Ich habe das Review ursprünglich für mein anderes Zine Disfunction geschrieben, deshalb ist es in Englisch. Naja jedenfalls wollte ich die Glassjaw Sachen eh mal auf Allschools tun, weil die da auch gut drauf passen...here we go:
Well, everything I ever wanted to know about silence? Nothing! And that's why I feel pretty comfortable with this CD...it has nothing to do with silence.
And that's something that Glassjaw prove with the start of the first song: "Pretty Lush" doesn't simply start, it brakes out with an emotional attack channeled in music. And that's something like a concept behind this CD. Glassjaw perfectly combine rough screamy noisy parts within a break with very melodic parts or with groovy mosh riffs. This CD is full of surprises, in nearly every song there is at least one unexpected break. And that's what makes this band pretty special to me. But this CD takes a while until you'll learn to appreciate it as it's very variant and complex. And don't expect it to be a relaxing CD...this one's pretty stressy.
Also lyrics wise there is lot's of emotion to be heard and read: very personal lyrics about gone relationships (I'm not sure if I interpreted them right) and other stuff.
Summary: Imagine being in a musical kitchen and mix the following ingredients: the complexity of Incubus, the emotion of Boy Sets Fire and the agressiveness of the Deftones "Adrenaline" album....here you go with Glassjaw!
Glassjaw are one of the best post-hardcore bands around today. There is no denying it. The first time I heard this album I was floored. Quite simply as frontman Daryl Palumbo says that if you dont like it then you simply havent had your heart broken and thats who the album is for and what its about. Broken hearts and failed relationships are the theme of the day and you guessed it, it is an emo type record. However before you go running for the hills, this is not the soppy emo produced by the likes of Saves the Day and The Promise Ring, but gut wrenching anger and frustration kind of like what Poison the Well churn out. This will hopefully help to dispel frankly ridiculous rumours that Glassjaw are a Nu-metal band in the vein of The Deftones. Soundwise they sound like a cross between Quicksand, Fugazi and even a touch of Faith No More. The lyrics are raw and uncompromising and come straight from the gut, I dont give a fuck about your dignity, thats the bastard in me as well as You can lead a whore to water and you can bet she'll drink and follow orders. Harsh to say the least and has lead frontman Daryl into trouble with accusations that hes an misogynistic prick, which blatantly arent true, but are just about the women who have screwed him over the years. Glassjaw are a band that is going places, especially as they didnt disappoint on their follow up effort Worship & Tribute which manages to be even better! All this indicates that these boys are going to be around for quite a while yet and thats alright to me.