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Classic Case

Classic Case: Losing at LifeLosing at Life (2007)
Fearless Records

Reviewer Rating: 2.5
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Contributed by: GlassPipeMurderGlassPipeMurder
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I have to admit, reading "former members of Glassjaw" next to the new Classic Case CD, Losing at Life, was enough to rouse my interest momentarily. Sadly, as I would come to find out, it's actually just one former member of Glassjaw, and it's drummer Durijah Lang. That's nothing against drummers, th.
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I have to admit, reading "former members of Glassjaw" next to the new Classic Case CD, Losing at Life, was enough to rouse my interest momentarily. Sadly, as I would come to find out, it's actually just one former member of Glassjaw, and it's drummer Durijah Lang. That's nothing against drummers, they just don't typically contribute a whole lot to the songwriting process.

The other alumnus in Classic Case is Josh Moore, formerly of Beloved, a Christian metalcore band that shared the stage with the likes of Underoath and Norma Jean. Although that's probably enough to make anyone cringe, Classic Case is luckily nowhere near as appalling as either of those bands.

"Into a Nightmare" leads off the album with a kicking drumbeat and semi-angular palm-muted guitar playing that comes off as mildly aggressive despite the mellow, drifting vocals. The chorus lacks a real hook, but could probably win over listeners of any rock radio station. The post-hardcore abilities of Classic Case are revealed on "Unsteady," though the average-to-poor emo lyrics are a total buzzkill.

Not all of Classic Case's lyrics are entirely disposable, however. Having written the surprisingly dissenting "Fun Like War" for their 2005 album Dress to Depress, it seems the band devotes approximately one song per album on substantive, evocative songwriting. On Losing at Life the song is "Scott Free," one of the highlights of the album that delivers a no-nonsense critique of the culture of fear our government and media have produced: "Distract everyone and they won't get to the bottom of this / We'll never know what we've done as long as we keep ??em useless and dumb / [?] / Fear of violence changes the way we think of defiance." Granted, it may only be one song, but it shows a social awareness severely lacking in the vast majority of their scene's overtly self-involved contemporaries. "All of Us are in Danger" is another fairly good post-hardcore track that may have lyrics that can be construed as somewhat substantive, while "Stalemate (Falling in Love)" is yet another example of a decent song spoiled by cheesy lyrics.

Unfortunately, the rest of the album is just poor, plain and simple. From the dull and lifeless title track to the nü-rock attempt in "Vampires" to the uninspired "Elevator Phobia" (despite the promising song title), boredom is the only emotion capable of being evoked.

For a band with so much potential, Classic Case fall short on Losing at Life. Maybe it's due to their attempt to appeal to the scene, maybe they actually dig the awful acoustic tracks, but it's clear in songs like "Scott Free" and "All of Us Are in Danger" that Classic Case has much more to offer than this largely inconsistent effort.

 


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Anonymous (March 27, 2007)

typically, perhaps. however durijah did a good deal of the arrangements of the material on the 1st assjaw disc. he's an actual musician. he's a badass drummer, but he also plays bass, guitar & yo mama.
you should get yourself a few cases of breath mints if you're gonna continue to talk out of your ass.

StrizzMatik (March 22, 2007)

Ugh. This could have been a lot better.

Oh yeah, and Durijah is a CURRENT member of Glassjaw. He's a fucking amazing drummer, I might add.

GlassPipeMurder (March 21, 2007)

As noted, there are tracks to skip, but the good ones are pretty decent. 6/10.

Kursk (March 21, 2007)

I have their first album and it's pretty good pop rock/indie rock whatever you want to call it. The couple of song's I've heard off of this one I'm not as fond of. Score is for the band themselves.

onegirlarmy (March 20, 2007)

I always thought Beloved was too melodic to be considered "metalcore", though they did have that singing/screaming shit going on. I dug them though... Classic Case is poopy however.

Scruffy (March 20, 2007)

Durijah was also in The Stryder, which blows away this and Glassjaw.

Allular (March 20, 2007)

I feel bad saying it but Josh Moore is wasting his talent here. Even his solo stuff on Myspace kicks the trash out of Classic Case.

Oh yeah, Beloved owned.

Big_Guy (March 20, 2007)

yeah, Beloved ruled

OverDefined (March 20, 2007)

This isn't that bad.

maverick (March 20, 2007)

Beloved ruled. This record is bunk.

-Scott

danperrone (March 20, 2007)

i always though beloved sucked ass

GlassPipeMurder (March 20, 2007)

i always thought norma jean came off as far too fake to be taken seriously.

bombshoes (March 20, 2007)

this shit is wayyy more appalling than norma jean. at least they sound like botch.

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