Release DetailsLABEL Kill Normal Records
RELEASED ON 10/31/2006
The Flaming Tsunamis
I have no clue what possessed me to grab this to review, but for whatever reason here I am reviewing an experimental skacore band; probably, because it’s the releases like this that challenge me the most as a writer and a listener. The last time I heard an album this stylistically schizophrenic was easily the newest Unexpect. They take turns at sounding like everything from Operation Ivy style ska, hardcore, jazz, and on occasion metal and grind. Also, an excellent counterpart to the music is the well placed and fascinating lyrical topics such as birds seeking revenge, bombing the White House, and brain eating. Really the lyrics are half the fun. To be honest, I’ve never felt this incredibly bi-polar in regards to an album. Half the time I can’t tell if they’re being serious or facetious. But then again isn’t that the best kind of satire? If it’s a satire, it’s bloody brilliant, but on the other hand…maybe I’ll be receiving some interesting hate mail in the next few hours.
When the bedlam of sounds finally coalesces and works on cuts like “Fear Everything”, the playfully catchy “If you Really Love me”, and the more Bane/Comeback Kid oriented hardcore presented on “The First Rule”, the music takes a turn for the best, creating some truly original and compelling material. It’s really fascinating to see a band capable of writing laid back jazz tune like “Weaung, Teaung, Peaung” and near funk and reggae of “World of Chaos”, yet just a moment before were churning out some phenomenally driving hardcore punk influenced material on “Satan Vs. The Untied States of America”. The amount of ingenuity and diversity to be found on Fear Everything is truly an oddity, but I do have a gripe that more often than not, the straightaway modern hardcore sections on Fear Everything, including the entire spastic grindcore of “Bennett Brauer” are incredibly off kilter in comparison to everything else, easily being the weakest point of their sound. Overall, it seems to me they drag down the album as a whole, but I could just as easily have my head shoved up my ass.
While I highly doubt every riff The Flaming Tsunamis wrote was meant to be completely serious, there’s a lot of gimmick type shit going on in some songs like “Bird-Watching and Vice Versa”, “Corpse Disposal For Dummies”, and “The Great Red Cross Robbery” that if listened to in the wrong mood, will come off as unbelievably obnoxious. I found myself struggling here and there, but after a few spins I really started to warm up to some of the more jarring aspects of The Flaming Tsunamis. You really have to be in a certain frame of mind to like this sort of thing. I urge putting aside prejudices--this is a truly interesting album worth checking out and forming your own opinion on, just don't expect extreme metal. I however, have been sufficiently impressed.