Sound — 7
Crabcore. Yep, remember that music video that had the hipster crabs doing their crabby thang in it? It's this bands video, and they're back with their self titled album. Luckily, there isn't any crabbing to be done on this album, but even with the lack of ridiculousness this is still just a mediocre record at best. It's typical nu-metalcore at its best, guaranteed to make the trendy girls wet, but really no one more than that, except me. But I'm an exception. Upon first listen of this band, you'll hear the stereotypical staples of this genre of music today: heavily tuned guitars with lots of brutal lows, and lots of candy bubblegum electronica with clean singing all mish moshed together. There are also some other genre's that can be found on this album, including rap, euro-pop and even some dubstep. In some parts this is done pretty well, while in other parts it's a major WTF, although it's not nearly as abrasive as Someday Came Suddenly was. Gone are the the incredibly clich and cheesy party dance synths, thank God. On this album there continue to be synths, but in 90% of the parts on the album, it's executed fairly well, staying nice and fun without being homosexual'd into the dirt. The guitars are what you would expect from Attack Attack: incredibly easy. Guitarwise this isn't any better than their last record, I could probably play all these songs with my guitar around by ankles, or even standing with my knees spread apart, crouched down and with my head bobbing back-and-forth making my dyed hair woosh all nicely oh wait.
Lyrics — 4
Well, the lyrics math the music alright. These lyrics suck though. Pretty much every single song is about either girls (who could've called THAT one?!) or their ex-vocalist Austin being a jerk. I wouldn't have a problem with either of these, but the songs about chicks are exceptionally cheesy, and the lyrics in the songs about Austin are exceptionally generic and, well, stupid. Take AC-130, probably overall the worst song on the CD for example: You think you could be God Who appointed you judge You take yourself too seriously Keep building your walls? up higher Then you can be your own king You're better off dead You're better off dead C'mon seriously? I wrote better lyrics when I was a pissed off 12 year old. These guys still have a lot of progressing to do song-writing wise, but who cares when you're attractive?!
Overall Impression — 6
Overall, this is a very boring and average modern sceniecore album. If you're expecting something groundbreaking don't look to this album for any inspiration. Like I said, it's better than their last one by far, but still not really that great. I hate to rate this so low, but I guess I'm just not into this album. Maybe I'm just a butthurt old AA fanboy, but hey, judge for yourself. Recommended tracks: Sexual Man Chocolate, Smokahontas, A For Andrew.