D.R.U.G.S. review by D.R.U.G.S.

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  • Released: Feb 22, 2011
  • Sound: 7
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 6
  • Reviewer's score: 7 Good
  • Users' score: 7.9 (44 votes)
D.R.U.G.S.: D.R.U.G.S.
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Sound — 7
Music fans highly objected to the departure of Craig Owens from Post-Hardcore powerhouse Chiodos in late 2008. However, not only have Chiodos pushed on with a new vocalist in a different direction, but Craig now returns to the mic with his newly formed supergroup D.R.U.G.S. (Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows). Featuring members of From First To Last, Matchbook Romance, Underminded, and Story of the Year, the musical chops are most certainly here. The band incorporates unique elements of each of the former member's bands to create a truly enjoyable, slightly refreshing look on Post-Hardcore.

Lyrics — 8
Craig really lets the melancholy fury out on this disk. From the opening track he takes a vicious lyrical attack at those that have wronged him over the years ("So friends, you left me hanging in a room with a noose and a chair"). His vocals shine through, alternating between his extremely high singing voice and throat shredding scream. The lyrical highlight of this album for me is Mr. Owl Ate My Metal Worm, a song about a relationship gone wrong, and trying to keep one's self worth intact even when your partner blames everything on you ("Stop telling me I'm not the man that I should be"). The lyrics can sometimes be kind of generic in their delivery (e.x. Laminated E.T. Animal), but more often than not they are a pleasure to listen and follow along to.

Overall Impression — 6
D.R.U.G.S. have most certainly made an impression with this album that will set them up for great things in the future. The excellent material is brought down by a few relatively weak numbers (e.x. I'm Here To Take The Sky, My Swagger Has A First Name), but all in all the album is a great debut for a crew of experienced musicians. Recommended for fans of Chiodos, From First To Last, Emarosa, and A Skylit Drive.

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    DiegoAngeles
    hellspawn1210 : nah dude, when they split they decided that craig would keep the melodies and lyrics and chiodos would keep the instruments. the instruments in the only thing you talk about sound nothing like thermacare, listen to the music a little next time bud.
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    reaper_x
    The fact that Matt Good is in this band got me more excited than the whole Craig Owens thing. Super catchy album! Can't stop listening to it. Guitar work is pretty good and the vocals are incredible. It has quickly become one of my favourite albums. Good stuff.
    Ferguson2
    "some friends" SOME... not so friends, you left me hanging. jesus. And mr. owl ate my metal worm was definitely not the best song on this album. I'd likely go with "The Only Thing you talk about". and also, I'm not a huge fan of I'm here to take to the sky, but it's the most popular song of theirs on itunes right now. and yeah, your rating system really sucks ass
    The Spoon
    ITT: People believing music is some sort of competition. I liked Craig Owens in Chiodos, but I think Illuminaudio is way stronger and more mature than anything they did with Craig. I'm glad because that whole high pitched girly singing about long lost love w/ BREAKDOWNS got old after I turned 15. I can't stand Craig's vocals in this new band sometimes, though they've got some good ideas musically.
    FirstMateJepeto
    This album made me realize that I don't like post-hardcore at all! In fact, the only bands I like from this genre are Get Scared and Chiodos. I both cases I just HATE the new material.
    Amaseng
    I'm feeling this gets a 7. I love From First to Last and new Chiodos is much better without Craig. Craig's vocals on this album are much better than they were with Chiodos. In any case this is catchy and fun, but I can see it getting old fast.
    hellspawn1210
    bluelightning wrote: DiegoAngeles wrote: ^ Buddy, Craig got the lyrics and Chiodos got the music of that demo; because Craig wrote it.. it doesnt make worst anything, i really like DRUGS version's better. .....No. im pretty sure DRUGS stole the music from the Chiodos demo and im pretty sure craig didnt write any of the instrument parts. doesnt really matter since it all sounds the same. The real problem was the DRUGS album was way to poppy. almost every song was Intro/verse/chorus/verse/chorus/ bridge or breakdown/ then craig sings the first line of the chorus by himself followed by the full band coming in/ outro. extremely boring.
    nah dude, when they split they decided that craig would keep the melodies and lyrics and chiodos would keep the instruments. the instruments in the only thing you talk about sound nothing like thermacare, listen to the music a little next time bud.
    jackie_b89
    I thought the cd was just OKAY. I cant help but say i was let down. So much hype for a so-so record.
    Shred_Wolf
    LukeBTH wrote: Shred_Wolf wrote: (pardon Matt Good's drumming). t Matt Good plays guitar, fool.
    Noirorion wrote: LukeBTH wrote: Shred_Wolf wrote: (pardon Matt Good's drumming). t Matt Good plays guitar, fool. This.
    Jeez MY BAD, so offensive... When this whole band was first announced I just know he and Craig said they were working together and I thought they said he was the drummer. I don't follow this guy (or his bands) like that. Anyway my point opinion still stands. Matt and whoever else they have on guitar don't compare to Jason and Pat and I still think Chiodos still has a better lineup overall and that they're CD was better.
    TomWhaley
    Zyko_Demon wrote: Whats up with these weak ****in bands and some off the wall song names.
    This. Who the **** is going to remember "D.R.U.G.S." in 5 years
    asb9pwns
    honestly i really liked this album,a couple of their songs remind me of the old escape the fate.
    Unskathed
    The new Chiodos is infinitely better than old Chiodos and D.R.U.G.S. Brandon Bolmer is a much better fit in Chiodos and here is why: Chiodos is a theatrical sounding band. They could cover the entirety of Phantom of the Opera and it would probably be awesome. Jason and Bradley are absolutely amazing musicians. Tanner is a fantastic drummer and if you actually listen to his cymbal work and the way he syncopates with the songs; it's very impressive. Craig RUINED Bone Palace Ballet (one of my favorite albums of all time) with his vocals. The music is deep, artistic, and theatrical. However, Craig's vocals are sharp, out of key, and too poppy. I would go as far as to say that Craig is a terrible singer, he can just sing really high pitched and honestly, that's all it takes to be a vocalist in the post hardcore scene right now. Brandon is an excellent vocalist. He can hit the same notes Craig can without falter. He never falls flat unless it's for emotional emphasis. When he does enter falsetto, it's smooth; where as Craig just wailed. The main reason Brandon is so much better, is that his voice sounds HUGE. His harmonies and melodies destroy anything Craig has written in his career. The dude can flat out sing, and it sounds very natural. Craig's voice always sounds strained. That being said; All's Well That Ends Well is garbage Bone Palace Ballet is a masterpiece DRUGS is a mediocre band Isles & Glaciers is amazing (including Craig's performance) Cinematic Sunrise is amazing Before any flaming occurs, my top 5 favorite bands are: Converge Amia Venera Landscape UnderOath (newest 3 albums only) Chiodos Periphery
    Offworld92
    I haven't listened yet... just wanted to say that their name is extremely stupid. If you're going to make an Acronym, at least make it grammatically correct, or grammatically incorrect, not only partially sensible. Geez.
    jBracken_2010
    I thought the album was great. Mr Owl had great lyrics, but the breakdown "I like to keep cutting, but I can't stand to watch myself bleed." come on Craig, you're better than that. "I'm Here To Take The Sky" was really poppy, but a little bit of a sigh of the record, it wasn't bad, just differet. Musically I didn't sense a whole lot of diversity, but they definitely kept listeners happy. As for the Craig-Chiodos relationship, they're better off without each other, and they're doing fine. D.R.U.G.S. and Illuminaudio are both pretty solid records.
    camhussynec
    Shred_Wolf : Anyway my point opinion still stands. Matt and whoever else they have on guitar don't compare to Jason and Pat and I still think Chiodos still has a better lineup overall and that they're CD was better.
    What's more important, the bands lineup, or the bands music overall? Exxxactly.
    yonathon
    craig wrote all the songs for drugs. craig and bradley wrote the chiodos songs. therefore thermacare is craigs song. so he can do what the **** he wants with it, 'the only thing you talk about' shits all over it. if you dont like drugs dont ****ing spend your money on something your just going to moan about. cracking album.cracking band. 'nuff said'
    thisnamerox
    I would defiantly not consider this a "super group" that puts a bad shadow on anything the bad does, but i think this is a really good album and alot of the songs are really catchy. i have nothing bad to say about the album but i think these numbers are surely not justified. just my opinion.
    maertzxxx
    i liked the album. i like almost everyone on it. but i will say.. a little less imaginative than chiodos and a lot of autotune and overproduction at the hands of john ****face feldman. but i guess thats what they wanted.
    LightxGrenade
    Personally I like it. It is a little more straight forward than the stuff he did with Chiodos but in a good way. It has a lot more pop rock influence than Chiodos ever did and some songs sound like they were written while Craig was doing Isles and Glaciers (graveyard dancing anyone?)
    =McS=
    I love it. Hate the name, it's stupid, but love the album. Lyrics are alright, but the hooks and choruses are catchy as hell and the guitar work is good. I'd give it more than a 7, but whatever. This is what the newest Chiodos album should've sounded like, not that piece of shit the other guys made.
    Shred_Wolf
    From the two singles I've heard so far, Illuminaudio is definitely the better record. To me the only saving grace for this band is craig and his vocals. Everything else just seems so amateur to me (pardon Matt Good's drumming). The thing that made Chiodos so great (to me) was not only the vocals but the other instrumentalists (particularly the guitar parts) that went with it. Chiodos still has half (I think?) of it's founding members and they can all can play. Jason and Pat still lay down some badass riffs while they still have Bradley to mix things up on his keyboard (not just throw in some random synth just because) and Matt makes sure his bass is heard in a genre where it's usually not. Add in Brandon who's voice control is arguably better then Craig and Tanner who can sure as hell give Matt Good a run for his money, and Chiodos is still the "better" band in my opinion. I just bought this album and I haven't "really" listened to it (if you know what I mean) but it just seems like this band is just the Criag Owens show. Maybe fans of the "old" Chiodos will say it's better but they're probably just bitter Criag fanboys (and girls) who only cared about Craig in the first place (IMO). /rant
    LukeBTH
    Shred_Wolf wrote: (pardon Matt Good's drumming). t
    Matt Good plays guitar, fool.
    philipdurbin
    Illuminado was a terrible record and it doesn't even compare to the first two Chiodos CD's. I believe if Craig would have stayed in Chiodos that this would be what the new Chiodos would sound like but even better. I feel like the guys in Chiodos (minus the new singer) and Craig had a good thing going and had a connection musically. This CD is badass though and it rapes the new Chiodos CD Old Chiodos>DRUGS>JUSTIN BIEBER>NEW CHIODOS
    rictazero
    I really just fine this album alright. There's a few good songs and a few that I can't really get into. It's the type of album that I can listen to and enjoy, but nothing really sticks out as special or overly unique... just my opinion.
    camhussynec
    There is something positive to be taken out of all music. That includes D.R.U.G.S. Love the album but would we all be a little more happy if the guys in Chiodos would've worked their drama out with Craig? I think yes. (my opinion)
    Noirorion
    LukeBTH wrote: Shred_Wolf wrote: (pardon Matt Good's drumming). t Matt Good plays guitar, fool.
    This.
    goingnowhere21
    I thought he band name was pretty clever to be honest. I've listened to the three singles that came out before the album and I liked what I heard. It was really catchy stuff. If those songs are a preview of the rest of the album, I can't wait to listen to it. I'll check it out.
    bluelightning
    Its sad that the best song on this album (the only thing you talk about) was originally written by Chiodos for their new record (It was called "Thermacare") but Craig got his "super group" to learn it and he used it for DRUGS. What makes it worse is that the best song on chiodos new record IS THE EXACT SAME SONG. They just changed the lyrics and called it "Stratovolcano Mouth". Either way both records are over produced and sound to much like modern pop. It has indeed become a little too much like Biebercore for me. All's Well That Ends Well..... right?
    DiegoAngeles
    ^ Buddy, Craig got the lyrics and Chiodos got the music of that demo; because Craig wrote it.. it doesnt make worst anything, i really like DRUGS version's better.
    throwdown!
    great band, I feel like theyre something fresh and the lyrics, hooks and vocals are really good but the guitar has a really driving sound which adds a nice touch. like many bands, not every song on their album is amazing but most are pretty damn good.
    bluelightning
    DiegoAngeles wrote: ^ Buddy, Craig got the lyrics and Chiodos got the music of that demo; because Craig wrote it.. it doesnt make worst anything, i really like DRUGS version's better.
    .....No. im pretty sure DRUGS stole the music from the Chiodos demo and im pretty sure craig didnt write any of the instrument parts. doesnt really matter since it all sounds the same. The real problem was the DRUGS album was way to poppy. almost every song was Intro/verse/chorus/verse/chorus/ bridge or breakdown/ then craig sings the first line of the chorus by himself followed by the full band coming in/ outro. extremely boring.
    dale-banez
    Justified Death wrote: -Enters review- -sees band members- -posts worthless comment- -exits review-
    Fix'd