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Album Review

Listeners may not always agree on the positive or negative merits of Horse the Band's bizarre brand of "Nintendocore," but the resourceful Californians have struck upon one thing that everyone can agree on: pizza! And so it has come to pass that 2006's Pizza EP is packaged to look like a pizza box, inside of which there's a CD painted just like a pizza (pepperoni, yum!) and containing five songs about — you guessed it — pizza! The first pair, "Anti-Pizza" and "Crippled by Pizza" offer the band's trademark recipe melding bubbly synths and extreme deathcore bordering on math metal — essentially what Devo would sound like if they merged with the Dillinger Escape Plan (or perhaps Faith No More, if they'd carried on past 1996). However, on the ensuing "Werepizza" (a harrowing tale of a half-man, half-, well, you know) the band delves into turgid, nightmarish, at times ambient soundscapes, interrupted here and there by thrashy freak-outs or gothic melodies; possibly too many toppings for some listeners. The band soon returns to typically wacky business with the Delta House shout-along "Pizza Nif," however, and then closer "T.M.N.T." narrowly avoids wrecking the pie-shaped conceptual continuity by baking the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme with more pizza references — and a Shakespearean quote! Crazy? Perhaps, but then, that's Horse the Band for you. When all is said and done, perhaps there will be some listeners who remain unconvinced by all this sonic bedlam; but you know what they say about pizza being like sex: if it's good, it's great; if it's bad, it's still pretty good.

Customer Reviews

Funny

This band is pretty cool. I never really found out about them until i typed in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles into Itunes. Anyway pretty funny.

nintendocore

lets be honest this genre should never REALLY have been founded... ps. apparently there live onstage banter is horrific

Biography

Formed: 2002 in Lake Forest, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

California's HORSE the Band debuted in 2003 with R. Borlax, a noisy but undoubtedly leading light in the burgeoning post-hardcore subgenre of Nintendocore (wherein musicians use specific instruments to mimic the sounds of Nintendo games). They returned in 2005 with Mechanical Hand, which was produced by Matt Bayles (Isis, Norma Jean) and released through the Koch imprint Combat. Nathan Winneke (vocals), Erik Engstrom (keys), Eli Green (drums), David Isen (guitar), and Dashiell Arkenstone (bass) proved...
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