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Death Before Disco - Barricades Review

by Mike Rapin

Before I start, let me say this: oddities are nothing to be afraid of. Death Before Disco is something of an odd band, I have to say that. Their album Barricades is living proof that music is something that can sound good, but with a weird tone.

The entire album is full of off tones, mixed time signatures, and a random mix of screams and singing. You definitely have to listen to understand. But besides the mix of random everything, the sound of the album isn't bad. In fact, I like it quite a bit. When the majority of music today is oh-so-typical, mediocre, and genre oriented, bands like Death Before Disco sets a bit of a new trend in (as I have said already a few times) oddity*. The mix of everything this band covers makes for a good album overall.

And I will give this band credit for being very creative musically (whether they were using on or off tones) on this album with great riffs guitar-wise and simple, yet great sounding percussion parts. The lyrics of this CD were hard for me to judge, but I'd give them a thumbs-up overall.

The continuous surprises on this CD makes things worthwhile and worth the listen--see "Jaguar" and "Matchsick Girl"--but in the end, Death Before Disco makes a good (if not great) sound for themselves. And even if Barricades isn't the heaviest album to be released, it is definitely worth the listen.

Track Listing:
1. Etireno
2. Barricades Of Rumble
3. Full Metal Jacket
4. Jaguar
5. Goodbye
6. Pyramids On Mars
7. Matchstick Girl
8. Kill The Dancer
9. Modern Times
10. Set The Minutes

*Yea, I know; nothing is original and all that s***. Just roll with it.

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