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Form of Rocket - Men Review

by Mike Rapin

Now here's something you don't hear every day: a band who mixes odd sounding musical tones with some screamity-scream-sing vocals all compiled to make something damn worth the listen. The Form of Rocket's Men had me lost for a long while when listening, but as of late I have come around to realize that this type of music is quite intriguing.

Beginning with "This Is Occupation," Form of Rocket punches in an unforgettable song filled with chaotic mixes of guitars, bass, drums and vocals, all of which is ended abruptly and lead in by the following song. "Go Get Your Buck" is a definite slow-down from the previous track, and it definitely feels just as energetic and as powerful with the incredibly amazing distorted bass and cool little guitar riffs followed behind.

Continuing the trend of "slower" feels, "Teapot Dome, Bitch" pretty much f*cks with your mind for a whole 6 minutes or so and it is almost insane how amazing it feels to be f*cked with. This song progresses into one of the best songs on the album by far and one listen will show this.

Then, a slam of concrete hits your ear via distorted bass, Fear Before The March Of Flames-esque guitar riffs and insane lyrics. The quick little "Keep Smilin' Ed Smart" gives Form of Rocket that feel of "hell yea rock mother effers, rock it." The simplistic design of this song makes it alongside of the crazy lyrics.

"Dar Un Luz" slides in with a very scary feel which is followed by some more weirded out riffs and lyrics. The song sounds like it belongs in an insane asylum and should never, ever be let out. In fact, the lyrics sound like they would come from someone who was in the "loony bin."

"You'd Look Cute In The Trunk Of My Car" only adds to the insanity that is Form Of Rocket. Everything just seems crazy. I can't think of a better way to describe it. This song moves from harmonious chorus to random verse and back again, and it's so damn good.

The following song, "Gearth," flows in a very progressive manner and is far from lame and slow. The build up in this song is something that could be considered epic in some ways. The flow of everything just fits and by the end, you're satisfied with the final mixed up product.

Then, as if broken from time itself, "The Greatest Day" opens with a sweet-arse 1970s style rock intro that breaks into a pseudo-hardcore song reeling itself on the lyrics of vocalist Curtis Jensen. Things continue on with a great sound and flow only leading into surprise.

"Dogf***er" was quite a surprise for me. This song is a slow, acoustic song that made me really think of some kind of Nirvana song or something, but things get a bit better with "Peter Makowski Had An Aneurysm." The final song on this album is an 11 minute f*ck-fest. In all honesty, this song seemed like it compiled all of Form Of Rocket, in a sense that the band really added everything and anything to it creating quite a finisher to Men.

All in all, I have never heard anything along the likes of Form of Rocket, and I have to say I liked it a lot. This album mixes some of the most random genres and tones of music I have ever heard, but all for the good of music. Damn good, and damn impressive. Period.

Track Listing:
1. This Is Occupation
2. Go get Your Buck
3. Teapot Dome, Bitch
4. Keep Smilin' Ed Smart
5. Dar Un Luz
6. You'd Look Cute In the Truck Of My Car
7. Gearth
8. The Greatest Day
9. Dogf***er
10. Peter Makowski Had An Aneurysm

Release Date: November 7, 2006

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Label:Southern Records

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