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Editorial Reviews

United Nations is the highly anticipated release from Thursday vocalist Geoff Rickley, Daryl Palumbo (Head Automatica, Glassjaw) and Ben Koller (Converge).

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Spinning Heart of the Yo-Yo Lobby
  2. No Sympathy For A Sinking Ship
  3. Resolution #9
  4. Model UN
  5. The Shape of Punk That Never Came
  6. My Cold War
  7. Filmed In Front of A Live Studio Audience
  8. Revolutions In Graphic Design
  9. I Keep Living The Same Day
  10. Subliminal Testing
  11. Say Goodbye to General Figment of the USS Imagination


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 9, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Eyeball
  • ASIN: B001CVCBNK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,768 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When word first started to spread that members of Converge (Ben Koller), Thursday (Geoff Rickly), Glassjaw/Head Automatica (Daryl Palumbo), The Number Twelve Looks Like You (Christopher Conger), and Made Out Of Babies (Eric Cooper) had started to take time off from their main project to get together and knock-around ideas for a side-project, there was never any doubt in any fan's head that the end product would be good. But no one probably ever would have guessed it would be so heavy. Heavily influenced by the likes of The Dillinger Escape Plan, United Nations are a straight-up, math-obsessed grindcore band. But unlike many -- most, even -- other math/grindcore groups out there, U.N.'s sound is more than just Dillinger worship. Elements of Psyopus, Car Bomb, Daughters, and Underoath are also heard in their music, and in their eponymous debut, which was released in 2008 through Eyeball Records.

Tracks like the frantic, frenzied, comically-entitled opening blast "The Spinning Heart Of The Yo-Yo Lobby," the explosive and breakneck "Model UN," and the throat-tearing "Revolutions In Graphic Design" really up-the intensity levels to almost palpable, and positively blood-pumping levels. (Two out of three of these songs are very short, too, clocking in at around a minute in length, but regardless pack a lot of punch and heaviness into their brief playing time.) Elsewhere, Converge skinsman Ben Koller's talents sure shift to the forefront of the mix on songs like "I Keep Living The Same Day," a brutal and bludgeoning grindcore attack with furious, pummeling, stop-start grindcore blasts and larynx-lacerating vocals. Also make sure you check out "Resolution #9," too, which opens with a really cool, deft, and dexterous, ten-second long drum solo.
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The uniting of Daryl Palumbo of Glassjaw and Geoff Rickley of Thursday to create the supergroup United Nations remains one of the most unexpected turns in modern music today. Palumbo, shedding the enthusiasm of Popaganda and Rickley shedding the atmospherics of Kill the House Lights to create one of the few perfect recordings of the year, not only in conception and execution but in aggression as well.

This record completely caught me by surprise. Not just because it exists, but because it's satisfies every expectation I could possibly have for it. One of the most confrontational records this year, this self titled release has enough twists and turns to be more than just your lo-fi, loud and angry punk album. Acoustic guitar graces "Filmed in front of a Live Studio Audience" before throwing it in your face. "Model UN" thrashes until a beautiful guitar tone rescues a melody. "The Shape of Punk That Never Came" cements and homages an influence. And a sax solo at the end? I'm sold, as long as I can only play it as loud as possible.
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This album, a collective project from Geoff Rickly (Thursday), Daryl Palumbo (Glassjaw, Head Automatica), Ben Koller (Converge), and members from other bands like the Number 12 Looks Like You, will have your ears bleeding at the bittersweet cacaphony in about one minute flat.

Scenesters beware! It is both cool to love this band for its throwback to the true screamo roots of the mid 90's, and to hate this band for being such a predictably "anti-scene" album from your favorite faggy jean wearing counter-culture popstars. You should immediately proceed on to the new Norma Jean album if you "don't get it" or find yourself feeling "so over it" or saying to yourself "soooo 10 years ago."

This album pulls very few if any punches. The overwhelming presence of dual guitar riffing harkens back to hardcore's punk roots, and the drumming is as brutal as a machine gun enema. The bass is expectedly grungy and serves merely to beefen up the bottom end.

Songs such as "The Shape of Punk that Never Came," "Revolution #9" and "Subliminal Testing" deliver an aural barrage akin to the b*stard child of Jane-Doe-era Converge and Thursday's least cohesive or melodic moments to date. Any old-school glassjaw fan who's been dying to hear Daryl's return to vocal form will undoubtedly be pleased with the thrashy screaming splattered all over this cd, like Tom Savini's blood in a slasher film.

The album is balanced out by a few breaks from form with strong tracks like "Filmed in front of a Live Studio Audience" and the closer, "Say Goodbye to General Figment of the USS Imagination," a dirge that showcases the diversely individual talents that have come together on this release. It doesn't hurt that the extended saxophone solo is remniscient of genre heavyweights Candiria or Yakuza, as it surely impresses upon the listener a sense of calm after the storm--even if that calm is eerily similar to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
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By inmemoryofthom on September 17, 2008
Format: Audio CD
So I just received the limited edition artwork version in the mail today, I just finished listing to it for the 2nd time and I'm about to start the third spin. This rarely ever happens with me. I was drawn in at first because it was supposed to be all these guys from other bands doing a "real" screamo album. Seeing that Geoff always name drops the band You and I any chance he can, I knew it would be good. But forget about the whole super group thing, I don't even feel like I'm listening to something that is a gimmick, if this album came out ten years ago when I was listening mostly to screamo I'm sure this would be defining album of my life. This is seriously f**king amazing.
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