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Jughead's Revenge - Pearly Gates (Cover Artwork)

Jughead's Revenge

Jughead's Revenge: Pearly GatesPearly Gates (2001)
Nitro Records

Reviewer Rating: 2
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Contributed by: AubinAubin
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Jughead's Revenge is one of the few bands to really confuse me. Are they hardcore? If you hear Faust Part 2, you'll probably say hardcore, on the other hand, if you Lolita you'll probably call them SoCal melodic punk. This uh... dichotomy has made for some great music. Image is Everything had it all.
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Jughead's Revenge is one of the few bands to really confuse me. Are they hardcore? If you hear Faust Part 2, you'll probably say hardcore, on the other hand, if you Lolita you'll probably call them SoCal melodic punk. This uh... dichotomy has made for some great music. Image is Everything had it all, angry, powerful music, and dark, but catchy melodic tracks. On the other hand, Just Joined and about half of 12 Kiddie Favourites were a little uneven, and didn't sound all that great.

This record isn't half bad, unfortunately, it's still a quarter bad, but the rest is decent. Musically, the band is tight, and their forays into 'other' styles work well, Swell is a great surf instrumental, and they do a cool punk rock cover of the Cars' Just What I Needed.

But the thing with Jughead's Revenge is this. When they're angry, aggressive, and loud, they write their best music. When they're targetting ex-girlfriends, ex-friends and stupid bouncers, they're on a roll. On the other hand, when they write semi-melodic music, Joe D.'s voice just doesn't make it, and they sound like their faking it.

I don't know. It's hard to write a review about a record you don't love or hate, but unfortunately that's what happened here. I don't hate it, but it didn't amaze me either. So my review is a little uneven sounding. I guess that's because the record is too.

 

 
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kkhaos (August 28, 2012)

So glad these guys are reuniting and recording new music. A very underated band. Nitro used to have awesome bands like this. But i guess the Offspring got greedy and fucked those bands over.

lexicon (February 13, 2007)

Oh PS: Aubins just a dick who wouldn't let the band's story in regards to The Archie Comics suit because it told the truth about Nitro.. A lable they still receive advertising revenue from. Think all the old bands left by accident..? This is the Fox news of "punk"

lexicon (February 13, 2007)

Oh PS: Aubins just a dick who wouldn't let the band's story in regards to The Archie Comics suit because it told the truth about Nitro.. A lable they still receive advertising revenue from. Think all the old bands left by accident..? This is the Fox news of "punk"

lexicon (February 13, 2007)

I think any band with a CD that has shrink-wrap that needs removing confuses you. It's called "not following trends". This website really needs to look that up. At least they did it, your just writing about it.

Anonymous (June 15, 2006)

Oh, my world. It is ok

Anonymous (February 4, 2006)

great band

Anonymous (November 6, 2005)

This CD is AWESOME...enough said

Anonymous (August 18, 2004)

What are you talking about mate? Just Joined was well good.

coldjuly (July 11, 2001)

Great band awesome cover atr on this release...but i to get the uneveness you were talking about. Oh well...great talent nonetheless.

Anonymous (May 3, 2001)

I don't think this is a bad CD at all, but I do see the uneven thing you refer to. It's hard to make up your mind about a CD like this. Yes, the songs are great, most of them anyway. It's a really good CD. But it just feels empty to me. Not a very solid release. I don't know if it's the order of the tracks, the bland layout, the cluttered cover art, or the feel of the songs themselves, but something about this CD makes me not crazy about it even though I enjoy most of it. It's good though.

Anonymous (February 27, 2001)

I think its better than 2 stars, some of the songs rule...

Anonymous (February 27, 2001)

I think its a good disc...

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