Board Up The House Review

artist: Genghis Tron date: 10/24/2008 category: compact discs
Genghis Tron: Board Up The House
Release Date: Feb 19, 2008
Label: Relapse
Genres: Thrash, Death Metal/Black Metal
Number Of Tracks: 11
Board Up The House is really the sound of the future colliding with the present with enough force to tattoo itself forever upon the mind.
 Sound: 10
 Lyrics: 9
 Overall Impression: 10
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overall: 9.7
Board Up The House Reviewed by: fallenangel20, on march 29, 2008
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Sound: "Board Up The House" is the second full length album released by this New York trio of musical madmen, and is easily a contender for one of the top albums of 2008. The first song, the title track "Board Up the House", sets the mood perfectly for what is about to unfold in this 43 minute masterpiece. From the steady build up of the intro, to the unrelenting verses, to the dream-like bridge, to the semi-mellow outro, this song is one of the top tracks on the album. It also gives you a taste of the base sound of the other tracks. Also, while this band may be a little harder to classify, their main style influences are easily recognizable. Their mix of grind and electronic stylings combine to be one of the hardest bands to explain, but one of the easiest to get into. Overall, this is one amazing album musically, and you don't have to be a fan of grind to enjoy it. // 10

Lyrics: The lyrics are belted out by vocalist/keyboardist Mookie Singerman, who is also backed up by fellow keyboardist Michael Sochynsky, and neither disappoints. With overall themes of desperation, lonliness, isolation, and fear, the album leans towards the darker side, in terms of lyrical content. Mookie has gone on record as to saying that he gained influence for the lyrics from one of his biggest fears of "being stuck inside my house while everything goes haywire outside", and that he thinks it "it stems from a combination of being Jewish, having read the Anne Frank diaries at a really young age, and watching too many zombie movies." The lyrics also match up very nicely with the music, but in ways that would be expected, ie heavy when something disastrous is happening, slower when things are calmer, etc. The vocal skills of both Mookie and Michael are top notch, as well, matching the feel of the album almost perfectly. Overall, this is a very strong album lyrically and vocally. // 9

Overall Impression: In conclusion, this is a must-have. While the whole album is one of the best I've ever heard, "Board Up The House", "Things Don't Look Good", "City On A Hill", "Colony Collapse" and "The Feast" all stand out, and never really seems to lose their luster like some tracks do, which comes to why I love this album so much. The replay value. I've set the album on repeat many times, and it's never worn on me, even when I listen to it three straight times or more. It is simply one of the most explosive and stunning albums in recent memory, and definitely of 2008, so far. Definitely give this album your time, and relish in, what will become, one of the greatest bands of this generation. // 10

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overall: 9.7
Board Up The House Reviewed by: jibran, on october 24, 2008
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Sound: Okay, to start up with this; extreme metal is one the most stagnant areas of music today, every second album most will lay hands on, will have the same chromatic riffs and minor arpeggios you heard yesterday. Genghis Tron have come to change this. Produced by Converge Guitarist Kurt Ballou, 'Board up the house' is the experimental trio's second full length release after 2006's 'Dead Mountain Mouth'. Genghis tron which consists of Jordan Hamilton (guitars/programming), Michael Sochynsky (keyboards/programming) and Mookie Singerman (vocals/keyboards), are unusual for one part; they lack not only a bassist but also a drummer. The band chooses pre-programmed drums over a real one, but the effect works. It isn't a gimmick but a feature which makes this album act like the stunning cybergrind electro record it is. The album starts up with the titular track which sets the tone of the album from the moody tapping and synth laden intro to the astounding outro. The album is stark, cold and depressing, the atmosphere of your room changes as the first few seconds tick in. The brutality is used sparingly; enough to keep you pumped but not at the level to absolutely smother you, this tastefulness sets Genghis Tron apart from their cybergrind colleagues like 'The Locust'. Musically overall it is unabashedly radiohead and agoraphobic nosebleed in a food processor. How Brutal. Ambience works well on this album, as the harmonised keyboard and guitar work is a surprisingly good mix. Everything melds with layed complexity, and develops a sense of musical brevity. Unfortunately with this level of excellence, it often leaves you with wanting more, which seems to be a curse of good albums. With a negative point being a fairly positive one, the listener truly does not have much to lose. // 10

Lyrics: The lyrics are alienated and pained, and carry a surprising level of depth and poetic prowess. The themes cycle around a variety of themes and are predominantly society based, with the exception of 'I Won't Come Back Alive' which is tear-jearking take on suicide and depression. Singerman's (yes, singerman) screech is familiar to the tortured shrieks of Jacob Bannon's. Singerman's other vocal style is a clean haunting drone familiar to that of early Presets. The vocals slide into the music well, and is a vital point of Genghis Tron's signature sound. // 9

Overall Impression: This album is mesmerising. It is most-likely the album you have been looking for, if you think you've already think you've heard everything. Plus, it can possibly save grindcore from the depths of tedium single-handedly. Honestly, I have rarely experienced an album which so profoundly impacts my life so deeply, not just musically but lyrically. As a previous reviews states; the replay value is plain and simple astonishing. I don't think I will ever get sick of the 'Board up the house', and in short: I don't want to. // 10

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