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Haymarket Riot

Haymarket Riot: MogMog (2004)
Thick Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: maverickScott
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When I reviewed Haymarket Riot's 2001 LP Bloodshot Eyes, I focused mainly on how the band's sound was very similar to that of Fugazi, and that if you enjoyed the pioneering DC group, you'd probably be all about Kevin J. Frank and company. Since Bloodshot Eyes, the band has been hit by cars, lost a .
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When I reviewed Haymarket Riot's 2001 LP Bloodshot Eyes, I focused mainly on how the band's sound was very similar to that of Fugazi, and that if you enjoyed the pioneering DC group, you'd probably be all about Kevin J. Frank and company. Since Bloodshot Eyes, the band has been hit by cars, lost a drummer, cycled through a few guitarists, and who knows what else. You think that all this might up the anger level a few notches on Mog, but surprisingly, the opposite happened - Haymarket Riot has seemed to mellow out a bit.

This is even more shocking, considering the group's new members are guitarist Chris Daly of Sweep The Leg Johnny, and drummer Shane Hochstetler of Managra. The spazz factor from these two previous bands alone should have sent Haymarket's guitar arpeggios through the roof, but somehow, the rage stays under control for a good portion of this album's half hour of music.

Recorded by Steve Albini, the production is down and dirty, which is even more confusing as there's just a whole lot more melody on here than ever before. It's as if the group is fine-tuning their now-recognizable brand of post-hardcore while at the same time trying to sound as cold and distant as possible. "Vera" is the perfect example - guitars squeal and squelch over some of Frank's most in tune singing ever put to tape. The dichotomy of melody and dissonance here is just mind-boggling.

Haymarket Riot seems to have gotten it's second wind, and also seems to have experienced a sort of musical rebirth. Everything you liked about the old Haymarket Riot is still here, but I'm all for evolution, and this band is well on their way out of the "sounds like Fugazi" cellar.

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oates (May 21, 2004)

This album is absolutley amazing. There is a bit of a turn from the "Bloodshot Eyes" album, but that is not a bad thing. Both albums are amazing in different ways. If you haven't seen them live, which I have a few times, you are missing out on some of the most chaotic rockers out there. You will know the words by the end of the show! I agree, I was there from Philly, that the record release show was incredible. This CD is a must buy!

Anonymous (April 14, 2004)

this album is pretty hot. i was also at the cd release show........ and check out riddle of steel. they're fucking amazing.

www.riddleofsteel.org

"saturn eats his children" is a great song.

Romeo (April 12, 2004)

ff6 is a damn good game

CallingLondon (April 12, 2004)

woops

CallingLondon (April 12, 2004)

blah

ElVaquero (April 12, 2004)

I though FF6 too...

Anonymous (April 12, 2004)

"I'm a Mog. Half man, half dog. MOG!"

Anonymous (April 12, 2004)

I agree with this review. They just seem unafraid to let loose with a few rock grooves, as opposed to trying to constantly keep you on your toes. Great cd.

GreenVandal (April 11, 2004)

MOG! SHOW US THE WAY WE ARE SUPPOSED TO DANCE!

FF6 rules. (or 3 for those of you who are not as in the know as me)

Anonymous (April 11, 2004)

i saw their cd release show with RIDDLE OF STEEL. it was pretty good.

end plug.

Anonymous (April 10, 2004)

Anyone know if there's any significance to the album title? Because it would be utter nerd coolness if it was named after the Final Fantasy III character.

Anonymous (April 10, 2004)

i'm with the department of redundancy department, this needs to stop and end right now.

Anonymous (April 9, 2004)

seems like Naked Raygun still is the best band there

Anonymous (April 9, 2004)

" "nice redundancy saying the same thing twice with different words."

Nice redundancy."

Ahahahahahahahaha nice.

-c22

ilikebandssuchasopivy (April 9, 2004)

"nice redundancy saying the same thing twice with different words."

Nice redundancy.

Anonymous (April 9, 2004)

I went to the record release show for this and these guys were fucking amazing.

Anonymous (April 9, 2004)

Chicago is the new Seattle. Old news.

Anonymous (April 9, 2004)

"title name."

nice redundancy saying the same thing twice with different words.

sloppyblake (April 9, 2004)

i like the title name of the mp3.

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