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Ramallah

Ramallah: Kill a CelebrityKill a Celebrity (2005)
Thorp Records

Reviewer Rating: 3


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Whether you know him or not, Rob Lind hates you. Otherwise affectionately known as White Trash Rob, the man responsible for Boston's Blood for Blood and Saints & Sinners, has gone out and recorded Kill a Celebrity, the first full-length for his side project Ramallah, in which he's literally a jack o.
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Whether you know him or not, Rob Lind hates you. Otherwise affectionately known as White Trash Rob, the man responsible for Boston's Blood for Blood and Saints & Sinners, has gone out and recorded Kill a Celebrity, the first full-length for his side project Ramallah, in which he's literally a jack of all trades. Only the extremely brief piano use on the album was played by somebody else, otherwise Rob handles all the instrumentation on the album, which presents a bit of a logistical problem as far as the band actually touring. I'm getting away from the point, however, and that point is that Rob Lind hates everyone.

Don't believe me? Take a small peak into the liner notes, and you'll catch my drift real quickly. White Trash Rob hates MTV, he hates the government, he hates liars, and he hates them all in a surprisingly intelligent and articulate manner. A lot of the content focuses on politics, and our nation's current occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, one song in particular really shedding some light into his thoughts;

A new millennium is christened in 2003, when tens of thousands are condemned to die / While we danced and drank fine wine, they were screaming to an empty sky, why? / Kill my mother, kill my father, what am I left to do? But kill your mother, kill your father / Godâ?¦ make my aim true, is anyone even listening? Does anyone even care? / 'Cause the beat just goes on and on, and the terror never ends / Tens of thousands were condemned to die, shock and awe / Terror.. is anyone listening? Can you hear the screaming? / Does anybody care, can you hear their screaming? Is anybody listening to the sounds of the innocent suffering, suffering silently? No.
Those powerful words from the aptly named "Shock and Awe" are reflective of much of the record's content, but the problem is that power doesn't always permeate into the music itself. Most of the songs, like the aforementioned "Shock and Awe," have a solid hardcore metal sound, full of punishing riffs and spitfire vocals, but there's a few misses on the album that really disrupt the flow. "A Day in the Life" sounds more nĂ¼-metal than anything, and the use of a vocoder is extremely irritating, as the combination of that over heavy riffs off in the distance just makes for a confusing, boring track. The title track, "Kill a Celebrity," is the band, er, Rob Lind at his irate best, with his commanding presence really fueling the lyrical fires. I love that Lind is a varied songwriter, plenty capable of branching out, and one instance even shows that it works rather well for him. "Oscar Cotton" is a more low-key track with a memorable chorus, but the other tracks in this vein just seem to fall flat.

Managing to parlay his success with Blood for Blood into yet another musical venture, Rob Lind paints a striking portrait of American culture with his words, and he's got the gruff, powerful vocal chords and riffs to really pack a punch. Some hits, some misses, but a success overall.

 

 
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AutumnInAshes (March 21, 2007)

Really Good Album, their sound friggin' kicks ass.

Anonymous (March 23, 2006)

Seriously!
Best band....
They have heart and their music means something! they arent just another bunch of losers with tattoos and camo shorts who sing about absolute meaninless bullshit!

Love them

Anonymous (January 31, 2006)

awful band...i like dumb hardcore as much as the next guy, but this shit is just awful...

Anonymous (January 30, 2006)

funny thing about Rob "hating MTV" is that Ramallah has a video on MTV2

Anonymous (January 30, 2006)

i got to play with Blood for Blood in 99, and they are the nicest dudes, rob was really rad

Anonymous (January 29, 2006)

To anyone who doesn't like Blood For Blood or Rob Lind, just remember he hates you too.

Anonymous (January 29, 2006)

skins and nazis are totally different. back in the day, BFB were widely supported by skins and punks alike.
fastforward to today where people dont know the difference between a skin and a nazi and well..the problem lies herein.

from living in boston for quite some time,i can tell you that eventhough i dont support violence or FSU or any of that stuff, you cant argue with results. hardcore and punkrock shows in the mid90s were swamped with these fuckers untill somebody did something about it. meathead or not,boston hardcore and punk rid the city of nazis and facists groups.

-bryan styles

Anonymous (January 29, 2006)

Bryan Styles: Can you tell us more about Rob chasing away the nazis? I remember seeing somebody calling BFB a nazi band back in the days, so this is interesting.

Anonymous (January 28, 2006)

as a conscious fatass who often wears black hooded sweatshirts but abhors camo shorts, i take offense to that gentleperson's gross overgeneralization of all of us listening to banal shit like ramallah, or blood for blood for that matter. you made me cry. :(

Anonymous (January 28, 2006)

i love how everything thinks its cool to rip on hardcore and hardcore dancing.
sure im not the biggest fan of either but YOU ALL SOUND SOO FUCKING STUPID.

its possible to like hardcore and not dance at shows.
grow the fuck up, rob lind has done soo much for hardcore.
but everyone that badmouths ramallah or blood for blood will never have any idea.
rob and company almost single handedly drove the nazis out of boston when the police wouldnt do anything.

so yea,its ohkay to dislike the music/style whatever.
but atleast get your fucking facts straight.

-bryan styles

Anonymous (January 28, 2006)

crap like this makes me appreciate good/decent hardcore bands like Snapcase or By the Grace of God. this is craaaaappppy.

Anonymous (January 28, 2006)

"so, if i want to learn how to hxc dance, where would a guy go about learning? i live out in north dakota so an instructional tape would be best. i really want to learn b/c i'm moving to boston in the fall. gotta get down with the underground!"
Here are some basic instructions:

1. Eat 3 pizzas, you have to be fat and constipated.
2. Get 10000 friends who look just like you to do the same
3. Wear some old band t-shirt that you bought off of ebay. must be black.
4. Line up in the middle of the floor, just out of arms reach from your friends.
5. make stupid faces and swing your arms like a retard in a fistfight.
6. If you accidentally hit someone, help them up and call them bro.
7. If someone hits you, proceed to brag about your "battle scars" for the next lifetime.
8. Before leaving, buy a $15 Cd and a $20 t-shirt to wear to the show tomorrow night.
9. If you are FSU, forget steps 6-7 and proceed to beat the crap out every person a) Smaller than you b) with a different style of band on their shirt c) who doesn't seem to like getting hit in the face d) who isn't in your little clique of friends.
10. If you are FSU, make sure someone videotapes your assaults and sells it to other mongoloids across the nation.

Hope this helps!
-Ken

Anonymous (January 28, 2006)

yeah. i think the quote is from "al shifa" from their first ep.

Sick_Nick (January 27, 2006)

Score is for Blood for Blood..... Anyway else love Outlaw Anthems?

Anonymous (January 27, 2006)

so, if i want to learn how to hxc dance, where would a guy go about learning? i live out in north dakota so an instructional tape would be best. i really want to learn b/c i'm moving to boston in the fall. gotta get down with the underground!

xForeverx

p.s. what about attire? thanks.

xxForeverxx

Anonymous (January 27, 2006)

all you fat asses in hooded black sweatshirts and army shorts can cram this album up your ape asses.

rkl (January 27, 2006)

we need more blood for blood

Anonymous (January 27, 2006)

I sort of dig this stuff because it's "hard" and "political," but I disagree about Rob being articulate. The lyrics are just as cliched as the music and far more stilted. Still, fun album, but not exactly thought-provoking.

recordings (January 27, 2006)

rob was in sinners and saints, not the other way around. saints and sinners were like some buddy band of the souls, right? whatever. just a correction.

also, i believe the song you quoted was also on their first ep for bridge 9, which is also quite good.

Dante3000 (January 27, 2006)

I'd totally kill...hmmm...Is the pope a celebrity?
-Dante

thirtyseconds (January 27, 2006)

"i think this guy is annoying. he writes about the stupidest shit. who cares about a black ops mission from 1992 where the only 3 people who knew about it died and they killed a child by accident? oooo. what's the point in talking about that shit. this guy acts like he's making a difference exposing the most unuseful knowledge. all he's doing is arming idiot hardcore kids with 'facts' that make them about as educated as a michael moore fanatic."

Ha ha. Hilarious.

As for the celeb thing, I would love to see Robbie Williams crucified

johnnydanger (January 27, 2006)

im with conduit

Conduit (January 27, 2006)

One of the best records of 2005, and arguably the best hardcore record of 2005.

Seriously, if you can't recognize that Rob Lind is a brilliant song writer, your retarded.

BUT IT'S NOT PUNX ENOUGH AND OF COURSE ALL MUSIC ASSOCIATED WITH THE HARDCORE SCENE IS EITHER METALCORE OR TOUGH GUY REGARDLESS OF IF I ACTUALLY LISTEN TO THE RECORD OR NOT SO WHO CARES D00D THIS BAND SUX.

skolarx (January 27, 2006)

i know rob did everything on the ep, i thought he used the touring band to record the full length though. interesting touring band by the way, half of cold as life and rob moved here to detroit to be closer to the rest of the guys in the band.

Benjasauruss (January 27, 2006)

Worst fucking live band I've ever seen. Holy shit this band is bad. And I like some "steakhead hardcore".

crazytoledo (January 27, 2006)

Im pretty sure these guys are from my hometown, the one photo showed a dude from the band with a Mud hen hat on.

Thrope is located in Toledo, which is cool.

skaboom (January 27, 2006)

Thirded on the Paris Hilton.

Well, maybe not killed. Maybe have her family lose all their money through a legal problem and have her get an actual "gasp" McJob, only to realize she has exactly zero skills beyond spreading her legs and cinematography.

dietcokeofpunk (January 27, 2006)

-Paris hilton..hands down. Nothing would please me more than to kill her with a fucking hammer.

i second that motion..

Anonymous (January 27, 2006)

Pretty cool album. You'll have to keep an ironic distance to it in order to enjoy it, but once you do that, this is nice shit. I liked the EP better, though. And Blood for Blood.

Also, White Trash Rob didn't play the drums on this one.

Anonymous (January 27, 2006)

If you guys had the opportunity to kill ONE celebrity, who would it be?

---Paris hilton..hands down. Nothing would please me more than to kill her with a fucking hammer.

Anonymous (January 27, 2006)

steakhead hardcore.

Anonymous (January 27, 2006)

propagandhi is 8 trillion times better.

Anonymous (January 27, 2006)

i think this guy is annoying. he writes about the stupidest shit. who cares about a black ops mission from 1992 where the only 3 people who knew about it died and they killed a child by accident? oooo. what's the point in talking about that shit. this guy acts like he's making a difference exposing the most unuseful knowledge. all he's doing is arming idiot hardcore kids with 'facts' that make them about as educated as a michael moore fanatic.

Anonymous (January 27, 2006)

meatheads.

Anonymous (January 27, 2006)

amazing album

danperrone (January 27, 2006)

this shit is just stupid

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