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Tiger Army

Tiger Army: Music from Regions BeyondMusic from Regions Beyond (2007)
Hellcat Records

Reviewer Rating: 4
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Remember that chill that ran down your spine when first heard "Never Die"? Or when you took home a copy of Give 'Em the Boot II and heard "Nocturnal" for the first time? Chances are those same feelings will return with Tiger Army's fourth full-length on Hellcat, Music from Regions Beyond. The rec.
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Remember that chill that ran down your spine when first heard "Never Die"? Or when you took home a copy of Give 'Em the Boot II and heard "Nocturnal" for the first time? Chances are those same feelings will return with Tiger Army's fourth full-length on Hellcat, Music from Regions Beyond.

The record begins with a recurring musical theme that opens several other tracks on the album. It's a booty-shaking, hi-hat-happy, almost disco sound, much like Alkaline Trio used in Crimson with "Time to Waste," "Prevent This Tragedy" and "Burn." It should come as no surprise though, as Jerry Finn produced both albums. Where Finn got the idea to use a bouncy disco sound for horror-themed punk bands is anyone's guess, but suffice it to say both albums would have been better without it. However, where Alkaline Trio just sounded silly, Tiger Army limits the sound to intros for the most part, like on the first track "Prelude: Signal Return," which after a titanic group shout of "Tiger Army, never die!," explodes with punk rock dynamism and frenzied upright bass pulsations. The punked up "Hot Prowl" kicks in next with a series of Rancid-like "hey!"s followed by a chorus of AFI-like "whoa"s. As the song nears its end, it suddenly dips into a hardcore breakdown with deep, gutteral vocals, far different from anything Tiger Army has ever done.

Though Tiger Army has endured a nearly ever-changing lineup, the band is as crisp as ever. Lead singer Nick 13 demonstrates why he has one of the best voices in punk, with dreamy, passioned melodies, like in the standout "Afterworld" and "Forever Fades Away," the former of which features a guest spot from Davey Havok. New bassist Jeff Roffredo proves his worth on "Ghosts of Memory," where drummer James Meza keeps time, peppering the rhythm with artfully subtle fills and crash hits.

The band steps outside of their trademark psychobilly prowess for "As the Cold Rain Falls," a dark pop/new wave tune with an `80s feel that, while not screaming "Tiger Army," is still a wonderfully catchy and touching song. The only real throwaway track is the all-Spanish ballad "Hechizo de Amor" (or "Spell of Love" for you gringos), which is monotonous and flat compared to the rest of the energetic, vibrant album. The final song, "Where the Moss Slowly Grows," starts off slow and unpromising like "Hechizo de Amor," but evolves into a beautiful country-influenced rockabilly song with music and lyrics that paint a romantic and extraneous illustration of a summer's evening in the deep south.

Music from Regions Beyond is about what you'd expect from Tiger Army four full-lengths into their career: tight, energetic psychobilly still revolving around tastefully and well-executed horror themes, while incorporating new styles and experimentation so as not to fall into a trap of predictability from album to album. Even the packaging is stylish and satisfying, with symbolic retro World War II-styled artwork and a glossy Tiger Army-themed wallpaper pattern on the inside. With Music from Regions Beyond, Tiger Army continues to progress and refine, securing their place at the top of the American psychobilly scene.

 

 
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sunnybabe (July 12, 2010)

Although this album is softer than the earlier So-Cal/AFI inspired years releases like Tiger Army II, it's production and Cure-like influences are really infectious.

A huge fan of the early Tiger Army years, I was very skeptical of this album at first, and put off listening to it for along time. However, the Smiths influence and impeccable mixing really won me over. The album is an eclectic mix of stylings ranging from the lonesome western sounds of a steal pedal guitar to the Spanish influenced "Hechizo de Amor", where Nick 13 displays his most powerful, sincere vocal ability yet.

Fans of the early years may long for the punk sensibility of the previous albums, however the pyschobilly inspired themes still remain constant throughout this album, they are just subdued with a more thoughtful rhetoric and a wider range of instrumental experimentation that Tiger Army completely nails.

savato (January 31, 2009)

Love this CD. Love it, love it, love it.

midge71 (April 16, 2008)

I'd like to know where the songs the reviewer refers to as "horror themed" are? As far as I can tell, most of the songs are about an aching heart, missing out on elusive love. (I may have answered my own question!) Anyway, when I think of horror themed, I don't think of your standard love song.

walkamongusx (January 18, 2008)

I had to correct ike_ness who claims that "Hechizo de amor" translates to "homemade by love".
I am Chilean and fluent in spanish. So i have to tell u that the reviewer had it correct all along..it means "Spell of Love." Hechizo means spell. The word "homemade" is nowhere in that sentence..homemade is said hecho en casa. Jeez man dont trust these fuckin internet translators too much.

As for the album..its pretty damn weak. Afterworld is an awesome song though. Forever fades away makes me fucking cringe on the other hand.
Power of Moonlight and Self Titled are amazing records though, they simply have the best songs these guys have ever written.

Problematiclogic (August 21, 2007)

It's pretty good, but the over-production of those hi-hats/ cymbals or whatever is really....really annoying.

somethingmorbid (July 25, 2007)

Yeah, no one will remember psychobilly in five years, i mean fuck, who's ever heard of the Meteors, the Quakes, Demented Are Go...

Anonymous (June 15, 2007)

This cd friggin ROX!!! all u haters out there SUCK

jimmyjjackamoose (June 12, 2007)

this band sounds like alkaline trio

Anonymous (June 8, 2007)

"No 'Pissed Jeans' review huh?"

Brandon, whattdya think of it. Personally I reckon 'Shallow' slays the new one, but it's still dope.

blade-runner

PS- Huhehhuh...Tiger Army

ozmanx (June 7, 2007)

I thought this album was pretty damn good, just two misses though so that bummed me out as those two are unbearable. Did find it to be better than "Power of Moonlite" so all-in-all it's a fine release.

Anonymous (June 7, 2007)

If you live in Portland, OR, EM on Sandy has Blackhawks over Los Angeles on theshelves already. I peed myself a little bit.

pretentiouslikepitchfork (June 7, 2007)

to the anonymous poster below:

it's not a bad album by any means...but all the things that made tiger army somewhat unique are gone..and like i kind of mentioned in my previous post, most of that is due to the producer jerry finn, who manages to make every single one of his productions sound the same. in the end, it makes for a somewhat enjoyable listen, but ultimately, you'll want to go back to their previous albums.

Anonymous (June 7, 2007)

I still don't have this, but judging by how everyone attributing a low score seem like complete idiots, I'm going to bet that this is a great record.

stevejonestherealbones (June 7, 2007)

tiger army has had a consistent following for 10 or so years dude

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (June 6, 2007)

Anything remotely related to "psychobilly" sucks horribly. In five years no one will remember that any of these bands even existed.

Anonymous (June 6, 2007)

This is awful. It sounds like what would happen if AFI had listened to too many Social Distortion records.

Anonymous (June 6, 2007)

these guys are the biggest douches. i did a show with them where they refused to play because they didn't have any redbull. luckily the Riverboat Gamblers were good dudes and played double their set and played "mock" Tiger Army songs instead. So fun.

Anonymous (June 6, 2007)

score is for the lack of roman numerals

JaredK (June 6, 2007)

I meant to give the Sixer reunion tour a 10...but I screwed up. Anyways, TA officially sucks balls now.

JaredK (June 6, 2007)

Score is for the Sixer reunion tour in September....this album gets two stars. It sounds pretentious and whiny. There last album was bad as well imo...oh well, I'll always like the second one...I guess that dude from AFI must have mapped out a plan to being a rock star

Anonymous (June 6, 2007)

Wheres the psychobilly! Wheres the bass solos!? I get that nick 13 has a great voice, Wheres the psycho attitude?...........the album si gorgeous and the music is ok if you step back and just look at it for waht it is but as far as psychobilly goes......its more like a rock aballad album with an upright bass!

Cheers!

~Geoff~

Mat_T (June 5, 2007)

Hmmm... what can I say. The album starts off great and then goes a bit pear shaped. I remember Nick 13 saying when I saw him play live that he loves Duran Duran and that era of music and some of that shows up in this.

I can understand branching out and trying new stuff, but don't forget the roots.

Tiger Army's first attempt at a radio friendly disc.

Anonymous (June 5, 2007)

Well I got the album today, and I am very pleased with it, Nick 13 voice sounds very good.

ahoitherr (June 5, 2007)

pretty good, but not the best tiger army record by any means. I'm sick of Davey Havoc's guest vocals. And what's the deal with the hardcore parts of the album?

Anonymous (June 5, 2007)

Online translators usually aren't right..."hechizo de amor" is "spell of love"
from a spanish speaker

ike_ness (June 5, 2007)

Not to be a stickler, but "Hechizo de amor" translates to "homemade by love".

http://www.spanishdict.com/AS.cfm?e=hechizo

Otherwis e, great review, and really good cd.

Anonymous (June 5, 2007)

Without worrying about labels...like "This isn't punk enough" or "this isn't psychobilly enough" one can come to the conclusion that this is just a better album than their previous records.

If only the band could keep a steady line-up and build some chemistry, they could be even better.

4 albums = 4 different drummers
4 albums = 3 different bass players

pretentiouslikepitchfork (June 5, 2007)

not a bad album by any means...but every album produced by jerry finn sounds exactly the same. he's almost as bad as rick rubin.

theyounginfluential (June 5, 2007)

this was such a weird album for TA to put out. i liked it, but it was definitely a departure on some levels

Anonymous (June 5, 2007)

Apparently! I'm not too good at Anti- either.

Luckily, I'm leaving town in a couple days, so hopefully, a record shop in North Bay will carry it.

randomness (June 5, 2007)

can't say i was blown away, but not bad

mikeinflames (June 5, 2007)

maybe you just suck at hellcat.

Anonymous (June 5, 2007)

I realize that. But thing is, I never have this problem with just Epitaph releases. I always see those albums out on time. But hellcat releases, never. Same thing with Anti-. But I've never noticed any epitaph releases coming in late.

adam (June 5, 2007)

For all intents and purposes Epitaph is Hellcat. Hellcat's just an imprint. Both are distributed through ADA which is owned by Warner so the availably really shouldn't be that bad.

-adam

GlassPipeMurder (June 5, 2007)

To the guy 3 below, I think Epitaph does distro for Hellcat. To Paul, thanks.

Anonymous (June 5, 2007)

hate to support the corporate machine, but this thing is only $8 at target

Anonymous (June 5, 2007)

another nice review, well done glasspipe.

i plan on picking this up as well, although i was relatively dissapointed with III. it seemed to lack the punch and power of I and II. with the (3 years already?) they put into this, i'm assuming it will be better and sounds like it from the review.

Paul

Anonymous (June 5, 2007)

Fuck, I hate hellcat. I have never once been able to get any of their albums on the release date. This has never been a problem with any other label. Even the more obscure labels are better than this.

Looks like it will be another week before I have this.

Dante3000 (June 5, 2007)

Such a good album. Perfect summertime music.
Not unless it contains the lyrics:
Blowing through the jasmine in my mind
These dudes just pwned Tiger Army.
-Dante

GlassPipeMurder (June 5, 2007)

Actually, it's the former, is it not?
Yup, you're right.

Anonymous (June 5, 2007)

Such a good album. Perfect summertime music.

Anonymous (June 5, 2007)

" "Afterworld" and "Forever Fades Away," the latter of which features a guest spot from Davey Havok. "

Actually, it's the former, is it not?

mikeinflames (June 5, 2007)

it's a good album. but not a great tiger army album. quite a few songs sound like they belong on the new afi album.

Anonymous (June 5, 2007)

great, again, not as good as power, fun as hell of a listen though and Hotprowl may be my favorite song by them. Hope they tour small venues for this-oldpunker-

Anonymous (June 5, 2007)

I'd rather have a slurpee, a cheeseburger dog, a pack of marb reds, and a bargain Stray Cats cd.

skankaholikk (June 5, 2007)

Better than III, not as good as I or II.

Anonymous (June 5, 2007)

Can't Wait to buy this tommorrow, from what I have heard, it sounds GREAT!

AdamBlue (June 5, 2007)

Not as many tracks that I immediately fell in love with like the past albums, but hopefully it'll grow on me, because I feel I need to buy this anyway.

The disco drumming actually angers me. There's no need for it.

Dante3000 (June 5, 2007)

Tiger Army wants to remind you to buy war bonds, to help us destroy the pink, commie threat!
-Dante

theotherstevejones (June 5, 2007)

I heard Afterworld and I was excited for this. After hearing the rest Im am utterly disappointed. Every other song is either just bad or horrible.

Anonymous (June 5, 2007)

I like this album a lot after streaming it on MySpace. I'll definitely be getting myself a copy soon!

screeching_bottlerocket (June 5, 2007)

afterworld is amazing. can't wait to hear the rest.

BrandonSideleau (June 5, 2007)

No 'Pissed Jeans' review huh? I sent it in a week ago. Anyway....Tiger Army is just "ok"...nothing particularly special.

SydBarrett420 (June 5, 2007)

This album was good enough to get burned and inserted into my colection, but I don't see myself listening to any of these tracks over and over.

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