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Rocky Denis: The Difference Between A Blade And A PillThe Difference Between A Blade And A Pill (2004)
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Reviewer Rating: 0.5
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Contributed by: JesseJesse
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These guys violated rule #1: using the right "you're" or "your." They even use it in a song title. "Now Your Dead." What about my dead? There were a lot of typos in the press sheet too. Like how they lost a guitarist to the "collage monster." So that's a few strikes against them. I demand a certain .


These guys violated rule #1: using the right "you're" or "your." They even use it in a song title. "Now Your Dead." What about my dead? There were a lot of typos in the press sheet too. Like how they lost a guitarist to the "collage monster." So that's a few strikes against them. I demand a certain level of inherent intelligence out of anyone that tries to talk to me, and me listening to your band or reading something you wrote is inherently you talking to me. So already I'm wary of this CD.

Upon listening to it, I'm confronted with very formulaic "dark" melodic hardcore. There is not an ounce of creative talent in this band. The melodies and the high-pitched pretty-boy singing and the screaming choruses, and the trite breakdowns that I've heard a million times before. The palm-muted verse riffs that are, when I think about it, lifted from songs like "Third Engine" from Saves the Day's Through Being Cool. In fact, the whole thing seems like someone listened to that album way too much and tried to make it "harder." I'm not buying it.

The lyrics have the most generic "dark" imagery that I've ever read; "Drinking keeps my mind off. Phone rings explodes through silence. You tell me that you leaving. I swear to god I'm dreaming." I swear to God that this band needs to obey basic grammar rules... "I'm killing you, you murder me. Blackened eyes and shattered teeth control the way we all shall think." Yeah, yeah. Death and destruction. Ooh, spooky.

Musically, the band seems competent enough. I've gotten a slew of bands that weren't even good enough to play on time on their records, and this band seems tight even if it's on record. Or maybe because it's the fact that all their "cool metal riffs" are extremely easy and pale in comparison to actual bands.

I think the real difference between a blade and a pill is that one is made out of metal, and the other is medicine. Yup, I could've answered that one for you. You didn't have to make an EP to explain this fact.

 


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simon_dies (March 4, 2005)

i love rocky denis...nothing any of you grammer freaks say can fucking change that.

Anonymous (February 6, 2005)

"wow! you are so right. i can't stand tere emo/screamo/metal bullshit." Hey Jesse look at this stupid fuck!!!! "tere"

Anonymous (February 4, 2005)

I love Rocky Denis!!!! You guys rock!!!! don't listen to this fucker! he doesn't know what he's talking about!

Anonymous (February 3, 2005)

haha.. I just noticed that fag left all three of those comments. He needs to get a life. Join a new band or something.

Anonymous (February 3, 2005)

Yeah that guys band must suck. Jealousy is a crazy thing. Man that guys doesnt even have the balls to leave his name. What has Rocky Denis done to you? What did they make your band look like shit when you played with them? Shut the fuck up already you stupid fag. Stop your fucking crying cause no ones listening!!! Im sure everybody wants to hear your cheesy ass punk rock.

Anonymous (February 3, 2005)

Wow someones mad. haha

Anonymous (February 3, 2005)

wow! you are so right. i can't stand tere emo/screamo/metal bullshit. there all little yuppies. ever seen them live? don't waste your time or money. i did and i was pretty damn pissed.

Anonymous (February 3, 2005)

i was trying to find a 0.5 score... but there is not any. there should really be a zero. zero is a number!

Anonymous (February 3, 2005)

boo

Anonymous (February 2, 2005)

ROCKY DENIS SUCKS ASS! Jesse thanks for laying it out straight. thanks for not being like those pussies at punkrockreviews.com. they on the other hand gave you a "better" review because their philosophy is say something nice to everyone. not because they mean it. trust me.

Anonymous (January 30, 2005)

This has to be the worst review ever!!! Is he kidding!!! This guy can suck my nuts!!!

Anonymous (January 29, 2005)

I LOVE THIS BAND!!!!!

Anonymous (January 28, 2005)

Funny how all those losers are talking shit and they havent even heard the music.... Follow Jesse all you fucks he will lead you down the path of perfect grammer.

* I did not use spell check on this so feel free to correct any errors

Anonymous (January 28, 2005)

Dont quit your day job Jesse!!!!

Anonymous (January 26, 2005)

CALL JESSE'S HOTLINE :
1-800-2-PUNK-4U

READ JESSE'S BOOK:
How to Spell PUNK and Other Cool Words

COLLEGE CLASSES YOU NEED TO TAKE TO BE AS SMART AS JESSE:
Punk 101
Introduction to Spelling
Spelling II- Winning the Spelling Bee
Introduction to using a Thesaurus
Thesaurus Usage II - Making you seem smarter by using bigger words

Number of people Jesse has influenced by being a good speller and a hardcore punk: 0*

*Sources available upon request

Anonymous (January 26, 2005)

This guy needs to get laid. haha This cd rocks!!!!

Anonymous (January 26, 2005)

How to spell Jesse "F-A-G-G-O-T". I own this cd and i'm missing the point your giving. Punk rock is not about spelling stupid ass. " I demand a certain level of inherent intelligence out of anyone that tries to talk to me" who the fuck do you think you are!! Wow you must not have many friends. This is a very tight band and for a punk band thats rare.

Anonymous (January 26, 2005)

Spelling seems to be the only thing that you're complaining about, besides the fact of Rocky Denis trying to be "hardcore" and it not working. If spelling is all that you can pick on them about, your a fucking loser. Whats up with the "hardcore" thing? Giving someone a bad review because they aren't hardcore enough is pretty shallow. Why can't people just sing and have fun, and not have to worry about fitting into a certain group. Your review was horrible. The least you could have done was be polite about it. Your so blunt and it makes you out to be a total asshole. And making the little comment about the title of the CD seems to be pretty lame to me. "Yup, i could've answered that one for you." i don't know you personally, but you seems like a total stuck up cunt.

Anonymous (January 26, 2005)

Wow!!!!

Anonymous (January 26, 2005)

"Jesse is a queer bag". Now thats funny shit. Did these fuckers actually listen to album or the all playing follow the leader. I listened and I really liked it. I better watch my spelling because Jesse might think i not punk enough. What a fag!!!!

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

Wow!! You should publish a dictionary called Jesse's Dictionary because you have to be the best speller in the world!!! Is that what makes you so punk? You can spell=you are punk. You should launch a site called punksthatcanspell.org for you and all of your dictionary humping friends. Congratulations- you must know how to use a thesaurus too! You must be very resourceful as well, I mean you would have to be in order to review a punk band- all the qualifications of a grammar school teacher- you talentless piece of shit. You sit behind a computer monitor with your dictionary on your dick and your thesaurus up your ass-thinking up ways to insult people who have talent just to make yourself feel better about your worthless existence- congratulations you dolt! Hookt un fonix werkt fer u!!! yippppeee! :)

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

Is this guy serious? Maybe he should be reviewing the latest Jay Z album instead.... Wu Tang fo life..

Anonymous (January 24, 2005)

well first of all jesse is queer bag. who the fuck cares about gramar. let me guess you went to catholic school and had to take vocab or your mom would get mad? i think you just never made it in the music world and you are trying to bring everyone down with you.

now to the record. i like it alot. yeah the band has changed over the last couple of years. but which band hasnt? they played pop-punk, but so did good riddance. listen to FOR GOD AND COUNTRY and than pop in SYMPTOMS OF A LEVELING SPIRIT. its called a progression. if bands didnt do that we would all be listenin to green day now.

i think those guys have alot of talent and they will continue to improve their musical abilities.

all you narrow minded fucks can eat my shit

Anonymous (January 24, 2005)

well first of all jesse is queer bag. who the fuck cares about gramar. let me guess you went to catholic school and had to take vocab or your mom would get mad? i think you just never made it in the music world and you are trying to bring everyone down with you.

now to the record. i like it alot. yeah the band has changed over the last couple of years. but which band hasnt? they played pop-punk, but so did good riddance. listen to FOR GOD AND COUNTRY and than pop in SYMPTOMS OF A LEVELING SPIRIT. its called a progression. if bands didnt do that we would all be listenin to green day now.

i think those guys have alot of talent and they will continue to improve their musical abilities.

all you narrow minded fucks can eat my shit

Anonymous (January 24, 2005)

this guys giant brick of a head makes me laugh.

-!Greenvandal!

Anonymous (January 24, 2005)

I think this site should probably let reviewers listen to records that are similar to their personal taste in music. I checked out the rest of this fag's reviews and most of them aren't even similar to this record. I think new bands should probably skip this site when sending a debut record for review. Just go to absolutepunk.net. They are a way better site. Rocky Denis is actually very talented and I consider them one of the best bands in the new wave of the Chicago punk scene. At least they don't sound like LBC or Fallout Boy.....we don't need anymore of that.....yikes!!!

Anonymous (January 24, 2005)

They Rock!!!

Anonymous (January 23, 2005)

To the idiot below me: MDC were being sarcastic just like their ode to the dead Ian Stuart in "Nazis shouldn't drive". If you think Fear is so fucking punk for being sexism and homophobic, why is it that almost every major punk band from Black Flag to the fucking Dead Kennedys, from Minor Threat to Aus Rotten and a million more have repeatedly denounced sexism, homophobia and racism?

Why is it so fucking punk to belittle the already marginalized? Isn't that just like jocks picking on weaker kids in high school...the same treatment that drove many of us to punk in the first place?

Fuck off.
-Ken

Anonymous (January 22, 2005)

score is for the tool who wrote about Lee Ving:

"pretty much offended everyone in the club" with his "banter."

I got news for you champ, THIS IS PUNK. Go see one of the other 300,000 PC emo shit bands you might think are punk.

What's next, MDC are racist assholes cuz they used the word "nigger" in the song Dead Cops?

Anonymous (January 20, 2005)

"Lasagne" means lasagna in French. So maybe now you can claim to be bilingual.

This review was pretty funny. But, Jesse, if you're going to disrespect artists because of typos and faulty grammar, you need to take a long hard look at the liner notes of "Real Gone."

-Chinatown

greg0rb (January 20, 2005)

Woops. Lasagna. Yeah, that. Spelling is hard.
-Greg

greg0rb (January 20, 2005)

Oh boy, I laughed out loud at "collage monster". That's hilarious. Also, I want some lasagne now. Yum.
-Greg

Anonymous (January 20, 2005)

"Fear had a song called "Now Your Dead." They're the only band allowed to do that."

Dude Lee Ving is a sexist idiot. I don't give FEAR any room to breathe based on that fact alone. He played a show around here and pretty much offended everyone in the club with his retarded banter.

Score is for sexism.

Jesse (January 19, 2005)

Because Brian said, "Hey, Jesse. Bump up Rock Denis to the top of your review list."

And I said, " That's a big 10-4 Bossman."

Imposs1ble (January 19, 2005)

Good review Jesse, although I'm wondering why it even needed to be reviewed.

Anonymous (January 19, 2005)

my old band played with this band about two years ago. they were totally pop-punk at the time, fenix-tx shirts and all. glad to see theyre hardcore now. dorks.

TheOneTrueBill (January 18, 2005)

Fear had a song called "Now Your Dead." They're the only band allowed to do that.

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

"your" refers to posession. ie: Your lasagna is getting cold. "You're" would be used in place of "You are". ie: You are going to eat cold lasagna.

Jesse (January 18, 2005)

I think I described how it sounds pretty thoroughly.

Icapped2pac (January 18, 2005)

The sad thing is, most of the people who read/write on this site don't have any idea why "your dead" is the wrong way to write it. I mean, if you didn't learn THAT in school, what DID you learn? Not much, apparently. I'm gonna go diagram some sentences.

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

Fuck this fucking gay ass latino band!

(x_x) Q('-'Q)

1337, n0?

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

this band should be called "Lance The Drug Dealer In Pulp Fiction" instead.

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

this score is for having to see Cher's ass in that one video. ugh

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

Eric Stoltz is God

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

what do they sound like?

wyzo

Jesse (January 18, 2005)

The movie was called Mask, and was known as "Sharkboy," although he was the lamest shark-boy ever.

TheMarc (January 18, 2005)

Jesse is on fire lately!

notfeelingcreative (January 18, 2005)

"Isn't Rocky Denis the main character in the first mask with Cher in it. You know the guy with the deformed face. In fact, I'm almost positive that's what his name was"

Yeah, exactly. Terrible name for a band.

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

First of all, I also have a dead. Secondly, I've also been captured by the collage monster.

SethCohen (January 18, 2005)

Isn't Rocky Denis the main character in the first mask with Cher in it. You know the guy with the deformed face. In fact, I'm almost positive that's what his name was

inagreendase (January 18, 2005)

Fun tidbit: this was produced by Mr. Preicision himself.

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

rocky penis?

sickboi (January 18, 2005)

Hahahaha....good review.

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