Released: 2009, Lifeforce Records
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…