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The Icarus Line - Mono (Cover Artwork)

The Icarus Line

The Icarus Line: MonoMono (2001)
Crank Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5


Contributed by: devalueddevalued
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Buddyhead. Love it or hate it, you have to respect it. The runners of Buddyhead, Travis Keller and Aaron North, have some big balls. Let's face it, I bought this cd a year ago because Buddyhead is just fucking hilarious, how surprised I was when I listened to this for the first time. I popped thi.
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Buddyhead. Love it or hate it, you have to respect it. The runners of Buddyhead, Travis Keller and Aaron North, have some big balls. Let's face it, I bought this cd a year ago because Buddyhead is just fucking hilarious, how surprised I was when I listened to this for the first time.

I popped this cd in, and the first thing that came to my mind was, "shit." I couldn't stand it. The obnoxious screaming, in-your-face guitars, loud as fuck drums, and the most distorted bass I've heard since Lightning Bolt. "This is awful, what a waste of money."

But....

I gave it a few more tries, and slowly, the album began to grow on me. I loved how catchy the single "Feed A Cat To Your Cobra," was, and soon enough I had fallen in love with this album. The immeasurable intensity of this band is outrageous. If I had to make a soundtrack to a fight, this would be it. Joe Cardamone's excruciatingly bitter lyrics are enough to make you scream along with him, and Aaron North's guitar work blends perfectly with the feeling Joe leaves you with. This is easily one of the most intense cds I've ever heard. Their anger towards the music industry and The City Of Angels just radiates all the way through this cd. On the track, "Rape Of The Holy Mother," they turn a poem by Charles Bukowski into one of the stand out tracks on the cd. The artwork is one of the best I've seen out of a cd within the last 5 years, laid out by none other than Frodus/Black Sea veteran, Shelby Cinca.

If you're looking for a cd that combines destruction and beauty, this is it.

 

 
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AnaMorph0sIs (April 12, 2004)

I wouldn't call this a Drive Like Jehu rip-off. It's obviously inspired by Drive Like Jehu, but where would music (or anything at all, for that matter) be without inspiration?

This album has got to be one of the most solid pieces of ass-kicking on this side of the 21st century.

Anonymous (April 7, 2004)

reading this review before seeing them live tonight got me thinking...

All these replies and the mighty, mighty Jehu is only mentioned once. If Trombino didn't record half the fucking thing, "ripoff" would be shouted in every other direction

Oh, and no mention of the Jesus Lizard. See above.

Anonymous (January 8, 2004)

Cardamone looks absolutely wack on stage, and he sings/screams like a wacko as well. Even though it's destructive and depressing as hell, this is just fucking inspiring. And who's to say "this is what punk-rock should have evolved in to", well, this IS what punk-rock has evolved in to.

Everyone should give this a chance or fifty.

Anonymous (September 10, 2003)

This is like all great records, it makes everything else shite. The comparisons are Drive Like Jehu, Black Flag, Jesus Lizard and The Stooges with maybe a bit of Spacemen 3 thrown. With influences like those, this record couldn't be bad.

Anonymous (June 21, 2003)

this album is good. its very technical and very passionate. sounds like vaux,atthedrivein and refused type music. if u dig those bands, you'll like this, its darker though and less catchy. a darker and less commercial sounding vaux. its good but not amazing. its overrated. it won't change your life. it starts to sound all the same after the first half, but the first half is great. second half is ok.

Anonymous (June 21, 2003)

start naming then

waste_elite (March 9, 2003)

i can name a hundred 80's bands better than guns n roses.

Anonymous (March 9, 2003)

you fucking little kids gotta learn that guns and roses was probably had the best 80's album, i know thats not saying much, but appeite for destruction is one of the best rock albums ever. i mean seriously, grow up.next we'll have you little kids saying the beatles sucked. christ. go listen to some music. i bet the kid that said guns were an ok mainstream band thinks the all american rejects is the best thing to hit mtv in years. fuck!

Anonymous (February 28, 2003)

Buddyead used to be funny as hell. But you can only use the same one liners so many times before it becomes unfunny. Hey, if it still works for you great. Talk to me in six months, I'm sure your opinion will change after you read the same joke over & over & over & over.....

Anonymous (February 28, 2003)

trying to hard? i dont think those dudes put any effort into anything. my only criticism is how they give their friends favorable reviews even tho you can tell they want to rip into em. i thought buddyhead was supposed to be no holds barred? if you need an example just wait till the new cave in comes out. theyll give it a good review even tho its very boring.

i know thats gonna make a lot of people angry but come on. the reason i liked cave in because i thought they were pretty ballsy to just up and change their sound.(you know how angry hardcore kids can get) but then i realized where i heard this before and i became pretty obvious that cave in just bought some failure, rush and giants chair cds. and now that stephen doesnt scream anymore its painfully obvious how pathetic his lyrics are. "you are rubber and i am glue"? thats some serious grade 3 shit goin down there. howd this turn into a cave in review? sorry. go buddyhead

Anonymous (February 28, 2003)

Buddyhead WAS the shit. Now they just try too hard.

Anonymous (February 28, 2003)

buddyhead is the shit.

Anonymous (February 28, 2003)

i find it funny how many people are actually offended by buddyhead. proof that sense of humor doesnt translate well into the written word i guess. i must be the only one who likes their review page too. its like asking a friend what they think of a cd and getting a funny response if it sucks.(my friends are assholes too yes). i think this type of informal reviewing compliments the more formal type pretty well. sometimes you just want a straight up opinion on a record rather cheesy pseudo poetic descriptions other reviewers try give.

Anonymous (February 27, 2003)

umm that was my home keyboard, it's broken at the moment, messing up the letters or not even typeing them in. well this album put my faith in punk rock again basically and other stuff i said. yeah it's great

Anonymous (February 27, 2003)

i liked reading this review, the icarus line rock.
-themuffingirl

kluchorama (February 26, 2003)

Whether you like Buddyhead or not (personally I do), they have some good bands. This album is really great and Your Enemies Friends is another awesome band.

Anonymous (February 26, 2003)

Dude that doesn't make any sense.

Anonymous (February 26, 2003)

no fuck all of you i will kill all of you ha .this album is a breath of fresh air . seriously even if you don't like at least there not some bullshit act trying to sound liek the locust the refused or at the drive in. godamn wo0o0o0o and it doesn't matter if axl is amazing or not cause he's fucing hot...i'd hit that owWwWwW 14 yo girls wo0o also buy the hoonay truth its quite amazing.

Anonymous (February 26, 2003)

Since when did music have anything to do with fucking loose hookers?! The ony reason chicks fucked Axl was because he was famous, I doubt he would have pulled ANY of that off without his fame! Look at him, he's skrawny, whinney and is just a flat out jerk......he whines when his shows are "slightly" inconvenienced. I'd love to see Axl deal with shit like Rollins wrote in Get in The Van...Axl probably would have quit or commited suicide the first night.

Anonymous (February 26, 2003)

Guns N Roses were OK for a mainstream act....but in comparison to Bad Religion they blew....BIG TIME. I never got into GnR and never really cared for them, even though they were far better than most hair metal garbage. Bad Religion, on the other hand, actually put some intelligent thought into their lyrics and, even funnier, started before GnR and are still in powerful existence 10 years after the demise of GnR. Guns N Roses are really overrated, especially their last albums. Their early stuff was OK, not great by any means. But their last 2 albums really blew bigtime.

newjackshit (February 26, 2003)

AXL- no "E" buddy, is brilliant. fucking guns n roses? where are you? yeah, slash and izzy were the backbone of that band, but without axl, the band would have been just another mediocre rock band. axl put them over the top. axl is also the only guy i can think of that can successfully get 7 hookers in a hottub installed on the back of a limo. motley crue came close though. if that isnt brilliant....maybe laying pipe is stephanie seymore isn't enough for you, but if hittin it with a victorias secret model isnt awesome, i dont know what is.

newjackshit (February 26, 2003)

they clearly don't like bad religion and pennywise. i don't either, those bands should quit. they are too damn old and boring...just like they were when they started out. buddyhead reviews are great reading.

Anonymous (February 26, 2003)

Good stuff.....but what's with Buddyhead....their reviews are pathetic. They gave Bad Religions ltest album an "Average" (?!?) and proceeded to label Pennywise as "jock rock".....I thought we were out of the labeling stage of our lives.....junior high is over you know! Plus they use Axel Rose as a scale for brilliance, when Axel is ANYTHING but brilliant!

waste_elite (February 26, 2003)

"I liked this band & this album until they played in my basement. While most of the people in the band were cool, one or two were complete fucking assholes and the Icarus Line has the distinction of being the only band ever to be chased out of my house. I think they're proud of that, but they really shouldn't be."

letting the icarus line play in your house = a mistake

you should have known that

FortyMinutesWest (February 26, 2003)

"this have given faith in punk rock again, heard this over ago before i even heard of buddyhead, blew me away, thanks to this i been expose to the world to of the undergrounds thansk to the buddyhead site

man this even showed me the joy of spritualized. i notice my music taste have got better thanks to this album and you should get it. maybe your get rid of your finch and offspring albums
"

Maybe now since you big punk rock your now learn to type yes?

Anonymous (February 26, 2003)

agreed!

Anonymous (February 26, 2003)

this have given faith in punk rock again, heard this over ago before i even heard of buddyhead, blew me away, thanks to this i been expose to the world to of the undergrounds thansk to the buddyhead site

man this even showed me the joy of spritualized. i notice my music taste have got better thanks to this album and you should get it. maybe your get rid of your finch and offspring albums

jheisel (February 26, 2003)

I liked this band & this album until they played in my basement. While most of the people in the band were cool, one or two were complete fucking assholes and the Icarus Line has the distinction of being the only band ever to be chased out of my house. I think they're proud of that, but they really shouldn't be.

Anonymous (February 26, 2003)

Never heard of these guys but just downloaded some of this.....sounds pretty damn good in my book. I'll have to check more out!

punky (February 26, 2003)

Saw them live last year...Now I don't have any respect for them.
They should review their own album... Because its much worse then any of the shit reviewed on their website.

ElVaquero (February 25, 2003)

i gotta find some shit by them... even if aaron idolizes f-minus. this sounds good.

if i was going to choose a soundtrack to a fight, i'd have to take Kuroyume's "Corkscrew," well, at least until it turns ska and garage.

-El Vaquero

Anonymous (February 25, 2003)

wow this review sums up exactly how i felt about this record. It wasnt what i expected (for some reason i thought it was going to sound like ATDI)

Anonymous (February 25, 2003)

for some odd reason i actually like this band

Anonymous (February 25, 2003)

Did any body here about their show in Philly awhile back with Dillinger Escape Plan where they played a single note for almost 10 minutes? It was genius, and sums up why this band is great. They don't give a fuck about anybody.

waste_elite (February 25, 2003)

remember SXSW!

Anonymous (February 25, 2003)

No, this is really good. I hate to say it, but this is the most punk rock thing out there right now. They are so pissed off and intense live it is unreal. It's everything punk rock should be, raw, angry, and hard. This is what punk rock SHOULD have evolved into. These guys are elitist dicks, but they back their shit up with a great album.
-Jay

Anonymous (February 25, 2003)

This album is incredible, also, I remember reading somewhere that Dave Grohl was a pretty big Icarus Line fan. Just a cool little fact about a basically unknown band.

Anonymous (February 25, 2003)

this band is total crap that no one would care about if aaron wasn't in it.

Anonymous (February 25, 2003)

i felt the same way. this album is brilliant.

waste_elite (February 25, 2003)

i went from disliking the icarus line to liking to loving

buy this record

FortyMinutesWest (February 25, 2003)

Didnt like it..

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