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Bleeding Kansas Dead Under Decor

01. Retract The Altitude 02. Right By Your Side 03. Your Scars Never Heal 04. Fell The Sting From The First Bite 05. Can't Help You There 06. Drowning In A Sea Of Shit (reprise) 07. Drowning In A Sea Of Shit 08. My Words, My Voice 09. This Song: Will, Fuck You 10. Hypocrites, Be Alive Again 11. I Want Out Of This 12. City Of Angels 13. Let The Heavens Swallow Me Up 14. Dead Under Decor
2006 Abacus Recordings
Our score 8


I didn't know what to expect from this album, but I'm surprised nonetheless. With Dead Under Decor, Bleeding Kansas lays down some seriously abrasive, angular hardcore. This is the type of record that I can listen to and hear something new every time. There seems to be little parts that jump out of the songs and demand the listener's attention. For those unfamiliar with this band, Bleeding Kansas plays a heavy, upbeat style of hardcore, which is filled to the brim with dynamics. At the core of their song, there are some serious influences from The Jesus Lizard and Helmet, but there is a lot more going on than just that. Some of the heaviest parts are reminiscent of Botch, yet there are many moments where Bleeding Kansas stands completely on their own. I'm hearing a strong rock and roll swagger to all these songs, even with some of the impressive technical guitar-work. I really like the quirky drum patterns under the stop-start riffs, and there are some killer chord progressions, ala Botch. These guys aren't afraid to simplify their songs, get straightforward, and lay down some serious groove. There are some cool bass runs that carry a few songs, while the guitars pick out some strange, but heavy, melodies. A couple of songs have some big breakdowns, but these are definitely not overused. At just a couple of points, there will be some mellower moments that have intricate guitar picking, but this is very subdued. These songs pack an especially extra punch when they jump back into the full distortion. The production, courtesy of Kurt Ballou, brings out a gritty, thick sound throughout Dead Under Decor. The vocals are harsh, and throaty, but not very dynamic. I think it would be interesting to hear these songs with more variety in the vocals. Select songs have some strong group vocals as well, which adds some slight differences. My biggest complaint with this album is the fact that a couple of songs seem to wander off, with no particular direction. More specifically, some riffs start to transition into parts that sound like they just don't fit the overall feeling of the song. Thankfully, this doesn't happen very often. Bottom Line: I'm quite impressed with Dead Under Decor. Bleeding Kansas should get some recognition for bringing some original ideas to the table. With 14 songs clocking in at almost 40 minutes, I would say that you'll get 'bang for your buck' on this album. People who enjoy bands like Engineer, Lords, and Akimbo could definitely enjoy this album.


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elliot_ 4/8/2006 10:38:00 AM

first? great band.

fuckingfight_ 4/8/2006 10:52:13 AM

pecond sost these doods are pretty sweet

drew_ 4/8/2006 10:54:31 AM

yeah, good review. kinda cursed-ish to me. i recall people ragging on these guys for their first album, which was also pretty good.

frederica bimmel_ 4/8/2006 11:43:44 AM

What the f*ck is "angular hardcore"

bigego_ 4/8/2006 11:50:42 AM

where is audio

hotaction_ 4/8/2006 11:57:33 AM

What the f*ck is "angular hardcore" posted by frederica bimmel () on 4/8/2006 11:43:44 AM get a dictionary

you_are_the_experiment_ 4/8/2006 3:38:16 PM

great band. i got this yesterday and it hasn't left my cd player yet. the "carry on wayward son" riff in the song "can't help you there" is pretty amusing.

Ohhhhh_ 4/8/2006 3:39:20 PM

Awesome band. I hated the fact that I could never find the EP anywhere...yet everyone sells garbage Caliban CD's.

truthsayer_ 4/8/2006 3:49:03 PM

I agree with this review on all counts. I definitely enjoy this CD.

anonymous 4/8/2006 4:06:23 PM

sonic youth is angular. botch is angular. it's the chords and tones. post-punk-like.

TheReapersSon_ 4/8/2006 7:42:05 PM

Yes! Finally someone (namely teh goat) gives this band the recognition it deserves. I enjoyed 1859, and I wasn't quite sure how they'd top it, but they did. Great review, great CD.

Selvin_ 4/8/2006 9:23:32 PM

Good bad; see em live if u ppls get the chance.

aggnate_ 4/9/2006 6:12:26 PM

gah damn i really love this band and everything they've done

wizardsbeard_ 4/10/2006 6:47:56 AM

Huge fan of the first album, wasn't impressed by this. The Majority Rule-esque experimentation and grit that made this interesting is largely absent here. Good band, but they can do better.

yeest_infektshun_ 4/10/2006 1:29:04 PM


BS_ 4/10/2006 4:25:40 PM

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johnfuckingdenver_ 4/10/2006 5:05:13 PM

band rules.

xdxmx_ 4/11/2006 1:50:15 PM

awesome band, awesome dudes, awesome cd

margaret_yang_ 4/13/2006 1:31:42 PM

long time listener and long time fan! great cd and great guys!

xtroyx_ 4/21/2006 4:53:59 PM

got it yesterday. it's good and spot on review.

alex_ 6/15/2006 12:51:42 PM

check out marias fasions in alhambra. oh you silly boys

awoier_ 1/14/2008 6:17:09 PM

this album sounds like complete and utter shit.