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Frightener Guillotine


01. Depress 02. Smokescreen 03. Acheron 04. Daedelus 05. Black Rain 06. Guillotine 07. Fall Of Delphi 08. Violent Graves 09. Murderous Numbers 10. Heretic 11. Bedlam 12. Legion 13. Lifespite
2007 Chainsaw Safety Records
Our score 4

12/21/2007

Frightener bring absolutely nothing new to the table. What should be a marketable poster band for Chainsaw Safety, they've combined elements of Celebrity Murders, Pulling Teeth and Splitting Headache, trimmed the fat, leveled it off and tried to cover their tracks with poor blast-beats. And as if that weren't obvious enough, they are currently boasting a split with said latest Deathwish signees Pulling Teeth, which in the presence of Guillotine is proving to be their heyday. Something most recently done by Premonitions of War with Left in Kowloon, Guillotine is a controlled outlet of rushed hardcore. It's in your face and appropriately ugly, but the only fear evoked is thinking you've somehow been here before. None of it felt inspired, although all members mingled their down-tuned sounds well and at least forced some body from the flat collective. They also did manage that somewhat respectable deal with Chainsaw Safety, so it's worth hoping there's still growth in their bones. But for now, Frightener have a formula and they're stickin' to it. It works best on "Black Rain," which is first to reach a pace that finally commands your attention, and reminds one of a less frantic Plague Bringer track. But when "Fall of Delphi" and "Violent Graves" soon follow suit, the excitement is promptly forgotten. The title track sounds something akin to a Khanate song in triple-time with its limited arsenal of chords and shallow foundation. An extremely weak sound clip with accompanying metal squeals is also featured, leaving me curiously pissed off about whatever purpose the entire song meant to serve. All other tracks were kept under three minutes, which if this were their Left in Kowloon, makes "Guillotine" look like Frightener's sad attempt at a "Black Den." The back half of the album mirrors the first, mechanical vocals (a connection to famed British kin Bolt Thrower seemed necessary, but none could be made) and bland instrumentation barely held together by unoriginal fills and overplayed toms. They did actually edge out some interesting guitar work, mainly on "Acheron" where things were slowed down to work out some mood metal, which unfortunately goes nowhere, before returning to the fold. Other tracks also slipped in minor epic undertones, but the majority is ultimately insignificant. Bottom Line: There is a niche of party-thrash metalheads that Frightener play to very well, but beyond that it's best to just keep Realm of Chaos in your rotation until Relapse supergroup Birds of Prey release their follow-up. Guillotine was completely predictable, a regrettable qualification of the genre, and won't be gratifying listeners any time soon.

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john grant_ 12/21/2007 4:20:05 PM

first post


Jamey Frightener_ 12/21/2007 4:25:17 PM

You f*cking shithead. You don't know the first thing about hardcore; we put a lot of time and effort into this CD, and it's one of the heaviest releases of the year. We better not catch you around at any shows, because if my crew sees you, you'll wish you never got out of bed that day. Oh, and to everyone who actually CARES about this record, listen up! Thanks to everybody who bought it already but for those who have not been able to find it, try TARGET, yes TARGET is stocking it for ONLY $6.99


anonymous 12/21/2007 4:29:53 PM

i love the recent increase in gimmick comments


Woodshatter_ 12/21/2007 5:29:42 PM

Whatever. This band rules hard.


anonymous 12/21/2007 6:59:51 PM

Frightmare >


Chainsaw Safety_ 12/21/2007 7:47:17 PM

Ouch! Didn't expect a review like that. But the review does have a high enough regard for the label so I do appreciate that.


swampthang_ 12/21/2007 7:59:01 PM

pissed off hardcore that leaves you feeling like shit. eh very gay, but good review


tgomkills_ 12/21/2007 10:31:05 PM

shit review its not amazing but its not a f*cking 4


anonymous 12/21/2007 11:48:56 PM

Why don't you reference like 9 more albums so that we'll be completely confused


slugslayer_ 12/22/2007 12:04:39 AM

lambgoat reviews=worthless


brassknuckleromance_ 12/22/2007 12:54:15 AM

see, if webby let ME review things, not only would this have gotten a clearer and higher review, but it generally would have been better...this record deserves a 7/10...


onemeansquid_ 12/22/2007 1:55:14 AM

not groundbreaking but better than a f*cking 4


ghetto_paul_ 12/22/2007 1:58:43 PM

this isn't nearly as poor as the review would have you believe. nothing special really but fairly competent and heavy. more like a 6/10.


fvckkk_ 12/22/2007 11:04:57 PM

lmao @ "crew" threats. f*cking pussies. this album f*cking blows. shit review, but the album is even shittier.


wowza_ 12/23/2007 1:21:58 AM

Record might be a 4 review is a 0.


arty_mcfarty_ 12/23/2007 12:26:57 PM

is this written in f*cking english? you make gluck sound like shakespeare. this is the worst review i have EVER read. EVER. i have no idea what it was even trying to say


arty_mcfarty_ 12/23/2007 12:28:49 PM

what the f*ck is this supposed to mean? "What should be a marketable poster band for Chainsaw Safety, they've combined elements of Celebrity Murders, Pulling Teeth and Splitting Headache, trimmed the fat, leveled it off and tried to cover their tracks with poor blast-beats."


ngcprk_ 12/23/2007 1:15:07 PM

ridiculous review. this album is completely awesome. yet another reason why i'll never take lambgoat reviews seriously.


pukesykwalker_ 12/23/2007 1:49:58 PM

left in kowloon came out 4 years ago. Is it REALLY the most recent example of a "controlled outlet of rushed hardcore". I can suck my own peepee


YouAreSceneAsFuck_ 12/23/2007 7:53:16 PM

I really despise lambgoart reviews and this band.


Scott_ 12/24/2007 2:20:53 AM

This review is ignorant as f*ck


re_ 12/24/2007 4:11:43 AM

My stuff tastes like wet cardboard.


Frightfuck_ 12/24/2007 10:09:57 PM

this shit isnt bad and it sounds nothing like premonitions of war, and i cant take any reviews on this site seriously when they tear apart good shit but give stuff like terror and madball 9/10 this guy has no penis


feast_ 12/25/2007 12:55:42 PM

Sounds like some spurned premonitions of war fanboi has a personal vendetta


Jack_ 12/26/2007 11:15:33 AM

Just a couple of points, 1: There's no-one called Jamey in Frightener so i dunno who that guy is at the top of the comments list. 2: Guillotine was recorded before the split with Pulling Teeth not after. Other than that, you're welcome to your opinion, have a nice day. Jack (actually from Frightener)


chrisd_ 12/27/2007 12:26:35 AM

ok, let's put aside the music itself for just one moment. this was the most unintelligible review i've ever witnessed. jesus christ, man. learn to construct a f*cking english sentence. here's a tip: "Failure for the written word, this review sits at a table for writing is not good to run-on sentence."


Hellion_ 2/3/2008 2:13:25 PM

This review is spot on. This band sux so bad. There are a ton of non boring "heavy" bands that do something new. This is not one of them. Boring!