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Endwell: Homeland InsecurityHomeland Insecurity (2006)
Reviewer Rating: 0.5
Contributed by: AnchorsAnchors
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[insert tired rant about Victory Records Brian's deleting to avoid hostility, even though I (somewhat sadly) agree about Spitalfield releasing Victory's best album of 2006]
You push my buttons and open these scars, just to watch me bleed / What Iíve already bled a thousand times before, agonizing you make me scream and shout / Ö / Iím just a bruised and broken heart, but the memories you left are of a girl whoís lost and broken.Some fine political rhetoric if Iíve ever seen it. You may have noticed Iíve neglected to mention what this band really sounds like so far, and if that lyrical excerpt didnít make it crystal clear let me spell it out for you -- t-e-r-r-i-b-l-e.
Thereís no two ways about this; save for some decent guitar solos, the most interesting part of this sing/scream snooze fest is when it ends. Nothing works here, and I did give it ample opportunity. The screamed vocals are strong, but sound forced and often out of place with how clunky the riffage is, and the contrived singing parts really do nothing to help matters. It may drown out other aspects of the instrumentation for a short amount of time, but before long, those boring chord progressions and lackluster song structures are back. Painfully formulaic, thereís only two tracks that arenít between the three and four-minute marks. Even then, their one opportunity to set at least some parts of the record apart, they fail. ďWhine and DineĒ includes some random gang vocals sprinkled throughout, but itís not enough to quell the overwhelmingly mundane air given off by the band.
[Reversal of Man quote, go find it. Let's just say this review does not end well.]
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