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Shockwave

Shockwave: The Ultimate DoomThe Ultimate Doom (2004)
Triple Crown Records

Reviewer Rating: 2.5


Contributed by: FortyMinutesWestFortyMinutesWest
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I can never fault a band for having a good time, but I can hope that they sound good doing it. Shockwave plays typical mosh-centric, metal influenced hardcore. That's nothing out of the ordinary. What is out of the ordinary is the agenda that the band is pushing. Now, when you think of this styl.
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I can never fault a band for having a good time, but I can hope that they sound good doing it. Shockwave plays typical mosh-centric, metal influenced hardcore. That's nothing out of the ordinary. What is out of the ordinary is the agenda that the band is pushing. Now, when you think of this style of music and you think of agendas, what's the first thing that pops into your head? You'd probably think of straight edge, or shit, but mostly straight edge. But no, that's not what Shockwave is pushing, their underlying message is rather simple: we watched a lot of episodes of "Transformers" as kids, now we're going to write songs about blowing stuff up and destroying things.

I'm glad these guys aren't taking themselves too seriously, because humor is something that music like this sorely lacks. However, once the initial amusement is gone, there's not much to bring you back for repeated listens. I knew what I was getting into, I expected lots of breakdowns, lots of soundclips, and lots of references to robots. For the most part, that is what I got, but the songs didn't grab me, not even in the "mosh for the sake of moshing" kind of way. These songs just aren't as much fun as I thought they would be, aside from the great intro. I was expecting Shockwave to play by the book, but I guess I was hoping they'd make things more interesting. I wanted to like this, but it really never held my attention.

In the end, this is good for one or two listens, simply because of the novelty factor. But after a while, that wears off, and you're left with a rather mediocre release. I applaud Shockwave for bringing a sense of humor to an often humorless genre, but I wish their execution was a little better. This might be worth a listen, if only for the subject matter. But beyond that, there's nothing here that you can't listen to on a thousand other albums.

 


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Anonymous (March 22, 2006)

Shockwave is one of the best bands ive heard period. Ive grown out of alot of hardcore in the past few years, alot of old bands i use to love, now suck....not to name names cough throwdown cough. To this day tho Shockwave still gets me ready to fucking mosh. Fuck the guy that wrote this review and his mother.

Anonymous (March 20, 2006)

Dude Fuck That!!! These Guys Kick Ass. I Donâ??t Donâ??t Care What Some Dork Pencil Pushing Want A Be Punk Says. Just Go To One of There Shows. No One Has Ever Got Me So Pumped Up In A Pit. Not To Minchin The Moral And The People That Go To There Show I Never Had So Much Fun.

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

Man. I listen to this shit daily.

These poor reviews of Shockwave are pissing me off.

Anonymous (July 6, 2004)

I just finished playign through Doom II

Anonymous (July 4, 2004)

Awesome album! The intro is great and goes well along with the 2nd track. I like this album more than the previous ones.

sickboi (July 3, 2004)

Anyone ever rode the "Shockwave" at King's Dominion? That shit hurts my neck.

maverick (July 3, 2004)

That last comment took me a second to get, but now I'm laughing my ass off. Good work.

-Scott

TahoeJeff (July 3, 2004)

at least you dont have to download a plug-in to listen to this

Anonymous (July 2, 2004)

Meh

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