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The Nerve Agents - Days Of The White Owl (Cover Artwork)

The Nerve Agents

The Nerve Agents: Days Of The White OwlDays Of The White Owl (2000)
Revelation Records

Reviewer Rating: 0.5
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Contributed by: JasonThornberryJason Thornberry
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Punk just refuses to die quietly for some people. I had a pretty huge Misfits/Black Flag/Circle Jerks/Rudimentary Peni/Flux of Pink Indians era in my life, but to me, it's over. O.v.e.r. Places like Gilman Street were once breeding-grounds for Green Day, the Mr. T Experience, and Pansy Division. Now.
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Punk just refuses to die quietly for some people. I had a pretty huge Misfits/Black Flag/Circle Jerks/Rudimentary Peni/Flux of Pink Indians era in my life, but to me, it's over. O.v.e.r. Places like Gilman Street were once breeding-grounds for Green Day, the Mr. T Experience, and Pansy Division. Now they just encourage the recycling of a style that glorified dying young. Dying young! Hahaha. John Lydon (AKA the Sex Pistols Johnny Rotten) is a middle aged guy living at the beach in California (down the street from me, actually), and now enjoys suing people on television. Looks like one of the original voices knows the shit's dead.

The Nerve Agents just don't…care. They're gonna swab on the mascara, and sing about how screwed-up life is in Portland, Oregon. You see, it's "punk" to hate stuff. It's also "punk" to have these faux macho photos of your band rocking out at Gilman, or some place that looks strikingly similar.

Nowadays, punk bands make a living hating society. Non-conformism ready for you to purchase, when you get back from buying your Exploited t-shirt at the mall.

 

 
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bobby72 (October 23, 2013)

I love this album! Reminds me of TSOL at dance with me are and Misfits. In a good way, not copying their songs. Guess reviewer isn't a fan. Well not my problem. You all check out Bastards: Wind Of Pain on Feral Ward. Japanese hardcore punk from early 90's. Love Big Boys, Butthole Surfers and Rudimentary Peni reissues. Get those as well if good punk makes you happy. It does that to me.:)

horrorpunx610 (April 20, 2011)

I could tell you how much I disagree with the review, but the comparison between the reviewer's and people's ratings speaks for itself. Looks like some arrogant metalhead asshole decided to completely bash this awsome album for the single reason of hating punk. So why the fuck would you talk shit and totally put down all that is punk on PUNKNEWS.org? I mean really, arrogant and stupid.

Brandon_Campbell (December 22, 2009)

Calling this petulantly written piece of mental feces a review would be a slap in the face to any true music reviewer.

maxmontez (June 14, 2008)

I just stumbled upon this review and I'm very bummed I did. I can't believe this review was approved.

gvhcshane (May 14, 2007)

This is the worst review I have seen on this site. It has nothing to do with the album at all. This album by the way is nearly flawless. Nerve Agents were a great band and "Days of the White Owl" was their best album. Amazing.

ryanonthembta (July 8, 2006)

I think it's pretty funny that the guy didn't even say anything about the music....just kinda acted like a jaded douchebag.

etwiels88 (May 20, 2006)

Worst review I've ever read. Incredible band. This dude should have his dick ripped off.

GreenVandal (September 24, 2005)

Ahhh, these kind of hilarious gimmick reviews were the shit back in the orgs heyday. I miss this guy and Jo Momma. They made me laugh.

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Anonymous (January 18, 2004)

Oh yeah, terrible review. It almost seems like the reviewer hasnt even listened to the band at all.

Anonymous (January 18, 2004)

Everything is"nostalgic" because everyting has been done before. The sooner people who use that term realize this, the better. I dare you to show me something new. Come on. Show me.

Anonymous (January 17, 2004)

I thought you were talking about the DIY sXe hXc scene... I like those bands.

-BSD

Anonymous (January 17, 2004)

By DIY hardcore, what bands are you referring to??? When you say DIY hardcore, bands that come into my mind are His hero is gone, Tragedy, From Ashes Rise, Skitsystem, Religious War, world burns to death, totalitar, etc. I would HARDLY say those bands copy each other. Sure, Tragedy sounds like His hero is gone, but half of his hero is gone is in Tragedy. In my humble opinion DIY hardcore is the only redeming aspect of a scene that was once very much underground, pissed off, and dangerous. Ohh, and I hope you've actually gone to a DIY hardcore show before you started to bash it.

Anonymous (January 17, 2004)

Any kind of hardcore with a certain amount of speed and intensity is fun to listen to.

I'm sorry, but I don't see why everyone has to listen to new and original music all the time, sometimes people like to just have a good time.

And people who have shirts that say "Band" on them need to be hunted down and shot in the face.

Anonymous (January 16, 2004)

It's a bunch of bands copying off each other. The artistic spirit of punk is nowhere to be found...

-BSD

Anonymous (January 16, 2004)

Explain to me how the fuck DIY hardcore is a joke?

lushj (January 16, 2004)

The score's for the review. It's factually wrong, doesn't mention the music, and associates the band with styles they were not a part of. If you're gonna make lifestyle comments about a band, at least know what the heck you're talking about.

Where did Portland come from? Are you trying to be the Gina Arnold of punknews.org? Get a fact-checker next time.

Anonymous (January 16, 2004)

Poop.

-GreenVandal

Anonymous (January 16, 2004)

I don't care. Anyone who can scare an entire crowd of fashion punks and throws a mic stand at an 11 year old is my friend... And most rock stars don't sell their own merch.

-BSD

irish_joo (January 16, 2004)

The Kinison are rock star fakes. They used to be friendly but now they are huge dicks because they are "famous".

Anonymous (January 16, 2004)

"This reviewer has forgotten about DIY hardcore I guess...your argument falls on deaf ears."

DIY hardcore is a fucking joke... It's copyist bullshit...

By the way, I saw the Kinison tonight and they are without a doubt the best live band going. The vocalist humiliated some fashion punks and was all over the place, attacked a few people... Then had me dance and clap with him... Good times.

-BSD

Anonymous (January 16, 2004)

You wouldn't hire a CLOWN to fix a leak in the john, would you? Then why are you going to let these clowns run the biz?

- Little Guy

Anonymous (January 15, 2004)

This reviewer has forgotten about DIY hardcore I guess...your argument falls on deaf ears.

Big ups to anyone who has ever made their own "Band" T-Shirt with magic marker.

Anonymous (January 15, 2004)

I sorta like them... They're okay for new ska, even though I hate their newest album.

-BSD

inagreendase (January 15, 2004)

BSD likes the Rx Bandits too, no shit.

Anonymous (January 15, 2004)

This reviewer has no friends.......well except for his moms' clothes

NightxTime (January 15, 2004)

What the hell did that have to do with the GODDAMN ALBUM?!

Anonymous (January 14, 2004)

this score goes to the peopel who run this site. i think its cool you can review records and get them posted but jesus christ why the hell would you guys post this shit? do you even read the reviews before you post it?......obviously not.

Anonymous (January 14, 2004)

"If you don't like the scene today then either bury yourself in your mountain of Dischord releases or just walk away. You won't be missed."

Hahaha... You're funny... I hate the scene... I only go to shows because it's entertaining. I have quite a few friends, so if a mountain of Dischord releases fell on me, well, first they'd probably say "Buried beneath good music that would inspire bad music... How ironic" in all their glorious idiocy, then they'd all mourn and cry.

I'm done.

-BSD

Anonymous (January 14, 2004)

at first i thought this guy was an idiot. but come to think of it, i find his reviews very funny.

Ramo
(he still is an idiot)

Anonymous (January 14, 2004)

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there, so you can see what an ass you are for writing this piece of shit review.

Anonymous (January 14, 2004)

8============ D --- -

Anonymous (January 14, 2004)

Fucking brillliant album, butterfly collection is even better-oldpunker-

Anonymous (January 14, 2004)

Oh yeah, and here is a big fuck you to everyone who calls people 'fags'. Do you still call people 'nigger'? 'Cause both terms are just as derogatory.

Please use the P.C. terms "Asshole" or "Assface" or "Fuckhead" or "shitstain" or even "Cum-Dumpster" if you must.

Anonymous (January 14, 2004)

For being so fucking 'core and old school, this reviewer seems to have lost touch with the honest and passionate punk bands out there. That, and he is trying to piss you NA fans(not Negative Approach, mind you).

This is to all those who think punk is dead, stale or meaningless. Fine. Go listen to something else. Get the fuck out of my scene.

You've grown up? Great! Leave.

Punk was awesome in the early 80's, great bands in every style, passionate and energetic. There are still plenty of bands out there that kick ass and mean it. If you don't like the scene today then either bury yourself in your mountain of Dischord releases or just walk away. You won't be missed.

-Ken

Anonymous (January 14, 2004)

This review is actually stolen from another site. Just in case you guys are wondering. I knew I had read this somewhere before... search on Yahoo, you should find it. Oh shit... this guy just copied his other review. Fag.

In other news, this is a fucking incredible record.

http://www.cosmik.com/aa-february02/reviews/review_ner ve_agents.html

Anonymous (January 14, 2004)

Fuck Johnny Rotton. Fuck your review. Praise the Nerve Agents.

Anonymous (January 14, 2004)

this is a complete bullshit review. i dont even think the reviewer took any time to even lieten to the record. so you dont like the record...thats cool. then tell me why it sucks, not how all the other bands are ruining punk rock. i want to know how the nerve agents are ruining punk rock. the reviewer should be fired for this lame attepmt at of a review.

GreenVandal (January 14, 2004)

I didnt know you like Refused.

I dunno, just sayin that all music is sort of nostalgia.

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

Jason Thornberry is awesome. the nerve agents are too. everything is awesome.

FortyMinutesWest (January 13, 2004)

BSD likes Death by Stereo? I would've never guess that.(no sarcasm)

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

"I don't like a set breed of music, I just like good music, and don't like bad music. Good music = talented musicians, emotionaly done music(Depression isn't the only emotion there is, so I don't mean "Emo", persay, in fact, there are few emo bands i do like), Smart Lyrics(Yet not lyrics that are trying to be smart)

Yes if a band meets at least one of those requirements, i'll usually consider them good, I have low standards, low standards that not many seem to meet."

So in short: You like good(?) music are anonymous. Thanks for the input...

-BSD

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

I don't like a set breed of music, I just like good music, and don't like bad music. Good music = talented musicians, emotionaly done music(Depression isn't the only emotion there is, so I don't mean "Emo", persay, in fact, there are few emo bands i do like), Smart Lyrics(Yet not lyrics that are trying to be smart)

Yes if a band meets at least one of those requirements, i'll usually consider them good, I have low standards, low standards that not many seem to meet.

So suck on that BSD!

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

Argh, I like a lot of modern crust too... And before you say it, NO, the Casualties are not crust.

-BSD

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

"You always chime in on Janelles occasional street punk reviews. if your gonna tell me theres no nostalgia going on there...then well, you must be listening to a different record."

From Ashes Rise, Refused (I consider late 90's fairly modern), Guitar Wolf, LoC, the Bronx, Death By Stereo... Some others, I'm sure. Not incredibly original music... But notice the lack of dress up players.

And I love street punk compared to the tripe this site reviews. But if you're going to like a band because other bands suck... Ha, well I might as well like NIRVANA.

-BSD

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

Oh shit, I got this one mixed up with Butterfly Collection, no wait War Against! isn't on this one, but still you see what I mean.

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

Also(This is the poster from below) This cd has nothing to do with dying young. The song War Against! is in fact about overcoming a drug addiction, so this reviewer obviously didn't give this CD a good enough look. Most likely some lame emo kid.

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

The reviewer of this cd is a fucking cunt and should have his head shot off!

GreenVandal (January 13, 2004)

You always chime in on Janelles occasional street punk reviews. if your gonna tell me theres no nostalgia going on there...then well, you must be listening to a different record.

Actually....outside of stuff before 1990 I cant think of anything that you have mentioned liking.

Has my presumptiousness (is that a word?) made me look like a idiot?

Lets find out!

Shoot off some modern bands you like BSD.

notaclevername (January 13, 2004)

i've said it before, and, if necessary, will shove it down your throat until you get the point: ONLY WRITE A REVIEW IF YOU HAVE THE TIME AND INCLINATION TO WRITE A DECENT LENGTH REVIEW. ADDITIONALLY, PLEASE ONLY WRITE REVIEWS OF SOME SUBSTANCE. (c'mon Adam, Scott, i thought that you filtered through these things)
score is for the review

Pirate (January 13, 2004)

You're fucking retarded. You make no mention of the music whatsoever and just care about your presumed image of them.

Stop being an elitist shit for brains.

TahoeJeff (January 13, 2004)

Mr. Thornberry, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

You stupid fucking peice of shit faggot. I can't fucking believe they actually let your retarded ass review anything else. In all the websites I've ever seen, containing hundreds and hundreds of reviews, I've never seen someone who sucks as much ass at reviewing Cd's as you do. You don't even take time to review the music you fucking moron. If you want to start a fucking opinion column containing your views on how evryform of music sucks for no fucking reason at all, go ahead. But quit making these stupid ass biased opinioninated comments on these Cd's and your reasons, why you don't like a band because they play a certain type of music. I'm not a big fan of the Nerve Agents myself, But I would at least have the fucking brains to write a review of the sound the band creates, instead of giving my dumbshit opinion on Johnny Rotten and how punk rock is dead. You've written three reviews on this website, the first to trashed the bands because you don't like hardcore. You never even mentioned the way the fucking bands sound, idiot. And once again, Big Surprise, you've done it again. Your job is to tell people about the music, so they can get an idea on whether or not it's something that they'd like to check out. No one fucking gives a shit about your opinions on things.

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

None of the modern bands I like are like the Casualties or Tiger Army... So where's yur case for me liking "nostalgia" music?

-BSD

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

This kid used to be all retarded or something.

GreenVandal (January 13, 2004)

BSD, you seriously are not one to talk about nostalgic bullshit. All you ever talk about is listening to old school punk, or street punk, or some other genre that died but is constantly regurgitated in a untimely and bland fashion.

Or you like it cuz thge musics good.

Which, despite a lack of innovation, it usually is.

And this is good for the same reason.

The art of it is either dead, or absent, but the spirit is still there.

GreenVandal (January 13, 2004)

I do gimmick reviews.

But I usually like to do something crazy...like being informative or fair. If this was funny like JOE_MOMMAS social D review, it would be great.

Unfortunately, in a world where a guy shoots his wad over bashing good bands in a trite and nonsensical manor, that seems to much to ask.

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

"John Lydon (AKA the Sex Pistols Johnny Rotten) is a middle aged guy living at the beach in California (down the street from me, actually), and now enjoys suing people on television. Looks like one of the original voices knows the shit's dead."

I seriously find myself in agreement with the reviewer. Even though he is just trying to people mad... Face it: This is just a rehash of all of those early 80's hardcore bands...

Punk these days is either pop garbage, too techno, or nostalgic shit. So the reviewer's basically right.

-BSD

losingstreakca (January 13, 2004)

this is my favorite nerve agents record, i think its their best. the only thing he reviewed was the cd booklet.

Mr_Pink (January 13, 2004)

I'm not the biggest fan of this band in the world, but if I were going to cry "POSEUR!" it wouldn't be in their direction. There are way better examples of bandwagon punk, you should have targetted them instead, and not in the form of a half-assed and factually deficient review.

FortyMinutesWest (January 13, 2004)

A gimmick reviewer? Who would've thunk it?

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

they're from the bay area, not from portland. and your review sucks.

as for the actual album, i don't like it as much as the butterfly collection, but i still like it a lot. one of my favorite live bands ever and i miss them dearly.

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

Hahaha it's the VILLAIN reviewer!!!

You do know he did this to take the piss on you all, right? I don't care what he thinks, it's a waste of time.

-BSD

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

the nerve agents are tiiiiiiiitee!

fo'sho' ma nigros!

there. that was a better review that this peice of shit.

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

this was just dumb i can't believe scott even posted this

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

thanks for wasting my time buddy. now i'm gonna go listen to some mest and waste more fucking time.

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

Wow, before you review something gain some fucking background knowledge so you don't look like a dumb fuck. Nerve Agents aren't from Portland, OR. They are from the Berkley area. That photo is,as I remeber, Gilman st. I guess I could se the similarity to Misfits, Black Flag, and maybe Rudemintary Peni seeing as Ozene sort of sounds like Nick Blinko. I liken the Nerve Agents to...say, Darby Crash...shocked the fucking world for a few years, made a lasting impression because of just sheer talent, and then fucking died before the image was tarnished. Complete Geniuses.

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

Hey, person who wrote this review, fuck you buddy. :)

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

Wow good spelling below. Pretty smert.

Oops I mean smart.

TheOneTrueBill (January 13, 2004)

Worst review I've ever read at this site. And there's been some bad ones.

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

Best review evar. Pretty fucking aweful band...

Haggard (January 13, 2004)

Really. This guy must not be in his right state of mind.

-Justin

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

"Nowadays, punk bands make a living hating society. Non-conformism ready for you to purchase, when you get back from buying your Exploited t-shirt at the mall. "

yeah im really sure they made a fucking HUGE living with this album, hell they probably dont have to work for the rest of their lives. in conclusion, i hate you.

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

Who accepts these crappy reviews? This review has nothing to do with the album's music.

P.S. This is a good album

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

Stop giving him attention guys...

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

WORST REVIEW EVER.

scores for the review.

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

Shitty reivew. But your track record on reviews is horrible so I'm gonna go buy this today and probably like it. I know you think that you are a good reviewer but someone lied to you. Even with all of your experience writing for various e-zines, you suck.

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

Actually this album is really fucking good, and not some "I hate authority" Exploited rip-off. There are enough of those that deserve bashing, but you pick the Nerve Agents for some tirade that really has nothing to do with them. Good thinking there, dumbass!

What the fuck do you like, anyway? You sure haven't told us in three reviews.

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

I really hope you wrote this just to get reactions, because otherwise, you are truly a fucking idiot.

This album combines intensity, with raw musical ability, and little to no "fashion". Get your head out of your ass junior, because Buddyhead isn't hiring.

-sickboi

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

i would praise you for your editorial (after distinguishing between an editorial and a review of course) if it weren't for the fact that it wasn't even an editorial. nobody wants to hear your incoherent rants about losing faith in punk, especially by using a great band like the Nerve Agents as a seemingly random target chosen only for popularity to spread your message. by comparing the nerve agents to such bands as the sex pistols and green day, you are establishing a connection which i, for one, don't understand. how are the nerve agents like these bands at all besides the obvious "punk" label that all of them are thrown into? even worse is your assumption that this band is making a "living" out of "hate," and is entirely shallow and insincere. last i remember, the nerve agents broke up, and probably aren't rotting in their multi-million dollar estates. the ultimate decision for creative power lies with THE BAND, that is, the entity who makes the music available to the public. of all the targets you could have chosen for your rant, you decided on a relatively small, defunct band notorious for its ferocity and musicianship, rather than its message.

you may have lost faith in punk, but i've just lost faith in the educational system. congratulations sir, you are a moron.

-duped

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

AND do you see the irony in the posting of your "punk is dead" tirade on THIS WEBSITE? Come ON man!

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

Dude, your review sucks! And I'm not even into this band. You're fired!

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

Where's the review?

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