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Tamora There's No Tomorrow Baby, So How About Tonight?

1. Loving Jesus Is Like Kneeling in Vomit 2. Where's Ian MacKaye when you need him!? 3. Art Has the Responsibility to Alienate the Enemy. 4. "I don't mind if you're straight, As long as you act gay around me." 5. It's Hard to Eat Meat with Broken Fingers 6. Burst and Bloom
2004 Happy Couples Never Last Records
Our score 5

by Patrick Kindlon

Man, talk about an internal conflict. Tamora has given me "reviewers guilt," because as much as I applaud their message and content, the music itself is less exciting. So here I sit, wondering if it's worthwhile recommending this album simply for its heart. Sigh. Tamora fuse the simple riffing and chug-chug of the near-dead "moshmetal" genre with the irritatingly sassy affectations of recent pan-flashers like The Blood Brothers. The result is, as one might expect, a mixed bag. The formula is simple: fast and chaotic rock giving way to straight-forward mosh parts. The breakdowns recall Earth Crisis instead of channeling Norma Jean, which is a nice change of pace in a scene where the turnaround from buying a record to sounding-exactly-like-that-record is less than a week. When the songs catch their breath for a minute, there's some wonderfully stripped-down guitar-work here. Keeping busy without sounding "busy" is something modern metalcore hasn't quite ironed-out yet, so Tamora's mid-90's aspects are actually a breath of fresh air (at points). Vocally, the listener is barraged with two distinct styles: a midrange metalcore scream and a snotty whine. The interplay between the voices is Tamora's strongpoint. Neither vocalist is strong enough to carry the band on his own, but when bouncing off each other, something interesting emerges. Thankfully skirting the metalcore "singing" that's popped up over the last few years, the vocals, at the very least, make Tamora stand apart from the pack. Understandably burnt-out on sassy metalcore Me too. But Tamora managed to wear down my defenses with a neat little trick: good lyrics. Socially conscious and progressive, they touch down on everything from meat-consumption (old topic) to metalcore's underlining hatred of women (long-overdue topic) to accepting all sexual orientations as natural (way, way, long-overdue topic). While they lack the anthem-quality of Earth Crisis and the insightfulness of Endeavor, lyrics such as "I accept myself. I accept love in all forms. So, I don't mind if you're straight. As long as you act gay around me at all times." have an air of satire about them that is sorely lacking right now. It's worth noting that the production on this album is clean and efficient, but noticeably more kind to the chaotic parts than the mosh parts. It lacks the ultra-heavy flavor that the current dance-machine hardcore kid demands on every album. This may be a personal choice on the part of Tamora to define themselves as something other than a clone band. Bottom Line: It used to be that every album I picked up had some bold proclamations about diet or lifestyle. It all became a bit much and I think the focus on romance we've seen in heavy music for the last few years is a response to how overbearing that era became. Tamora embrace both current trends and age-old wisdom on "There's No Tomorrow…" creating something they can call their own. Musically, there is promise shown and I hope for something more profound from their next effort. Lyrically, this band already outshines their contemporaries and offers hope for a typically trite genre.

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juleS_ 12/12/2004 1:07:57 PM

1st post?

Jason_ 12/12/2004 7:10:56 PM

".....wear down my defenses with a neat little trick: good lyrics. " For real? you think the lyrics are good? The lyrics are what put me off completely from this album.. I mean, I personally dont give a f*ck about eating meat, or chicks in hardcore or christianity.... and i dont care if bands write songs about things like that.. but the actual lyrics on this cd are tacky. "You BREAK her in BREAKDOWNS, You BREAK her in BREAKDOWNS...." "It's cold here. I'm tired of being beaten. I'm waiti

Josh_ 12/12/2004 9:45:46 PM

I think this ep f*cking rules. I got the tour press version when I saw them in FL, cause they were great live...and I was very pleased to purchase the official version when it came out...bottomline: great record. (and I think the lyrics are way good too)

Josh_ 12/12/2004 9:58:46 PM

Oh yeah...I almost forgot...instead of posting my own review since I'm too lazy, I'll just reprint the one I just read in the new Slug and Lettuce: "I liked the bird on the cover, threw this in, and loved it instantly. They erupt into this charged energetic catchy style of hardcore that is just perfect. The vocal style has quite a range, from yelled and screamed, to a snotty weird Convergey voice or a glammy drawl half-speak to full on chorus-style of more powered screaming. I love the shit

TWODEGREESBELOW_ 12/13/2004 6:52:27 AM

those are some f*cking stupid song titles. hey dorks, it wasnt clever 4 years ago, and guess what? its not clever now. shit band. delete. eat aids. pear got laid.

morgan_ 12/13/2004 11:31:32 PM

wait, burst and bloom? is that a cursive cover?

jake_ 12/14/2004 1:25:20 PM

TAMORA...great band...love the record. and to that dude who wrote "eat aids"...people like you should evaporate, we don't need you on earth.

twodegreesbelow_ 12/15/2004 9:16:38 AM


Joe_ 12/15/2004 1:28:02 PM

this band can be summed up in one word. "awful"

Hxcobd_ 12/16/2004 3:56:45 AM

I'm so mad the reviewer of this said the lyrics are impressive. I thought the lyrics were absolutely moronic. A few of the songs are interesting, but generally, they sound like a shitty mix between Converge and ETID. Don't buy this shit, and kill whoever wrote the lyrics.

Christopher_ 12/16/2004 11:28:21 AM

PLEASE kill me...it would save me from some of the moronic posters on lambgoat...for the rest of you...here's some links to decide for yourself. Thanks to Patrick for his review... http://www.myspace.com/tamora http://www.hxcmp3.com/bands/131 http://www.purevolume.com/tamora http://www.tamorakills.com

jon_ 12/16/2004 1:08:17 PM

checked it out. like it.

johnfuckingdenver_ 12/16/2004 5:21:20 PM

i used to play bass in this band, never really my thing in the first place, but it was something to do with my time. i have a big problem with most of the kids in the band though... i broke my veganism and without a word they jumped to conclusions about me, kicked me out (without telling me for months most likely) and then not knowing i was 'kicked out' they had me play cause they had a show lined up. i don't mind not being in the band, it gives me more time and more mind to make the effort to w

Christopher / TAMORA_ 12/16/2004 7:11:21 PM

Hey Mike...totally uncalled for. You have all of our numbers, if you have issues that you want to work out, call us...we've never been shitty to you...it just wasn't working to have you in the band, so we got a different bassist. End of story. Don't be a baby. I apologize to readers for this unnecessary drama.

johnfuckingdenver_ 12/16/2004 7:11:56 PM

sorry. that comment may have come off sounding shittier than was meant to be. im bored and tired at work. but the whole part about not telling someone they are in your band anymore is shittier than this comment i left.

anonymous 12/16/2004 7:21:04 PM

we decided after that last show, patrick told you, stop crying.

johnfuckingdenver_ 12/16/2004 7:28:16 PM

first, im not crying. patrick and fred knew i wanted to quit anyways and they convinced me to stay. and secondly, patrick didn't really tell me, sketchy dan inadvertantly did. thats all i have to say on the matter, just next time, tell the person.

anonymous 12/16/2004 7:33:28 PM

If you wanted to quit, then you should have, and you shouldn't be upset. You're inconsistency is astounding. You were told by Patrick, he is in the band. stop posting. like I said...if you have issues...call one of us. bad form mike, bad form.

johnfuckingdenver_ 12/16/2004 7:51:47 PM

ok, i admit... second thinking it i shouldn't have posted it here, and for that i apologize, i guess i just had things to get off my chest and it ended up being in the wrong place. i wish you guys well in the future, no harm was meant by this... just a tired kid at a boring job and busy keyboard fingers. no more posts.

biglover_ 12/16/2004 9:32:12 PM

someone who got kicked out sounds like a little bitch. I woulda kicked you of my band too...shit. like the songs on myspace, even though myspace is some gay ass shit.

radish_ 12/18/2004 3:50:43 PM

thats was the best

twodegreesbelow_ 12/19/2004 11:10:38 AM

hey d00dz, shut the f*ck up. your band sucks.

hall_of_wax_ 12/19/2004 11:18:55 AM

HA. HA. HA. figgits.

cacabutt_ 12/19/2004 11:28:33 AM

what a stupid f*cking band.

bianca_ 12/20/2004 3:03:33 PM

album is sweet.

carl_ 12/21/2004 3:08:39 PM

I like it too...it confronts much of what most hardcore bands aren't even thinking about.

Hxcobd_ 12/23/2004 2:58:52 AM

This band's rating just dropped from a 5 to a 0, because they brought an obnoxious amount of drama to a thread on the review of their own album. Break up plz.

Hxcobd_ 12/23/2004 3:07:17 AM

I just now decided to drop their rating from a 0 to a -3, because I can. Shut the hell up.