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Bullet Treatment - Designated Vol. 1 [7 inch] (Cover Artwork)

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Bullet Treatment: Designated Vol. 1 [7 inch]Designated Vol. 1 [7 inch] (2009)
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Bullet Treatment's Designated Vol. 1 7" is a neat little experiment that finds the L.A. trio providing the same sub-two-minute instrumental hardcore track to six notable punk rock frontmen, who write their own lyrics, track their own vocals and even name the song whatever they want. The song itself .
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Bullet Treatment's Designated Vol. 1 7" is a neat little experiment that finds the L.A. trio providing the same sub-two-minute instrumental hardcore track to six notable punk rock frontmen, who write their own lyrics, track their own vocals and even name the song whatever they want. The song itself is a solid and pretty dynamic slab of pessimistic-sounding, `80s-inspired hardcore punk, so it's a good template for its vocalists.

Anti-Flag's Chris #2 opens Side A with "Cold War 3," which makes it sound like one of Anti-Flag's older, more hardcore-inspired songs, only way more proficient. Johnny from Swingin' Utters sounds a bit silly with his "Have a seat / I don't want to sit down" refrain in "Riding Around on the Bus," but he sounds more confident and serious between those sections of repetition, even though the lyrics are sort of vague and confused ("Somebody knows this about me / Something sacred, something hackneyed / How much crime in my kin riding around on the bus / Too weird to know where I'm headed"). Only Crime's Russ Rankin closes it out with "Win the Day"; it's weird, as when he sings his very first line he actually sounds more like Strung Out's Jason Cruz, but the Rankin-esque raspiness does become a bit clearer later on in the song.

"The Wreckage," which opens the flipside, is easily the "best song" here. Tim McIlrath (Rise Against) barks his vocals with a serious fervor and squeezes as many syllables in there as he can without it sounding awkward at all, while switching flawlessly to a more melodic, darkly sung "chorus" of sorts ("In excess we surround ourselves and oh-so willingly / In decadence we drown ourselves to make our lives complete"). It's awesome, and yes, it does sound a bit Unraveling-esque, or maybe if the Killing Tree had played way faster. Strike Anywhere's Thomas Barnett is also trying to fit as many words in that given time as he can with "Forgotten Ordinance," but he's not quite as successful; the catchy shouts of "Dissent!" are unfortunately followed by Barnett shoehorning it a bit, layering one word over another to get the full phrase in. He is, however, a little more ambitious with the layered vocals, and singing along in time with the 'ba-da-dum' guitar chords that transition early on. Star Fucking Hipsters' Sturg gives the song the worst treatment here, though, as he sounds like he's singing through his teeth with "In Box We Trust"; I'm not really into SFH's original material, but at least he doesn't sound straight constipated on that album. Lyrically, his box metaphor seems silly on the surface but makes sense when dug into a little deeper.

Having the same music for six songs straight -- minding a flip of the record -- would seem to be a bit grating, but with six fairly unique takes, Designated Vol. 1 is a cool and fresh listen, if not blessed with its own vocalists' varied imperfections.

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The Wreckage [Tim McIlrath]

 

 
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telegraphrocks (May 31, 2009)

The 2nd volume would be awesome if it was: Jason Shevchuk, Brendan Kelly, Dicky Barrett, Tyson Annicharico, Tom Gabel, and Greg Attonito.

Or something like that...

eazyd2 (May 31, 2009)

when i first heard about this i thought it was a really stupid idea. i still feel the same

TheGuwumpkis (May 31, 2009)

Chris#2 1
Tim 2
Stz 3
Russ 4
Thomas 5
Johnny 6

mikexdude (May 31, 2009)

St. Za.

DreeeamWeaver (May 30, 2009)

Needs moar Caughthran

thirtyseconds (May 30, 2009)

Sturg sings like an angry Starscream.

I was disappointed with Russ' contribution. Thomas' is the best.

telegraphrocks (May 29, 2009)

I find myself putting this on quite often round these parts... I think all six dudes did a good-enough job.

Babrook (May 29, 2009)

I wasn't a huge fan of this, which surprises me because I usually have a boner for anything Stza does...

Cheesetits (May 29, 2009)

Wow, I wish Tim would sing like this again for, you know, Rise Against, his band.

breakout (May 29, 2009)

They should get matt from the bronx to be on vol 2

punkrockliz (May 29, 2009)

Tim's version is the best, I think even Tim would think this is probably one of his best performances in the last 5 years. I do think Russ & Chris are really good. Great idea and excited to hear there is supposed to be a vol. 2.

abedforliars (May 29, 2009)

Personally, I like Russ' song the best.

lostandclowned (May 29, 2009)

Tim's a really good singer.

xIxKilledxJesusx (May 29, 2009)

cool concept but they picked some meh singers.. i think vol 2 is supposed to feature better people

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