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Album Review

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

Customer Reviews

One of the best E.P.'s of all time.

Great e.p.'s can often be the best way to check out a side of bands that is the most representative of their actual sound and character. Garage Days Re-re-visisted was the first I heard of Metallica in later 80's. It's amazing, raw, uncomplicated, bursts of energy without the burden of making a great album. The Quicksand e.p. is also like that, amazing and also some of their best work. Here, I feel this also the case. This e.p. can get played over and over again like it was a full length. It's short to the point and perfect. Each song is amazing. This band is just cool. "I'm unhappy when the radio's on, change that f'ing station."

Excellent band, not your average metal-core.

Intricate guitar work, excellent vocals to match. A perfect blend of chunky metal guitar riffs and high octane vocals. Excellent time signatures sure not to bore any metal fan. Black-Tie-Knife-Fight is simply incredible. Also see "Still Loves You" with the track "Weighted and Weighed Down". This band never ceases to amaze me.

This is Drowningman

I bought this album, not knowing exactly what it was, but thinking that the album art was cool enough. This was back in the day, when we had these things called "Compact Disks" — you would but them into machines that were powered by batteries, and get music out of them. Anyhow…

I remember this album had a red-tinted mewl case. It was so elfin cool.

Every one of these songs is the best song that Drowningman ever wrote. I can't really say that, but they certainly are my favorites.

Black Tie Knife Fight, for the win.


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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