The James Dean Trio - Getting Scary (Cover Artwork)

The James Dean Trio

The James Dean Trio: Getting ScaryGetting Scary (2003)
The Record Machine

Reviewer Rating: 4

Contributed by: FortyMinutesWestFortyMinutesWest
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There are so many bands out there that people like to refer to as crazy. There's crazy in terms of technicality, and there's crazy in terms of just being out there. The James Dean Trio combines both of these, along with their unique blend of jazz, hardcore, grind, and metal in an impressive debut .
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There are so many bands out there that people like to refer to as crazy. There's crazy in terms of technicality, and there's crazy in terms of just being out there. The James Dean Trio combines both of these, along with their unique blend of jazz, hardcore, grind, and metal in an impressive debut album.

The album starts off with a really strange series of looped sound clips before breaking into the first real song, "2XL On An African Safari." The music is spastic and unrelenting and the vocals range from a low growl almost reminiscent to Sean Ingram of Coalesce to a high-pitched shriek. The song continues on a frenetic pace, until it is interrupted with a stylish, jazzy interlude. This is just one instance where this album leaves you alternating between nodding your head and scratching it. "Getting Scary" is full of really strange sound clips, I'm assuming they got them from old movies or T.V. shows, but wherever they came from, they're odd. As strange as these clips are, when put in comparison the chaotic, off the wall music, they seem almost mundane. The album's sixth track, "Jason Franco" is another good example of this band's diversity. It starts of with a soft instrumental intro before charging into speedy passage filled with frantic scaling and urgent screaming. The song then adds another wrinkle when it takes on a melodic metal sound. I'm highly impressed with the way these guys can splice multiple styles together without ever letting up. It doesn't sound pieced together or forced and the stylistic and tempo shifts always seem smooth and well executed, even when they come completely out of left field. I'm tired of hearing bands that try to do too much when they can't get one thing right. The James Dean Trio can do multiple styles well and they know it, kudos to them.

I see no reason why this band shouldn't gain a large following after word gets around about how good this album really is. If you like Coalesce, Converge, or The Dillinger Escape plan, you should definitely try to get your hands on this one.


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Anonymous (November 24, 2005)

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Anonymous (August 23, 2005)

one of my favorite cds. james dean trio owns.

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Anonymous (February 12, 2004)

Nothing's wrong with 4/4, but nothing's wrong with 5/4, 6/8, or any other time signature either. They all allow for different things. Just becuase you use signatures other then 4/4 doesn't make you a show off it just gives you more ways to express yourself.

You wouldn't call a band that started using a different instrument along with the standard show off...it's just another way to help the song along.

ashton (February 10, 2004)

people care too much about technique and originality.

What the hell is wrong with 4/4? It does everything it's supposed to do, you don't need to show off your skills all the time, make a fucking awesome song instead, and if the time signature changing fits, then do it.

every band has ripped some band of, it's just that you havn't heard some of those bands.

Anonymous (February 9, 2004)

good shit

Anonymous (February 7, 2004)

worst name ever

slippy (February 7, 2004)

thanks, im rocking those tracks now.

Anonymous (February 7, 2004)

I hadn't heard the album, and the band's MP3.com link is down, so I found some tracks on the label site:


Anonymous (February 6, 2004)

Seen'em a few times. Fun live show.


FortyMinutesWest (February 6, 2004)

This isn't a knockoff band, they might appeal to the same fanbase, but they have their own sound.

slippy (February 6, 2004)

dillinger escape plan is fucking sweet, no matter how many bands copy them. i just saw them in detroit with the locust, one of the best shows i have ever been to. dillinger's new songs were the best theyve done, i think.

Anonymous (February 6, 2004)

i used to like dillinger escape plan but i'll be damned if all these knockoffs aren't ruining it for me.

Anonymous (February 6, 2004)

I dont like dillingerescapeplan

Anonymous (February 6, 2004)

my friend from missouri i believe sees this act as a local quite often and she tells me great things.

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