Murder By Death - Who Will Survive, And What Will Be Left Of Them? (Cover Artwork)

Murder By Death

Murder By Death: Who Will Survive, And What Will Be Left Of Them?Who Will Survive, And What Will Be Left Of Them? (2003)
Eyeball Records

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It seems that every day, a new band featuring too much double bass for its own good and a singer who would rather have a seizure than sing, seems to pop up. In the world of music, cliches and copycats are inevitable. However, Murder by Death are different. Who Will Survive, and What Will Be Left of .
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It seems that every day, a new band featuring too much double bass for its own good and a singer who would rather have a seizure than sing, seems to pop up. In the world of music, cliches and copycats are inevitable. However, Murder by Death are different. Who Will Survive, and What Will Be Left of Them? is a unique album. It is meant to sound like a soundtrack to a western horror movie, with lyrics referencing the devil, greed, lots of whiskey, mortality, and of course, death. No genre can really fit Murder By Death, and no genre would really be able to do them justice.

Starting off the album is "The Devil In Mexico", which is reminiscent of an old time western. A song that one can imagine being played in a saloon while cowboys play poker and gulp down liquor. The guitar and drums soon softly blend in, and by then you are hooked. The song reaches a climactic ending with unexpected screams living in harmony with lead singer Adam Turla's vocals, and then immediately going into the rocking "Killbot 2000". A number of the songs have a slow tempo, carefully blending in excellent musicianship on guitars, drums, cello, and the occasional piano, which all help set the mood.

"Intermission" plays like a soundtrack to a silent film and takes your mind off the hopelessness discussed in the track preceding it, "Three Men Hanging". However, the standout, upbeat track, "The Desert is on Fire" really showcases Murder By Deaths ability. The opening guitar leads into captivating combination of drums and cello. The cello solo (courtesy of Sarah Balliet) midway through the song is the icing on the cake. Murder by Death slow things down during "Pillars of Salt" which sounds like a song that could be played during a funeral scene in a movie. Haunting piano combined with intentionally mundane vocals sends chills through your spine.

In the end, Murder By Death's, Who Will Survive, and What Will Be Left of Them? is one of the most underrated albums of 2003. Featuring excellent artwork in the booklet and CD case, it really helps set the mood with what looks like hand written lyrics on cattle hide and drawings from the Ol' West. Murder By Death's latest album is one that will surprise, captivate, and entertain you, and should not be missed.

Murder By Death - Killbot 2000


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thisguyhere (May 27, 2012)

>You wont remember them in 2 years, I promise

Hehe, been about 8, and I still listen with fervor. GREAT album. This is music, people. People may want to slander this band as not being authentic, but when it comes to songwriting, they win, hands down. If you want authentic, get some crust punk. /s

Anonymous (March 15, 2005)

As much as I love both this and their first album, where Murder By Death really shine is in their live show. A friend and I saw them last year with "These Arms are Snakes" and "Paris, Tx" (also fantastic) and they have so much energy it's just amazing.

P.S. The cello player is cute. Check out this link for proof.

ttp://www.murderbydeath.com/images/photos/jenn_iversen0 1.

Anonymous (May 28, 2004)

I saw these guys and they are by far one of the best bands I have ever seen. There new album is also one of my favorites with it's dark moody tone and amazing instrumental work and those that totally shit on this album and this band are bias and don't know what the FUCK they are talking about!!!

soulbleed (May 27, 2004)

hey someone made a comment about cursive's cellist. she may not be the hottest girl, but the way she plays her cello makes me hard. she basically has sex with it. so does the murder by death chick. god, cellists own. as long as they're not asian boys.

Anonymous (May 26, 2004)

One of the worst cds ever!

swooningdisaster (May 25, 2004)

lame name but kickass band and album.

Anonymous (May 25, 2004)

there name sucks but any one who trys is worthy of a little resspect

dogs fuck the pope

Anonymous (May 24, 2004)

A very good CD.

It seems boring and the songs barley difference themselves from one another at first, but if you allow a few more listens you start to get each song stuck in your head. Nothing too life changing , but a FUN cd, with great artwork, and fun songs.

Anonymous (May 24, 2004)

You wont remember them in 2 years, I promise

Anonymous (May 24, 2004)

I like the cover work and I like their name as well as the names of their songs and stuff but this is really just forgetable garbage, you won't remember this band in ten years.

Anonymous (May 24, 2004)

oh fuck that. yeah i know it's all about the music. i love the music, but in this case, i also love watching them play because she's unbelieveable. just because i think she's hot doesn't mean i'm ignoring the music.

Anonymous (May 24, 2004)

Shit! Why does it matter if the girl in a band is hot or not? wtf have we come to? Sure she is not bad looking in this case but we donā??t hear anyone debating the aesthetically pleasantness of men in bands now do we? If you like cursive you would probably like this record.

Anonymous (May 24, 2004)

I meant to say she doesn't have a good body and that mp3 is boring as hell emo all the way for you kids aint it

Anonymous (May 24, 2004)

I checked out those live vids on their site and I think that the cello player is fucking ugly as hell, she doies have a good body or and her face is circular like a pumpkin

Anonymous (May 24, 2004)


Jesse (May 24, 2004)

I saw them live and really enjoyed their set. They definitely play great stuff live. I'm really unimpressed with their CDs. I bought their first one, but I never listen to it. Definitely one of those bands that gets either hated or overrated. They're not bad, but they're definitely not the most original out there.

Anonymous (May 24, 2004)

I'd thought I would point that guy who's making fun of them can't spell cello.

They are an amazing band.

And the cellist is hot.

Anonymous (May 24, 2004)

Well i cant stand this band so i guess im going to have to pass my lil friend

Anonymous (May 23, 2004)

have you seen them live? she's pure sex on stage. i'd give anything to be her cello.

Anonymous (May 23, 2004)

Nah im talking about the gal from this band, heres a pic of her. http://www.murderbydeath.com/photos.php
I cant see what you guys see in her

Anonymous (May 23, 2004)

how can you honestly say that their cellist is not hot? this score is for her. she's gorgeous.

you aren't thinking of greta from cursive are you?

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

great cd.my only complaint is that some of the tracks are a little too slow for me.Murder by Death is truly original with both their music and their lyrics.while some of the lyrics sound like the old west, they manage to satisfy fans of a completely different genre.

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

Their cello player is not hot at all.

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

this band is pretty good live

but the production on this album really ruins it for me. sounds flat and anti-climactic.

they would also be a hell of a lot better if they got rid of that god awful drummer of theirs.

the cello player is really hot though.

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

good friends of mine, great album, but i have to admit i've gotten tired of it (it came out like 8 months ago -- you guys are a bit late). there first album is great too.
saw them with bear vs. shark at some connecticut college a few months back, they killed, while bear vs. shark failed to impress (uh, yeah ... eating your microphone is real fucking cool)

greg0rb (May 22, 2004)

Awesome. But I can see how people would not like them live (if it's the first time you've heard them). You need to digest their cds... it takes a little time to get into them but it's worth it. Then go see them live. Great album, great band.

GYBE (May 22, 2004)

Geat album.

Speaking of Godspeed, someone review one of their albums or I'll be forced to.

soulbleed (May 22, 2004)

and yes, scott, that desert city soundtrack cd owns. thanks for reminding me about it. :)

soulbleed (May 22, 2004)

very very misunderstood, and also overrated, band. this is a very entertaining concept album though.

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

they almost showed this day foward up at one of their finals shows and thats tough. this album amazes me.


maverick (May 22, 2004)

Desert City Soundtrack's Funeral Car puts this album to shame.

This one is still good, however.


Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

the first album was great. this one was a step down, although i do think they distanced themselves from other similarly sounding bands (like how their instrumentals on the first album sounded identical to Godspeed!) but as a whole the album wasn't as solid. still worth a listen.

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

This album is amazing. Everyone needs to pick it up... it's brilliant.

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

hey kids. i was wondering if you guys can recomend me a good indie rock cd.

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

i like this band. and i like them as people. don't miss a chance to party with them. they're fun.

i liked the first record better, but i still like this one too.

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

I think these last two comments were made by the same person

either way, this band is amazing...don't let these douchebags mislead you

Anonymous (May 21, 2004)

What the fuck convinced you to say this album is good. Original my ass, different my ass, a great band FUCKING LIES!! I saw them live at a college in Ct there boring as hell live and they sound like shit. They played this one song that was pure noise with a fucking chello that lasted like 14 minutes. The only thing i could think about is when is this outrage gonna end. There the ones who made me leave the show early. KIDS DON"T GO TO EMO SHOWS IF YOU WANT TO LIV E OR KEEP YOUR BALLS. THIS SUFF WILL JUST MAKE YOU DEPRESSED AND SUICIDAL JUST BY HOW MUCH IT SUCKS!

Anonymous (May 21, 2004)

oh god, i saw these assholes with bear vs shark a while ago....


Anonymous (May 21, 2004)

great album, great band...even better live

daegan (May 21, 2004)

there is no more interesting band out there right now.

if you don't own this, get it now.

Anonymous (May 21, 2004)

people like em cuz they're "oh so original", shiat they aren't even original this is just MEh.

/listen to some good shiat instead.

Anonymous (May 21, 2004)

its about time this gets reviewed.....good album

Anonymous (May 21, 2004)

I agree with the kid two post down, this band is lame, powerful lame

Anonymous (May 21, 2004)

murder by death are a fantastic band and this album is awesome.

Anonymous (May 21, 2004)

From www.allmusic.com :
Murder by Death is, like many other bands, a confused band. Adam Turla's vocals, which were formerly British-influenced on their debut, are now seemingly more Texan than anything
- thats funny stuff, i downloaded some songs and they were ok,nothing special kindof boring really

Anonymous (May 21, 2004)

This album is on my top 5 right now and probably will be for awhile.

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