A Wilhelm Scream - Mute Print (Cover Artwork)

A Wilhelm Scream

A Wilhelm Scream: Mute PrintMute Print (2004)
Nitro Records

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A Wilhelm Scream is a breath of fresh air into the punk rock scene today. Equal parts Hot Water Music and Good Riddance, the band rips through 11 tracks and never looks back. This is melodic punk rock with influences all across the board, wrapped up into one of the best half hours of this year thu.
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A Wilhelm Scream is a breath of fresh air into the punk rock scene today. Equal parts Hot Water Music and Good Riddance, the band rips through 11 tracks and never looks back. This is melodic punk rock with influences all across the board, wrapped up into one of the best half hours of this year thus far. The tempos are breakneck, the harmonies are crystal clear, the metal riffing isn't cliche, the palm muting is perfect, the breakdowns are inventive - I could go on all day.

Common themes running through the album include violence and drinking, and the consequences of both. The album's peak is "The Rip" [if you haven't had the MP3 of this playing nonstop over the past month, what's wrong with you?], but other standout tracks include "Anchor End" and "Retiring," all three being excellent examples of all the qualities I listed in the prior paragraph. Nothing here sounds trite, nor do you ever get the feeling that "this has been done before."

A Wilhelm Scream is poised to be 2004's Strike Anywhere or Rise Against - two bands that prior to their latest albums, showed massive amounts of potential and were poised to break nationally; once released both became the new "hot" band on the tips of everyones' tongues. Mute Print is such a solid, original album that there is no reason A Wilhelm Scream shouldn't blow up. This record will end up becoming one of the staples on "Best Of 2004" lists worldwide. It's not 100% perfect, but it's damn close.

Famous Friends and Fashion Drunks
The Rip


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rafiislost (January 4, 2014)

Progressivegamer44, that's a really ignorant statement. AWS are one of my favorite bands and I like them more than the three bands you mentioned, but Lawrence Arms, The Menzingers and especially The Gaslight Anthem (especially Sink or Swim) are killer punk bands.

Progressivegamer44 (September 28, 2013)

Real punk, unlike the garbage orgcore that everyone deify's around here(Larry Arms, Gaslight Anthem , Menzingers)
If you people want folk rock, bite the bullet and gtfo punx.

uscBdaddy (February 2, 2012)

All time favorite CD

arejaypunx (October 22, 2010)

still the best thing this band has produced. A masterpiece.

Kursk64 (August 28, 2010)

One of the best genre albums of all time.. and one of the best albums all time full stop.

taargus (August 3, 2009)

killer record. listened to it probably 50 times and I hear no HWM whatsoever. These guys played duluth in '04 and i think 4 people paid, the other 7 in attendance were in other bands on the bill. Bummer

MacbethMystery (March 29, 2009)

Killer record, this band is so good. No album disappoints! "The Rip" is their best song, imo, along with "The King Is Dead".

Devan (March 16, 2008)

Heard about these guys while visiting Nitro's website. "Famous Friends" was playing on an e-card, it immediately caught my attention. My family went to New York the next week, and I saw the album on the shelf. Disappointed with the indie-label picks, and having a great first impression, I picked it up. I put it in my cd player (that's right, these were pre-iPod days), and heard the opening title-track. I don't think they could have picked a worse song, or at least a worse intro...The full two-second pause after the gritty solo vocals, the indistinguishable vocals that ensued save for the words "toliet-tissue, words are sexy", the stop-and-go jerking of the track...really turned me off. Lucky for me, "Famous Friends" was the next track, and I was hooked (or hook'd to make the pun more apparent). From there-on-out, the album tore me apart. The intricacy during the intro of "Anchor End" twisted my head, the sincere lyrics of "William Blake", the epic outro and overall darkness of "The Rip", the catchiest chorus of the album on "Stab", the originality of "Kursk" and the bittersweet beauty of "Dreaming of Throwing Up"...After hearing the album in its entirity, returning to the title-track was much easier on the ears, and I was able to appreciate it for the brief of-things-to-come track that it is. I don't even know what to say - these guys are great song-writers in every sense, great musicians, and they bring it full-force live. I remember seeing them weeks later open for Rise Against at the Metro (ah, the good 'ol days...) and I was one of about six people in a crowd of 100 that was jumping around and yelling out all the lyrics with them.

The thing that really grabs me about A Wilhelm Scream is that you can't really sum them up with any genre-tag. Melodic-Hardcore, Skate Punk, none of it does them justice. They can hook and harmonize with the best of them, but shred with the speed and intensity of what can only be described as Maiden-meets-Slayer on an acid trip, and play progressions of chords similiar to the infections sing-alongs of the Lawrence Arms...all-the-while retaining their dark overtones.


pitoresco (August 10, 2007)


T-Rock (June 28, 2007)

This album kills.

ABedForLiars (September 2, 2006)

I love this album.

IDontKnowWhatToSay (September 1, 2006)

This album rocks, but Ruiner is even more fantastic.

treos (August 16, 2006)

37 for both cds

treos (August 16, 2006)

Bought this cd and ruiner after i read the reviews and it was the best 37 dollars i ever spent. NOt counting all those hookers. GReat technical and lyrics to think over too. What could be better.

soulbleed (November 23, 2004)

This hasn't left my stereo in seven months.

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

I got this cd when it first came out because i heard the rip on the ska punk show in phoenix. I must say i liked it. It totally rips. I could give a fuck who they sound like. Nufan sounds like bad religion a million bands sound like nofx, a thousand like lagwagon and pennywise the list goes on you will never find a band who is completely original and hasn't been influenced by another band save maybe atom and his package and the aquabats. But regardless the cd rips and is good for a spin in the player that being said i haven't listened to this cd for months it got kind of stale but after stumbling on this review i'm gonna have to pull it out and bump it. All in all good cd hell at least isn't simple plan or blink 182

Anonymous (October 28, 2004)

This CD is in the top 5 of the year without a doubt... these guys are soo soo dominant....

Make your way to Australia ASAP!!


Anonymous (July 15, 2004)

On top of being some of my neighbors, these guys are rad musicians, brilliant lyricists and genuinely nice people. They love what they do, they love each other, and you can just feel it beeming from them when they play. Trevor is just a complete genius with words, everyone in the band is so talented at what they do, and the best part about it is - they are amazing live..

Go out and buy (and support) MUTE PRINT, these guys deserve it..

vassago15 (July 10, 2004)

finally something i can listen to in it's entirety.

love it.

Zekeguy80 (June 29, 2004)

Wow this band is great, i thought good bands were extinct, AWS is really playing punk rock, and not just whining and heving feelings and shit, great stuff.

Anonymous (May 21, 2004)

Well when I saw them live the guitarists did double backflips in choreographed motions while the singer and the drummer did handstands, switched instruments and lit themselves on fire! Then they blew up the giant inflatable guy with a TV for a head and it went over the stadium! IT ROCKED! YEAH! then came the jetpacks and it was all over man!

I don't know man, I like the songwriting but this is way too close to becoming Iron Maiden, wasn't punk founded on the basis of keeping it simple and cutting out the cock rock in the first place, maybe these guys could tour with DIO or something.

Anonymous (April 29, 2004)

mute print is INCREDIBLE. whether your into this style or not there is no way you can say this cd isnt amazingly talented and original, if so, go to a proctologist and get your head out of your ass. whats better? the fact that their live performance is better. when they played "willam blake overdrive" live, i was amazed at the fact that the 2 guitarists could play the intricate finger tap solos perect AND sing at the same time. they are amazing,and mute print gets a 10.

Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

Alright I'm seriously fucking laughing right now! Dude, Romeo, you're on the money man, I'm not being sacrcastic, you've proven to me once and for all NEVER to go on punk news.org when drunk, I still stick to my opinion of the record though...too much butt rock guitar=a record that sould've used more fucking power chords...

Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

"Are you sure you're not listening to the new Northstar?"


Romeo (April 25, 2004)

I reme when me and mberJimi Hendrix grew up, I knew him back when he started the Toasters, he was the founding drummer; good times we had. I personally like Jimi's work in the Toasters better than the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

scores for punk rockers that know bands... and make it seem like I care.

Anonymous (April 25, 2004)

Alright, I've had a long standing history watching this band grow up. I grew up with these guys, saw them when they were Adam's Crack then Koen then Smackin' Isaiah then what they are now, they are really cool kids, though I don't know Chris too much, he's from Boston, we're from new bdeford. Anywyas..

The record: I really wanted to like it really, and I think it's OKAY! But not great, the butt rock heavy metal solos in every song don't do it and the songs all sound too similar to eachother.

This record sometimes takes away the asthetic punk was founded on...high energy, back to basics music pure and simple.

Mute Print has complicated it and I'm thinking as time goes by, it will alienate the older fans, some of whom have been down since 93.

Anonymous (April 24, 2004)

"I dont know what you guys are listening to but this cd is very weak in my opinion. The songs are not very memorable."

Are you sure you're not listening to the new Northstar?

Anonymous (April 23, 2004)

I dont know what you guys are listening to but this cd is very weak in my opinion. The songs are not very memorable.

Anonymous (April 23, 2004)

all hail george bush

Anonymous (April 23, 2004)

all hail jeremy for bringing these guys off the streets of massachusetts, giving them beer, chicks to bang and helping them to kick ass.

not sure if that's exactly how it went, but i'm sure about the beer and chicks part.

Anonymous (April 23, 2004)

one of the best things to come out in awhile. sucks that major labels are eating bands up and nothing is getting released. major labels suck and delay so many albums

Anonymous (April 22, 2004)

www.punkrocks.net just posted an interview with these guys.

Anonymous (April 22, 2004)

I've seen this band 3 times in Montana, and they are probably one of the best live bands I've ever seen. The guy a few posts down talking about how they nail the parts live is totally right. They're unbelievable live, and when I saw them the dueling guitars just....I cant describe how awesome it was. And the guitarist was drunk on top of it. Fucking amazing album too.

Anonymous (April 22, 2004)

Holy Christ this shit is bad. This is total generic cookie cutter pop-punk shit with metal fillers. That is my review. Thank You.

Anonymous (April 22, 2004)

if anyone is in a good mood.....i would appreciate if they could tell me the best braid songs (or ones they would play) to put in a mix.....i have only heard a couple songs because i have been putting them off for a while...

CallingLondon (April 22, 2004)

and on a completely unrelated note, everyone check out the latest from Belle and Sabastian. seriously, it's a masterpiece.

Anonymous (April 22, 2004)

I just realized nobody has really mentioned the incredible lyrics. I won't claim to get what every song or every line refers to, but i know that as a whole these are the kind of angry poetry that all the pop punk and hardcore bands have been trying to fake, but this is clearly for real... and the funny thing is many of them are self-mocking on just that very topic. Favorites are The Rip, Brand New Me Same Shitty You, and Dreaming of Throwing Up


Anonymous (April 22, 2004)

fuck this cd go out and buy the new northstar

fritobandito (April 22, 2004)

yeah. I remember hearing a lot about them back when they were Smackin' Isaiah too, I liked them. Recently got my hands on this album, and as far as melodic albums go, I like it muchly.

sickboi (April 22, 2004)

If you don't want to order online, I've seen it at Tower for like $14...

Anonymous (April 22, 2004)

i can't find it anywhere either

CallingLondon (April 22, 2004)

btw, where y'all buying this? i had to have my local indie store specially order it for me

Anonymous (April 22, 2004)

If these mp3's are not convincing for any of you, there is another song on the bands' Purevolume site.

Anonymous (April 22, 2004)

Yes, this is the best record AWS has ever put out. Even if you didn't like the smackin' isaiah days, they've improved immensely on this record. the style is pretty similar but they learned how to make each song stand on its own and get in your head rather than just put a bunch of cool parts together.

And in case you didn't know, they're touring the US!

FRI, APR 23 - Nashua, NH - Drifters - (CD RELEASE)
SAT, APR 24 - Cambridge, MA - Elks Lodge (CD RELEASE)

SAT, MAY 1 - New Your, NY. - Tribeca
SUN, MAY 2 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Rock Spot
MON, MAY 3 - Clevland, OH - The Rhythm Room
TUE, MAY 4 - Detroit, MI - The Shelter
WED, MAY 5 - Chicago, IL - Fireside Bowl
THU, MAY 6 - Milwaukee, WI - Mad Planet
SAT, MAY 8 - St. Louis, MO - Creepy Crawl
SUN, MAY 9 - Kansas City, MO - Spitfire
TUE, MAY 11 - Denver, CO - Rock Island
WED, MAY 12 - Provo, UT - Muse Music
FRI, MAY 14 - St. George, UT - Electric Theater
SAT, MAY 15 - Victorville, CA - Cyber Quarters

SUN, MAY 16 - Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction
MON, MAY 17 - San Pan Pedro, CA - Sacred Ground
WED, MAY 19 - Santa Barbara, CA - Velvet Jones
SAT, 21 - Lake Havasu, AZ - Havasu Underground
SAT, MAY 22 - Las Vegas, NV - Huntridge Theatre (w/ Sparta)
SUN, MAY 23 - Phoenix, AZ - The Clubhouse
MON, MAY 24 - Tucson, AZ - Skrappy's
TUE, MAY 25 - El Paso, TX - Moon Time Pizza
WED, MAY 26 - San Antonio, TX - The Communion
THU, MAY 27 - Austin, TX - Flamingo Cantina, TX
FRI, MAY 28 - Dallas, TX - Across - The Street Bar
SAT, MAY 29 - Houston, TX - Walter's on Washington
SUN, MAY 30 - Pensacola, FL-Top of The Town
TUE, JUN 1 - Gainesville, FL - Eddie C's
WED, JUN 2 - Tampa, FL - Orpheum
THU, JUN 3 - Miami, FL - Churchill's Pub
SUN, JUN 6 - Orlando, FL - Wills Pub
TUE, JUN 8 - Augusta, GA - Hangnail Gallery

MON, AUG 16 - Cincinnati, OH - Rivernend Music Center Lot
TUE, AUG 17 - Columbus, OH - Germain Amp.
WED, AUG 18 - Buffalo, NY - Darien Lakes PAC
THU, AUG 19 - Boston, MA - Foxboro Stadium

Anonymous (April 22, 2004)

MULLETS are fucking coming back!!!! =)

Anonymous (April 22, 2004)

Im with dazed a couple of posts down, ill take good riddance any day over this-oldpunker-

Anonymous (April 22, 2004)

this could be the one band to revive nitro from it's stupidity phase...rocknroll nitro...not stupid kid punk or indie rock...

Anonymous (April 22, 2004)

oh yeah and benefits of thinking out loud DOES NOT SUCK.

"They want to break you down.
They wannt to break you down
They want to break you down, you're gonna let them!"

Anonymous (April 22, 2004)

if you don't like this record...thrice is playing with dashboard at an amphitheatre near you...i'm the singer is sure to hit at least three of the notes he hits on the record..go pay 25 dollars a ticket and 30 dollars a shirt...you won't be missed. this record rules and so does pumpkin pie....

dazed (April 22, 2004)

I heard the mp3s and thought it sounded like Break the Silence with a better singer mixed with Bigwig. Not my cup of tea, this type of metal riffing in melodic aggressive punk. I'll take a band like Good Riddance over this any day.

Final analysis: They're talented and write coherent songs, but I just wasn't feelin' what I heard.

Anonymous (April 22, 2004)

is this better than when they were called smackin isiah?

Anonymous (April 22, 2004)

Score is for the rash i have on my testicle.

Anonymous (April 22, 2004)

absolutely brilliant!! i can't wait to hear more.

Anonymous (April 22, 2004)

nitro lucked out. these guys are rad as hell in my humble opinion

Anonymous (April 22, 2004)

"the best thing about this band and this record is the fact that everything you hear on this record is in fact 100% of what the band can do live."

i'm a witness. this band really does rock and have fun. these motherfuckers love what they do. and to all the thrice comparisons, even though they sound a little like early thrice it didn't come to my mind.

i was thinking more of the lines of bigwig. and that's still a good thing.


Anonymous (April 22, 2004)

sickest guitar duo in years

Anonymous (April 22, 2004)

these guys fucking shred on the guitars yo. bought the record today and the real crazy songs aren't on mp3s...kursk and brand new me same shitty you are sick

Anonymous (April 22, 2004)

all you haters are selling more records for this group. these guys are the new maiden. stew on that!

jumpstartrecords (April 22, 2004)

i don't think i've posted this many comments under a single thread on this website in my entire life, and i think this will be my last for this one....

the best thing about this band and this record is the fact that everything you hear on this record is in fact 100% of what the band can do live. the three part harmonies are dead on live, the dual lead guitar tapping is dead on live, and anything that people would normally call "overproduction" is in fact normal production for these guys because they bring it live more so than any other band i've seen outside of ac/dc. this band can play this shit to the "t" live, and i think that's something that 90% of the bands on the planet earth can't do in comparsion to their recorded material. i doubt you'll ever see this band record something that they can't match in their live show.

if you live in the new england area the only place you should be on friday, april 23rd is new bedford, ma for aws' cd release show. be sure to belly up to the bar and pick a fight with barry scatton because i'm sure he'll be in the fighting mood and full of jack shots!

FortyMinutesWest (April 22, 2004)

I love how as soon as a band has even a slight metal influence they supposedly sound like Thrice. Yeah, because we all know that Thrice invented melodic, two guitar riffing.

Also, just because a band is getting praised doesn't mean they're a hype band. The people saying they like this band are saying so because they actually enjoy it, not because of some extensive promotional campaign. Bashing a band because you see lots of people praising them is pathetic.

And they sure as hell don't sound anything like Rufio.

Anonymous (April 22, 2004)

Score is for Jesse and his spelling, grammar, and stupid ideas. What the fuck is a hype band? How is Thrice one of these? If you haven't noticed, most people on this site talk trash about Thrice. Somehow, people compare them to Thrice but AWS are considered good by most. Hype-Fuck you!

Also, I like how you back up your cool music tastes by listing bands that you're listening to right now. God damn you're cool! You are so diverse. I got this CD today and haven't listened to it yet. However, I am all "hyped" up about it because of the MP3's I heard and not because of Thrice comparisons. Fuck you Jesse

Anonymous (April 21, 2004)

Maybe I'm crazy but Strike Anywhere, Challenger and these guys sound ALOT alike........that being said challenger is better than both adn strike anywhere second

Anonymous (April 21, 2004)

the new wilco cd > this shit

Anonymous (April 21, 2004)

good stuff.

jumpstartrecords (April 21, 2004)

it's about time someone finally called out the fuckin' maiden reference.

Anonymous (April 21, 2004)

this score is for Kill Bill Volume 2

Anonymous (April 21, 2004)

these are the nicest guys in the world, and extremely good live!


Anonymous (April 21, 2004)

i don't listen to much music like this (fast "skate" punk/older epitaph or fat style), but i really like this cd.

and they sound more like iron maiden then thrice. thrice can play well, but they stink.

Anonymous (April 21, 2004)

I'm surprised I like this band. But the harmonizing in Famous Friends and Fashion Drunks is fantastic.

Anonymous (April 21, 2004)

The house where I live is crawling with kids. I can't hear a thing!

Anonymous (April 21, 2004)

Does anyone else notice how the singer kind of sounds like a pre-"TALKING MONDO BIZARRO" Joey Ramone?

Anonymous (April 21, 2004)

My favorite part of this album is when they use the electric didgeridoo on "A Picture of the World". Holy shit that sounds awesome.

jumpstartrecords (April 21, 2004)

i love when people say a record that was recorded, mixed, and mastered in 13 days is overproduced. this record was done for about 1/3 the cost of some of the other records that people have been mentioning on this thread. the fact that they could get this record laid down in that time frame and have it sound like it does.....well, that's just awesome. also, the record has 11 songs, of which, judging an entire record on two mp3s is fuckin' stupid.

Anonymous (April 21, 2004)

It's not pretentious to say you don't like something because it's generic - or over-hyped: those are great reasons not to like something. What IS pretentious is if you then assume that everyone else should feel the same way.

Of course, there are some bands that simply have no merit - like Anti-flag - but that's another topic.

Dud3 (April 21, 2004)

I like it, but there's just something nagging me about them... I think what it is is that Famous Friends and Fashion Drunks sounds like faked rage, I dunno, it's good anyway.

Jesse (April 21, 2004)

After reading all the comments other people have made, I thought, "Hmm...maybe I was wrong, maybe there is something special here..."

So I listened to it again. Nope. Still the same old everything I've heard a thousand times before. The Rip features old fashioned guitar riff harmonies straight out of the 80s hair-metal scene. The three part harmonies have been done by every Fat/Epitaph band from the 90s. The slower breakdown parts sound like whiney crap music.

I didn't enjoy any of this music the first time I heard it, and now that it's all mixed into one CD and one band, I still don't enjoy it.

Call me a pretentious asshole. I don't care. I accept the fact that because I have strong opinions about music, this is the label that will be affixed to me. Hell, I've even started calling myself a pretentious asshole to saave most of you the trouble.

Here's a list of music I'm currently listening to so you can see how big of a pretentious asshole I truly am:

Liars-They Were Wrong So We Drowned
The Murder City Devils-Thelema
Ex-Models-Zoo Psychology
The Velvet Underground & Nico-S/T

Anonymous (April 21, 2004)

this record is so good i'm making up a word to describe it "HOOOOOODEEEALLL!!!!"

Great band Great album.


Anonymous (April 21, 2004)

You people remind me of a good friend of mine, who talks crap on bands that I like because I listen to them and he doesn't. Then he "hypes" bands that he likes, because he found them first. Mind you, this person is actually 22 years old.

Mute Print is the jams.

sickboi (April 21, 2004)


You aren't missing much with the Modest Mouse album. I've always respected them for their talent and creativity, but the music does nothing for me.

And what I meant by my remark is that its ok to hype "hip" bands like Modest Mouse and Pretty Girls Make Graves, but other bands that don't fit that "genre" are always dismissed as "hype".

Anonymous (April 21, 2004)

Bitch all you want. You're going to keep bitching when everybody and their mother is in love with this band because they are amazing and deserve it. I've been a fan for years but this new record is the best record I've heard in a long ass time.

But hey, everybody's gotta get some hate from punknews right?

This score is for the 3 part vocal harmonies, the double guitar tapping, the balls the size of watermelons it takes to produce music like this, and the big shit that was in my pants the first time i heard it.

Imposs1ble (April 21, 2004)

I'm going to have to back sickboi on this one. A lot of people on this site aren't about the music, they use it as a tool to further their elitist agenda. This band is not hyped enough. Just because people think it sounds like Thrice, that doesn't make it hype. Jesse, just because I say you come off as a pretentious asshole doesn't mean I'm hyping you (does it?). Honestly, I think this is a solid release and no one's *look at me, i'm so indie* ass is going to change that.

Anonymous (April 21, 2004)

Well I can't wait to pick this one up. My new favourite band.


Jesse (April 21, 2004)

To the idiot two posts below-you are alone in this. This score is for you being dumb as hell. Doug Marsh on guitar? Good lord...

And for sickboi-

When I refer to hype, I refer to the hundreds of posts before mine saying "This is awesome! It sounds like Thrice!" If that isn't hype, than what is? Thrice is a hype band. Comparing a band to Thrice means that there's some sort of hype surrounging aforementioned band. In this case, A Wilhelm Scream. And Modest Mouse is terrible.

Imposs1ble (April 21, 2004)

This band rocks hard. I have a question though, what's the big deal with this Modest Mouse album...am I missing something?

Anonymous (April 21, 2004)

Does anyone else think that these guys sound lind of like a super band consisting of Mark Trombino on drums and Paddy from D4 on bass and a cross between Doug Marsh and John Congleton on guitar and like maybe a cross between Dave from Harvest and Isaac Brock on vocals? Am I alone in this?

sickboi (April 21, 2004)

Where is the "hype" surrounding this record? Some of us who had heard it, and really enjoyed, shared our opinion with us others?

You kids are fucking worthless. To simply dismiss something because of "hype" shows what douches you really are.

For those of you who have heard some MP3's and find its not your cup-o-tea...right on....but some of you cockasses simply hear that a lot of people are really excited about this, and think its nothing more than "hype". Don't worry, the Modest Mouse record is out now, so you can go back to sucking their proverbial dick.

Anonymous (April 21, 2004)

ugh. this score is for punknews not recognizing the plus key in comment text.

Anonymous (April 21, 2004)

I think Jesse's comment below is dead on. Although I still haven't heard the whole album I'm just not that impressed with the MP3's I've heard... and the Rise Against story is pretty much the same (decent music cliche lyrics production magic hype = yet another generic epitaph/fat clone band).

Anonymous (April 21, 2004)

In my opinion, the guitar parts on this album sound similar to rufio's stuff. The slightly sloppy but somewhat complex guitar parts prove it.

LogJammin (April 21, 2004)

You people hate too much...this record is the shit!

Anonymous (April 21, 2004)

the only reason why "people" (and i use that word loosley) compare this band to thrice is because they have 'intricate' guitar parts. KIDS... listen. just because they have alot of licks DOES NOT, REPEAT, DOES NOT mean they sound like thrice. get your collective heads out of your asses and learn some punk rock, and for that matter, some metal history. one band (as in thrice) will never spawn a flock of generic wanna be's. especially this band. this band pools their influences in a very unique and original way. every song just keeps on building and building. this IS the best punk rock record of the year. including the new bad religion and descendents. and if you dont know who bad religion or the descendents are, stop coming to this site. seriously.

CallingLondon (April 21, 2004)

the reason lots of people think a certain band is good, especially when the band in question is not one who receives any major type of radio/television play, is usually because those people actually enjoy the band's music. hype doesn't come into question here. i like this band. i don't think it sounds very much like thrice. thrice is like hardcore mixed wtih powermetal via ironmaiden. a wilhelm scream does not fit that description. why am i not asleep?

ElVaquero (April 21, 2004)

You need to listen to some more Power Quest.

Jesse (April 21, 2004)

"It sounds like Thrice."

"It sounds like Rufio."

"It sounds like Hot Water Music."

"It sounds like Crimpshine meets Bad Religion."

Wait, wait...I've got it.....it sonds like shit.

It IS going to be the next Strike Anywhere or Rise Against, which means it'll be the next new shitty generic band that everyone thinks is amazing.

hypehypehypehypehypehypehypehypehypehypehypehypehypeh ype


Anonymous (April 21, 2004)

i love this fucking cd.

Anonymous (April 21, 2004)

You know it's a good album when people fight like mad over who the band sounds like.

kirbypuckett (April 20, 2004)

all the thrice and posts to that effect about wilhelm are kind of funny considering when these guys were smackin isaiah, they were blowing those bands away and nobody cared. Now, they care just enough to make there apathy an established opinion.

I've got my Smackin' Isaiah somewhere in these pile of CDs.

- Kirby

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

"all the thrice and posts to that effect about wilhelm are kind of funny considering when these guys were smackin isaiah, they were blowing those bands away and nobody cared. Now, they care just enough to make there apathy an established opinion."

right on man

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

yes it is but they just released their last album under this name

lieutenant (April 20, 2004)

Is this their first release after the name change?

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

why is this CD being compared to Thrice and Rufio? a couple of you need to pull your head out of your Hot Topic tatooed assholes. anyway 'Mute Print' is a fucking great album.

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

yes yes they were Smackin Isaiah for Jumpstart records. Hey lets all check out Jumpstart records @ jumpstartrecords.com !!!!

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

Um dude I hate making you loook like an idiot but a wilhelm scream formed like 7 years ago.

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

I dont think anyone said Thrice inspired this band. I think everyone simply said they sounds like Thrice. Lots of bands sound alike and have never heard eachother. It was just a comparison.

Btw, this band could be good if their singer didnt suck so badly

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

while i agree "the rip" sounds thrice-ish, these guys are different and better. ive always described it as west coast talent meets east coast energy. am i the only one who sees the vocals as a crimpshrine meets bad religion? i guess that was more in smackin' isiah

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

they used to be Smackin' Isaiah, correct? they were always my favorite Jumpstart records band, and now they're my favorite reference to wilhelm.

GreenVandal (April 20, 2004)

I like thrice...but you wont be hearing their influence on music (if they even make any) for another 5 or so years. Saying thrice influenced this is just ignorant, considering the bands pretty much formed at the same time. Also considering that Thrice shamelessly rips off metallica every chance they get, they arent really the inventers of the wheel or anything.

Both bands rock though.

thriceequalsgod (April 20, 2004)

IOS era.

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

Is this Thrice, "Identity Crisis" era, "Illusion of Safety" era, or "Artist in the Ambulance" era. Either of the first two would be fine.

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

All I'm going to say is that I own "Benefits of Thinking Out Loud," it sucks, and I'm not buying this based on my dislike for their first full-length.

thriceequalsgod (April 20, 2004)

this album is maaad good.

i mean, this album kicks a lot of ass. I'm suprised scott didn't mention the thrice influence oozing from this record. even if you dont like thrice, this is a different genre altogether, so give this a try. you won't be dissapointed.

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

all the thrice and posts to that effect about wilhelm are kind of funny considering when these guys were smackin isaiah, they were blowing those bands away and nobody cared. Now, they care just enough to make there apathy an established opinion.

i expect this record to be easy on my ears, and a good way to spend an evening.


Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

"Have you ever heard about this little band called T.S.O.L?"

You mean that hair metal band?

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

i saw these guys play some sorority house show about a year and a half ago when they were still smackin' isiah and they absolutely shredded. there is no way their drummer is human. i've never seen a man drum like that before.

skankin_in_the_pit (April 20, 2004)

"This is the best thing Nitro has released in a while."

Have you ever heard about this little band called T.S.O.L?
I'm sure this is good and i'll probably pick it up, but there's no way it can top "Divided We Stand."

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

overated generic band

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

If it sounds like Thrice how can it be good?

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

william blake overdrive and stab,stab,stab make me orgasm.

jumpstartrecords (April 20, 2004)

the score is for nuno, jon, trev, chris, and crazy nick (i'll get you back for pissing in my closet, you drunk bastard). this record shreds. that's all you have to know.

FortyMinutesWest (April 20, 2004)

Good stuff, lots of people will be pretending they knew this band "before they were cool." Just wait and see.

sincerelyme (April 20, 2004)

The songs I've heard are pretty good, I might get this. It could do with getting a bit heavier though. The end of the rip is fucking immense mind.

"once released both became the new "hot" band on the tips of everyones' tongues". I don't remember that happening, it's hardly like those two bands have blown up.

TheOneTrueBill (April 20, 2004)

I heard these guys on All Ages Radio last week and the song started off cool, but I was sick of it by the end.

LogJammin (April 20, 2004)

Totally Strung Out Thrice. I'ma rock it!

kirbypuckett (April 20, 2004)

I view this as Strung Out Thrice.

...but I hear it as something THAT'S FUCKING BADASS!

- Kirby

CrankWillDestroy (April 20, 2004)

Can't wait to see them with Love Me Destroyer. Saw them with Pinhead Circus a few years ago. It's hard to say who put on a better show. Nuno is the man.

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

"Couldnt you have just emailed scott about that."


LogJammin (April 20, 2004)

I've been listening to this kind of music for almost 15 years, and I think it sounds like Thrice. And it's good!

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

The only reason you think it sounds like thrice, is because you probably only got into punk rock a year ago, and you have nothing else to compare it to.

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

Ive listened the damn 2 songs atleast 4-5 times each and this is nothing to be excited about. It sounds like a Thrice CD except this guy has a weaker voice.

Strike Anywhere and Bigwig could put these guys to shame.

sickboi (April 20, 2004)

Fucking idiot. This is NOTHING like "indie rock". I don't mind differing opinions, but at least know what the hell you are talking about.

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

On another thought, "The Rip" sounds exactly something Thrice would/could have put out. If you combine Thrice's new style of lyrical delivery with their older guitar work this could so easily be a Thrice song. This shit is way too indie rock for me to ever like.

What makes this band much worse than the bands mentioned in this review(minus HWM) is the sheer fact these lyrics are awful and make me feel like a dirty indie rock kid with long greasy hair covered by a stupid trucker hat.

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

I would expect that from somebody who would submit news regarding the civic tour and motion city soundtrack

LogJammin (April 20, 2004)

Dude EVERYthing has been done before.

Jesse (April 20, 2004)

I listened to the mp3s, and you know what my first impression was? This has been done before.

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

This band does not sound like rufio, you are a fucking dildo.

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

"A Wilhelm Scream is poised to be 2004's Strike Anywhere or Rise Against - two bands that prior to their latest albums, showed massive amounts of potential and were poised to break nationally; once released both became the new "hot" band on the tips of everyones' tongues"

What the hell are you talking about? Exit English was a great CD and this stuff is awful in comparison to Strike Anywhere or Rise Against. This guys voice is not only boring but not compeling in the least. I dont understand why people are hyping these guys up when there is nothing hype worthy about them.

This score is for Scott's awful review.

inagreendase (April 20, 2004)

This is the best thing Nitro has released in a while.

LogJammin (April 20, 2004)

Rufio's way poppier than AWS.

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

the band sounds like rufio. the singer thankfully does not.


Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

famous friends and fashion drunks
stab stab stab
brand new me same shitty you
anchor end

i could list all 11 songs to tell you that this shit fuckin' rocks. anybody that likes fun music should definitely get this little treasure.

(i'm gonna be in first fucking place/for the worst fucking attitude/and i don't give a fuck at all)

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

i ordered mine a couple days ago. the rip is an amazing song

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

Couldnt you have just emailed scott about that.

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

Yo Scott, you get my review of Die Hunns' 'Long Legs'?? I don't remember if I submitted it or not...

sickboi (April 20, 2004)

Best of the 04 thus far.

cubaricho (April 20, 2004)

Or perhaps the over-hyped medicore music that is contained within the disc.

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

How the hell is the hype going to kill this band? You're crazy, this is the best punk record to come out in a long time.

LogJammin (April 20, 2004)

That's not very supportive! If anything's going to kill this band, it's Free Internet Downloading...or perhaps shifty, trendhopping scenesters.

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

This cd fucking shreds

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

the hype is going to kill this band.

LogJammin (April 20, 2004)

Buying it tonight, OOOOOOH YEEEEEUH

cubaricho (April 20, 2004)

I'll download it.

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