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There is not a dud on this album... it's almost like Archers of Loaf made us the most perfect indie rock mix tape ever, except it's their entire album! The track "Web In Front" might just be THE GREATEST INDIE ROCK SONG EVER. If it's not, it's definitely top five. It jangles, it totally rocks, the vocasl are super intense but completely melodic, the arrangement is bizarre and the parts unlikely, but that only serves to make it that much more unique and unforgettable.
I can't count the times in the past that I've put songs from this record on mixes I've made for friends, crushes, boyfriends, girlfriends, etc.Read more ›
It only takes a listen or two to understand what sets the Archers apart from most bands of their ilk. First off are the guitars, never less than three. One is usually playing crunching rythym riffs while another cranks out wild leads as a third (and occasionally, by the sounds of things , a fourth and fifth etc) careens off everything in sight, alternating between dissonant shards of noise and catchy countermelodies. The result is a sound that is by turns abrasive and incredibly melodic, often at the same time.
Secondly are the songs which are instantly memorable from the first listen and gain in stature with repeatedly plays. Foremost is the lead track "Web In Front" which is loud, catchy as heck, and filled with strange, but occasionally catchy lyrics ("you're not the one who let me down/but thanks for offering). Other songs echo this more or less melodic vein, although even the catchiest numbers are usually punctuated with squeals, squawks, and shards of white noise.
Not the least of the records strengths is the pacing which is perfect. Everytime things threaten to get too pretty, the Archers throw a curve ball with a dark, flat out bitter song or two and when that mode threatens to get old its back to something in a more listener-friendly mode. Rather than producing a schizophrenic feel, this keeps the record fresh throughout. Its an amazingly consistent work which requires no editing or reprogramming.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
have you heard this record? it was life changing for me. i still listen to might before hectic thingsPublished 17 months ago by harvey
This is another band that didn't receive the attention they deserved. I look at Archers of Loaf as Husker Du if they continued into the 90s. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Gordon Thomas
This album makes you want to quit your job, start a band, jump in a van, and hit the road and never go home.Published on February 13, 2014 by Nice Guy Eddie
In retrospect, it's hard to remember that Nirvana wasn't the only hugely influential band of the 90s. Read morePublished on January 20, 2012 by Mark A. Horowitz
Archers of Loaf was the first indie rock band that I fell in love with. This is indie rock at its finest. Read morePublished on August 26, 2011 by Nikolas Terani
Last night I had a dream that I was introducing a friend to 'Icky Mettle' [more specifically the song "Web In Front". Read morePublished on August 8, 2008 by kaleb of sctas.com
This is to me the best Archers of Loaf album out there. It is one of the only albums that I can listen to all the way through without skipping tracks, it flows perfect and keeps... Read morePublished on May 15, 2007 by Carol Pezet
i suggested this record to my friend who is in love with hot rod circuit. if you're like him, chances are, indie walked late into your life, though that doesn't mean you can't... Read morePublished on February 27, 2006 by ant1ph0n