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The Templars

The Templars: Clockwork Orange HorrorshowClockwork Orange Horrorshow (2005)
TKO Records

Reviewer Rating: 3


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Fifteen years is a long time to be rocking. But don't tell New York City veterans the Templars that. They'll have absolutely none of it. Now 2005, the band is re-releasing the formerly double 7" Clockwork Orange Horrorshow on CD|EP format. The release makes no giant leaps and no artistic diversions,.
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Fifteen years is a long time to be rocking. But don't tell New York City veterans the Templars that. They'll have absolutely none of it. Now 2005, the band is re-releasing the formerly double 7" Clockwork Orange Horrorshow on CD|EP format. The release makes no giant leaps and no artistic diversions, as the band sticks to the simplistic Oi! formula that has always worked well for them in years past.

Serving as the debut release for TKO imprint label Templecombe Records, Clockwork is a testament to the sounds the band has crafted over the years. Simple arrangements work very well for the outfit, offering plenty of grit and spunk to exemplify the band's message. Working class Oi! music has always been the name of the game, with simple lyrics centered on the working life and drunken sing-alongs. The Templars' lead singer's scruffy style of shouting works well by itself, and takes on an added quality when the bassist contributes his sing-along moments. There's lots of repetition, but it serves its use well, which is hammering down the points.

The Templars have never been a band to strive for musical diversity or originality, but on that token, it does afford them plenty of time to hone in well on just what they do. The distorted guitars cut with their fuzz and power, but there's even some moments where the guitar work comes outside the realm that it's normally relegated to. "You'd Better Beware" cuts loose for a moment to let the guitar work break from its normal path, and it actually works fairly well. It's not something the band just threw in for good measure, but it fits its place.

As important to the record as anything else is the production. The vocals and instrumentation both sound terrific, while managing to maintain the raw, gritty feeling that the band has always kept with. It's just a fun record. Songs like "Teenage Warning" will undoubtedly have you singing along and tapping your foot to the rhythm.

This EP isn't going to win the Templars any new fans, nor will it push away any fans coming back, but if you want a solid Oi! record from a band who's been around for a while doing just that, look no further.

 

 
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Anonymous (September 30, 2005)

It's not so much about speed as it is about coming off as educated, which helps in an argument. I don't know what a "word processor" is, either...

-Will

haha. you're really hung up on winning arguments with spelling and grammar and "coming off as educated" rather than actually having a good argument arent you? it seems that you want everyone to know youre well schooled. like you have a hang up about that and "ageism". is it because you dont have too much faith in your local high school or do you really pride yourself on how educated you appear on the punknews.org website? besides, all the correct capitalization in the world wont save you from the fact that an educated person would utilize the shift key

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (September 30, 2005)

will, you dont know what a word processor is?

burntorangepeel (September 29, 2005)

Whether you think the book is better without the last chapter or with it, artistically Anthony Burgess, who was no dummy, intended it to have the 21st chapter. And therefore, that's how the book should be read. Cutting the last chapter out, only in America, was a reaction to critics and commercial value if it received bad reviews for having that last chapter. (I liked the "extra" chapter and thought it redeemed Alex.)

The orginal ending of Great Expectations is better than the well-known ending, which was re-written so it wouldn't end with such a downer.

Anonymous (September 29, 2005)

It's not so much about speed as it is about coming off as educated, which helps in an argument. I don't know what a "word processor" is, either...

-Will

yayforapathy (September 29, 2005)

Both BSD and Jonesy are right as both the movie and the book have a different message without the use of the finnal chapter in the movie. I think Jones's point is that without the final chapter it comes off as a glorification of violence, and since it was in the orginal book it takes away from the meaning of the work. And you really should make use of the shift key, dude. It saves a lot of time.

Anonymous (September 29, 2005)

Steve- why should I trust anyones' opinion who doesn't know how to use the "Caps Lock" key?

-Will

if you use the "caps lock" key to capitalize just the first letter of a sentence and first letter of propper names, instead of the "shift" key...then you dont belong on the internet. nor do you belong near a word processor

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (September 29, 2005)

Steve- why should I trust anyones' opinion who doesn't know how to use the "Caps Lock" key?

Guy below- That's basically what I was talking about, even though in the original version of the book, he is a complete psycho, and the therapy only makes him worse. He does not acknowledge his good side until he's forced to, though, either, so I think you're also overlooking the idea in certain aspects.

-Will

Anonymous (September 29, 2005)

BSD, Jones, et al:

The film and book aren't some sort of a documentary on the criminal mind or sociopathy. The point is, for the sake of oversimplification, that human nature is a two-sided coin. Though society, government, and one's self may try to supress the dark side of the human psyche, it's just part of an indivisible whole and should be acknowledged, not supressed. Though Kubrick beats us senseless with the Beethoven metaphor many people still seem unable to get the point.

Anonymous (September 29, 2005)

will's homepage is wikipedia

Anonymous (September 29, 2005)

i never said it glorified violence. but i guess being someone with a positive outlook in life who doesnt live with his parents anymore tends to see the book and story more complete and whole as it was originally intended, with 21 chapters.

i suggest you read it again when you can legally buy alcohol

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

- i just know you are going to love this comment

Anonymous (September 29, 2005)

No, the last chapter was about "growing up and maturing." It's the only one where the character shows any progress. Without it, the book is sensationalist? No... It's the story of a criminal who becomes a young adult, and makes a point of showing how sometimes the criminal element can't be cured.

That hardly glorifies violence. Anyone who knows about the author's life knows that it was inspired by a robbery that happened to him and his wife.

-Will

stevejonestherealbones (September 29, 2005)

Willsd,

if thats your view, i'ld say you didnt understand the point of the novel. it was about growing up and maturing. and it wasnt so much an "added ending" as it was a subtracted ending because americans are fucking stupid sensationalist extreme liberal flipperheads

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (September 29, 2005)

{Back on topic now] Alright Knuckleheads, we are not reviewing the book or the damn movie, we are reviewing the album, and guess what? Its way better than three freakin' stars, this is the tits! Word.

lushj (September 29, 2005)

Score's for the book. The movie was pretty darn good too, that McDowell fella sure can fight and fuck and drink milk!

Templars are interesting for the secret knight society connection, having one black member in an often-dodgy mostly-caucasian music scene, and being one of the few US skinhead bands to survive the gap between oi's heyday in the early 80s and today.

Anonymous (September 29, 2005)

"well, when you dont film the whole story, that can happen. the ending never should have been left out of the book when it was first released here, and the movie shouldnt have been made without it"

Are you kidding?

Well, actually, probably...

Just to clear it up, though, does any story that doesn't show a clear, peaceful resolution to a violent life promote said behavior? "A Clockwork Orange" without the added ending was one of the most frightening and realistic depictions of a young, sociopathic mindset. It ends with him forming another gang, and his pals have all become crooked police. It showed that violent lives fall into patterns... Saying that he grew up and became a writer really adds nothing. I'd say it detracts from the punch of the original ending.

-Will

Anonymous (September 28, 2005)

They knew they would draw attention to themselves by naming a well-known controversial film in their album title. And fuck me if it didn't work.

I enjoy this movie quite a bit, and I do know the message and metaphors of it. But I also like Kubrick's style in the film. It's just a good view.

I haven't read the book. I'd like to, but I just can't read books. I haven't got the attention span, and that's rather frustrating.

yayforapathy (September 27, 2005)

I am sort of indifferent to the movie, but the novel is genious. It was extremely metephorical and went far beyond crime and punnishment. It even reminded me of anti- utopias such as 1984 and Brave New World in the sense that it shows the Goverment not representing the people but going after the power that they hunger for. It's not the best book in the world, but it makes you think.

stevejonestherealbones (September 27, 2005)

" the average idiot moviegoer seems to interpret this film as an endorsement of violence."

well, when you dont film the whole story, that can happen. the ending never should have been left out of the book when it was first released here, and the movie shouldnt have been made without it

- jones the bones

- steven

Anonymous (September 27, 2005)

Amen to the fellow below me. Most people don't truly appreciate Kubrick because his films are "high art," dense with symbolism, and nearly always touch on really profound philosophical questions which most people aren't exposed to. ACO (the film) is one of the greatest works of art of the 20th century. Kubrick was a true visionary; it's a shame that shitty oi and skinhead bands completely misunderstand and exploit his work. I don't blame him from withdrawing it from England . . . the average idiot moviegoer seems to interpret this film as an endorsement of violence.

Anonymous (September 27, 2005)

what's so frustrating is 90% of A Clockwork Orange fans have to real understanding of the book or film. do you really think the templars appreciate the metaphorical and allegorical underpinnings of the film or do they just think guys dressing up and raping and killing people while listening to Beethoven is cool.

my guess is the latter.

Anonymous (September 27, 2005)

"Stanely Kubrick - greatest director to ever live (after Hitchcock)."

This a joke? He made maybe 3 great movies. Now put that up against any other great director of his era (the late 60's, 70's, and 80's). His technique is overrated as hell.

-Will

McGarnicle (September 27, 2005)

No time for the old in-out love, Ive just come to read the meter.

Anonymous (September 27, 2005)

i think CO is a great book. it takes a good look at youth/vandal culture in general. especially if your book has the twenty first chapter.

Anonymous (September 27, 2005)

ummm...i beg to differ. i find bill crystal's work to be infinitely superior.

Thank You

The Master of Oblivion.

greenerton (September 27, 2005)

Score's for A Clockwork Orange, awesome movie (and book).

Stanely Kubrick - greatest director to ever live (after Hitchcock).

Anonymous (September 27, 2005)

the clockwork orange movie that is....

Anonymous (September 27, 2005)

i agree it does suck.....

Anonymous (September 27, 2005)

welly welly welly welly welly welly well

that movie has some of the best dialogue ever

Anonymous (September 27, 2005)

This isnt a very good Templars release...I still enjoy Return of Jaques de Molay...though the lyrics are ridiculous

stevejonestherealbones (September 27, 2005)

i genuinely enjoyed clockwork orange as a book.

i'ld have to watch the movie again though, i dont remember it too much

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

gladimnotemo (September 27, 2005)

It doesn't at all; the book is amazing, and the movie is pretty damn good as well. The "punx", Oi like this, and stuff like the Adicts have effectively killed any stigma attached to it, however.

TheOneTrueBill (September 27, 2005)

Am I the only person who thinks A Clockwork Orange sucks? I honestly believe alot of kids say they like it just to say it.

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