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Album Review

Akimbo play noise rock that's one-third Black Flag, one-third Black Sabbath, and one-third beer. Strange, then, that this Seattle trio has made a somewhat psychedelic concept record. It's about the Jersey Shore shark attacks of 1916. The liner notes, accompanied by paintings and old photographs, set out the events, which the lyrics recast poetically. While the ambition is admirable, its execution falls short. The songs' ebb and flow are probably intended to evoke the tension and release of shark attacks. But despite visceral interplay between guitar and bass, they lack depth. The riffs are simplistic, and quiet passages plod instead of conjuring dread. At times, the guitarist reaches a heroic approximation of psychedelia. But long songs (two top ten minutes in length) don't suit Akimbo. They excel at breaking things, not making them. Strong riffs and bullheaded tones are present here — they're just lost at sea. These opuses should have been halved in length, like their subject matter.

Customer Reviews

Eyebrow Raised.

First off its Neurot. Its right on the page guy! And The production fits quite well with the over all sound of the album. Not too polished.

Akimbo has evolved

I think that those who are fans of Akimbo but not of this record are just alienated by the newer sound. Navigating the Bronze hinted at the change in sound before this album came out (which makes sense considering Jersey Shores was recorded at the same time), and this is the true beginning of Akimbo's leap into stoner and progressive rock/metal. First off, the drums are MASSIVE. Nat Damm is the reincarnation of John Bonham, updated to the 21st century. They sound deep and menacing and they make any subwoofer boom tremendously. The guitar lines are clean and well written, and the inclusion of a few guitar solos really rounds out the guitar writing and makes the whole record flow. Aaron has proved himself a fitting replacement on guitar as he incorporates more influences while retaining and even utilizing the Black Flag-esque guitar influence much more efficiently than the previous guitarist. Jon continues to lay down amazing bass lines that bob and weave around the guitar melodies and helps color the whole instrument palette nicely. The album ebbs and flows, and each song flows into the next well without sounding too pretentious. Some may grow restless at the rather slow parts and the length of some of the songs may seem daunting, but with a few listens it is easily forgotten about as you delve deeper into the shark infested waters that this album is made up of, and let the tide of the album's pace carry you on the journey of one of the most underrated albums in the past few years.

Must Buy !!!

I think the whole album rocks!!!! The drums sound HUGE. Awsome mixing and mastering as a whole. Check these guy's out live if you can. -P


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

Following the band's inception in the late '90s, Seattle hardcore unit Akimbo took to the road, relentlessly touring the country over the years and leaving a path of destruction in its wake. The band -- comprised of Jared Burke Eglington (guitar), Jon Weisnewski (bass/vocals), and Nat Damm (drums) -- credited the thunderous intensity and sonic explosion of its music to influences ranging from the classic rock of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin to the attitudes of Black Flag and the Melvins. Working...
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