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Alfaro Vive Carajo [7" VINYL]
Alfaro Vive Carajo [7" VINYL]

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 words: College Rock Frenzy, 18 May 2003
I decided to do a review for this Ep simply because no one else has. So here goes. Most of you should have heard of Texas' At The Drive-In or must have heard or seen their equally popular haircuts. Half of you might even own at least one of their albums. 'Relationship of Command' or 'Vaya' for instance, but when asked about their earlier, more freestyle rockin stuff, you probably would'nt have a clue. Well this is the kind of stuff ATD-I were getting upto long before their big break. Alfaro Vive Carajo (whatever that means) is a stab at college rock fame and despite the recording being a bit muffed having been recorded in one the band-members basements, they pull it off pretty well. This album may have the sound and base of any other punk rock band but it is made to differ by Cedric and Jim's unique vocal style screaming along at full volume to the aggresiveness of the guitar and the rumbling bass lines. 'Bradley Smith' (whoever he is) kicks off the EP with a guitar thrashing riff and crashing cymbals. The vocals scream along to the rhythm swirling in and out of each bar. The song is packed with so much raw energy that it seems like its going to explode along with a few amps and drums. Then the song gently dies down along with the lyrics 'we got, we got bradley' and fades into the background. 'Instigate the Role' and 'Ludvico Drive-In' also has the youthful energy of the first but are held together well by the controlled guitar work and muted vocals. 'Circuit Scene' ends the album where it started with screaming vocals and swirling guitars with a great intro.

In Casino Out
In Casino Out
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £15.34

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A raucous rock album to fit nicely into your collection, 10 Mar. 2003
This review is from: In Casino Out (Audio CD)
This is probably ATD-I's most full-on rock album. This album might not have the creativity edge which occurs in Relationship Of Command but has the style and charisma which most rock bands are missing. This track starts off with intense, mind-blowing 'Alpha Centauri' which boasts some of the weirdest lyrics imaginable. Then 'Chanbara' kicks in with a hypnotising opening riff and high-pitched screaming along the way. 'Hoolahoop Wounds' contains some of the most interesting riffs in the album rolled into one song and a nice sing-a-long chorus. 'Napoleon Solo', considered one of ATD-I's most serious songs but doesn't lack in creativity with a cool intro riff. Pickpocket then picks up the pace again with another sing-a-long chorus and 'For now...we toast' tells of a prison break story. 'A Devil Amongst The Tailors' is one of my favourite tracks off the album because i love the style of the song and the everlasting feedback at the end. 'Shaking Hand Incision' varies a lot throughout the song by going loud then quiet and loud all the time. 'Lopsided' sounds like a single which has good use of clean guitar riffs. 'Hourglass' is the albums reflective moment with Jim Ward taking up lead vocals. Sparta fans will be proud of this song. And the album rounds nicely off with 'Transatlantic Foe'.

Acrobatic Tenement
Acrobatic Tenement
Offered by westworld-
Price: £14.98

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You wouldn't associate bland with this album, 10 Mar. 2003
This review is from: Acrobatic Tenement (Audio CD)
This is one of those albums that seems to grow on you the more you listen to it. After the first few songs you might think this album has been rushed, writing wise and recorded in a hurry. But the truth is that it is a mind-blowing work of genius which comes as standard with ATD-I. And as every ATD-I album, it has supreme originality which i always look for in a record. ATD-I have worked hard to produce an album which is a world apart from the majority of bland punk-rock bands around these days. This album sends chills down the back of your spine when Cedric hits those high notes with real passion, when Jim strikes his guitar strings with raw emotion and when Tony keeps a timely rhythm whilst being as complex as possible. The whole band works together to make a sound so unique and so original you wonder why they don't get the recognition they deserve. Highlights on the album include...'Star Slight','Ebroglio','Ticklish' and 'Porfirio Diaz'. Go buy this album right now...

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