out albums by (The lame & boring) down the sun, and (Also pretty crappy) murderdolls. Do some fact checking there.

Anonymous (October 18, 2002)

Here's my chance to name drop ATDI. Ross Robinson also produced their final cd.

Anonymous (October 18, 2002)

they sound very numetal to me. they should be touring right along with korn and all that other crap.

Anonymous (October 18, 2002)

i agree. i just think they try too much to sound creative and different but it ends up sounding like shit. and the guys voice gets on my nerves... i also saw their video, it sucked

Anonymous (October 18, 2002)

Overrated my fucking ass... this band is great. This album is as good as EYEWTKAS. Just in a different way. Melody are way better, less freak outs but more concentrated. This cd is one of my favorite of all time. It needs multiple listens to really grasp everything. The guy that said nu-metal, is fucking nu-idiot!

Hamish (October 18, 2002)

This band kinda irritates me. It feels like they're going out of their way to be creative and such, but they can't pull it off. They use so many guitar effects like it's going to disguise the fact that their riffs are painfully dull. The songwriting is dull too. The songs just plod along and go nowhere interesting. Not to mention the fact that the singing is painfully irittating (like the part in Cosmopolitan Bloodloss where he goes "ugly people,"). Comparisons to Fugazi? I think not. They're not even in Fugazi's league. Fugazi = experimentalism great songs writing. Glassjaw = attempts at experimentalism weak song-writing. Not to say that this record is all bad. Tip Your Bartender is a good, straight-forward rocker. And Ape Dos Mil has a great guitar sound and the vocals actually work on that one. And track 11 (forget the name) is pretty rocking. But other than that, this is nothing more than average. I will never understand why Glassjaw has such an obessive fanbase, they're not even that great live. Maybe in a couple years they'll get good, but not now.

Well-written review though.

sickboi (October 18, 2002)

As I've stated with comments towards Midtown, this band is the pinnacle of overrated.

(grammar police correction)

sickboi (October 18, 2002)

As I've stated with comments towards Midtown, this band are the pinnacle of overrated.

kevtv (October 18, 2002)

this cd is great, glassjaw is great, as they have been for many many years in my book. EYEWTKAS was also produced by mr. ross robinson (funny thing, ross also produced the hardcore vanilla ice cd, which featured weezer's scott shriner playing bass...funny shit). glassjaw moved to WB (no, not THE WB) because Ross moved his imprint label (I AM Recordings) to WB, so Glassjaw came along. Disagreements with Roadrunner made that move a quicker process. W&T is a great CD, Glassjaw isn't over-rated...go see them live, they rock. later. kev

Anonymous (October 18, 2002)

1. ross robinson produced everything you ever wanted to know about silence.
2. road runner is still around, glassjaw just went to WB cause roadrunner basically screwed them out of a lot of things.

Anonymous (October 18, 2002)

I kind of disagree with your review. You described Glassjaw's first album perfectly, it was completely raw and energetic and so different. While Worship and Tribute isn't raw and not so different, its still a very good record by a very very good band. I saw a comment that said this band is so overhyped. The reason this band has so much hype is this is the first time this band is getting anytime of mainstream press and their live show is amazing. Im not bias; there are many hyped bands I think are just mediocre or horrible ala The Starting Line, brand new, and Mars Volta. BUT Glassjaw is a band that could be very important, and they are not nu metal. And as this reviewer failed, Ross Robinson - the producer who has worked with Limp Bizkit and Vannila Shit, also produced Glassjaws debut album.

abileneINlove (October 18, 2002)

The score is for the review. Booku good.

Anonymous (October 18, 2002)

Glassjaw are incredible
everyone should get into this shit cause its sooooo good

Anonymous (October 18, 2002)

NUMETAL?!?! Glassjaw is anything but new metal. I dont think its fair to call them anything but rock. They are insane, emotional, intellegent. I absolutely love this album and Ape Dos Mil is one of my favorite songs probably ever. The singing melody on the verses alone is amazing.-BostonMusicGuy

Anonymous (October 18, 2002)

most overrated band around right now. nu-metal garbage.

Anonymous (October 18, 2002)

what we're they thinking? shame on shame on.

adam (October 18, 2002)

Aubin, you are the king of anti-formulatic reviews. I always find them interesting...

adam

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