Label: Eleven Seven Music
Release Date: Currently available
Seeing as the first words on this typically silly, over-hyping Press Release were “ALTERNATIVE PRESS, BILLBOARD and REVOLVER’s Band To Watch of 2014,” I already had a creeping suspicion as to what sort of sonic displeasure I was in for – – – and boy, was I not surprised. In fact this was worse than even I was expecting.
Are these REALLY the depths to which modern music has sunk? I mean, sure, this is nothing new, has none of the “upper-cut brutality” the lying PR claimed; no punch to the gut; just a lot of whining, and an almost posicore/Xtian metal vibe, slinking like a clumsy newt on dry leaves, trying desperately to find and fit right on in with the other newts. Is this REALLY where we are at? This bottom barrel, autotuned MANUFACTURED RAGE? *(Rhetorical question, I know we’ve been there for far longer than I’d like to admit). Obviously aimed at untroubled kids, is this really the “new rebellion”?
I could take any one song from this supposed “experimental” waste of my time, put it on a comp with about thirty other bands who sound exactly the same, and no one would even know when NOTHING MORE came round on the mix. It sounds like a perfectly imitatated combination of things I already dislike (CHEVELLE, DEF TONES, LINKIN PARK, H.I.M., RISE AGAINST!, etc.), all rolled up into one lump of over-produced and stinking shit.
This is not D.I.Y., as claimed by the snake-oil PR, but more like “A.I.Y.”: Auto-Tune It Yourself. There is so much computerized tomfukkery from start to finish, that this ends up coming off as cold and corporate (which it indeed is) as it claims to directly rail against in their lyrics. As previously stated, just yet another dose of MANUFACTURED RAGE, coming off as essentially nothing more than a commercially acceptable/viable, emo-vocaled Nu Metal bite off.
It’s affectless, overproduced (though the talent is most assuredly there, just hideously misdirected/produced), and radio tailored. A completely different vocalist and perhaps full creative control on the bands part may have yielded something a bit different, but still most likely and realistically lacking in so many ways. At points the band seems to show a capacity for the promised brutality, but it’s watered down into a painfully boring, quasi-experimental hard radio rock. It is stale, and it is overdone. It’s HOT TOPIC background music, or something you might hear a snippet from in some snobbish car commercial.
The song “Sex And Lies” (an excruciating 11 out of 17 songs in) comes closest to displaying what they MIGHT be capable of, if perhaps left entirely to their own devices.
This just isn’t my thing. And it’s not my “Throwback Syndrome” either. This is just bad. Watered down, boring, and uninspired radio friendly pop-metal that, like any other number of nameless and faceless acts of limited charisma and originality that flood rock radio airwaves coast to coast, will hopefully disappear amongst the herds.
The band themselves (and their friends) don’t seem to think so: Periphery guitarist Misha Mansoor states, “I first saw NOTHING MORE play in London after the Metalhammer Golden Gods awards and was instantly blown away by their performance. I am so happy that we have the opportunity to take out such a unique and original band on our headliner.” NOTHING MORE vocalist Jonny Hawkins adds, “We’ve been Periphery fans for a long time now – their recordings were a benchmark of quality when we were making our album and we are honored to be sharing the road with them!”
WOW, that’s a lotta rimming, but it’s not through yet.
Artist Direct goes to the supposed heart of NOTHING MORE’s appeal,“(NOTHING MORE) indisputably stand out from their peers, yet they can enjoy mass consumption and unanimous radio play because they write intricately irresistible songs. The trick is they find that delicate balance between technical grandiosity and catchy palatability. That’s why they’re so important to rock music right now. They’re crucial to its future and how it flourishes in the same way that Tool, Deftones, and At the Drive-In were upon first debuting. Simply put, we need NOTHING MORE.”
And that is that. I want NOTHING MORE to do with this, whatsoever. And nor should you.
Wanna hear some good, new metal? Check out the VOMIT FIST album, not this trash. If this is your thing, NOTHING MORE are currently on tour.
NOTHING MORE w/ Periphery, Wovenwar & Thank You Scientist
1/10 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
1/11 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
1/12 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
1/13 – Ybor City, FL @ The Orpheum
1/14 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
1/16 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
1/17 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
1/18 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
1/20 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
1/21 – Tempe, AZ (Phoenix) @ Club Red
1/22 – West Hollywood, CA (Los Angeles) @ House of Blues
1/23 – Santa Ana, CA (Anaheim) @ The Yost Theater
1/26 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
1/27 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
1/28 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
1/30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
1/31 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
2/2 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
2/3 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
2/4 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
2/6 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
2/7 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
2/8 – Clifton Park, NY (Albany) @ Upstate Concert Hall
2/9 – Rochester, NY @ Waterstreet Music Hall
2/11 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
2/12 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
2/13 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
2/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ District N9ne
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