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Bullet Treatment: The MistakeThe Mistake (2006)
Think Fast! Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Contributed by: sailin_onsailin_on
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Take the reckless intensity of Black Flag, the breakneck speed of Minor Threat and the brilliant musical structures of early Adolescents. Now throw it all in a pot, set that shit on fire and let it explode in a blaze of glory. Your end result would be The Mistake by a little-known band called Bullet.
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Take the reckless intensity of Black Flag, the breakneck speed of Minor Threat and the brilliant musical structures of early Adolescents. Now throw it all in a pot, set that shit on fire and let it explode in a blaze of glory. Your end result would be The Mistake by a little-known band called Bullet Treatment. If you aren't already familiar, Bullet Treatment is the brainchild of mainstay guitarist Chuck "D.C." Dietrich. The rest of the band consists of over 20 rotating members from acts including Rise Against, Suicidal Tendencies and the Bronx. Clocking in at 23 minutes, Bullet Treatment packs quite a punch with its second studio album.

The sound embodies everything you want and more in a hardcore punk album. Momentum bursts into fury as opening track "Illustrations" sets the stage for what's to follow. Rollicking drumbeats and thrashing guitars fill your ears with thoughts that can only be described as violent. The songs don't only sound unique--they are also infectious. "Pointless Conversation" and standout track "Grindstone" make use of catchy choruses that exceed expectations and make an impression on the listener, all the while maintaining a beat worthy of punching floors, walls, small children, etc...

I also can't forget to mention the talents of Bronx singer Matt Caughthran who provided his voice for The Mistake. Caughthran is what makes this album stand out from other punk records. His throat rips through each song with a level of frustration that rivals Damaged-era Henry Rollins. "I WANT, TO FEEL, EVERY-THIINGG!" he painfully screams on "Coke Nose," giving just a taste of his manic vocal style. Speaking of the Flag, the last track "The Mistake" is kind of reminiscent of "Damaged I," full of random shouts and screams being played to distorted music, which is a nice throwback to the '80s classic.

The sound quality, while not the best, is certainly the most well-produced effort Bullet Treatment has released prior to the Designated Vol. 1 7". It displays that raw energy feel that comes standard with any great hardcore album.

All in all, I would say that this album is a MUST-LISTEN. I was actually surprised that there was no review for this album on the Org considering how genuinely crafted and...and... Fuck, this album is just fantastic. Not only is this one of my favorite albums, I'd say that this is one of the definitive hardcore records of the 2000s. It's sad to see that this album did not receive enough attention because Bullet Treatment has great potential, and The Mistake really proves their craftsmanship as musicians.

 

 
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bytheslice (September 19, 2010)

This is a solid record. You can get a song off thi album for free from Think Fast! Records. Great stuff.

victimofadriveby (September 19, 2010)

Awesome Hardcore Punk. Too bad this was the only album they got their act together. DEFINITELY worth a listen!

punkrockliz (September 17, 2010)

AGREED with the writer!!!! Ive been on and off this site for more than a couple years and Ive said it time and time again, this band is the best punk band of the last twenty years. Ok so fine they're not technically a band but Chuck is pure genius and figured out a way to bring back that old school punk rock while sounding totally fresh. He clearly has an eye for talent (notice all the guys he gets to play on his records). My favs songs are "Grindstone", "Coke Nose", & the highly overlooked "Friday Night". Hopefully they'll try it again some day with this the "classic" lineup. a Masterpiece.

sailin_on (September 17, 2010)

that present being that this review actually got published. :D

sailin_on (September 17, 2010)

BEST 21ST BIRTHDAY PRESENT.......EVER!

dreeeamweaver (September 17, 2010)

'already dead' is the pinnacle of rock. best bullet treatment lineup, largely thanks to matt.

Rastid (September 17, 2010)

good album. grindstone is a phenomenal song.

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