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Cassius - I Am Jim Jones review

Band: Cassius
Album: I Am Jim Jones
Style: Metalcore
Release date: 2007

01. Semitone
02. Homeauxthing
03. Skingraft
04. Home
05. Fight Of The Failure
06. Tale Of The Leper
07. Deadbeat
08. Elate And Subtract
09. Funeral March
10. Belle Gunness
11. Harmony
12. Nickel And Dime

Well?Jim Jones was one of those 70's "mass murderers" who used to believe they were Christ and then formed a cult to make 1000 asses drink poisoned kool-aid; so why naming an album after such a wimp? Beats me, but at least this record is not as lame as its name. Cassius has been growing in the zines nowadays; Is this metalcore? Is this Deathcore? Is this grindprog-blastafukk? I don't give a damn, I just know this album crushed my limbs and turned my eardrums into puree.

You already know the line of this band by reading the first paragraph, it's something-core allright, and I don't want to get into cataloguing this piece because it will take a long while. Their songwriting is quite interesting though; they blend technical edges with hardcore violence, a mix of Between The Buried And Me and Ion Dissonance with the addition of fruity melodies and frumpy patterns, it all sounds great when the vocalist enters with his versatile screams and ominous growls.

The album is also packaged with all kind of "studio" experimentations and "Pro-Tools" effects (pitched beats, reverb, belting, etc.); all in all, the final product sounds more than interesting and really fucking acid. But then I foresaw the flaws; the album isn't a solid piece at all, maybe because it's just a debut or because it's almost genre-less, but it tears apart in terms of reconnaissance if you know what I mean. I think this also has a lot to do with the length of the tracks; you'll miss the best parts of a song if you sneeze, the complex and the catchy segments pass by so fast that you can only catch a glimpse of them, understandable fact as the tracks are quite small as well.

This is just a debut album, so it's very surprising that Cassius managed to create a high-quality piece in their first attempt indeed, it of course has some flaws, but I can surely recommend this album to ??-Core collectors or to anyone who wants their metal to be multi-faceted and fucking agressive.

Best Tracks: "Nickel And Dime", "Tale Of The Leper"

Rating breakdown
Performance: 8
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 6
Production: 8

Written by Herzebeth | 18.03.2007


Comments: 3   Visited by: 3 users
19.03.2007 - 02:49
I am Jim Jones. Made me laugh.
19.03.2007 - 12:57
Both band name and album title confused me. Cassius is some French electronic music project and in the 80's there was a band called "Jim Jones & The Kool-Aid Kids" - made me thinking whether those Frenchies claim to be the same person or something
All life begins with Nu and ends with Nu... This is the truth! This is my belief! ...At least for now.
- The Mystery of Life, Vol. 841 Ch. 26
19.03.2007 - 21:06
Lactation Cnslt
I listened to their Myspace and I think they're decent at best. I enjoyed their raw sound, but they aren't consistently aggressive enough for them to stand out amongst other metalcore bands.

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