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Tower Of Rome World War I


1. I Have To Tell You Something...I Eat Light Bulbs 2. Do You Know What Divine Intervention Means? 3. Oh My God! He's Got An Arm Off 4. Save Art; Kill An Art Kid 5. 15 Year Olds Dude, 15 Year Olds 6. 2 Dead Deer + 1 Dead Asian = Lung Cancer 7. Does Your Friend Have A Name Or Should I Just Call Him Lawyer? 8. This Message Will Surely Drain The Life From Any Willing Participants
2006 HeWhoCorrupts Inc.
Our score 6

6/13/2006

When looking over a release with song titles such as "2 Dead Deer + 1 Dead Asian = Lung Cancer" and eight tracks that span under twelve minutes, one thought enters my mind: Aren't there enough of these bands already Acts such as the Locust and Daughters certainly popularized spastic grindcore laden with obscure, tongue-in-cheek song titles. World War I is typical of the genre as it features a collection of nonstop blastbeats, whacky tempo changes, and frenzied, indecipherable screams. Heavily distorted guitar riffs do little besides alternate between furious discordance and ten second open chord breakdowns. Although the drumming is impressive in its speed, it offers nothing in terms of diversity as there is little that separates blastbeat from blastbeat. With similarities in vocals and guitar tones, comparisons could easily be made to a more grind-influenced From A Second Story Window. Since Tower of Rome is a relatively young band, I deemed it necessary to check out their debut EP to measure how they've progressed since the 2004 release of All Is Lost... To their credit, Tower of Rome displays a measurable amount of improvement from their debut release. World War I features more thoughtful riffs, smoother transitions, and proof that they can write a cohesive song over one minute in length ("Does Your Friend Have A Name." clocks in at an impressive two minutes and fifteen seconds!). Bottom Line: If you're familiar with the whole "noisecore" genre, you pretty much know what to expect from a band like Tower Of Rome. While World War I isn't treading any new ground, it serves as a noteworthy progression from Tower Of Rome's last effort and intimates that this band might have the ability to do good things in the future if they fine-tune their songwriting ability and decide to break the mold.

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Ryne_ 6/13/2006 3:40:23 PM

I'll check this out.


cydrx_ 6/13/2006 3:48:05 PM

good band


bolognapony_ 6/13/2006 6:49:23 PM

None of those song titles actually make any sense. Inside jokes = lame


anonymous 6/13/2006 7:40:18 PM

His name is Ace...uh...Tom Ace


xtroyx_ 6/13/2006 7:43:29 PM

towers is better.


thereapersson_ 6/13/2006 8:12:29 PM

Decent review


observethemoon_ 6/13/2006 9:20:25 PM

absolutely agree with first paragraph.


Name_ 6/14/2006 11:17:42 AM

f*ck these bonerf*cks, their guitarist still owes me a copy of their original demo from like 3 years ago.


say10_ 6/14/2006 2:04:14 PM

there really are way too many of these bands. everything about them is hackneyed as f*ck and played the f*ck out. i see the number of plays these f*cks get on myspace and it makes me shake with fury.


anonymous 6/14/2006 2:17:27 PM

say10's so mad he's shaking


7oM_ 6/14/2006 3:53:22 PM

say10 also lives on myspace like a gayroid


wizardsbeard_ 6/14/2006 8:43:50 PM

Like alot of bands in this genre, they were fun to watch live but I wouldn't want to kick back and listen to the record.


Name_ 6/14/2006 11:34:13 PM

Oh, and leave the silly song titles to The Great Redneck Hope.


gozer_ 6/15/2006 12:03:43 PM

good band, good people, what more do you want?


anonymous 6/15/2006 3:12:11 PM

maybe good music?


urineburn_ 6/15/2006 3:34:00 PM

damn good fellas.


I_AM_FUCK_ 6/17/2006 8:39:29 AM

Didn't this band's last album get an 8/10 on here?


anonymous 6/17/2006 6:46:52 PM

no it got a 5 or something like that


samshutitdown_ 6/28/2006 11:59:38 PM

i love tower of rome


Dillon_ 2/22/2007 6:41:07 AM

doesn't matter how many of these kind of bands come out, the fact is: Alot of them are actually pretty good, some of them (like this one) VERY f*ckING GOOD. And it's just one more soldier in the army against the MTV menace. Plus "OH MY GOD! he's got an arm off" kicks more ass then anything headbangers ball could ever come out with. OWNED


dawsvnn_ 2/11/2008 1:52:24 PM

f*ck this band, they're boring as hell. maybe they'll do better on the next record. for now i'm sticking to the new baroness and disfear. oh, and the guy above me is forgetting that headbanger's ball plays municipal waste. dave witte owns yours f*cking face, and definitely TOR's shitty drummer's annoying gravity blasts/st. anger snare tone.


durp_ 3/12/2008 9:06:49 AM

yeah except he doesnt gravity blast you f*cking retard.