Too Pure To Die

 Are you ready for this? You better be, because it’s going to be a massacre. Whilst I firmly believe reviews should never be a platform to launch personal diatribes against an artist, I have to admit that its going to be hard to not bitterly lay into Too pure to die here. Not just because Confess, is a horrible record, because it is, but because it is so utterly infuriating to accept that this was once not only one of the most promising new straight edge bands, but one of the hardest. Don’t believe me, track down We are the Weapon, to get an idea of how the band used to sound.

Anyway, back to Confess. What do we have here, well, imagine an even more watered down Bury Your Dead and deciding that Nu-metal was in fact not the bad after all and bring in some heavy Korny riffing, mix in some genuinely cheesy but more so cringe inducing vocal lines and, finally, and perhaps worst of all, utterly putrid and superfluous electronic blips and bleeps that surface sporadically.

It’s hard to believe but its true, it’s a really, really REALLY, horrid concoction and is living and breathing in my stereo.

To add insult, the most annoying and perhaps disappointing aspect is that the band has talent to write some brutally addictive and destructive material but continue to blight every promising moment with horrendous song writing choices. A lot of the time though, the entire composition is horrible, best represented on the timid opener and then ‘Can I Live.’

Going on would just lead to more subjective butchery, but despite the particulars I am citing here, the concrete fact is that this is not a good record, certainly not from musicians of this calibre who can, and in fact must do a lot better. I accept that bands change, that sounds change and that they cannot remake ‘We are the weapon,’ over and over again, but, they can expand on it, they can push that sound further and make it more expansive, more interesting. Take a leaf out of Napalm Death’s book guys, 10+ plus albums and still raging and still relevant, that’s how a band should grow.

Anyway, rant over.

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Written by Benjamin DeBlasi
February 2nd, 2009


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