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Backstabbers Inc. Kamikaze Missions


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2004 Trash Art!
Our score 8

by Cory
12/27/2004

It was suggested to me recently that Backstabbers Inc.'s Kamikaze Missions was the hardcore record of 2004. After repeated listens, I believe that it very well might be. I say "might," however, because the production makes it difficult to tell. This very well might be the best record of all time -- I'll just never be able to tell. What I definitely can tell is that this is an great band with an exceedingly rare level of intensity. Kamikaze Missions contains a hybrid of hardcore punk songs and tech metal drumming with a layer of grime so thick it simultaneously defines the record and makes it fall just short of incredible. To make it entirely clear what the issue is here, let me say that it sounds as if Kurt Ballou let Backstabbers Inc. come into the studio at night after Converge had spent the day in there making You Fail Me, and record their tracks with all the same settings and instruments. While the sound worked for Converge, BSI's inherent technicality just makes the style an awkward fit at times. The performances here are never anything but dead on and the songs themselves are very intelligently composed. The fact that the production highlights the primal nature of these songs really does bring a lot of character to the band and record that many similar acts do not possess, however it just feels like it went one step too far. Backstabbers Inc. also accomplish something that I hope other bands of their ilk will take note of: they put together a thirty-eight minute record consisting entirely of solid material. There is no filler, instrumental or otherwise. There is surprisingly little repetition in pace or structure either. While this is only one record, they have proven with Kamikaze Missions that they can rely both on their talent, and their creativity equally. I tried to come up with comparisons to other bands, but in this case, I really don't feel like I can do the band justice. Suffice it to say, they are loud, typically fast, and always destructive. Bottom Line: I suppose at the end of the day, the production on a record seems like a minor complaint, especially when it often does give an album a distinctive feel. Backstabbers Inc. have made a great record in Kamikaze Missions and no complaints I have should keep anyone from enjoying it. It may be a hard listen at first, but I often find those records to be the most rewarding.

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will fucking evans_ 12/2/2004 10:07:57 PM

10/10. Best album of of the 21st century. This might be the best hardcore album ever written. If you could call it hardcore. Because it's so much more.

Cory_ 12/27/2004 2:20:34 PM

DAMMIT! I wanted first post.

hotaction_ 12/27/2004 2:27:51 PM

nice

DROPDEAD_ 12/27/2004 2:27:56 PM

this band is so f*cking good.

jwcp_ 12/27/2004 2:36:27 PM

an actual band deserving of the word amazing, can't wait to see them in january

hxcobd_ 12/27/2004 2:40:16 PM

Awesome album, awesome band.

anonymous 12/27/2004 2:59:15 PM

8/10 when crotchduster gets 9/10?!? ahahahaha f*cking awful review. "the production is bad but it's good. I don't like the production, but the production gives this album a distinctive feel." stop writing reviews. and kamikaze only has 1 'e' retard

vegans_taste_good_ 12/27/2004 3:06:02 PM

awesome cd, awesome band, i f*cking love it

horsecow162_ 12/27/2004 3:46:39 PM

you've got to be kidding me...how can it sound like you fail me when it predates you fail me by over 4 months? and stop whining about the production, this album is a 10....how you can give this an 8 but crotchduster, a joke cd, a 9 is beyond reason. stop trying to rebut the common opinion on an album with your reviews, and just review the cd.

eaglesbecomevultures_ 12/27/2004 4:42:50 PM

seriously fantastic. could be cleaner, but absolutly devastating.

theoneandonly_ 12/27/2004 5:00:49 PM

not albums are supposed to sound polished...i am not a big backstabbers fan vbut i checked out 1 track...i like the production...nopone wants perfect prdod

Cory_ 12/27/2004 6:38:39 PM

We've really got to do something about people being able to make fake posts in the comments section. If BSI had been funny, I would've compared them to Crotchduster. As it stands, I will not.

FDEAN_ 12/27/2004 7:03:37 PM

I bet I could get an 8 for farting, and sending it to lambgoat.

webmaster_ 12/27/2004 7:36:18 PM

BSI got an 8 but Crotchduster got a 9!!!!!!!! Waaaaaaa! Those of you that get worked up over these scores are f*cking worthless. Not only are you worthless, but incredibly stupid. I take joy in your misery.

turn_coat_ 12/27/2004 8:26:07 PM

myabe hardcore isn'tsupposed to sound clean and polished but this album did not sound unpolished or dirty. it simply sounded like shit a.k.a. and album recorded in an amazing studio and attempted to make it sound like it was recorded in a bastufft studio or something. honestly the production killed this release for me. because of that i like while you were sleeping more than this. hell i think i like all bsi releases better than this solely because of production. still a b

turn_coat_ 12/27/2004 8:28:55 PM

still a badass band. despite how much i despise the production or this album it still deserves attention for lyrics alone. i am super pissed they are breaking up after this next tour, or so rumors say.

captXhuggie_ 12/28/2004 12:16:35 AM

fan-f*cking-tastic.

anonymous 12/28/2004 12:48:14 AM

horrible converge comparison. it was just stupid. the only other thing i have to add to this, is that before the bare as bone discog, this band was a nobody to everyone, now they are jocked like whoa. kinda funny i think.

will fucking evans_ 12/28/2004 12:49:09 AM

just to note, i left that first post a month ago. this review should have been done a year ago. but on to more pertinent matters: cory, i thought more of you as a reviewer than to have you hung up on the gritty production of this album. this is quite possibly THE most perfect recording a band could ever have, in terms of a recording PERFECTLY fitting a band's entire sound, creative output, and outlook on life. the recording is bleak, just short of completely grating, and if you listen to the rec

ghetto paul_ 12/28/2004 7:43:38 AM

one of the best albums of the year, definitely in my top 5. lyrical content really vaults this album to greatness.

canwestartagain_ 12/28/2004 8:45:27 AM

what ghetto paul said.

Cory_ 12/28/2004 11:58:00 AM

I didn't compare the band to Converge. I compared the production. Read more carefully next time.

hxcobd_ 12/28/2004 5:41:09 PM

BSI f*cking rules.

anonymous 12/30/2004 6:30:19 PM

wow theres a lot of bitching and crying around here. Yea he said he didnt care for the production, but read the bottom line. "Backstabbers Inc. have made a great record in Kamikaze Missions and no complaints I have should keep anyone from enjoying it." What more do you assclowns want?

txahq_ 1/4/2005 2:44:05 AM

It seems ironic to me, and somehow appropriate, that Cory would say that this may be the hardcore record of 2004, and to have (or so it would seem) so many people agree with him on that point. It seems ironic because this band has never been given much respect by the worlds of hardcore and punk, they have not exactly been greeted with open arms, and I can only hope that they are not relegated to the being the most slept-on hardcore band of all time.

deadwithfear_ 1/4/2005 3:42:19 PM

one of the more slept on bands as previously stated. i'd give it a 9. i think the production could have been cleaner, but fits their sound. clean production is not exactly what these guys are about or even care about that much.

101-natas_ 2/15/2005 11:50:17 AM

"It seems ironic to me, and somehow appropriate, that Cory would say that this may be the hardcore record of 2004, and to have (or so it would seem) so many people agree with him on that point. It seems ironic because this band has never been given much respect by the worlds of hardcore and punk, they have not exactly been greeted with open arms, and I can only hope that they are not relegated to the being the most slept-on hardcore band of all time. " Some of the best bands of all time were

hdfhdhdf_ 6/21/2005 10:00:08 PM

great!