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The Smackdown

The Smackdown: Someone Has to Kill the HeadwriterSomeone Has to Kill the Headwriter (2006)
Goodfellow Records

Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Sweden's the Smackdown received a not so delicate panning from this very site while being labeled "[dirty, nasty] screamocore." I'm not entirely sure why it was found to be so outright terrible (maybe the band's super goofy wrestling schtick, it involves pretty much all their lyrics), or so harshly .
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Sweden's the Smackdown received a not so delicate panning from this very site while being labeled "[dirty, nasty] screamocore." I'm not entirely sure why it was found to be so outright terrible (maybe the band's super goofy wrestling schtick, it involves pretty much all their lyrics), or so harshly sounding, because in all honesty the Smackdown just sounds like early Blood Brothers as recorded through a garage punk filter (I want to say C.Aarmé, but I can't invest in that 100%).

Really. Take the manic, raw intensity of the Bloods' earliest efforts like This Adultery Is Ripe or the material that made up Rumors Laid Waste, make the edges and recording even rougher, and don't ever, ever let up on said intensity. That's it, really. It's almost like Johnny Whitney wished to start all over again.

There isn't a whole heck of a lot to the Smackdown's sound, but it's not like you can often say "a garage punk Blood Brothers? How many more of those do we need?" Then again, I'm not entirely sure you could say that for the Smackdown. In any event, while the pink and white liner notes with random scraggly notes and paint blotches look, like, totally hip, the music contained within is some damn ballistic, frenetic shit my brothers and sisters. And when you're executing 13 songs in 21 minutes, I guess that's to be expected. I'll probably end up sticking with my Bloods albums, but I wouldn't entirely dismiss this immediately like you may have been caused to in the past.

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Kursk (August 20, 2006)

Musically, this album is great, they and The Jonbenet are the closest thing to having another new "old" blood brothers album, which isn't to say I don't like the direction Blood Brothers are going, but I loved all of their old stuff. So yeah, if you liked "This Adultery Is Ripe" and "March On Electric Children" by Blood Brothers or "The Plot Thickens" by The Jonbenet, you will probably like this.

Anonymous (August 18, 2006)

My god these guys are fucking morons, don't watch them live.

givemeamuseumandillfillit (August 18, 2006)

Amazingly great live.

Anonymous (August 18, 2006)

They're pretty good, the review is kind of misleading. They're better than the Blood Brothers, not really the same kind of band.

EyesLikeBombs (August 18, 2006)

Examples of wrestling lyrics plz.

HeresLookinAtYou (August 18, 2006)

not too bad at all

SalsaShark (August 18, 2006)

I like The Raw better.

Anonymous (August 18, 2006)

Blood Bros? C.Aarme? Nah. This is more like a garagier version of modern thrash-punk, not unlike a more conventional Das Oath.

I think you guys should take me on as staff for releases like this.

-William Marinovic

BrendanKelly (August 17, 2006)

fuck this shit.

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