01. Before 02. You Brought This On Yourself 03. I Don't Care How Many Times You've Seen Fight Club, You Are Not Tyler Durden MP3 04. We Attack At Dusk 05. Four Stars 06. Priests In Boys, Cardinals In Denial 07. Distortion, Please 08. Ask, Answer 09. If You Can See The End, It's Already Over 10. Even Slaves Will Be Swimming In The Blood Of The Iron Fist 11. Burn Small Talk To The Fucking Ground 12. Voorhess, Krueger, Myers and Bush 13. Like Virgin Vinyl...In Bed 14. Film Noir's Got Nothing On Us2004 Trash Art!
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.