1. NRA Retirement Home 2. It's Hard To Say No When You've Got A Gun To My Head 3. It All Started in South Dakota 4. We're Just Twenty-Something Heartthrobs 5. Ivan Draago Is Not My Mentor 6. Untitled 7. It Has Been One O Clock For Days 8. It's Easy Being Lazy When You're Dead 9. I'll Make You Famous 10. But Soon There Will Be Skirts And Curtains 11. Have You Met My Friend Burns2003 Pluto Records
by Graham Landers
There seems to be a plethora of bands incorporating a vast amount of mathematics into the average metal sound these days, creating a spectacular basket case of mayhem that was pioneered by such legendary act as Dillinger Escape Plan and Botch. Many have tried and failed, but when it's done right, the off-timing just starts to eat away at your sanity until your buried in a heap of your own shit. Thirty Called Arson are likely to be just the band this scene needs to keep the Dillingerites happy in between their masterful releases. With a name like Thirty Called Arson, I truly expected second-rate metalcore. I was instead bombarded by an onslaught of technical riffing and timing intricacies. There are eleven tracks on this record. Some are really good. Some are not. Quite honestly, I will probably never listen to this record after writing this review. It's not really my thing. There is only so much wackiness that one can take in one sitting before they want to commit hara-kiri. But, a lot of you reading this are going to eat this shit up and come crawling back begging for another serving. Thirty Called Arson are what I would call a "trend" band, if you will. Basically, they are a competent band that is going to suddenly get their dick ridden for all its worth. It happened with Bury Your Dead and sooner than later, Thirty Called Arson. Unfortunately, the person who designed this layout should be burned in a hotel fire. It is really that bad. The lyrics are written on the actual CD face (which is a total bummer) and partly on the inside tray-card, so you need the CD inserted in the jewelcase properly to be able to read the lyrics. Yeah, it sucks. Bottom Line: This band is going to go places. I'm just not going to along for the ride.Songs like "It Has Been One O Clock for Days" and "NRA retirement Home" all tie nicely into a chaotic ball of volcanic mind-boggling hardcore. Other songs are much more melodic and straight-forward with mosh parts ala Every Time I Die. A stomp-inducing debut that will get many of you to jump right on the TCA bandwagon.
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