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Strung Out: Exile In OblivionExile In Oblivion (2004)
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Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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We have another identity crisis in the world of metallic skate punk. California stalwarts Strung Out's newest effort, Exile In Oblivion, is the band's sixth proper full-length, following 2002's American Paradox and more or less the Live In A Dive album released last year. It's also showing a trend.
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We have another identity crisis in the world of metallic skate punk. California stalwarts Strung Out's newest effort, Exile In Oblivion, is the band's sixth proper full-length, following 2002's American Paradox and more or less the Live In A Dive album released last year. It's also showing a trend most bands usually dip into later in their discographies.

Whether it be in tone or mood, many bands seem suspect to showing significant variety in their songs after several full-lengths. With the first half of Exile In Oblivion, which is noticably harder than its predecessor, you'll immediately notice how the standard Strung Out sound has definitely taken on some hardcore tones in places. Sure, Strung Out's discography has always been fairly hardcore-influenced, but never more has it stuck out than now. It also helps that you can really hear the double-bass drum in spots. Quick dashes of "chug-chug shout" are splashed here and there, giving the early portion the band's darkest overtones since Twisted By Design, using them effectively and almost never forced, but there are times the mixing makes them seem ridiculously misplaced. "Kataonia"'s hardcore segues are cool, but the transitions sound-wise are so awkward. The sound is nice and full during the riff-drum-crash-shout, with everything seemingly turned up to 11, but when it transitions back to its normal pace right after, everything in the mix seems to quickly retreat to 5 when listening to it on headphones.

However, the second half walks in and it's like a new album. Strung Out threw all the poppy stuff here, and the sequencing is downright weird as a result. It all starts with "Anna Lee," co-penned by producer Matt Hyde, and continues all the way through the end of closing track "The Misanthropic Principle." "Swan Dive" is the most noticeable of these tracks, probably acting as the future single with Jason Cruz's vocals reaching pitches he used to hit constantly - which is actually another problem with the disc. Even with the aforementioned almost-growls, Cruz's style never really strays from ever mixing it up, at least much less so than past work.

The record is competent if not generally underwhelming in spots, and should be a definite bit of satisfaction for those disappointed in American Paradox, as it's not only a slight improvement in songwriting for the most part but visibly throws in more influences, which can be found scattered about the album. The biggest problem is still its sequencing - the less melodic stuff really needs to be spread out, and a way needed to be found to let the second half mingle with the first instead of separating them compilation-like.

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Laurier (September 8, 2010)

This is the "grower" of there discography didn't like it when it came out but wow amazing stuff now.

redhaze (September 1, 2009)

Strung Out's best album imho.

It rules, from start to finish.

MacbethMystery (July 29, 2009)

Best album Strung Out have released until now. This insane fusion of Punk and Metal is so damn unique and sounds so damn great, it's making me sick. I could only refer to AWS as quite a similar band playing on the same high level as Strung Out. Only killer tracks on this album. To be frank, I don't understand the reviewer's score at all.

randalla (July 1, 2009)

Best. Album. Ever.

NUFANwarrior (April 16, 2009)

Analog is so amazing. One of my favorites.

thomas7155 (February 26, 2008)

I like how their music alternates. great record.

jimmyjjackamoose (July 1, 2007)

i'm gonna buy this soon. afterwards i'll get the new one.

outinthered (March 26, 2007)

Good Record, but like the reveiwer says, I think Strung out are having an identity crisis here as the music alternates from metal, to punk to hardcore and dare i say it emo.. maybe not, but still..

wallofyouth (October 20, 2006)

this should've been an EP

jim cherry > lots of stuff

Hezza (August 1, 2006)

Awesome record heard it ages ago and still feel pationately about it, are you trying to sound clever brian?

Anonymous (April 15, 2006)

hey brian you totally suck!! this album deserves 5 stars,, wash your fucking ears man this is a fucking masterpiece

Anonymous (April 15, 2006)

this album is a classic...

Anonymous (April 5, 2006)

Awsome fucking record. I'm going with the masses on this one, the reviewer doesn't have a clue.

nikko (March 17, 2006)

i really like this album....blueprint to the fall kicks fuckin ass

Anonymous (March 2, 2006)

the only reason some idiot would call this an average punk album is solely based on their previous work. sorry. his vocals may not be as good and I'm not a HUGE fan of the direction they are headed but I completely understand it. his poetic lyrics and the band's amazing technical skills..... HEY STRUNG OUT, YOU'VE OBVIOUSLY PUT OUT TOO MANY GODDAM GOOD ALBUMS FOR SOME PEOPLE. hell even skinny years was pretty decent. long live the best band to ever grace my cd player.

Anonymous (November 4, 2005)

Strung out absolutley blows away every "skate punk" band out there hands down, this album fucking rules all. The reviewer is idiotic im sorry to say, if you don't think this is a great record you're missing ears.

Godfather (October 2, 2005)

these guys got a lot of talent

Anonymous (July 22, 2005)

What a fuckin jackass review! Are you kidding me? This album is insane.............go jack off to My Chemical Romance!!!!

someone-yeah (July 19, 2005)

This album rocks my ass off and beats me over the head with it.

Seriously.

Anonymous (February 26, 2005)

what a fucking piece of shit review. this album fucking rocks.

Anonymous (February 21, 2005)

Instantly one of my favorite punk albums of all. And I love their older works. It often gave me feelings of old Strung Out, AFI, and sometimes I even felt like I might be listening to a heavier Alkaline Trio. Parts of songs here and there even gave me a Bad Religion flash back. Overall I'll admit that some of the guitar pieces are weird, and some of the songs, when compared to one another, are different enough to make you wonder why they're on the same album. The important thing is that I love it and it's not getting boring, even with heavy rotation in my stereo.

Anonymous (February 10, 2005)

I don't think Strung Out should hang it up anytime soon. I am a greedy bastard, so I figure if they keep releasing albums like Exile with 5 or 6 brilliant songs, thats enough for me. If they can keep doing this for the next 25 years, that would give me about 125 brilliant Strung Out songs. Then maybe the Rolling Stones and Strung Out can tour together, or even record a split together. I can see it now...

"I can't get no....Angeldust"

pabstboy (January 22, 2005)

Does Strung Out ever get tired of writing amazing albums? Apparently not thank heavens. A Strung Out album release date is better than any holiday imaginable. Well ok except for Festivus. Like recently stated this band is without a doubt one of the best stongholds for melodically driven hardcore and one of the most talented to boot. It may be no Twisted By Design to me but these guys make my day and get me thru shitty stuff in life than any so called "god".

Anonymous (December 21, 2004)

For all the "sameness" out there currently in Punk Rock Land, thank God a band like Strung Out exists. Nobody sounds like them- because their playing is way too technical (individually, and as a group) for anybody to mimic- and they don't sound like anybody else, just themselves.

Here's the brutal truth about punk: As punk musicians improve their skills, their sound will naturally progress into metal, hardcore, or Heaven forbid - corporate rock. Punk is inherently not hard music to come up with, musically or lyrically, so when a band has been around a while, their sound will become more polished and you kids will say they sold out each record they bust out with. Don't get me wrong, I love punk music and everything it stands for, but punk itself is a progressive thing. Think about it - what punk band has been around more than 10-15 years and isn't labeled as a sell out (think Misfits), switched to metal (think Suicidal Tendancies), switched to corporate rock (No Doubt) or broken up all together? A couple of exceptions - NOFX, Social Distortion and The Ramones.

Strung Out has stayed true to themselves, losing a few "fans" alomg the way and gaining many more. Exile is a killer CD and it's unfortunate that its brilliance is lost on many in this forum.

PS - Saw them last Friday in Petaluma, CA. Killer show!

mar310 (December 10, 2004)

this is my favorite band OF ALL TIME. i think this release is fucking amazing, as were all of their previous releases. i can't even pick a favorite because they are all so diverse. i even love AAP motherfuckers. i like the way the band has progressed. from their music to their lyrics to their live performance to their longevity, this band deserves a lot of fucking credit.

Anonymous (December 3, 2004)

"Just because it's more technical than TBD doesn't make it better, chump. Songwriting is the most important element of all.

That's like saying Iron Maiden is better than Dillinger Four... Ridiculous. Why the hell do they call Maiden a metal band anyway? "Ghost of the Navigator" sounds like a Third Eye Blind song.

-Chinatown"
never in my life have i ever heard anyone question if Iron Maiden is metal...never knew it was possible....what a douche... yeah Strung Out did a bang up job once again...its no twisted by design but damn good

Anonymous (December 2, 2004)

cool record from a great band

Anonymous (November 24, 2004)

To be honest, I really have a hard time believing that the person who reviewed this CD has any actual crudentials for reviewing albums. The review is terrible on a fundamental level. It does not do the album any actual justice, whether it be good or bad. In my opinion, I think the boys from Strung Out did a fantastic job of producing a sound they've been trying to hone for years. They've always pegged themselves as a punk-rock band with metal influences, and I think this album showcases not only their ability to perform as a metal band, but offer that melodic punk sound that makes you grin from ear to ear. You all know I am talking about. I think this album lacks a little bit of something, yes, but I believe that it's exactly where the band has been going for years. Twisted By Design and STWB were leaps and bounds beyond any other punk band in my opinion for quality and technicality, and I believe that this album has achived the same reputation. I've been enjoying this CD to it's fullest. And bout the programming, I think the programming is flawless. To be able to whip together tracks that combine spot on drum programming, metal-esque guitar riffs, and melodic / hard vocals is once again in my opinion, brilliant. I give the album a solid 9/10 for the sheer fact of being able to produce a great album that followed so many other great ones. I've always given the punk crown to Bad Religion in the past, but my new fav has definately got to be Strung Out. An awesome band that simply fuckin' rocks.

Anonymous (November 24, 2004)

So...uh...what? What the fuck did that review even mean? "His style never really strays from ever mixing it up?" What am I to make of that sentence? He does mix up vocal styles or doesn't? i'd like to have this review sacked on the grounds that it's fucking incomprehensible, on a lighter note though, go buy this record because it kicks you in the balls and fucks your girlfriend in half

Anonymous (November 24, 2004)

There does not need to be a placement of sequential tracks according to your classification of each. How you categorize any of these tracks as "pop" is beyond all rationalization. If you are not really a fan of the band that is o.k and if you are just being a critic that too is o.k. but seriously how many of these "pop" songs will be on national radio "pop" broadcasting? I think none. Strung Out plays an original style of music for people who enjoy sincere lyrics and metal/punk melodies.

Anonymous (November 22, 2004)

Are you fucking kidding me! How can you even use Sum41 and Strung out in the same sentence. And to say that strung out is trying to be like those homos. Jesus Christ you kids dont know shit...

Anonymous (November 22, 2004)

Why do people keep refering to Paradox as a bad album. That shit fucking rocked. Im still waiting for Exile to come but if people are saying its better than Paradox then ill be happy, cause that was a great album. All Strung Out's albums have been good.

dazed (November 19, 2004)

I think I like this about as much as An American Paradox, for almost opposite reasons.

Piebalding (November 15, 2004)

This is not their most solid album, but there are some great songs on here. I absolutely love "Lucifermotorcade" and "Scarlet" plus both have some sweet guitar solos. A pretty good album overall though. And I'm not seeing that Sum 41 reference....

Anonymous (November 13, 2004)

what was that?
"why is Strung Out trying to be like Sum 41?"

Sum 41 f'in blows donkey d*ck!
Strung Out is and has always been the most original rock/punk/metal band ever!
What happened to Sum 41 trying to be like Green Day a couple years back...I swear the singer of that awful band even tried to look like Billie Joe from Green Day with all his expressions and whatever when he was playing....Please that is so lame dude...Like no one noticed that cheezy crap!

Strung Out's new album is one of their best and I think I would know cause I've been listening to them almost..not quite fron the beginning ...but close enough..

All these bands punk/metal are trying to sound like Strung Out and they never will sound as good ...ever!
Remember Strung Out has been around a good 10 years now!

Anonymous (November 11, 2004)

"Wyzo you forgot to sign your name genius"

I didnt make whatever comment your referring to. I signed the last comment I made on this album.

its pretty sad when people are attributing your name to random comments. And I mean sad for me.

wyzo

bloofy (November 11, 2004)

Some of the songs are sweet, but I agree with the dude who said they are over producing Jason's voice. Leave it as it sounds live. LiaD is a brilliant CD.

It scores a buncha points for the insane drumming.

Anonymous (November 11, 2004)

this score is for strung out. Album is a 9 or 10.

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

Tell him a! don't take that dude's shit. Ok maybe i was a little harsh with the whole moron thing i was just bored. But fine sir you made a very valid point #10 does kick ass except it takes those two breaks in the middle of the song kind of decline style i would have liked them to stick to the same format because the beginning of that song is amazing. And #2 might be the best song on this cd the lyrics are not only sick they are correct. Dubya is laying the blue print for the fall of our place in history. We were a world power respected the world around and now we are hated and are quickly becoming a joke. These next four years are going to be real fucking rough people so brace yourselves. In closing my bad dude i was just poking a little fun don't get to bent out of shape. Love
dam mad

p. S. Say heck no to techno, never trust a hippie, and keep listening to quality punk rock

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

I'm sorry that i said "opinons i heard that i ever laid eyes on. " I guess that qualifies as the stupidest thing that has ever been said in history, why don't you make fun of me for spelling or grammer while your at it, instead of reading what i was trying to say. So anyway one of the stupid opinons i recently HEARD that i couldn't believe my EYES, is that some dude here thinks he's cool because he has nothing better to think of to make fun of someone then spelling. Suck my dick, i don't waste my time trying to think of the way i'm structuring paragraphs in a punk rock message board.

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

strung out is for real queerz

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

Speaking of dumb, how in the fuck do you hear comments that you are laying eyes on. What a fucking moron. Wyzo you forgot to sign your name genius

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

I just heard some of the dumbest comments i've ever laid eyes on. i don't even want to get into it, because personally, people with opnions such as the ones i've seen are hilarious to see. Anyway this new cd is real good 1-2-3-9-10-13 i really enjoy. ten is just unbelieveable. thirteen has some amazing lyrics i think. Good show guys. I like it better then American Paradox, which was a great cd as well. Twisted by Design has a little competition for best cd

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

Iron Maiden is for faggots. Strung Out is for real boyz.

Anonymous (November 8, 2004)

no way this will be as good as the last album. no fucking way.

Anonymous (November 8, 2004)

That's like saying Iron Maiden is better than Dillinger Four..

iron maiden is better than dillinger 4 you idiot. they had 10 good albums compared to d4s 2. that last one sucks on maidens ball bag.

Anonymous (November 7, 2004)

Definitely another fine Strung Out album. Although I wish they would have kept going in the direction that EOSD was taking them instead of trying to write more of the same stuff they've been doing since twisted by design. I think the fact that this didnt come out on a major label alone says a lot about it, since a bunch of the bands in this genre have and the effects can be seen in the music. Some of the choruses on this cd scare me though, it doesnt take more than a couple listens to be humming them inside your head all day. It seems like they've taken the next step up from american paradox in terms of darkness and brought things from all their great songs together to make brand new ones. But in any case its new strung out and its beautiful.

Anonymous (November 7, 2004)

Just because it's more technical than TBD doesn't make it better, chump. Songwriting is the most important element of all.

That's like saying Iron Maiden is better than Dillinger Four... Ridiculous. Why the hell do they call Maiden a metal band anyway? "Ghost of the Navigator" sounds like a Third Eye Blind song.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (November 7, 2004)

This is Strung Out's most technical and most talented CD to date. You can't question that. Their old CD's dont compare with the talent displayed by the musicians (maybe not vocals) on this CD. That's a fact.

For me, I love old and new strung out, but how can you compare the effort that is put into this CD compared to STWB or TBD? You can't. TBD was a great fast punk album with some good twists but the work on this CD is uncomparably better.- Allrightythen

Anonymous (November 7, 2004)

The new Rise Against is pretty lame. At first I thought it was pretty cool, but the more I Iistened, it occured to me that it sounds like an AFI album with a different singer almost. The guitar tone and a lot of the riffs sound like something from Sing the Sorrow, which definitely isn't a good thing. Anyway, the new Strung Out album is phenomenal and is my album of the year. It's so great they are back to their awesomeness after the disappointing AAP.

Anonymous (November 7, 2004)

Rise Against ahead of Strung Out and HWM?! Laughable. Why didn't you put Simple Plan ahead of them too; they have the same agenda as RA.

Anonymous (November 7, 2004)

Strung Out is one of the sickest live bands around. The score is for the new album and their shows.

DriftAway (November 7, 2004)

Just for convo sake.
Top albums of the year
1. Rise Against
2. Strung Out
3. Hot Water Music
4. Bad Religion

.....That's how I feel......love it or hate it, dont care

Anonymous (November 6, 2004)

In punk rock, probably. But Dillinger Four are much better at writing songs and crafting lyrics.

*Paddy's bitch*

Anonymous (November 6, 2004)

This CD FUCKING RULES, strung out is THE most talented band in music.

Anonymous (November 6, 2004)

"The Ataris - SLA - 3.5 / 5
Strung Out - EIO - 3 / 5

what the f-ck brian !? The latest fromt The Ataris was pure bullsh-t.. nowhere near the latest from strung out. You must be a Bush fan eh ? "

You sir, are what I like to call a fucktard.

Anonymous (November 6, 2004)

Also, Strung Out's pop side on this album is somewhat lacking. TBD showcased their pop side at its best. "King Alvarez" and "Paper Walls" are sooooo fucking good.

-Chinatown

(this score is for the pop side on this album; the metal side on this album ups it to an 8)

Anonymous (November 6, 2004)

After giving this record a few spins, I can conclude that it's nowhere as good as TBD or STWB. I place it on a tie with AAP, and above ADIP and TSYBWGF. There were a few songs that showed potential to be great (especially track 14, the riff at the very beginning is as addictive as Matchbook's) , but the band didn't seem to be able to piece everything together like they had on their earlier records.

I totally agree with the comment that Jason's vocal talent has lessened. Too many effects as well. The verses of "Her Name In Blood" sound like they're being sung by a robot.

Oh well, this album still tops every punk record released this year except Hot Water Music's "The New What Next."

-Chinatown

aubin (November 6, 2004)

You know, if you disagree with the review, that doesn't make it a "bad" review, it just means the reviewer saw the record differently than you. There are actually people who love new country music, and while I find it abhorrent and akin to torture, this disparity clearly demonstrates that opinions about music are not universal.

So, if you disagree with the opinion of the reviewer, please send in your own take on the record. I'm sure two perspectives on a "big" release like this one would not only be welcomed, but appreciated.

bemused (November 5, 2004)

Yep, agree with the comment a few down. Can anyone remember "Bring Out Your dead" and "Ice Burn"??? All Strung Out has done was to build on those fan favourites by putting out increasingly aggressive music since. This album owns, as I have said several times in this post already, and its superquick buzzing bee guitars and machine gun drumming is a complete aural orgasm for me.

-Chris-

PS- I agree, HWM is one of the other bands that help Oz's growing punk scene, along with Unwritten Law, Millencolin, Blink 182 and Offspring ('cept all those bands are pretty big and can afford the frequent flyers)

Anonymous (November 5, 2004)

Leftover Cack....wow. I guess they are just too punk rawk for me.

Anonymous (November 5, 2004)

Where is "DJ Hole Milk" when you need him?

-healthymon

Anonymous (November 5, 2004)

The link is funny.

Anonymous (November 5, 2004)

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=573&ncid=757&e=9 &u=/nm/20041103/od_nm/odd_taiwan_lion_dc

Anonymous (November 4, 2004)

"score for this horrible fucking review, this is a great strung out cd and the guitar parts are absolutely sick, no question about it best punk/ metal cd of the year (musically speaking, not necesarily sales wise)"

No, that goes to Leftover Crack or Jello Biafra with the Melvins.

Anonymous (November 4, 2004)

score for this horrible fucking review, this is a great strung out cd and the guitar parts are absolutely sick, no question about it best punk/ metal cd of the year (musically speaking, not necesarily sales wise)

Anonymous (November 4, 2004)

Sum 41? lol. Last time I checked Strung Out have been making metal influenced melodic punk their whole career. This sounds nothing like Sum 41, not even remotely close. This shit displays some downright sick musicianship, Sum 41's guitarist is good and that's it, the rest of the band is pretty much shit. Strung Out have made a fucking awesome album and I am so glad to see them keep progressing, especially after a diasppointment like AAP.

Anonymous (November 4, 2004)

The literary genius remark refers to a review you did using big words and you caught flak for then you responded by using big words in a very dawson's creek geek way. But fuck that what is more important is your bullshit remarks about fat like they are fucking columbia records or like they are so fucking juvenile calling them sitcom punk and labeling the record as a typical fat release like all fat music is good for one listening then throw it the fuck out fuck off bro shit you probably voted for bush any fucking way you pinko commie !!

Anonymous (November 4, 2004)

"literary genius"

wouldn't that mean I mentioned literature in my comment, cause....I don't remember that.

some of you are so angry. calm down. its really going to negatively effect your relationships in life, fear of intimacy, rage, so forth. Just walking around with a stress headache. Maybe leave the internet for awhile, go to a park.

wyzo

Anonymous (November 4, 2004)

Strung Out can do NO wrong in my book.
Every album has its own distinct attitude, keeping with Strung Out's
initial sound.
Why complain, it's not like they put out a fucking hip-hop album after all these years.

Anonymous (November 4, 2004)

"fuck other peoples opinions.. "

yep, fuck yours

Anonymous (November 4, 2004)

The Ataris - SLA - 3.5 / 5
Strung Out - EIO - 3 / 5

what the f-ck brian !? The latest fromt The Ataris was pure bullsh-t.. nowhere near the latest from strung out. You must be a Bush fan eh ?

the pirAte -

rarebit (November 4, 2004)

fuck other peoples opinions..
check the disc out for yourself and make your own decision.

personally, I think this is one of their best records to date.

-Hair
trytherarebit@hotmail.com

Bowen (November 4, 2004)

So, is this CD edited or what, what I...erm...heard is and yesterday my friend's came in the mail (one of the 2000 they signed, ordered directly from their site) and it's edited. The lyrics are correct in the book but in the actual songs they're played in reverse...

So, is this how everyone's is? I didn't know Fat was editing anything...it still says "shit" on the outside case of all of their releases.

Anonymous (November 4, 2004)

I'm listening to this right now, this is awesome

Anonymous (November 4, 2004)

"Why is this band trying so hard to be like Sum 41? Give it up guys"

Score is for you trying to compare Strung Out to Sum 41.

Even though I didn't think the new Sum41 CD is as bad as the rest (which isnt saying too much considering they bite like 1/2 of Master of Puppets).....how the hell can you compare Strung Out to them? and where can I get some of the crack you're smoking?

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

fuck it sux living overseas cos my order for Exile... wont come for like a week. these guys rip something kronic. This is definitely got to be 1 of the best releases of 2004. No doubt. this album is worth buying just for analog and lucifermoticade. Australian tour in march.... Fuck im pumped for it

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

I agree with all the hatin' on Christians. Some of you Yanks need to start a rebel organization that does drive-by shootings at Christian churches. We need to rid the world of these tyrants.

-Chinatown

(I got this record today, it shreds)

Icapped2pac (November 3, 2004)

Maaaaaan, you guys GOTTA see this.

http://www.christianwrestling.com/index.php

They're based in TX, imagine that!

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

¨Why is this band trying so hard to be like Sum 41? Give it up guys.¨

Ha ha?

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

Why is this band trying so hard to be like Sum 41? Give it up guys.

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

Yeah all you fucking ohio motherfuckers should rot in hell or more importantly any mutherfucker that could possibly find one reason to vote for bush. They said that a majority of the people who voted bush said they voted bush because of moral issues i. E. Abortion, stem cell research, and of course gay marriage. God damn it we are going to be a christian country in about two years no more sep of church and state and religious freedoms. Shit after they censor the radio waves next is t. V. Then books and finally the people who make the music and every one in between. Bush is going to have a good time turning this country of ours into a god damn facist regime under the guise of demockracy. Fuck it i give up i'm totally dumbfounded by this shit i'm just gonna wait for the fucking world to blow up! nice try fattie and howard stern

pacer (November 3, 2004)

That review bites. Guy keeps tripping over his own words.

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

"Lets see...

New AFI album?.......Check
New Strung Out Album?.....Check
Bush wins the presidency?...Check

Okay, that does it. I'm officially in hell.

-Ken"

score is for that comment, i tip my hat to you good sir

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

i hate this new trend in reviews to speak of the "sequencing" of the album as if it has such a big effect on how good it is. If you hate the fuckin order the band chose to put the songs in that much than burn a new cd and rearrange them. Or just shoot yourself in the fuckin head cuz you are retarded...

Big_Guy (November 3, 2004)

"I really hoped this record would get Strung Out out of the creative rut they've been in since The Element of Sonic Defiance, and while there are definitely some hints of their past glory (the second half of the record, in particular has some really great songs) It still lacks the energy of their earlier stuff.

I definitely think Exile is a lot better than Element or An American Paradox, but it's still a bit of a disappointment compared to Twisted By Design or (my favorite) Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues.'

In my opinion, the last two releases prior to this one were their best and most creative. All of the previous ones before those (althought being great) were straight up punk with little to no progression. Element of Sonic Defiance has to be one of the best "punk" EPs put out. An American Paradox always seems to get a bad rap because it was not as poppy (I guess) as TBD and STWB. I don't agree with that. I think it is a great show of musicianship and just fun to listen to.

Now on to their best work to date, being Exile In Oblivion. This is one of the best pieces of art I have heard in a long time. Shows as much as or more progression as EOSD and it has something for everybody. Although I agree with Brian that the track order is something to be desired is it still a great record. Definitely one of the best this year. A

Strung Out is my favorite band and will continue to be until they stop putting out music.

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

Lets see...

New AFI album?.......Check
New Strung Out Album?.....Check
Bush wins the presidency?...Check

Okay, that does it. I'm officially in hell.

-Ken

bizzlebrizzle (November 3, 2004)

I'm ashamed to be from Ohio, I hope all of you rednecked cornhole playing pieces of shit rot in hell.

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

"shitty review on an album thats amazing. no other band can evolve and stay as resepctable as strung out. i believe they are the best band out right now, no doubt about it.."

HA, blind fanboi. "evolve" HA. best band out there right now HAHAHAHAHA. seriously, stop using crack.

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

This cd is badass. Never speak again is sick so is swan dive. I also like the two political oriented songs blueprint of the fall and no voice of mine honestly so far i haven't come across a song that is unlistenable at all. On a way more sad note we are all going to die within the next four years god dammit. Mutherfuck george the idiot son of an asshole bush. If he hasn't impressed you with his endless wit and long list of accomplishments or unaccomplishments yet he will very fucking soon. Shit shit shit shit god damn bush to hell

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

this shit rocks

thats all you gotta know

Chason (November 3, 2004)

it's strung out...i'm diggin it.

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

strung out is one of my favorite bands, this album is ok, not great, but ok, it sounds like strung out

welcome to the apocalypse, do you know where you stand?

- the other scott

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

"Fuck off, the solo on Lucifermotercade shreds. And this isn't nu-metal you cunt. The new Nick Cave is more nu-metallish than this."

The new Nick Cave is also better than this.

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

shitty review on an album thats amazing. no other band can evolve and stay as resepctable as strung out. i believe they are the best band out right now, no doubt about it..

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

Kiss my ass dude. How the fuck is saying this is a solid record bandwagon jumping. Bandwagon jumping is liking something or someone because it is the trendy thing to do. Most of the post on here are people who have liked the band for years so get the fuck out of here with that lame ass shit and learn your fucking terminology before spouting out nonsense like fucking wyzo the literary genius ok dickhead!

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

sink, florida, sink

-the other scott

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

Do you people EVER get tired of bandwagon jumping?

According to this site, the album of the year is whatever the most recently released re-heated turd of an album by an "old" punk band that used to be good is. This isn't as good as most of SO's back catalog... just admit it and move on!

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

My cousin met the lead guitarist at a show like two months ago i think he said his name was jake. Anyways he got to listen to the cd and told me it is real hardcore and that it was a bad ass cd, he wasn't lying. That crack about jason's vocals being weak kiss my arse people he belts out the gruffy shit properly and his trademark harmonic voice still hits it on point. The guitars totally kick ass the drumming is among the best in the scene and the slowest song on here is faster than most bands fastest shit. Badass cd. Also fuck wyzo the literary genius and his fucking remarks about fat style band he was the same cocksmoker who called fat sitcom punk even though they were all over the place trying to get jaded punks to vote and do some good and have never been mainstream unlike some bands called punk today that are more like fucking folk music so kiss my ass wyzo. P. S. Why the fuck are you named after a fat band wait let me guess they stole it from you right!

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

Fuck off, the solo on Lucifermotercade shreds. And this isn't nu-metal you cunt. The new Nick Cave is more nu-metallish than this.

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

Excellent guitar work even though the short solo on lucifermotorcade is cheesy. I love the toggle switch action, though, and the fast picking of Analog, but damn if this shit doesn't just exude nu-metal in all it's radio readiness.

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

best punk album to come out in a long time. i was blown away, very unexpected. their tone gets better and better (if that is at all possible) TBD was an amazing cd, they toped it w. EOSD then even toped that w. AP, now Exile? where will they stop? very good cd by a very good band.

Hulka (November 3, 2004)

would someone please explain this to me?:

"...Jason Cruz's vocals reaching pitches he used to hit constantly - which is actually another problem with the disc. Even with the aforementioned almost-growls, Cruz's style never really strays from ever mixing it up, at least much less so than past work."

Does this mean that he mixes up his vocal styles, or that he doesn't?

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

this album's fantastic. good stuff!

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

"PS:- From an Australian perspective, these guys are one of the few bands that really support our scene and tour regularly. I love you guys"

Don't forget Hot Water Music, 2 or 3 times in the last year and half.

-Strewtho.

eyvert (November 3, 2004)

yay! This was NOT what i expected, i mean.. theese guys have changed. But that don't have to be a negatinve thing.
Even though the sound is different on this release than the others, it ROCKS! but twisted by design is still my favourite!

thirtyseconds (November 3, 2004)

"i totally disagree, why exactly is this a monster? sounds like the same stuff they were bringing out for ever now. just different riffs in between, the rest is the same as always."

Well I do think it has more of a harder edge to American Paradox, but what I really meant was I expected a lot slower and softer sound, i.e. a new direction. Not to say it's way different, but its just really good.

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

haha funny thing
some people don't like it cause it's so different from past records
and some people don't like it cause they say strung out's always putting out the same record

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

I agree with the production-thing on Katatonia, but if you look through that it's a brilliant song I must say
and for the rest, it's the best album of 2004 and of the better strung out-records, goes back to twisted by design, but still makes progress
I love it

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

"Talking about the evolution of them though, after American Paradox, who would have expected them to come out with this monster!??! "

i totally disagree, why exactly is this a monster? sounds like the same stuff they were bringing out for ever now. just different riffs in between, the rest is the same as always.

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

I like this, well done, much better than the last-oldpunker-

thirtyseconds (November 3, 2004)

This CD blew me sky high, considering I wasn't expecting much. Talking about the evolution of them though, after American Paradox, who would have expected them to come out with this monster!??! Tracks 1, 4 and 14 are the standouts so far... Quite a good review, even though I totally disagree.

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

"Great cd. Bands evolve. Would you want to listen to Dark side of the moon 10 albums in a row?
"

While I can enjoy some pink floyd, I usually find peoples opinions of floyd extremely pretentious and drooling iwth music theory and drug induced adoration.

BUT, in this case even i have to ask, when did strung out write anything like dark side of the moon to grow out of or have grown into?

Their good, but its the same shit they've been writing, and writing about. Its a good fat wreck type release. But cmon, lets stop acting like bands and their records are giving us reasons to breathe. Its just recreation. Its not artistic evolution.

wyzo

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

i used to be a strung out fan, but their stuff got boring lately, after elemts of sonic defiance they changed direction back to the old stuff again. i mean, hasnt anyone noticed, that almost 5 or 6 songs have more or less the same intro, just with dfferent effects for the guitar, and the rest of the songs, with 1 or 2 exceptions, dont even bother with an intro but start right away with the lyrics? and when he tries to sing "hardcore" it sounds kinda weak compared to rise against for example. without doubt there are some nice tunes and riffs on that album, but can that be enough? the hardcore songs dont sound hardcore if you compare it to to other bands and the softer tunes just sound like the typical fat wreck stuff, after a good riff back to standard style. how long can they pull that off?

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

Brian your a clown...

From what I've heard of this album it is up there with Twisted By Design... Highly recommened for all fans of Strung Out

I also really appreciate the Australian Tours...

Keep up the Good Work

-Grub-

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

Reveiwer is a moron.

Great cd. Bands evolve. Would you want to listen to Dark side of the moon 10 albums in a row?

Me either. Fucking moron.

Love Mikey

DriftAway (November 3, 2004)

Well written review although it is way off from the world of reality.....

This cd is great, the guitar solos are great, the vocals are among punk's best, and the lyrical content is back up to par with TBD.

I believe this album kicks element of sonic defiance and an american paradox in the ass (I was extremely disappointed w/ both albums overall but there were nonetheless great songs on each).

I set a high standard for a Strung Out album, mostly because they set a high bar with TBD.....definitely not dissappointed with this one

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

atleast anti-flag will still have shit to write about...

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

...four more years of war is peace, ignorance is strength, and slavery's freedom...

bemused (November 3, 2004)

Oh yeah, STWB is my favourite. Every song is a classic in its won right

-Chris-

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

Cruz's vocals have not gone down hill? Even on the live record he kill's it

Barkley

bemused (November 3, 2004)

Aubin,
I gather you are a fan of SO pre-1999?? STWB and TBD are the band's masterpieces, I agree. But the last 3 albums have also been really awesome in their own way. Listen to EOSD again, especially "Savant", "Scarecrow" and "Everyday" and tell me those songs are diamonds. Whilst they may not be as consistent as they once were, the good tracks are still better than most other bands best songs. (and you always get an ep's worth of standouts)

-Chris-

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

im gonna give it an 8. i really like this album and think it is a nice return to to a more 'twisted by design' sound. but i really would have liked to see them go further with the 'american paradox' sound. that was my favorite strung out album by far

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

this record is good, look at all the other peoples scores.

no_one (November 3, 2004)

i agree with that guy matt down from me that guitar solo makes me cream in my pants and yes the cd sounds awesome in a good soundsystem

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

should of quit after twisted by design

kewl (November 2, 2004)

Reader's opinion is not based on fact.

bizzlebrizzle (November 2, 2004)

Reviewer can eat shit and die

pwfanatic (November 2, 2004)

i'm not sure i entirely agree with your review, but one part you hit right on is that cruz's vocals have gone way down hill. i am not really sure what happened, but strung out has to rely way too much on the complexity of their music to compensate for the weakness on the lead mic. and although some people had a problem with the production, i loved it. this album is great.

Anonymous (November 2, 2004)

This review was extremely well-written. Whether you agree or not, it's not up for debate. Reviews are based on both fact and opinion... find something else to get worked up over.

**Sorry, I forgot to sign my name**

-Brian

TJmoney (November 2, 2004)

when I lose most of my faith in punk this album comes out and rocks my face off....Orlando show please? Strung Out are the kings

Anonymous (November 2, 2004)

This review was extremely well-written. Whether you agree or not, it's not up for debate. Reviews are based on both fact and opinion... find something else to get worked up over.

Anonymous (November 2, 2004)

The guy below me is foreign.

Anonymous (November 2, 2004)

Worst review ever.

One of the most anticiped records of the year and you write this little review ? I don't think you have the same record that I HAVE. Mine blow the hell out the the introduction song.. then blueprint guitar play are just incredible, have you listen the solo ? Pretty tight album, sound amazing with a good sound system. 4/5 star from me

- matt

Anonymous (November 2, 2004)

This album is their best work ever.

Anonymous (November 2, 2004)

This album is quite possibly their best work, yet.

Anonymous (November 2, 2004)

I think this is their best yet, amazing album.

aubin (November 2, 2004)

I really hoped this record would get Strung Out out of the creative rut they've been in since The Element of Sonic Defiance, and while there are definitely some hints of their past glory (the second half of the record, in particular has some really great songs) It still lacks the energy of their earlier stuff.

I definitely think Exile is a lot better than Element or An American Paradox, but it's still a bit of a disappointment compared to Twisted By Design or (my favorite) Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues.

Anonymous (November 2, 2004)

Scott is LARGE and IN CHARGE!!!!

Scott for president!!!!

Anonymous (November 2, 2004)

I like Strung Out, but this isn't their best work.

Anonymous (November 2, 2004)

This is the album of the year.

Anonymous (November 2, 2004)

sorry, this is the real score.

Anonymous (November 2, 2004)

This album is excellent. The 2 mp3s put up are good songs, but no way near as good as the rest of the album. Blueprint of the Fall, Vampires, Never Speak Again, Misanthropic Principle, Angeldust, and Swandive are all very good songs. Strung Out has evolved as a band and have gradually moved away from fast technical punk to a more metallic sound. i look at each record as a story, and Exile is one epic story. From start to finish, the production is really clean, blazing guitar riffs and solos litter each song. Jason is one of the best songwriters and his lyrics read like poetry. Jordan Burns is hands down the best drummer in music today, and his work on the album is pretty much flawless. Strung Out's Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues has been the most influential album to me and i will always stand behind my favorite band. Its arguably Strung Out's best effort and personally my favorite. Give it a try, if you skip over it, you are missing something special.

Anonymous (November 2, 2004)

This reviewer gave the latest Ataris a 7, so I'm now convinced that I will give the new Strung Out a 10.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (November 2, 2004)

stupid review this album is the best ever done by SO a masterpice.. 3 stars? you must have trash in your ears man seriously.

bemused (November 2, 2004)

Hands down, my favourite band.

-Chris-

PS:- From an Australian perspective, these guys are one of the few bands that really support our scene and tour regularly. I love you guys

Anonymous (November 2, 2004)

I'm not an American and thus I don't know all that much about the electoral voting system, so can someone please tell me that Bush's 83 vote lead over Kerry isn't alarming? Wow, I'm scared. Can Kerry come back by, say, winning California and Florida?

inagreendase (November 2, 2004)

8 tracks and 6 tracks respectively are close enough to regard as halves in this case. I wasn't going to say "well, the last three-sevenths..."

Anonymous (November 2, 2004)

Are the poppier songs really all agglomerated near the end? By the way, track 9 isn't "halfway through the album" you moronic reviewer. I want Scott back in charge.

-Chinatown

TheMarc (November 2, 2004)

Does this production remind anyone else of Pennywise's production? Aah, I don't know, but the songwriting on this is vastly better than American Paradox. Not bad at all.

pastepunk (November 2, 2004)

Just to clarify, I think I'd rank my review slightly better than tepid. I like Exile, it's not perfect, and some things just flat out baffle me, but Strung Out has always been a band that's far, far ahead of the curve, and the release serves all basic qualities quite well (fast, hard, catchy).

Anonymous (November 2, 2004)

stupid review. Strung Out has always played a mix of pop punk/skate punk mixed with elements of hardcore and technical riffs and shit.. The double bass has always been overly apparent in their recordings.. Either you like their sound or you dont. I dont understand what this review is trying to say.

Anonymous (November 2, 2004)

This is really confusing. Everyone on the site is raving about how good it is, yet www.pastepunk.com and www.allmusic.com gave it tepid reviews, while www.punkrocks.net trashed it. And now this.

I guess I'll find out when my order arrives tomorrow. This score is for what I think I will rate it.

-Chinatown

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