Die Trying - Die Trying (Cover Artwork)

Die Trying

Die Trying: Die TryingDie Trying (2003)
Island Records

Reviewer Rating: 1.5

Contributed by: theron
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Let me start off by saying that this record is utter garbage. But once you get past the fact that the vocalist is pretty much indistinguishable from The Used's frontman, it might actually grow on you - that is, if you let it. Every song on Die Trying's self-titled album is filled to the brim with ca.

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Let me start off by saying that this record is utter garbage. But once you get past the fact that the vocalist is pretty much indistinguishable from The Used's frontman, it might actually grow on you - that is, if you let it. Every song on Die Trying's self-titled album is filled to the brim with catchy hooks, melodic choruses, and a tight regiment - and that might work for most people, but I'll be damned if that's gonna sway a music lover like myself.

If you played this record without any cover information or packaging, you wouldn't be able to tell if this was Chevelle, The Used, Socialburn, or any other band for that matter. They have no distinguishing characteristics about them, and that is their complete downfall. No matter how good the songs are constructed, it's all about having at least one -speck- of originality .. and that's something you couldn't pay this band to possess.

Of the 12 tracks on this record, I can count the memorable ones by just referring to the mirror and seeing how many vaginas I have growing from my nose. Now, if that isn't blatant enough for you - let me break it down in lamens: that means a big fat 0.

"Oxygen" sounds like every other radio-friendly alternative metal song you've ever heard in your entire life, and it's pretty uncanny how much it sounds like Socialburn's "Down." "Turn Up the Radio" sounds like it's their attempt at a more serious side, but it ends up sounding like an even worse version of a Puddle of Mudd song (does it even get that bad?) and their attempt at a teen-angst song "Fuck You" is just a regurgitated Good Charlotte song (so, that would make it what .. 4th hand?) mixed with some Lifer - it's utterly ridiculous.

It's pointless to point out every single point of unoriginality that plagues this record, but it really is fun - just like listening to this record -could- be if I weren't so fluent in musical culture these days. This would be the ultimate record for summer had I never heard any other band ever, or if this were just my introduction to this genre of music. The songs are great, but like I said - they suck, especially just because I know where the inspiration for them all originated.

Do yourself a favor and if you -must- listen to this record, prepare for some contemplations afterward. Some of them might go like this: What the fuck am I wasting my time with this shit for? Why did I pay for this? What band is this again? .. The list goes on. As their singer claims in "Dirty, Dirty," he may know what the girls want, and that may be true - but remember, girls and true musical taste don't go together.


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Anonymous (November 24, 2005)

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Anonymous (June 3, 2004)

why do bands from Sacramento suck sooo bad?

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soulbleed (May 27, 2004)

wow. it's kind of funny that you people are still talking about this record, since no one else even remembers it. heh! anyway, i wrote this review under the name theron because at the time i was trying to see if people here could tell the difference between it and some of my other stuff. apparently they couldn't, and they just try and hate me for my elite handle. whatever, though. this record still is garbage. and everyone forgot about this band. why? because i was right. they have no outstanding characteristics, and they only got a deal because they're friends with papa roach. i never said the music wasn't good -- no one was really arguing that. it's mass produced trash that has no spirit or heart and that's why it sucks. people have to understand that you can't give every cd a perfect score just because it appeals to you at the moment -- you have to think about its long-lasting capabilities and how it will stand the test of time against strong comptetition. but anyway, lighten up, pussies.

Anonymous (May 11, 2004)

Coming from someone who supposively knows what music is, you sure lack the ability to identify creativeness. I'm not going to say Die Trying doesn't have a resembelence to other bands out there, but who doesn't. Everyone has a touch of who they admire, that is going to happen. I'll be damned if the lead vocalist in my band gets compared to Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, and he gets no credit for it? Hell with that, you just don't know where to look when it comes to looking for creativeness. How about you broaden your views maybe? That would be the smart thing if you asked me. Before you go around bashing on new talent, you should take a look at yourself and think, "Could I do any better?". I personally know for a fact that you couldn't. So in that aspect, you should actually learn to respect music for what it is. It is there for pure entertainment and enjoyment. Not everyone puts music out to touch the heart or soul, but EVERY musician puts music out there that comes from the heart and soul. Every man/woman to their opinion, this is mine. If you feel like debating it, try me. seastyle@yahoo.com or IM me on Yahoo as seastyle

Anonymous (May 10, 2004)

I think the album is awesome..I think you have way too much time on your hands...yet you can't get your facts straight sucks to be you at least DT as more fans than you!!!

Anonymous (May 10, 2004)

I can't agree more with this review... I bought the album, listened to it for 3 days, turned around a GAVE it to my sister... who in turn GAVE it to my cousin, who in turn GAVE it to some girl at her school... Whom gave it BACK! All within a week. Im from Sacramento, I know The guys from Die Trying... Im not saying the album isnt good, but sometimes originality and heart play a major role in how you feel when listening to a song. This album has NO originality and NO heart. nuff said.

Anonymous (May 9, 2004)

i'm jill. last comment was me. jp_thetruthlies@yahoo.com

Anonymous (May 9, 2004)

i disagree completely but to each his own. not cool to trash talk bands though. the boys worked hard to get where they are today and deserve it all and so much more. if you actually litened to their album thoroughly before depicking it apart you would find tons of originality. and the singer, jassen, sounds like no one but himself. go see them live and i think you will change your mind completely. and even so, if you don't.. maybe you should right reviews on why you like albums and not talk badly about amazing guys who deserve so much more credit. please just try to me nicer. or maybe have someone slap you in the face so you knwo next time you're listeneing to good music. goodnight.

Anonymous (May 9, 2004)

Personally I think the reviewer and the other critics are full of shit. I mean where is your c.d.?? Oh right you don't have one. Maybe they aren't making music to keep you happy. They probably just enjoy it. So i would just chill on the whole diss factor because it's not like they give a fuck about what one shitty ass reviewer thinks about a c.d. that alot of people enjoy.

Anonymous (May 9, 2004)

You have no clue...

This album is awesome. They sound nothing like any of the bands you mentioned. And if you knew anything, you would know the singer didnt right the song "Dirty, Dirty", it was the guitarist. Get your facts straight before you write a review.

8dollarclarinetsolo (July 1, 2003)

i think the jokes on you because you actually clicked on it

Anonymous (June 29, 2003)

um im pretty sure i did that dietrying clothing thing on purpose, you dumbfuck. shut up.

Anonymous (June 24, 2003)

i went to their site, and i actually liked what i heard

Anonymous (June 23, 2003)

so you review an album that you hate, and then you post a link to a clothing company.

I hope you really just didn't automatically assume that the link dietrying.com would be for the band.
If you did...

Anonymous (June 23, 2003)

i've listend to all the songs on their ecard...and despite what everyone says, i actually like some of the songs....go figure

Anonymous (June 23, 2003)

um i didnt buy it, label sent me it. i guess it was a waste of their time/money :D


Anonymous (June 22, 2003)

the Used has destroyed my once wide taste in music. i can no longer stomach anything that even remotely resembles the Used or that silly genre
(whatever it is) that they belong to.

evildeadalive (June 22, 2003)

Hey theron, why the hell did you even buy this, or even listen to it, in the first place??

Anonymous (June 22, 2003)

Why dont these guys die, trying to write some actual good fucking music..... Oh yeah..... And on that highly successful burn i belive i shall get me a puddin' pop..... Ive earned it.

Anonymous (June 21, 2003)

This Band is horrible. The only reason they have "made it" anywhere is one of them is best friends with the singer of papa roach. don't be fooled by this crap.

501 (June 20, 2003)

This band sounded half decent a year ago. Now its like you said... sound like the Used.. with a blend of Finch.

Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

Stupid, immature lyrics. Stupid, immature vocals. Stupid, immature band.

"Expect Thrice to sound pretty much just like this."
I have to disagree. I think that the new songs are mindblowing right now. And I doubt that any of Dustin's lyrics will be as crapass as this piece of garbage. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Fuzzy (June 20, 2003)

Anyone catch this band on Punkrocks.net stage during warped tour? ;o)

Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

and could the album art be any worse??

Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

oops. this is the score.


Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

this band is crap. if any band remotely resembles to cheville then it's crap.


Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

Personally, the review sucked! It blows my mind how every review sounds the same on this site! You actually took time out of your day to write this?


Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

Well, what do you expect from a release on Island? Expect Thrice to sound pretty much just like this.

inagreendase (June 20, 2003)

wait..i was really confused by the vaginas comment. wouldn't they be growing INWARD? it seems really weird just to have "vagina" and "grow from" in the same sentence. maybe if you said like...pairs of testicles hanging out your nostrils or something it would've been a bit clearer

soulbleed (June 20, 2003)

yes, this record sucks.

8dollarclarinetsolo (June 20, 2003)

Of the 12 tracks on this record, I can count the memorable ones by just referring to the mirror and seeing how many vaginas I have growing from my nose.
there are a lot of great quotes in todays reviews!

Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

It's great to hear someone finally tell it like it is with no messing around. Best review I've seen in a while.

Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

I haven't heard this, but the review almost makes me want to, just to see how bad it is. I'll take your word on it though.


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