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.