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Psychostick - "We Couldn't Think Of A Title" (CD)

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"We Couldn't Think Of A Title" track listing:

1. Indecision
2. Scrotal Torment
3. Two Ton Paperweight
4. Death Burger!
5. No Pun Intended
6. Why, Oh, Why?
7. Pluh
8. Beer!
9. Prozak Milkshake
10. Throwin' Down
11. I Hate Doing Laundry
12. Return of the Death Burger
13. Largiloquent Dithyramb
14. Lizard Sphere X
15. Orgasm = Love
16. Good Morning
17. In a Band to Get Chicks
18. Fake My Own Death and Go Platinum
19. ABCDeath (Bonus Track)
20. The Jagermeister Love Song (Bonus Track)

Reviewed by on February 16, 2007

"The grooves are infectious and easy to nod along to"

Metal is traditionally a genre of music concerned with the unearthly and the darker aspects of human nature. It is no surprise, then, that it takes a special something to be able to mix the metal sound with humor and make it work. There aren’t many that can pull it off decently – only Anal Cunt and Mindless Self Indulgence (who are arguably more techno-punk than metal) come immediately to mind. For the most part, Psychostick proves no exception. While the band is, in terms of the music itself, not too bad for a band going for a mediocre metal/hardcore sound, the comedy itself is rarely amusing at all.

It occurs to me that when an artist has to try and convince their audience that they are funny, they are no longer funny. Neither Anal Cunt nor MSI ever make any claims to being funny, or to trying to produce funny music, and maybe that is why it works for them – Psychostick, on the other hand, are constantly reminding you that they are trying to be comedic, and this quickly reduces the gags from chuckle-inducing to a mere grunt of acknowledgement that a joke has been made. The humor itself is stupid. Occasionally funny, but always stupid. After 4 or 5 songs of this, it becomes tiring to listen to. After 20 songs, I found myself slightly nauseous and severely depreciated in terms of intelligence.

My personal favourite tracks from this album are “Two Ton Paperweight”, a song about a broken-down car which features some of the best clean singing on the record, “Beer!”, which has probably the most metal chorus of the entire album, and the bonus songs “ABCDeath” and “The Jagermeister Love Song”, which are easily the funniest tracks of the lot, purely for their sheer pointlessness. “Prozak Milkshake” is an obvious satirical taunting of emos, but even with this in light, the song is still much more annoying than it is amusing. With “Orgasm = Love”, Psychostick try their hand at a slow melody – unfortunately, it’s nothing impressive, but it does provide a nice relief (if not a comic relief) from the rest of the album.

Now, if this was a serious band and not one dabbling in humor-core, I would most likely enjoy listening to their music. The grooves are infectious and easy to nod along to. The singer actually has a nice range of vocal abilities, going from the cleanest singing to a throaty growl within the space of a second. The production and mixing of the album has been done surprisingly well, all elements of the music audible at all times, none being drowned out by the other. At times one is unsure whether to follow the drums or guitars, but this doesn’t happen too often, and overall, the band maintains the type of sound that most hardcore fans can get into.

Highs: When the screaming and the music work together, it's actually pretty good.

Lows: The try-hard attempt at being funny. 'Knock-knock' jokes are better than most of these gags.

Bottom line: If you like hardcore a lot, and have a completely different sense of humor to me, give the album a listen, then decide if you'll buy it.

Rated 2.0 out of 5 skulls
2.0 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)