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Here's to the Mourning
Here's to the Mourning
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not the UL we've come to know, but it mostly works, March 2, 2005
This review is from: Here's to the Mourning (Audio CD)
Its a wonder how UL are still together. Going through more lineup changes then an unsolved murder case, the band seems to be going all over the place to find influences to their sound. Unfortunetly for long time fans, UL have offically shed the So-Cal punk sound for good now it seems. Yet, even though we don't have the skateable tunes of Blue Room and the Self Titled, we don't have a pop disc either. Unlike other So-Cal bands who've become victims of the power-pop craze *glares at Goldfinger*, UL have adapted a sludgier hard rock sound which is almost reminicent of the post grunge era back in the mid-late 90s. Its odd to think about since this was once a tuneful uptempo punk band, but for some reason this disc is listenable.

Don't let anyone tell you that UL sold out. Sure, they're pretty huge now, but this album isn't going to be popular with 13 year old girls. The main focus of this record seems to deal with lead singer Scott Russo's opinions on how he's lived his life. Its a brutal, honest screed and if anything you have to admire him for his courage here. Russo could have easily chickened out and written a glossy pop record. Here's To The Mourning is a much better record then Elva. Ulike on the previous disc, HTTM plays out like a leaner, more complete version of what Elva should have been. There's no skits to bog the pace of the disc down or throwaway useless songs. While not ever song here is top-notch, the disc ultimately flows a lot better and feels much more satisfying.

"Lost Control" is the best song UL has written since the Self Titled disc. Built on a driving sludgy riff, this song flat out rips and its impossible not to go crazy to. "Get Up" is an odd track, the tune produces a mysterious energy that sets us up for what it seems to be an adrenaline racing chorus but it suddenly calms down out of nowhere. Its a complete suprise and I originally thought it was a cheap cop-out, but after a few extended listens it really grew on me and I love it now. "Save Me" is the big single, and its about 100 times better then "Seein' Red". Its pretty straightforward single material feauturing a big chorus and the like, but Scott sounds so damn honest singing it that its impossible not to feel something for him. "Because Of You" is the poppiest song on here but even though its sugary you won't wanna skip it, probably due to the monster hook of it. "F.I.G.H.T." is totally awesome, probably my second favorite track behind "Lost Control" due to its energy. The keyboards and backing vocals, while odd at first eventually completely click.

So, while this isn't the same UL who we've grown up with, this is still a band that proves that they are capable of putting out interesting material. This disc won't be as classic or have you coming back to it as the self-titled, but it may just be the most honest record Scott has ever penned, and you gotta give him credit for that.


Disconnection Notice
Disconnection Notice
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1.0 out of 5 stars Embarrasing, March 1, 2005
This review is from: Disconnection Notice (Audio CD)
"Disconnection Notice" is indeed the perfect title of this record, because on this newest disc from Goldfinger, the band offically has disconnected. Gone are the melodic energy filled anthems from all their previous discs and all that is left is the sad shell of a former great band. This record is horrid. It isn't catchy, its extremely formulaic, and its flat out boring. Even though we are only three months into 2005 this record already gets my vote for the most disappointing record of the year.

Since 1996 Goldfinger has delievered catchy melodic anthems ranging from upbeat ska to hard hitting punk. One can argue that their latest record "Open Your Eyes" was weak, but there's an extreme difference between "Open Your Eyes" and "Disconnection Notice". That difference is that "Open Your Eyes" had energy. I honestly don't know what the band was thinking when they recorded this new record but It obviously wasn't to make the catchy fun music that they've had a niche in for years. If anything they're trying to be a power pop band in the vein of Simple Plan, but there's a huge problem with this. Thirteen year old girls don't dig 40 year old guys.

Another thing on this record which is a cause for concern is the way it shoves veganism down your throat. The influence of it was abundant on "Open Your Eyes" but on "Disconnection Notice" it is literally force fed to you and makes you feel like you're a five year old being scolded at by an angry parent. If lead singer John Feldman likes this newly adapted lifestyle of his, all the power to him, but please keep it out of the band. Goldfinger is NOT a political band and I doubt that any of their fans expecting an energetic punk-ska record want to be lectured about slaughterhouses. If anything, John should have created a side project band to express his views. I honestly cannot even listen to "Behind The Mask" because of how insulting it is to the listener. Throughout the song we are forced to listen to soundclips of the PETA president yap about animal liberation. It totally ruins any chance of it being a coherent song and the way that the band strewns it throughout the tune is downright humiliating. How are you honestly supposed to play this for anyone?

I suppose If I was forced to choose a favorite track, it'd have to be "Damaged", which while totally different for anything Goldfinger have ever done before, works extremely well. John's vocals sound very strong here and the lush melodies behind him are infectious and haunting. This however is the only good part of the record. "My Everything" is energetic, but its built on one simplistic guitar riff the song NEVER changes up, by the end of it you'll never want to hear it again. The lead single "Wasted" is a complete throwaway pop tune that has Feldman singing lyrics like he's twelve years old. "Ocean Size" would be infinately better if it wasn't played so uninspiredly and the damn Used guy wasn't caterwalling in the background. "Uncomfortable" is a reminder to the ska inspired days of "Hang Ups", but due to horrid lyrics and Feldman sounding force it falls flat on its face. "I Want" like "Uncomfortable" would be also be much better if it didn't sound forced and "Stalker" is a completely horrendus song which seems to be a joke tune aimed at fourth graders.

This is completely unacceptable. Aside from "Damaged", (which even wears thin rather quickly) the disc has no redeeming value. There's no energy, there's no sense of feeling, this just sounds like the band wanted to get something up on store shelves that would sell because it has their name attached on it. As for the vegan thing, while it is the band's choice to pursue it, its embarrasing to long time fans and I frankly wish that Feldman would put a close pin on it and remeber how to write good songs. I have no problem with them being vegan but when it gets in the way of everything then there's a real problem. Skip this and never look back. If Goldfinger is even around for a next record after this embarrasing outing I don't even think I'd want to hear it.


EXILE IN OBLIVION
EXILE IN OBLIVION
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CD of the year, November 2, 2004
This review is from: EXILE IN OBLIVION (Audio CD)
Tired of run of the mill "punk" acts populating FUSE? Don't worry, Strung Out understands. Playing an agressive blend of hardcore melodic punk and metal for over ten years now, Strung Out have developed a pretty huge name for themselves and still have been able to keep an underground status. After An American Paradox came out in 2002, a lot of fans were disappointed by the fact that it was a bit slower and poppier then previous cds. I liked An American Paradox, but compared to Twisted By Design and The Element Of Sonic Defiance, it was a step down do to a vast majority of medicore filler tracks in between gems like "Velvet Alley", "Lubricating The Revolution", "Satillite" and "Cemetery". Luckily, Exile In Oblivion puts the band right back at the top of their game. Is this their best record yet? Its a tough call and most fans will probably split on that outcome, however, all fans of the band will love this record either way.

After the band released an mp3 of "Lucifermotorcade" in mid September, it seemed as if the band was leaning stronger towards their metal side for this record. The band also announced that this was indeed their heaviest release yet. However, those who go into it expecting 14 Lucifermotorcades won't exactly find what they're looking for. I haven't quite decided if this is indeed their heaviest disc (this will be disputed for a while), but its not exactly an all out heavy record. The record delivers exactly what you think a Strung Out record would: fast, energetic hardcore punk with a hint of metal here and there. Don't let that detour you from checking out the disc tho, Exile In Oblivion is amazing. The band doesn't completely redefine themself, yet their take their songwriting and musicianship to a higher standard then on any previous record. Jason delivers the best vocals he ever has and Jake & Rob pull of some really incredible lines on their guitars. Jordan and Chris are both doing top notch work as well, and as a whole it really shows that the band is quite a force to be reckoned with. This is also the band's darkest cd yet. With lyrics like "Give it away, give it a away, ride this ***** to hell then blow a kiss / When you only think of me / Hold my hand and **** away this blankness of expression" show that Jason isn't holding anything back here, and for it he sounds completely convincing.

The disc opens up exactly like a Good Riddance cd, an out of place sound clip before blasting into the opening track. The clip here is from the 1930's movie Shall We Dance and features actress Peggy Lee singing a part from the song "They Can't Take That Away From Me" before the disc gets started. Its pretty hilarious and its hard to tell when the disc is gonna start, I guarantee you the first time you play it you're gonna jump five feet in the air when "Analog" begins because you're not gonna see it coming. From there however the record begins, and we get 45 minutes of non-stop greatness. "Analog" may be the band's slowest opener when compared to "Firecracker" and "Too Close To See", but it still remains a good song to set the mood for the disc. Jason's vocals really shine here, he sounds amazing. "Blueprint Of The Fall", Her Name In Blood", "Never Speak Again" and "The Misanthropic Principle" are all vintage Strung Out, energetic rockers complete with some really amazing breakdowns, similar to something like "Matchbook". "Katatonia", "Skeletondanse" & "Scarlet" are more vintage Strung Out, except this time they're mid paced and driving similar to something like "Savant". "Angeldust" and "Vampires" are the two slower tracks on the disc. Both songs create a dark and engrossing feel, with "Angeldust" sounding almost identical to b-side "Your Worst Mistake". "Anna Lee" is the poppiest song on the disc, similar in a sense to "Alien Amplifer" except there's no keyboards. Its not a bad song however and you'll definately have the chorus in your head at one point or another. "Lucifermotorcade" is the heaviest track here, going for almost an all-out metal feel. Its a good song but I have to say this is the weakest track on here and doesn't have a lasting effect like any of the other tracks. "No Voice Of Mine" has been re-recorded from the version on Rock Against Bush, its faster and has a different bassline. I've heard people say they either like this one better or the RAB one better, so it can go either way. "Swan Dive" however is the crown gem of this cd and may be the best song the band has ever put to paper. The song is a tribute to ex-member and now deceased Jim Cherry and is a brilliant, energetic track with a shout along chorus. People may bitch about it being a bit poppy but either way the song is fantastic and its almost impossible not to be really moved or get chills as Jason wails "I think about you every now and then, right now..."

My only complaint here is a slight one. I don't think "The Misanthropic Principle" is a fitting closer for the disc. Its a great song don't get me wrong, but it doesn't really put the disc at a proper close like "Matchbook" and "Cemetery" did before it. I think it should have been reversed with "Swan Dive", which would have been a much better song to end the disc with. Either way it doesn't matter, the disc is so close to perfect that nothing can ruin it.

I highly reccomend that everyone, fans or not, should have this disc in their collection. Wether or not this is their best disc ever is a matter of personal preference, but you can't get a more solid disc from the band then this one. Essential.


Reality's Coming Through
Reality's Coming Through
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1.0 out of 5 stars Painfully Disappointing, September 21, 2004
After the extremely good "Sorry About Tomorrow", I was expecting a follow up that would be just as stellar. As soon as I got this disc I popped it in and expected greatness. After one listen nothing happened. I could hardly even remember it. I kept forcing myself to try and get into it but my efforts came to no avail. "Reality's Coming Through" is a complete mess. A nightmare for both longtime fans and ones who started listening with SAT.

Gone are the catchy infectious anthems of SAT, and in come meandering tracks that go nowhere but in circles. "Inhabit" is a mediocre opener that only partially works. Not a terrible track but it just doesn't have the everlasting hook that was showed on SAT tracks "Radiation Suit" and "Knees". "Save You" is a faintly ridiculous mid-tempo power ballad which tries much harder to be more then it really succeds at. "Fear The Sound" is an absurd attempt to try and be an angst-ridden rocker. The lyrics are amatureish while they're supposed to be dark, and by the end of the song where Andy yelps the F word, its almost impossible not to laugh because of how unconvincing he sounds.

I'd love to tell you about the rest of the cd, but I honestly couldn't hum you a bar of any other song on it. The disc is so forgettable that It almost doesn't even exist. Tracks like "Cheap Trick", "Failure", "Tell The Truth" and "Crossbow" all fade into each other and are completely interchangeable. This is just bad songwriting.

It really hurts me to write this review. I like the band very much and I hope they can recover, however if their next cd is anything like this one, they're just not gonna go anywhere.


Seize the Day
Seize the Day
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love my enemies!, October 31, 2002
This review is from: Seize the Day (Audio CD)
This cd is great. This little known band really blew me away when I first popped in their debut lookout release. The cd is a really great blend of pop-punk harmonies with hard edged guitar riffs and vocals. The bass and drums also sound crisp and tight, which helps from the nifty production that the disc got. The sound of the street punk style the band plays in is kept intact, while the sound of it is kept clear and full. The lyrics are great as well, and the chrouses have the shout out loud jump around effect that will really get you moving.
My favorite songs include the energenic opener, "Palm Of My Hand", the lyrical gem "Something To Lose", the hard rocking "4 AM", The brooding and catchy "She's A Mess", and the amazing six minute closer, "Last Rights".
If you like bands like Green Day and Rancid, you'll instantly dig The Enemies. Go to the store and pick this one up, its defenetly a keeper. After you hear this disc, you'll be best friends with these Enemies.


Hard Rock Bottom
Hard Rock Bottom
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Downright Amazing, June 18, 2002
This review is from: Hard Rock Bottom (Audio CD)
Being a Fan of NUFAN for a while now, I was extremely stoked for this cd. Now that it is out, I am speechless. This is by far their best cd yet. It tops all of their other discs, and is by far one of the best cds of 2002. They've really outdone themselves here, and if you pass over this cd, you're really missing out. It combines the speed of Leche Con Carne with the catchiness of Making Friends and More Betterness to make it into one perfect disc. By NUFAN standards, it should be called "Most Bestest", because thats how good it is.
The whole cd has one hell of a hook to it that just doesn't let up. Each song is worth listening to over and over and over. The disc starts off with a minute long brooding number, "Feels Like Home" which then explodes into the fast number "International You Day", and from there on, the cd absolutetly rips with intensity. My favorites are catchy as hell "Dumb Reminders", "Friends Of The Enemy" & "Angela", the awesome sounding duet number "This is A Rebel Song", The brooding starting "Solitaire" which explodes into a rocking chorus, and the haunting number "Insecurity Alert", which really opens your eyes of what is going on in the world today.
This is by far one of the best releases of 2002, only behind the new Bad Religion. From the first time I listened to it, I knew I had discovered something golden, and with each listen, it only gets better and better. Now do yourself a favor and go get it, right now.


Sticks and Stones
Sticks and Stones
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the s/t, but that's about it, June 12, 2002
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So yeah...this is the semi-long awaited new studio NFG disc. In an interview not too long ago, the band promised that it would be a more mature effort than their self-titled turned out. Is it? Well, pretty much. The lyrics are a little more mature then on their previous disc, but there really aren't any surprises with them. Don't expect anything out of the ordinary with it. This disc is strictly for NFG fans; it won't change your mind of the band if you hate them already. Even though the disc has a bit more intricate guitar lines, it lacks all of the solos or even complicated guitar lines from their first major label debut, "Nothing Gold Can Stay". However, it's really hard to deny the hook and energy that the disc has. For your mediocre pop-punk disc, it's actually a pretty fun little guilty pleasure. Don't expect something fully amazing though, but surprisingly it is a nice diversion.
The disc kicks off with "Understatement", which is probably the best the disc has to offer. It's very energetic, and the hook to it is really undeniable. The lyrics are pretty sappy, but who cares if it's catchy as hell. The disc then goes into the obvious radio hit, the ultra poppy "My Friends Over You". The song isn't as trepid as "Hit or Miss", but it's definitely not something you'll want to hear more than once. The disc continues with the surprising "Sonny". The song has a poppy ring to it, but the lyrics are surprisingly very good for NFG. With its chorus of "an empty chair at all the tables / and I'll be seeing you when all my days boil down / for now we'll say goodbye / we know its not the last time / I've lost the best part of my day / but its better where you're going anyway", it sounds like NFG finally started working on lyrics again. For sure it isn't John K. Sampson, but its much better to hear that then "tell me about your first kiss..." The disc then explodes into "Something I Call Personality", which is the fastest NFG song I've ever heard. However, even thought its fast, it really lacks a hook to it. For some reason, it's difficult to get into. The cd then goes into its slower ballad, "Head On Collision". It's very reminiscent of "Eyesore" from the s/t. This song is another step in the right direction lyrically, but it gets old on you too fast. Next up is "Its Been A Summer", an energetic track that is pretty catchy, but is pretty much standard NFG. "Forget My Name" then goes. The verses and pre-chorus sound good, but the actual chorus, "Tell all my friends I'm dead..." sounds really lame for some reason. "Never Give Up" is the next one, and it has a very good pre-chorus and chorus, but the verses really lack much of a hook, they seem too rushed. Track 9 is "The Great Houdini". This is standard NFG at best, pretty forgettable. Track 10, "Singled Out" is a really hooky and catchy song, but it has a really lame intro, I mean come on, wtf is up with that? It sounds like it was taken out of a disco song. Next is "Belated", which is a mid tempo break-up song. It's not bad, but it's very typical for them. The last "real" track is "The Story So Far", and it's another slow song. It's not awful, but again, it lacks much of a hook. Now, if you decide you have enough time and patience to sit through 20 something more minutes of it, you can hear the band act like morons at the end. They pretty much say stupid things like "There's someone in your house....AHHHHH" and various other dumb things. It's really not worth all the time to get to it though, so use your trusty fast forward trick if you must hear it.
In all, this disc isn't bad. Its nowhere near amazing, but it is better than their self-titled. What really gets to me however, is the fact that the band really doesn't take many leaps anymore. There are no lead guitar lines like there are in "Tell Tale Heart" or even really anything that isn't just a cookie-cutter predictable riff. However, for the most part, the disc is pretty catchy, and sometimes, that's all you need to satisfy your audience. Even if you don't like it as a whole, it's not bad to put in on the background when you've got nothing else to listen to.


Open Your Eyes
Open Your Eyes
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment of the year? no, but not up to par, May 21, 2002
This review is from: Open Your Eyes (Audio CD)
I love Goldfinger. This is one band that is hard not to enjoy. Their songs explode with energy and get your adrenaline pumping. I've had a promo copy of OYE for about 2 months now, but unfortunetly, it really pales in comparison to their other efforts. Compare this one to Stomping Ground or the Self Titled and it really doesn't have a chance. This disc has a few good songs, but it ultimately winds up like their sophmore effort, Hang Ups. There is simply too much filler and mediocre songs. Unlike on Stomping Ground or the Self Titled, the filler tracks really bog the pace of the cd down, and in those moments, the cd really loses energy. However, its not a total washout, I just wish it could have been a little bit better. Here's a track by track analysis:
Going Home - Great way to kick off the cd, fast, heavy and rocking, only its too short 9/10
Spokesman - Best song on the disc besides Radio. Great lyrics and an undenible ring of truth 10/10
Open Your Eyes - A different turn for Goldfinger, but still a rocking good song 8/10
Decision - Poppy, but still infectious, good track 8/10
Dad - Here's when the cd starts to lose its energy. This one isn't bad, but its not as good as the others 6/10
Tell Me - Again, its not bad, but its got nothing to hold against the others 6/10
Liar - Completely useless, 19 seconds long 2/10
January - A good turn for the disc, it starts to pick up again with this softer, almost acoustic ballad 8/10
Happy - Back to rocking. A good shout along track that really injects the disc back with energy 9/10
Its Your Life - Where did the energy go? It just kinda faded after Happy 5/10
Woodchuck - Hilarious new metal satire, 51 seconds long. Its good, but it dosen't do much for the disc 7/10
Spankbank - Hmmmmm, Its strange, by the end it gets pretty good, but it isn't worth the wait 6/10
Youth - Again, barely any energy with this one... 5/10
Radio - A great track! Shout along chorus and catchy as heck riffs. Where was this track when we needed it? 10/10
FTN - hysterical, vulgar, and loaded with profanity. Its good for a laugh 7/10
So, in all, the disc isn't terrible, but in some places, it really lacks. If this disc just delieverd a little bit more, it would surely be in my picks for best of 2002. However, due to a bit too much filler, it just dosen't flow well. Maybe I just expect a bit too much from them...


Unconsciously Confined
Unconsciously Confined
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5.0 out of 5 stars Their best in a very long time, May 19, 2002
This review is from: Unconsciously Confined (Audio CD)
For about a decade now, Satanic Surfers have delievered melodic, fast, catchy punk rock that will get your adrenaline pumping and head bobbing in a matter of seconds. When "Hero of Our Time" came out in 95, it was a huge step for the band. They instantly gained popularity all around the world and touring with big name bands. Thier next 3 follow up LPs were good, but IMO, they lacked the spark and fun of "Hero of Our Time". Now, the Surfers have delivered "Unconsciously Confined", and it is by far their best cd since.
Rodrigo, their lead singer and drummer for many years has moved off his drum duties to give new drummer Marty a chance. By doing so, His voice sounds stronger and the lyrics are better and deeper then they have ever been. Marty also does a great job on the drums. The rest of the instrumentals are clean, crisp and smooth, making it easier on the ears then the last records. The sound is a bit poppier, but its still as infectious as ever.
The best tracks have to be "Forfeiture", "Thoughts, Words, Action", "Sing-Along Summer-Song", "State Of Comformity", "Pecan Pie" and "Diversity". However, all songs sound good, and you can easily listen to this disc all the way through each time. The melodies are driving, the hooks are excellent, the druming is good, and the classic Surfer sound is still there.
In all, this is a great record, by far the best Surfers record since "Hero Of Our Time". This one really deserves a listen, it'll please everyone.


Where No One Knows My Name
Where No One Knows My Name
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best cd you've never heard, May 6, 2002
Its a damn shame that these guys aren't as popular as they should be. This band can easily compete with all the popular underground punk bands. Awesome guitar work, fast druming, shout out loud choruses and just catchy, addicting punk rock that will keep you coming back again and again.
Its really hard to pick favorites on this disc since all the songs are awesome, but if I had to choose, my two favorites would be "Automaton" and "City of Lost Children". This is the cd you blast when all your friends are over, and just to have a good time. You can't not like this disc, its just so awesome and really captures the flair and excitement of what punk rock should be. It dosen't slow down for anything, and its just an adrenaline rush from begining to end.
If I had to classify their sound, i'd say they sound like a mix of Green Day and Bad Religion. They just work and play so well, it sounds clean, crisp and smooth. I'd LOVE to see these guys live, but I don't know if they will ever play anywhere near my town. They are just so good, I swear, I've never heard stuff this good in a really long time. They combine all the good elements of a punk band and just make great music.
You'd be dumb not to check this disc out. Even if you've never heard them play, just pick it up. You will not be disappointed, this cd is great, and I really want to hear another from these guys.


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