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Mental - Get An Oxygen Tank (Cover Artwork)

Mental

Mental: Get An Oxygen TankGet An Oxygen Tank (2003)
Bridge Nine Records

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Contributed by: FortyMinutesWestFortyMinutesWest
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The first thought that crossed my mind when I got this in the mail was "thank god, some creative cover art." I think we've all seen enough crowd shots/finger pointing covers to last each of us a lifetime. Mental takes their influence from early NYHC as well as early Boston hardcore, and they thank.
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The first thought that crossed my mind when I got this in the mail was "thank god, some creative cover art." I think we've all seen enough crowd shots/finger pointing covers to last each of us a lifetime. Mental takes their influence from early NYHC as well as early Boston hardcore, and they thankfully do it without any preaching.

The title of this album is fitting, considering you might need an oxygen tank after listening to the band fly through these songs with reckless abandon. This album lacks any sort of polish and pretty riffs; it makes up for this by hitting you over and over again. The songs mostly maintain a fast pace, and yet they don't run together, that's not easy. Really, the beauty of this album lies in its ugliness, if that makes any sense. Mental doesn't rely on anything fancy to propel their sound forward, rather, they simply rely on their own guts and drive, and this is what makes something that would have been just another run of the mill release into something really enjoyable. It is the intangibles that make this band special. This album doesn't have any unneeded mosh parts or obnoxious tough guy posturing, all of that would simply hinder the sound of this release.

Fans of early NYHC should really take note of this one, I'm sure you'll probably enjoy it. Above all else, this band is simply fun to listen to. I think a lot of their contemporaries have forgotten that people listen to music first and foremost to have a good time; it should be something you enjoy. Rather than so many bands who put on their emotions and anger like they put on their From Autumn To Ashes shirts and girl pants, Mental play with the kind of sincerity and passion that cannot be imitated.

 

 
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Donkeykongjr (September 26, 2007)

yeah ICP sucks wank

Anonymous (March 30, 2004)

mental is fucking ill, yo.

lockin out crew represent!

Romeo (March 22, 2004)

Man I lova FATA how could you dis them so bad man, you suck and so do your reviews. Dont make the Juggalos beat you down.

Romeo,

along with heavy sarcasm, and hatred for ICP

Blarg (March 17, 2004)

My friend has a "Mental crew" shirt...he's a tough guy. I didn't think crews were still relevent...but if these guys come to town, I'll probably try to catch them...or something.

devildog1507 (March 17, 2004)

great stuff

Anonymous (March 17, 2004)

its cool that you guys are into the whole mental crew vibe!
visit www.lockinout.com for more cool bands!
peace

Anonymous (March 16, 2004)

i think they just sound like supertouch... but nonetheless, so much fun (just like supertouch)

- janeandfinch

Anonymous (March 16, 2004)

i haven't heard the whole album, but live they are one of the funnest bands in hardcore right now

Blarg (March 16, 2004)

by early hc do you mean good bands reagan youth, or all the bands that tried to sound like youth of today/cro-mags...i like those two bands, but there have been waaaay too many imitators...

Anonymous (March 16, 2004)

amaizing album. so much fun. go see them live. you forgot the makeup part when mentioning the fata shirts and girl pants. haha good comment dude. now get of your computer and go buy this album nerds.

inagreendase (March 16, 2004)

That cover art definitely looks like it was designed by Ren & Stimpy's creator. This score is for that show and its old-school Nick companions.

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