D.R.U.G.S. / D.R.U.G.S. / Decaydance
Craig Owens is an eternal fountain of creative output. From Cinematic Sunrise to Isles & Glaciers to his part in the toxic entity The Sound Of Animals Fighting, it’s strenuous to receive D.R.U.G.S. as a separate project, one to push Owens out of the gloom and doom of the Chiodos fiasco and into a brighter setting. Throw in the backing band (Matt Good, Nick Martin, Aaron Stern and Adam Russell) and the label indicates lethal doses from all ends of the post-hardcore spectrum will hit you, hard. If only dancing into pop rock’s bleak, deteriorating world did that.
Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows have the genetics of a revolutionary. In its premature form, the all-star cast is a replica of trying to get your past three exes, your current beau and the American Apparel eye candy on your radar to re-enact your most-prized fantasy. The unconscious idea of it all is blinding (“Laminated E.T. Animal”) but once put into action, there’s nothing except chatter about love, loss and should-have-seen-it-coming heartbreak (“Graveyard Dancing”). Even the most impartial won’t be able to consume a second shot of track #5. Owens and co. connect with a vicious nature only on occasion, letting desperation and a thirst for the mainstream pollute the ode to the simple ferocity that beautified discs such as In Love And Death.
Download: “Laminated E.T. Animal”, “Stop Reading, Start Doing Pushups”
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