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I must say that hell songs took me by surprise. and quite drastically. this record is pretty different from canada songs.
Upon my first listening of "fiery" on daughters' myspace page, I was somewhat turned off by the vocal stylings, which I have now come to love. so wonderfully refreshing. who else is doing something even remotely like this?
I happen to be quite attracted to originality, and daughters have carved out a very distinct sound for themselves (even more so) on this record. the lyrics are very humorous and full of character and delivered brialliantly, considered they are sung (if you could call it that) over music with no harmonic basis. the shreds of melody are intregrated very well with scarce use of horns and strings on top of twin guitars.
also to my liking, this record sounds very clear and is extremely well recorded, capturing the insanity of daughters' music, which has progressed considerably. songs seem more organized and memorable after only one or two listens, almost possesing a catchy quality while still retaining the chaos and brutality of daughters' completely atonal deluges of sound.
daughters have also stepped things up technically. this album contains much less repetition of riffs that I noticed happening quite often on canada songs.
the guitar interaction is brilliant; i haven't heard anyone else play like this. the music sounds extremely precise and expertley calculated. the bass takes a very active role, which is nice considering that the bass is often lost in this genre (I am speaking very generally here).
need I say anything about the drums? Perfect, precise interaction with the guitars; the entire blend creates a new brand of heaviness.Read more ›
I personally think they are their own musical miscreation, as if a demented serial killer genius got wasted and decided to make a hardcore band. But many found it easy to categorize them as "Grind" or "Screamo". But with Hell Songs Daughters! proudly maim the mere idea of being categorized, and they do it with thrashing glory. Form the opening semi-intoxicated crooning of frontman Lex, you can tell your in for something very bizarre. After the first few tracks you either be shell shocked or disgusted. I was somewhere along the latter. Then I realized, Daughters! have created an almost uncomprehensible cacaphony of sounds & textures like I've never heard. Thats damn impressive coming from a "screamo" band. Each musician has proven their genius, each one more relentlessly psychotic then the next. They even descend lightly into horns and strings, which blend nicely with the montage of noisy bliss. The highlight for me was the double-bass heroism of the drummer, truly unreal. The lyrics are also a bit more poetic then the first couple releases. Still are tragically demented and always humorous but on a whole very authenticlly crafted. While yes the album on a whole is downright insane, it's still bodacious and quite original, and rarely ever loses it's headbanger essence.
The biggest complaint I've heard about this album is that the frontman isn't screaming. I found that pretty ironic; a million kids will listen to a man wretch into a microphone but suddenly hiss at a frontman who decides to do something different?Read more ›
...now I'm a real sucker for dissonant and diminished guitar sounds...which there is a plenty...and honestly I would buy it for the instrumentals alone...the drummer is fast...the guitars are squeaky and dirty...and the bassist sounds like a tremor...
...but of course there is also talk of the vocals...now unlike their earlier work of Canada songs (tee hee I said canada) there is barely any screaming at all...but he takes to the poetic rambling of a theatre critic on the edge singing "I drew a portrait of how I'd look with my hands around my throat"...it's very good to hear someone carry on the torch for nick cave and adds to the destruction of the guitars very percussively and poetically...
...I think if you want a sample "Recorded inside a pyramid" would be the best example and can be listened to on their myspace...their hell involves horses? Wow...
Reccomended for you adventurous types :D
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Bought this album after I saw the band for the first time. I love the 'blah blah blah' style of singing, and the guitar and bass work is amazing. A great album.Published on October 17, 2007 by Seth Werkheiser
This cd is musically great, vocally new and different from anything you would think this cd is. That is why its great, they took a chance and im sick of hearing bad reviews and... Read morePublished on May 28, 2007 by P. Nagle
so, they got a Birthday Party CD for x-mas and the singer thinks he's nick cave now.
either way, it's still a fun record..
Well, first off, i love the music Daughters make. The band is creative, technical, and overall amazing musicians. Also, i enjoy the vocal change. Read morePublished on December 10, 2006 by Raymond G. Santibanez
If u liked as the sun sets or ether of the other daughters cds do not buy this one. There is not a scream on the entire cd. Read morePublished on December 1, 2006 by Jacob Schroeder
This album is amazing. The music is taken to the next level beyond canada songs. A lot of people do not like the new style of vocals but in my opinion they totally fit and I like... Read morePublished on November 9, 2006 by Jimmy Legs
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