“THE AMERICAN DREAM IS FUCKING SHIT”

But this record isn’t.

I gotta be honest, though I did show support for the band (after I got over the infamous “marshmallow” incident”), I never TRULY got into Four Fingers until the monster hailed as “Custodians of Light.”  On this record, they abandon the “Woah oh ohs” and pogo friendly pop-punk  and welcome raw yet not-forced aggression and angst.   Don’t be fooled by the title, which I’m told is a reference to a poem that I didn’t read by Kahlil Gibran…There’s nothing “light” about this album- not in the clever/irritated lyrics and not in the driving and sometimes flat-out disgusting, yet melodic riffs.

Tohm’s voice seems to have really matured and definitely compares to Dave Weinberg (Suicide File), but he still sounds like the Tohm Bakelas that not-so elegantly graced earlier Four Fingers releases, he’s just well…much more pissed off.  Then there’s Chris Flynn’s uncontrollable scream that sounds like he’s got a throat full of nails; you can feel his pain as he belts “Trampled by all of life’s routines I’m drowning in the oil of this machine” and you know he’s sincere.  “We owe you nothing,” pretty much sums up this uncompromising, consistent, and high-octane release.  The recording definitely captures the energy of their live show with a sense of urgency that pulls you in from the first and last hums of droning feedback.  I guess you can say “I’ve given them a thousand chances and they fucked it up, but not this time.”   I just hope this isn’t the last we hear of the fingaz. Hear the entire album below!

 

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Posted on September 13, 2012, in Stuff We Like and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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