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The Minor Times: Making Enemies [reissue]Making Enemies [reissue] (2005)
Prosthetic Records

Reviewer Rating: 4


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With the Minor Time's new album, Summer of Wolves, set to come out soon, now would be as good a time as any to familiarize yourself with their 2004 debut full-length Making Enemies, which was originally released on Level Plane and subsequently reissued on Prosthetic following the band's label switch.
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With the Minor Time's new album, Summer of Wolves, set to come out soon, now would be as good a time as any to familiarize yourself with their 2004 debut full-length Making Enemies, which was originally released on Level Plane and subsequently reissued on Prosthetic following the band's label switch. It's a heavy, abrasive, confrontational hardcore record that is as smart as it is tough, going for your brains as well as your throat, and listening to its combination of skin-flaying riffage and biting lyrical wit is a lot like getting punched in the face and viciously insulted at the same time. And liking it.

Frontman Brendan McAndrew's sounds like he eats glass for fun, and his intelligent yet pissed off lyrical style could be compared to that of Keith Buckley or Wes Eisold. He starts off bellowing the words, "Fuck me? No, fuck you" on "The Pugilist at Work," and only gets more scathing from there. While they're certainly complex, the Minor Times keeps things listenable and avoids being excessively technical. Think Botch or Coalesce, only slightly stripped down and a little more groove-oriented. They aren't afraid to repeat a good riff a few times, and they don't waste any time on unneccesary breakdowns or generic mosh parts.

If there's a criticism to be made about Making Enemies, it is that each song on here follows a similar pattern of noisy, off-time riffs with about the same tempo and tone, and putting this on your headphones feels a lot like putting your ear up to a jackhammer for half an hour. There are some parts here and there that break up the flow of things a little, like the creepy female computer-voiced interlude "Eye in the Sky," but after a while it can begin to sound like a little too much of the same thing on repeat.

That's a small criticism to make however, and it could just as well be argued this album is just really consistent. There's not a single bad song on this disc, and it flows extremely well from one track to the next. While they may not be the first band to play noisy, mathy hardcore, the Minor Times are one of the better bands playing this style today, drawing on the right influences without being too derivative. This is a solid purchase if you've got a taste for this kind of stuff, and it's held up well over the past few years since it's been released. Thumbs up.

 

 
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Anonymous (June 24, 2007)

At first, when you said the lyrical style is similar to Keith Buckley, I thought you meant Jeff Buckley.

Kursk (June 22, 2007)

i've only heard a few of their songs but i love all that ive heard

elephantdwarf (June 22, 2007)

this record's lyrics are so fucking rad. tough in an intelligent way, not that bullshit sXe "brotherhood" type of way. as far as the new record goes, i like it, but it hasn't immediately hit me the way "making enemies" did when i first got it.

BenAndThieves (June 22, 2007)

I've also got the original pressing, but I checked the Prosthetic website and it doesn't look like there is anything extra on the re-issue. The only difference I'm aware of between the Level-Plane and Prosthetic versions is the label.

SilentStorms (June 22, 2007)

I have the original pressing, is there any extra's on the reissue? I personally enjoyed their debut EP a bit more (aka split w/Llynch) but the LP was pretty sweet in it's own right. They toned down the Screamo and turned up the Botchiness. I'm very interesed to hear the new album. If you like Botch, Castle, Converge, Engineer and Achilles I would suggest you give these guys a listen, cuz they fucking rock!

Anonymous (June 22, 2007)

I heard they suck live, worse then Nofx.

etwiels88 (June 22, 2007)

Great live band

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