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Leathermouth: XØ (2009)
Reviewer Rating: 3.5
Contributed by: lifetime_lifetime_
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If someone had played me XØ and told me it was fronted by a member of My Chemical Romance, I would say they were full of shit had I not already known. The fact of the matter is, Leathermouth is absolutely nothing like MCR in any way. What Frank Iero and company’s new band is, more than anything, is pissed off. As far as sound goes, the dirty guitar tones, boxy drums and horrifying shriek pouring out of Iero’s throat give the album a really gritty, dissonant feel. This is in every sense of the word a hardcore record. Hardcore being fast, stripped down, pissed off punk rock -- not the meathead chug-junky garbage that’s somehow managed to pass itself off as hardcore as of late.
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