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Send More Paramedics: The Hallowed and the HeathenThe Hallowed and the Heathen (2005)
Hellbent Records

Reviewer Rating: 2.5
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It's said by every grandmother and lame mom and dad in the world at least once a week: "Curiosity killed the cat!" I never so much put stock in that, but if any one noun could kill the proverbial cat, it's repetition. Nobody bothered to tell this to the U.K.'s Send More Paramedics, because their .
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It's said by every grandmother and lame mom and dad in the world at least once a week: "Curiosity killed the cat!" I never so much put stock in that, but if any one noun could kill the proverbial cat, it's repetition.

Nobody bothered to tell this to the U.K.'s Send More Paramedics, because their latest release, The Hallowed and the Heathen is just that, a whole lot of repetition. The band's hardcore punk sound is one that stays essentially true to the bands who have played it before them, but the songs wear thin rather quickly, never really gaining the momentum that they might be capable of.

The band does their best to throw in some additional songwriting elements, such as breakdowns, gang vocals, and the occasional guitar solo, but more often than not, those sounds don't fit in with the style that they're playing. The one area the band does vary successfully is with the vocal arrangements. The band's vocalist can expertly nail the more traditional punk sound as well as an absolutely throat-shredding scream that he displays in certain parts of the album. One listen to "A Necklace Made of Teeth" will show the vocalist's abrasive side; I just wish it came out of hiding more than it actually does. While the vocals are very much on point, the lyrics are less than exemplary. There's lots of gory, bloody sorts of imagery, and an overall extremely bleak outlook on things.

As I mentioned before, if vocals were the only aspect of an album, they'd have things down pat, but unfortunately, the instrumentation doesn't hold up so strongly. Competent musicians they are, but that doesn't translate intro the songs being interesting. "Desert of Skulls" shows a band who can rage, but not much beyond that. The structures are relatively simple, unless you take into account the guitar solos that just sound silly within the basis of the rest of the song. There's slower tracks, and tracks with more variation than others, but none of it every really sticks with you. It's more redundant than replayable, and that's where the band falls into trouble. Solid rhythms and a good amount of bite, but nothing is separated enough to be remembered.

Not by any means a bad effort, and one that I'm sure a good number of you would really dig, but at this point in time I'm finding more bad than good.

 


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miff (February 2, 2006)

i only herd a few songs by em but i was rele attracted to the imagery of the zombies maybe i ahve been misled and i shall go back ot my little misifts hole n listen to bullet again
no modern band can do sick as well as the fits

Anonymous (December 3, 2005)

I saw them open for Tiger Army and wasn't really that into it. They are however much better live than they are on record - if only for the show that they put on, it was entertaining to a degree.

Anonymous (December 3, 2005)

reading hardcore reviews on this site is like watching a baby play with building blocks, kind of cute, but pointless and eventually tiresome.

Anonymous (December 2, 2005)

these is douche bag music to tha max. gay. gay. gay..and geey,

Anonymous (December 2, 2005)

It's been said, but best fucking band name ever.

Anonymous (December 2, 2005)

send more cops

Anchors (December 2, 2005)

Yeah, and it only took me 3 1/2 minutes, jackass.

inagreendase (December 2, 2005)

score is for this review, which seems like it was written in 5 minutes on the back of a napkin

Hahaha, been there, done that. Several times, in fact.

Anonymous (December 2, 2005)

Agreed, there's some good songs on here ('Driven to Destruction', 'Zombie Crew', 'Burning the Body'), but there's also a fair amount of filler.

I think a lot of the band's fans get caught up in the zombie thing and treat every song they make like it's pure gold, just cuz it's about zombies. Fact is, they're a good, fun band who have some fucking excellent songs and some boring, shite ones.

I reckon the stuff on 'Tales Told By Dead Men' (their recent split with Zombie Apocalypse') is better and more consistent than this album.

Anonymous (December 2, 2005)

Some good thrascore, sometimes verging on thrash metal, why the album cover change though hmmm the UK Verison is way better.

Anonymous (December 2, 2005)

Inanechild is right. The name is from the first Return of the Living Dead movie, which had nothing to do with George Romero's Living Dead trilogy, comprising Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead. Of course, last year's Land of the Dead kind of makes that a quadrilogy, if that word even exists.

Return of the Living Dead itself had two sequels, cunningly titled Part II and Part III.

Apologies for my zombie movie geekdom.

inanechild (December 2, 2005)

The name is from Return of the Living Dead (the first one, aka the only one that counts). Score is for that movie.

Anonymous (December 2, 2005)

score is for this review, which seems like it was written in 5 minutes on the back of a napkin

ThreeChordsAndTheTruth (December 2, 2005)

I saw these guys open for Tiger Army and was impressed.

kingofpain (December 2, 2005)

I think their name is from one of the Night of Living Dead movies...

I want to say it was the third one, but I'm not sure which number for sure. The one that has some punks getting wasted in a cemetary.

As for this band, I guess they're okay. I have some friends that are really into them, but I haven't listened to them much.

Anonymous (December 2, 2005)

Their name is fucking awesome.

---Trav.

Anonymous (December 2, 2005)

I think their name is from one of the Night of Living Dead movies...

..if anyone cares. Which they probably don't.

formerly-blade-runner (December 2, 2005)

I dig that song "Zombie Crew".

Is that on this?

Anonymous (December 2, 2005)

"I never so much put stock in that, but if any one noun could kill the proverbial cat, it's repetition."

What?

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