Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows (D.R.U.G.S.) – D.R.U.G.S.
"The band was formed in late 2009/early 2010, after Craig Owens was kicked out of Chiodos. The band's members were announced in several YouTube video updates on Craig Owens' official YouTube page. The band's members include vocalist Craig Owens (ex-Chiodos), drummer Aaron Stern (Matchbook Romance), guitarist/vocalist Nick Martin (Underminded), guitarist/vocalist Matt Good (From First to Last), and bassist Adam Russell (Story of the Year)."
February 22, 2011
D.R.U.G.S. is the new post-hardcore band, Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows’, debut album.
Track by Track:
“If You Think This Song Is About You, It Probably Is”
This song shows a lot of similarities to vocalist’s past band Chiodos. But this shows quite a bit of musical maturity and progression from Craig Owens. It has some catchy lyrics, but nothing to special. This isn’t a terrible song to start an album off with but it may not have been the best choice. Well done, 7.5/10
“The Only Thing You Talk About”
A little generic, but that is just the whole post-hardcore genre in its entirety. Even though it is quite a entertaining song to listen to, it is just exactly like everything else in this genre. Not bad, but not special 7/10
I am a big fan of the intro for this song. This song demonstrates how musical hardcore music could actually be, and even if you aren’t a “Hardcore” fan, I would recommend this song. Great Job 9.5/10
“Mr. Owl Ate My Metal Worm”
Even though this song is very simplistic musically, the vocals and effects make it entertaining. One thing that made this song as good as it is would have to be the build-up for the whole first half of the song. Not something you are used to hearing, 8/10
This is the low point of this album so far. It usually happens around this point in the album, track 5-6. Just a really annoying chorus, it just seems a little to stressed on “Sex Life”, it just seems like those are the only words he says. Not so good, 5/10
“Laminated E.T. Animal”
This one gave me a surprise with the acoustics at the beginning. Then it went towards “Hardcore” land again. That is one thing that really annoys me about a lot of songs, this group has the potential to actually change the genre, but it just seems like they can’t progress to that next level consistently. It is still pretty catchy if you are a hardcore fan, but I wouldn’t be able to suggest this to fans of other genres. It doesn’t show that quality 7/10
“Stop Reading, Start Doing Pushups”
More HARDCORE, another low point, it just ruins all they had going in this album so far. If there was one song that just seemed to ruin the flow of this album, it IS THIS ONE! Terrible song compared to the rest, if anything I could have seen this being an “unreleased” track from this album that they could release after a year or two. Bad choice, 4/10
“I’m the Rehab, You’re the Drugs”
They show a little more musicality in the intro, but once the actual song starts that fades pretty quickly. It slowly makes a comeback in the chorus. Every part of this song shows some theory except the verses, they are just the same power chords over and over again. But that is music, 7/10
“I’m Here to Take the Sky”
The intro sounded pretty cool, a nice effect on the keyboard. Finally more musicality that I knew they could utilize. It just seems they only fulfill their full potential once or twice and album. Pretty good, 8.5/10
“My Swagger Has a First Name”
Why do they have to end the album like this, REALLY? They go from a pretty good song, to this? It doesn’t seem to flow very well, making it not the right choice. It slowly makes its way back to a better zone, but I don’t know if it has a chance to redeem itself. They show some more musicality about 3/4 of the way through. Ok, 7.5/10
US 200 – 29
US Hard Rock – 1
US Digital – 14
Alright well that is it, thanks for reading. Overall this album got a 6.5/10, not bad but not great.
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