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Board Up the House [Vinyl]

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  • Vinyl (March 25, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Lovepump United
  • ASIN: B00140KWLC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,268,215 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A crazily ticking metronome with an odd beat opens up 2008's Board Up the House. It serves as a good expectation of what's about to come; an ungainly mixture of grind's menace and speed, Coil-like electronic weirdness, and a more advanced sense of space and depth. The vocals come in two shapes, one being a paralyzing screech that reminds you A LOT like Jacob Bannon, and the other is a somewhat robotic and haunting clean vox full of sad and creepy melody. The drums feel less mechanical, more human. Toolkit from Hell I think.

"Board Up the House" begins the album with an extended statement of what's to come. Everything is more integrated, looser while fitting more ingeniously with each riff/keyboard lead. The all out balls to the wall destruction isn't as haywire as before, but song's flow is incredible.

Next comes the blasting cybergrind of "Endless Teeth" and leads the way to "Things Don't Look Good" This gives you the first peak at GT's way with melody. An ambient piece noodles around until "I Won't Come Back Alive." This song is more of the same formula, but with the same sense of epic approach. And when you spark up the joint you'll realize this album is a lot more doom-y and trippy than any band mashing such parts together ever should. "City on a Hill" is similar to the title track from Dead Mountain Mouth, and the next two songs continue in similar fashion.

Then, as if to let you know this band is still as heavy as the last two albums, Greg Puciato from the Dillinger Escape Plan pops in to drop a bomb. "The Feast" is one of the most jarring, searing, and face-destroying pieces GT has done. A slight interlude goes on before the last track arrives.
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Sure, there is plenty of nerve-fraying, Gynsu-sharp, brutally-heavy riffage and cybergrind-influenced beats to be found on Genghis Tron's second full-length (2008's "Board Up The House." But there are also actual, memorable melodies, well-structured songs, and innumerable twists, meticulous nooks and crannies, and curveballs. The New York-based duo stagger the beats, causing these eleven songs to have much variety, ranging from completely blown-out and chaotic grindcore to nearly danceable techno-industrial metal to Crowbar-inspired doom metal to Dillinger Escape Plan-worthy mathcore. And even some Tool/Dream Theater-esque progginess is mixed in for good measure. The end result is easily one of the best and most inventive, well-rounded, and ingeniously-written pieces of grindcore released not only in 2008, but in the past several years, as well.

The title track has layer after layer of strong -- and, at times, almost symphonic-sounding -- keyboards and curiously clean backing vocals. (They are used as an afterthought, here, but still generate quite a bit of added ambiance.) The song builds well, gaining momentum off of itself until it hits a climax of brutal and dissonant, extra-scream-y grindcore a la early Converge. From there, the tune fades back down into cool, atmospheric techno-industrial knick-knacks. And it repeats this cycle again for the duration of the six-minute playing time. Needless to say, "Board Up The House" is one very fascinating and brilliantly well-structured piece, and a strong set opener. From ending with this moment of restraint, the album then jumps to the all-out, no-holds-barred punishment of "Endless Teeth," which is as heavy as a ton of bricks.
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I pre-ordered this CD and have been loving it every since it came out. It shows a fair amount of maturity over GT's previous efforts. The boys have found a way to give coherence to the chaos, and rather than that being a bad thing, it comes out sounding like they've hit their stride. This album sounds smart, layered and finished.

In my opinion, this album sounds more 'heavy metal' than their previous efforts. There are moments on the cd that sound like a garden variety metal band. Thankfully these moments don't last more than a few seconds, and it generally adds to the 'thickness' of the sound rather than sounding generic. I think this mostly comes from the new drum sound (Drumkit From Hell, maybe?) and the new guitar amp. Take that as you will, but either way I think this album has cemented GT's place as America's greatest band and puts them among the most important groups of artists working in any media. Support these guys. I don't give 5 star reviews very often.
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Genghis Tron is unquestionably one of the most talented and interesting bands in the metal category. But they're harder to categorize than a metal band who's doing something unique. They're more than that. Imagine a mix between 'Aphex Twin' and 'Between the Buried and Me'. If you're a fan of metal, you need this album. If you're a fan of experimental music, you need this album. This album is alive and electrically charged.
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By Warren on November 1, 2013
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Just got into Cybergrind and Nintendocore and this band plays this s*** awesome just love the production of the sound its great and the songs a just epic.

Recommend to a Nintendocore fan or CyberGrind fand
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