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Countdown To Life

Countdown To Life: Tragedy Is So IrresistibleTragedy Is So Irresistible (2003)
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Reviewer Rating: 0.5


Contributed by: JesseJesse
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They have it all. The vague, nonsense name - the CD title aiming at something deep and dark - the double-time drum beats mixed with Fat rip off guitar riffs - imitation metal riffs - screaming (and cookie-monster growling) - and really boring basslines. As if it wasn't generic enough, you have to .
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They have it all. The vague, nonsense name - the CD title aiming at something deep and dark - the double-time drum beats mixed with Fat rip off guitar riffs - imitation metal riffs - screaming (and cookie-monster growling) - and really boring basslines. As if it wasn't generic enough, you have to endure this mess through the thinnest mix ever.

Countdown to Life can't decide if they want to be a metalcore band, or a melodic punk band. So they mixed the two. And boy oh boy is it by the book. There's even singing on some songs. That's right. They had the audacity to ride the wave. Maybe they'll get a sweet gig opening up for Alexisonfire or Thrice.

Track names like "Better Off Dead," and "Die Waiting" are vomit inducing, while someone forgot to tell them that The Cure already had a song called "Love Song." And it most certainly isn't shitty metalcore. Here's another tip: if you're in a metalcore band, you don't get to write songs about love. Here are some lyrical samples from "Love Song" (completely screamed and shouted):

"now I can feel some joy, the cobwebs falling slowly, you've begun to remove the callouses (those losers - it's supposed to be callus. They are two different words) from my heart, this is new to me, I don't know where to start. i can't explain it, what you do to me."

Why don't you go bake some cupcakes while at it? Or just start an acoustic emo band and call yourselves "Countdown to When We Might Start Getting Good."

I've heard Belle and Sebastian CDs that rock harder than this. And I hate Belle and Sebastian.

 


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Smithy (May 15, 2006)

The reviewer clearly doesn't know what he's on about. How can you criticise them for being just like every other "metalcore" * band, and then also for writing about different things to every other "metalcore" * band?

(* It's hardcore, fool!)

Anonymous (April 10, 2006)

Countdown is awesome... who cares if the music is "by the book" they put on a show to rival The Casualties... so dont knock them.

Anonymous (November 10, 2005)

as a good friend to the CTL guys... i can honestly say that they werent that stoked about this album's quality... like anybody who gets signed you make mistakes... for ctl it could have been trying to record so soon after... and choosing to do it at their hometown studio... but they have learned from their mistakes and changed labels to something more fitting... released a strong 2nd album and tour their butts off... and they get rewarded for it... tonight they play with walls of jericho, with honor and modern life is war... in florida... thats balls... thats how good they are live... so... go get the new ctl and give em a shot.

Anonymous (January 22, 2005)

As someone who does NOT listen to hardcore regularly and generally dislikes the genericness of hardcore bands, I can say that Countdown To Lifes 'Tragedy Is So Irresistable' Is a great album

Anonymous (December 2, 2004)

Whoever wrote this rteveiw needs to take the dick out of their ears long enough to hear what the fuck they're listening to, what the fuck do u listen to? Brittany Spears? Backstreet Boys? please tell me, i'd love to know.

Anonymous (November 22, 2004)

oh and by the way thier name isn't ambiguous; it refers to the fact that ty (the guitarist) felt that the moments were counting down to when theirl lives really began. Pretty fucking deep if you ask me

Anonymous (November 22, 2004)

common now give these guys some credit. Seriously how many bands out there actually get signed and make something decent of themselves. Not to mention they did most of the recording them selve in a local studio with help from friends. And holy shit if you've ever seen these guys live i think you would better understand where they come from. They'll rock your balls off. That is of course if you have any considering the awful condracticory nonsense you've wrote. A fucking five year old could have wrote your review.

Anonymous (October 25, 2004)

well, as the webmaster of their website i can only tell you one thing: i think ths review has been misconstrued, harshly.

jesse has his opinion, and that being said, i have to disagree with it. it's his opinion, don't jump down his throat for not liking these guys. there are a million bands out there that would get the same review. don't take shit so personally, it's just an opinion.

honestly, i think these guys have alot of talent and i would support them as far as i can because i like their music. all those rip off guitar lines, screaming, and the like...i love that shit, plain and simple.

and if you for some reason don't like their first album, play it a few times. it's catchy as hell and grows on you like the plague. their next album is going to be an absolute killer. i think people will be putting their foots in their mouths instead of up countdown's asses.

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

It's their first album. Who has a completely solid first album?

Thursday's early shit was...well, shit.

You want them to not sing love songs because that's not metalcore? Yet when they have the 'stereotypical' metalcore band name and song titles that is shit? Make up your mind.

They are making a name for themselves, they win.

Anonymous (September 14, 2004)

how could you trash countdown to life for being "by the book" ?!?!

"if your in a metal band you cant play love songs"
a statement like that is so much more by the book than countdown to life.

i can barely imagine how theyre song titles are vommit inducing. your pathetic cheapshots and spelling corrections are what is really vommit inducing. countdown is just a group of guys (probably the nicest guys you will ever meet, by the way) that decided to go out there and do what the love to do. they are passionate about their music, they put out an awesome performance with their amazing energy and inclusion of the audience. danny loves to hand the mic around.

who the hell cares if a metal band sings a love song. i think its great for countdown to not stick to the patterns of metal bands before them, and i appluad them for being true to themselves despite the rancid critiques of snobby little they are so closed minded about how it should be done. well, i'd like to hear you do it better.

Anonymous (September 7, 2004)

These guys actually rule.

Anonymous (September 4, 2004)

countdown to life is awesome

Anchors (September 4, 2004)

Yeah, you know because Thursday sounds a whole lot like Alexisonfire.

Good call.

Anonymous (September 2, 2004)

"why does everyone find these reviews funny? i've found more humour at a morgue."

I've found more than humor in a morgue, if you catch my drift.

In case you didn't, I have sex with dead bodies. Yeah.

And I listen to a lot, lot, lot more stuff than "gutterpunk". Come to think of it, I don't listen to that much "gutterpunk" at all. I'm more of a Minor Threat/Black Flag/Testors geared person.

Is anything that doesn't such, gutterpunk though?

And KK Null's gutter-punk?

Shit, yo, I don't even listen to GG Allin or Antiseen, the epitomes of "gutterpunk" for me.

Oh well.

-BSD

FortyMinutesWest (September 2, 2004)

Fair enough.

Jesse (September 2, 2004)

Forty-

I don't have multiple levels of suck. If it sucks, it's 1-2 stars, depending on how mean I feel.

Anonymous (September 1, 2004)

Enter The 36 Chambers is definitely one of the top 10 albums of all time. Idiot.

And being on someone's nuts is akin to being up in their grill as well as liking them more than you should.

See: Amerikkka's Most Wanted by Ice Cube.

Anonymous (September 1, 2004)

countdown to sucking ass...10...9...8....ah, forget it we're already there!

FortyMinutesWest (September 1, 2004)

Meh, this is mediocre, but there are plenty of bands that are more deserving of one star than this one.

Anonymous (September 1, 2004)

why does everyone find these reviews funny? i've found more humour at a morgue. WOOOOOO

Anonymous (September 1, 2004)

the last line of the review was hilarious

Bosco (September 1, 2004)

I liked the tracks from this that were on the Thirty3 split cd. To each his own, I guess.

Jesse (September 1, 2004)

"jesse hates another album by another band no one's ever heard of. must be tuesday (or friday)."

This fucking had me in stitches. Quality.

"countdown to life is a great band..if you actually listened to that kind of music, maybe you would understand. Broaden your horizons past gutter punk before you try and review a solid hardcore album."

You're mistaking me for BSD. I don't listen to gutter punk. If you look in my catalog of reviews, check the one for Forever I Burn. I gave that one a good review.

"yeah, dont listen to this review

this is coming from a reviewer who called wu tang- "enter the wu" one of the top 10 records of all time...."

It's actually Wu-Tang Clan "Enter the Wu-Tang 36 Chambers"

"Don't compare Alexisonfire to this shit.

Every time a band sings and screams, you have to compare them to Alexisonfire. Get off their nuts already. They're not some cookie cutter band who throws in an off key vocalist just for effect. Alexisonfire was doing that 3 years ago before it became the cool new thing to do, like metalcore and then tough guy hardcore.

I know that you're a douche and this most likely won't change your opinion, but regardless, you sound like an idiot."

I don't care when they started doing it. It still sucks. And 3 years ago? You mean when Thursday's "Full Collapse" came out? Makes Alexisonfire look reaaaaal original, if you ask me.

inagreendase (August 31, 2004)

Get off their nuts already.

Actually, being on someone's nuts would indicate the person liking the band a lot.

So I think you mean something more like, "Get off their case already."

Anchors (August 31, 2004)

Don't compare Alexisonfire to this shit.

Every time a band sings and screams, you have to compare them to Alexisonfire. Get off their nuts already. They're not some cookie cutter band who throws in an off key vocalist just for effect. Alexisonfire was doing that 3 years ago before it became the cool new thing to do, like metalcore and then tough guy hardcore.

I know that you're a douche and this most likely won't change your opinion, but regardless, you sound like an idiot.

Anonymous (August 31, 2004)

"Hey BSD, i don't know what the fuck is wrong with you, but maybe it's time to come of this site and get some help with your extreme bitterness. I mean, are you entirely motivated by hatred?"

Brush your teeth...

-USofB

PS- Tony Blair got Pwned in Iraq

Anonymous (August 31, 2004)

yeah, dont listen to this review

this is coming from a reviewer who called wu tang- "enter the wu" one of the top 10 records of all time....

Anonymous (August 31, 2004)

countdown to life is a great band..if you actually listened to that kind of music, maybe you would understand. Broaden your horizons past gutter punk before you try and review a solid hardcore album.

Anonymous (August 31, 2004)

countdown to life is a great band..if you actually listened to that kind of music, maybe you would understand. Broaden your horizons past gutter punk before you try and review a solid hardcore album.

CrookedSuperhero (August 31, 2004)

Hey BSD, i don't know what the fuck is wrong with you, but maybe it's time to come of this site and get some help with your extreme bitterness. I mean, are you entirely motivated by hatred?

tahoejeff (August 31, 2004)

more like countdown to sucking ass

kirbypuckett (August 31, 2004)

Well the artwork is at least kinda neat.

- Kirby

Anonymous (August 31, 2004)

You can tell from reading that, this reader wears a mohawk and is a stout democrate...

Who's the tool?

Belle and Sebastian suck, and if you like them you must be a wish-I-was-scene teenage girl, because I can tell how people live by what they write about totally different subjects.

-BSD

Anonymous (August 31, 2004)

Whats with the shot at Belle and Sabastian? its not Punk Rawk to like belle and sabastain!? PUNK RAWWWWWK! fuck off you mowhawk sporting tools for the democratic party.

Anonymous (August 31, 2004)

jesse hates another album by another band no one's ever heard of. must be tuesday (or friday).

Anonymous (August 31, 2004)

review i mean

Anonymous (August 31, 2004)

Best reveiw ever!

Spaztic (August 31, 2004)

Zing!

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