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Album Review

A fall 2007 article in The New Yorker by their resident pop critic Sasha Frere-Jones posited that indie rock lost its soul about the same time it lost its...well, soul, as in its connection to R&B and dance music. A similar argument could be made that contemporary metal lost a lot of its innate appeal when metal bands apparently unilaterally decided to strip the sex out of the music. Not that all metal needs to sound like Warrant's "Cherry Pie" or anything like that, but just an acknowledgement that sometimes the leather pants want to be undone, y'know? The first full-length by Welsh metalcore kids the Blackout is a potentially intriguing step in the right direction, though the album's execution reveals some of the flaws in the plan as well. First off, judging by the band photos, the six teenagers who make up the Blackout could easily pass for some sort of teen pop boy band à la the Click Five, with just a touch more eyeliner and hair product. Despite the fact that the Blackout are on the highly respected U.K. indie label Fierce Panda, it's hard to shake the feeling that this album is the early stage of a long-term marketing plan to introduce teenage girls into grindcore. A less silly issue is that with lyrics like "I wanna taste those lips/Why don't you shake those hips?" (from "I Know You Are, But What Am I?") and song titles like the even less subtle "Spread Legs, Not Lies," there's a healthy level of interest in the opposite sex on display here, but the music is the same herky-jerky form of metallic post-hardcore that seemingly hundreds of other bands plow their way through, and the vocals are delivered in the usual metalcore shriek, a vocal style which can be effective in the right context, but which simply isn't at all sexy. The Blackout get points for wanting to do something notably different from the current norm in their chosen musical subgenre, but they lack the commitment to close the deal.

Customer Reviews

good but lacking, not as good as the mini album

ive been a big fan of the band since they only had 3 recorded songs and still am, the mini album was fantastic and this outing is pretty good but not as good. If you're wanting to check them out for the first time then listen to The Blackout! The Blackout! The Blackout! first to see their real quality. I'll give this 4 stars because 3 and a half doesnt exist and 3 seems a little harsh. some songs are damn good and very catchy but some are weak and shouldnt have made it at all. actually realistic ratings: tick tick boom! - 7/10 - just an intro song, still a nice introduction though i've got better things to do... - 9/10 - one of the best songs of the album, catchy all the way through i know you are.. - 9/10 - probably my favourite, reminds me of im a riot... which is a very good thing, its difficult not to enjoy and sing along to "i wanna taste those lips, why don't you shake those hips" no matter how awfully cheesy it is. spread legs not lies - 8/10 - all of their songs should have a minimun of this amount of screaming, quality the beijing cocktail - 7/10 - pretty good, clearly made to be a single, the most pop-like song of the lot murder... - 6/10 - worst song off the mini album and the new recording is poorer minus the screaming prepare for a wound - 7/10 - as cheesy as it gets but catchy and one for a sing-along its high tide baby! - 7/10 - good song but it doesnt feel like the blackout, the closest thing to a ballad theyll ever do tops off party! - 7/10 - decent, somewhat similar to murder... though she is macho - 5/10 - worst song, its not heavy, its not poppy, its not catchy its just very plain, bland and bland life & death in space - 8/10 - nothing like their 'sound' but they pull it off, talented and a nice change without being crap, the strings work really well and gavin butlers singing is at it's very best here.

Pretty good

Not as good as their previous ep; some great tracks in amongst some not so great tracks. Well worth buying if you're a fan of the blackout but not so much if you've only heard the beijing cocktail and you only like the blackout because kerrang told you to. The version of 'Murder in the Make-Believe Ballroom' has been changed slightly, it's heavier and more effects have been added to the vocals. 'It's High Tide Baby' hasn't been changed at all but that's fine because it's a great song. All in all a good album from a good band, it may not live up to some fan's expecations but none the less; still worth buying.

Great Debut

ive seen this band 5 times live and they are amazing, on CD's they are also good but it lacks the energy and passion of their live shows , definately go and see them : )


Formed: Merthyr Tydfil, Wales

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Playing a hot-wired mixture of metal, punk and indie rock with melodies that only increase the music's impact velocity, the Blackout are six young men hailing from Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales. Featuring Gavin Butler and Sean Smith on vocals, James Davies and Matthew Davies on guitars, Rhys Lewis on bass, and Gareth Lawrence on drums, the Blackout came together in 2003; they cut a three-song demo EP, Pull No Punches, in 2004 and within two years they became a name to be reckoned with on the U.K. club...
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