Self-Destructive Pattern Review

artist: spineshank date: 09/27/2004 category: compact discs
spineshank: Self-Destructive Pattern
Released: Sep 9, 2003
Genre: Rock
Styles: Heavy Metal, Alternative Metal
Number of tracks: 12
Third album of Los Angeles heavies Spineshank.
 Sound: 10
 Lyrics: 10
 Overall Impression: 10
 Overall rating:
 9.7 
 Reviewer rating:
 10 
 Users rating:
 9.4 
 Votes:
 10 
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overall: 10
Self-Destructive Pattern Reviewed by: kryptonite22, on december 16, 2003
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Sound: There are songs on this album that sound similar to "The Height of Callousness", but there are also songs which sound completely different. Spineshank use impressive effects and heavy guitar distortion to create a haunting and lasting impression on this, their third studio album. Some songs, like "Smothered" have a more commercial edge to them, whilst others, such as the amazing "Dead To Me" sound as aggressive as anything off the last album. There is also more actual singing on this album, and the style varies a lot more, with quieter songs like "Forgotten". // 10

Lyrics: Everyone knows the story of how this album got delayed, the band's computer exploding half way through the recording stage. It's not surprising, therefore, that the lyrics portray this anger and depression that the guys went through - "We though we were finished" was one quote. There are varied themes, too. For example, whilst the title track conveys the band's dismay at the failing of their electronics and seemingly the end of the band, the awesome "Violent Mood Swings" is a direct attack at the "pop bands on MTV who get their songs written for them". "Stillborn" is written about religion, and the ender, "Dead To Me" was written when the album had finally been put back on track, and it was the guys' way of saying that all the depression and defeat that had tried to drag them down through the recording stages had gone away. An angry song, but actually a positive one?! The vocals are fantastic, as always. Great singing, great screaming. // 10

Overall Impression: Overall, this is an amzing album. Personally, I think it's better than "THOC", but it does vary a lot more in style, becoming a bit more accessible. My favourite tracks are "Violent Mood Swings", "Smothered", "Dead To Me" and "Consumed (Obsessive Compulsive)". The lyrics and sound can easily be understood, yet the guitars are just as heavy and violent. It's definitely worth buying, and what's so great about it is the fact that you can listen to every song straight through, there's no filler whatsoever. Clearly the band's setback fired them up to produce a greater album, 'cos they did just that. // 10

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overall: 10
Self-Destructive Pattern Reviewed by: unregistered, on december 13, 2003
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Sound: The sound is just amazing, there is not a riff or drum beat to be dissed. there guitar riffs come moderate to hard to learn and the drop A tuning gives it heavy effect it has. // 10

Lyrics: Every lyric in this album has a true meaning which is why i think it is so good because everyone can relate one way or another, for example "Smothered" is all about being in a relationship and it's like the other person is inside and trying to push out, "You pushed from the inside, you pushed from the inside out." Or in "Dead to me" jonny santos is trying to say hey i don't give a fuck about you and gradually getting more pissed off and the song explodes into alot of screaming and heacy music. // 10

Overall Impression: Self Destructive Pattern is a high quality album with songs for every mood with high meaning and good musicians and is well worth buying and definatly their best amlbum, in my opinion. // 10

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overall: 10
Self-Destructive Pattern Reviewed by: unregistered, on september 27, 2004
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Sound: The overall sound of Spineshank is a work of art. The band mixes lyrics with beats so proffesionally. The bass parts tie itno the guitar and drums so well. Everything just totally comes together! I dig thier sound! // 10

Lyrics: First off, the lead singer can sing and scream so well. The drummer and lead singer both wrote those beautiful. Thier lyrics prove they have nothing to hide, considering they say every thing there is to be. They are bold, and if thier pissed, thier pissed. No shame! // 10

Overall Impression: This album is definently a go-getter! If you don't have this cd, well it would be wise of you to get it, only if you want a crazy musical talent extravaganta! Totally, this cd is the bomb, so spread the word. // 10

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