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The Cream Of Punk Rock Elite Trips Abit On Third Album,
This review is from: Coral Fang (Safe Artwork) (Audio CD)
You can change the cover of an album, but what you listen on the album are the same angst-fuelled punk songs that the Distillers have been writing for the past 3 albums . The beginning bass line of 'Drain the Blood' is amazing. 10 seconds in and you are hooked into the intoxicating vocals, the booming drum beat, the raging guitars and the pure excellent bass. 'Drain the Blood' is the first single from the album and on the first listen you can hear why, the chorus is just so catchy that you'll be humming it to yourself for weeks. As you listen through the album there are a few fast, vicious songs ('Dismantle Me', 'Die On A Rope' Or 'Coral Fang') and there are quite slow songs like 'The Gallow Is God'. Though the song that will surprise most punks is 'For Tonight You're only Here To Know' which is probably the best (and probably only) punk rock love song. It is slow moving in the verse and then kicks in with a faster a bit, include a 'short but sweet' intrumental bit and you have the best thing since 'City Of Angels'. One thing that scratches the albums 'perfect' status is the last song, 'Death Sex'. Sure it starts of well, but after the first 4 minutes you start to lose consentration, and by minute 7 you're prepared to skip the rest of the track, and how is to blame you it's 12 bloody minutes long.
The lyrics in 'Coral Fang' are slightly different to the ones in 'Sing Sing Death House', in the fact that they aren't as up-front and 'screw you' as their second album, Brody Dalle uses methaphorical terms that, though witty and imaginative, make it so 'Coral Fang' can't be enjoyed by everyone, but the people who will enjoy it will enjoy it on many more ways than the average fan could with 'Sing Sing Death House'. The actual vocals are vastly improved though not as harsh and raw as they have been in the past, making, in some cases 'Coral Fang' less appealing to 'hardcore' fans, the instrumental parts though are spot on and really well done.
'Coral Fang' is a definate runner for best punk album this year with bands like NOFX and Rancid, making it a blantant buy for any punk fan, especially if they have any interest in the Distillers.