Relationship Of Command review by At the Drive-In

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  • Released: Sep 12, 2000
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.8 (47 votes)
At the Drive-In: Relationship Of Command

Sound — 10
'Relationship Of Command' is At The Drive-In's last album, and what an album to go out with! Pure, flawless hardcore from track one to the unforgettable end. The sound is brilliant, the guitars are melodic yet loud, the vocals soar above the music and the bass and drums provide a throbbing rhythm. 'Rolodex Propaganda' even includes a guest appearance from Iggy Pop and it doesn't sound out of place!

Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are brilliant, flawless really, but they are so complicated I don't know what Cedrick's singing about half the time! The main case of this is on 'Invalid Litter Dept.', the albums epic track. "And the paramedics fell into the wound like a re-hired scab at a fair-headed plant, an anaesthetic penance beneath a hail of contraband!" What does it mean? The stand out tracks for lyrics are the melodic album closer 'Non-Zero Possibility' and 'Arcarsenal', the riotous opener.

Overall Impression — 10
Overall, this is a brilliant album. I could live without it, but it would be a meaningless and shallow existence. The tracks are: 01. Arcarsenal - 10/10 one of the most ferocious songs you'll ever hear. 02. Pattern Against User - 9/10 aggressive and accessible. 03. One Armed Scissor - 9/10 the single that left a dent in the mainstream. 04. Sleepwalk Capsules - 9/10 well formed and angry. 05. Invalid Litter Dept. - 9/10 a strange epic that doesn't make sense but isn't confusing. Very unique. 06. Mannequin Republic - 8/10 very loud and catchy. 07. Enfilade - 10/10 download this song now. 08. Rolodex Propaganda - 10/10 the best track on the album. 09. Quarantined - 8/10 slow and brilliant. 10. Cosmonaut - 9/10 a great riff and a great song. 11. Non-Zero Possibility - 10/10 melodic and moving. Simply, if you're a fan of any kind of hardcore music, you shouldn't hesitate to buy this. It brings back memories of Refused's magnum opus 'Shape Of Punk To Come' but this album is an individual. Believe the hype.

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