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What can one say about Drowningman without frightening the average hardcore listener? They redefine heaviness, and the way this quintet intertwines melody and metal guitars is unbelievable. Simon Brody's manic screeching is on the same level as the sound a cat makes when you run its tail over, but much more pleasing to the trained ear. To understand the incredible talent contained in these five young men, one has to be an avid listener to extreme hardcore, metal, emocore, and screamo (which is the combination of grindcore and emo). Drowningman has some very complex, frantic guitars and drums, which all combined together create some of the most insane music one can hear without digging to the very bottom of the charts to find the most brutal band out there. The group as a whole has really built on what they displayed on their first album, 1998's Busy Signal at the Suicide Hotline, adding more melody while still maintaining the screaming of a professional throat-killer. Most impressive is the twisted humor that the band has. With song titles like "A Quick Prayer to the Patron Saint of Dirty Rest Area Bathrooms and Clean Getaways" and "Black-Tie Knife-Fight," one can chuckle as they lose complete control of their body and slip into the tumultuous soundscape Drowningman produces. ~ Jason D. Taylor, Rovi


Formed: 1997 in Burlington, VT

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Not easily pigeonholed, Drowningman's blisteringly intense sound combines elements of heavy metal, modern hardcore, grinding noise, math rock, and emo (in both its melodic and progressive, Dischord-esque forms). The band was formed in the unlikely college town of Burlington, VT; its members included vocalist Simon Brody, guitarists Javin Leonard and Matt Roy, bassist Dave Barnett, and drummer Joe Villemaire. Drowningman debuted in 1997 with a 7" single, "Weighted and Weighed Down," on Boston-based...
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