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The Blackout Argument
Remedies
June 2009
Released: 2009, Lifeforce Records
Rating: 1.5/5
Reviewer: Hanntu

The Blackout Argument is being touted as one of the hottest new hardcore acts to come out of Germany in the last few years, and have so far released a full-length album (DECISIONS, 2007) and an EP every year since 2006. Now in 2009, they have followed up on DECISIONS to release REMEDIES on Lifeforce Records.



Straight-up, this is not my thing at all. It’s not metal for sure, and last I checked, we were on a metal website with metal writers for metal readers. And from what little I’ve heard of hardcore, I’m pretty damn sure this isn’t hardcore either. It’s billed as “delivering intense hardcore songs with a melodic edge”, but it just sounds like post-punk screamo to me, a la Atreyu or Alexisonfire and bands of that ilk. Lots of angst and hand-wringing, which is fine if you’re into that sort of thing.



I appreciate the fact that The Blackout Argument have evidently put a lot of thought into their songwriting process. In fact, while I cannot stand the music, I totally applaud them for giving us more than mindless shallow pap about love and pain or whatever. REMEDIES is based on an interesting concept of Bach flower remedies, which are apparently homeopathic concoctions by a 1930s English physician developed to aid and repair the soul, which sort of explains why the song titles all have a floral bent to them. However, all this introspective soul-searching still gets a big meh from me.



Reading some of their interviews, these guys sound absolutely down-to-earth and they obviously have a very keen appreciation of their roots in hardcore and punk. But this kind of thing doesn’t appeal to me at all. Now, where’s my GUTTER BALLET album…
Track Listing

1. Tempest (Rescue Remedy)
2. Broken Teeth (Agrimony)
3. Dead But So Alive (Wild Oat)
4. Identity Dispute (Rockwater)
5. Kidnap Yourself (Aspen)
6. The Ravine (Willow)
7. On The Top of the Beat (Olive)
8. Walking Without Feet (Cearto)
9. Seven Tones of Grey (Pine)
10. Treasure Chest, Confidential (Gorse)
11. Vampire Searching For Some Light (Larch)
12. Daisied Tree (Hornbeam)
13. Room To Set Sail (Mustard)
14. A Walkover to Endure Being (Chestnut Bud)

Lineup

Raphael Schmid - vocals
Sascha Laumann - bass, vocals
Chris Lochmann - guitar
Philip Seidl- drums
Chris Zehetleitner - guitar

Other reviews

» Decisions
by Anders Sandvall

» Remedies
by Hanntu


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