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Smackdown, The: Someone Has To Kill The Headwriter

...or the singer perhaps?

Seriously folks, if you thought that a band like The Dillinger Escape Plan was obnoxious, you ain't heard nothin' yet! The Smackdown are a band from Sweden who play a maniacal blend of metal, hardcore, prog, jazz, and whatever else you can throw into the mix. While their name is obviously taken from the WWE Wrestling show Smackdown, don't expect any affiliation with Vince McMahon's crew here. In fact, what these guys are really trying to accomplish is beyond me, other than making a lot of damn noise that goes nowhere quickly. I'm all for uncontrolled mayhem in metal as long as it has some sort of focus, but The Smackdown just seem intent on being the band who screams the loudest and plays the fastest shit on earth. In the end, it's all noise, and not good noise either. Sure, the band can all play-there's some impressive guitar work here, and obviously the drummer and bass player know what they are doing. But when everyone is just bashing and crashing it becomes senseless cacaphony, and singer Rob Hardy is utterly incomprehensible throughout this CD, so much so that if you have a neighbor that you can't stand and want to give them a headache, play this CD with Hardy's horrible screaming a few times and you'll have them packing their bags for sure.

Sorry guys, I know you have some talent, but this one's a bona- fide dud. The Dillinger Esacpe Plan you are not.

Track Listing
1. Disodered Like It's 95
2. Dave Mustaine Syndrome
3. My Entrace Looked Better When It Had Firecrackers
4. To Go Kamikaze
5. Irwin R. Never Changed the World
6. Nothing to No-Show for, Rewrite Is a Dud
7. Too Fast for Love
8. Nothing New
9. Game
10. Raised on a Straight Diet of Mark-Outs and My Cr/td>
11. Rewritten for Dramatical Purpose
12. Taking Over Primetime
13. I Don't Know About Yours and I Dont Know About Yours... But Our Charact

Added: May 22nd 2006
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 2490
Language: english

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