Fashion Junkie - Nuclear Assault - Out Of Order
Label: Under One Flag - CD FLAG 64,Under One Flag - CDFLAG 64,I.R.S. Records - CD FLAG 64,I.R.S. Records - CDFLAG 64,Relativity - CD FLAG 64,Relativity - CDFLAG 64 • Format: CD Album • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: Thrash, Heavy Metal
Best viewed without Internet Explorer, in x resolution or higher. This was one of those lines why I always stayed very interested in the lyrics of Nuclear Assault. By the way, this rhyme was funny and simultaneously true. This was an unfortunate decision of the band, its management or whomsoever. The stimulating crossover influences of the previous albums did no longer play a role. Instead, the group explored the wide range of heavy metal stylistic devices. The opener "Sign in Blood" did not illustrate the new musical direction.
Blustering verses, cynical lyrics and the necessary amount of conciseness seemed to indicate that the guys still believed in their previous song formula. But far Wild Child - Scorpions - Pure Instinct it.
The mid-paced "Fashion Junkie" spoke a different language while scoring with its desperate melodies and the fast part after the second chorus.
The dark "Too Young to Die" was the next surprise. John Connelly suddenly sounded like a concerned father. The song itself combined an acoustic guitar with the dense heaviness of the electric six strings in a special way. After Valse No. 13 In D Flat Major Op 70 No 3 - Tamás Vásáry - Frederik Chopin : 17 Waltzes three amazingly good pieces, I drew a very positive interim conclusion.
But the band was unable to keep this high level. Due to some unsuccessful experiments, the album lacked of continuity. The Fashion Junkie - Nuclear Assault - Out Of Order was too long and rather tedious, nobody needed a further moronic cover song and restrained tracks such as "Preaching to the Deaf" failed to hit the mark because of their lack of compositional ideas.
They just came along and went by. It seemed as if the band had lost its self-confidence. Additionally, Guidance - Irie Souljah - Immigrant the increasing length of "Out of Order", it became more and more clear that Nuclear Assault had also lost its energy, but thankfully only to a certain degree. Nevertheless, these were some of the reasons why the album left an ambivalent impression.
The rare fast-paced tracks acted as an alibi. On a simple level this meant that Nuclear Assault did no longer sound like Nuclear Assault. In view of this fact, it was a debatable decision that Anthony Bramante and Dan Lilker sang the lead vocals of two tracks.
From my point of view, this way of proceeding was suitable to estrange the band and the fans from each other. Instead of refining the approach of "Handle with Care", Nuclear Assault had taken the wrong turn. The professional production emphasized the new maturity of the band. But even in terms of seriousness, the four-piece did not present a coherent picture. Glenn Evans wore a "Sonor"-shirt as if he had to prove that he was still the drummer. Bramante looked as if he suffered from neck pain and his strange kind of humour was revealed in the fairly crude lyrics of "Doctor Butcher".
The title says it all. But let me end this review with a more serious matter. I guess that the text of the opener shows autobiographical traits. If I am right in thinking that this is the case, I fairly understand why the album sounds the way it does.
I recommend to read these lines and I also recommend to check out the full-length. It is heterogeneous and incoherent to a certain extent. But with regard to the huge potential of the band, some tunes are also quite exciting.
I think you must know at least the triple strike at the beginning. Nevertheless, Nuclear Assault was "Out of Order". If we were to chart the histories of most 80s thrash giants, whether in the first, financially-sound-to-this-date tier or the plane just Fashion Junkie - Nuclear Assault - Out Of Order that upon which groups were able to get out there internationally and create a following that put them just out of reach of becoming a 'household name', then we'd no doubt pinpoint a specific breaking point at which each either altered its style dramatically in the new decade, or just plain old started to suck.
For New York's Nuclear Assault, it was their fourth album, Out of Order, upon which many lay the blame of shark jumping. Even the title itself seems to imply some sort of dramatic disjunction for the band, though in reality it's a sociopolitical overview like that of the previous full-length.
I'd like to say that this album is in no way the aesthetic failure some seem to claim, but instead a sensible evolution for the band's sound moving forward into the 90s. That's not to say it's a great work, or even a good one. There are a number of flaws throughout that deign it unfit to even share the same restaurant table with the first three, but this is far from a Load or Diabolus in Musica in terms of its 'disappointment factor'.
It's simply a case on which the good ideas don't outweigh the uninspired songwriting, the riffing and chorus sequences don't stir up the same frenzy as they did on Survive. Beyond that, this was coming at the tail end of a troublesome period for Nuclear Assault.
Their hectic schedule in the later 80s seemed to wear upon the band's focus, and apparently the rewards for their work weren't hitting expected goals they even seem to make fun of this in the lyrics to "Sign in Blood".
They never quite 'broke through' that Headbanger's Ball barrier to a level commeasurate to the 'Big Four', and really, thrash was starting to fold all around, its prime movers looking towards their own ass-saving and ultimately lame mutations in a changing landscape of popular music.
Much of the recording process for Out of Order was placed upon the shoulders of the rhythm section, Glenn Evans and Dan Lilker.
Connelly and Bramante were still involved, but in particular the latter seemed to have a reduced role in its conception. As such, the vocals here just aren't anything special. He's still howling at the same pitch, and applying some melody to that natural, raw edge in his voice, but the chorus parts seem never to reach an appropriately memorable climax, and at best they often felt like reiterations of patterns the band had already used on earlier works.
It also seems like they put a little extra reverb on the guy, so he does come Just To Hold You Once Again - Mariah Carey - Music Box a little more separate from the riffing.
There are a number of gang shouts and samples that come off mildly dated and corny, but probably the greatest offense is on the Sweet cover "Ballroom Blitz", which is just fucking stupid.
As with actress Tia Carrere in the Wayne's World film, they should have just let this one rest, because it adds nothing on the original and sounds like the band are just fucking around even weaker than their Led Zeppelin cover, in my opinion. But most of the originals aren't nearly that whack.
I noticed a more prevalent use of more clinical thrashing mechanics in several of the songs, almost like they were done clubbing the audience with the baseball bat of their previous albums and instead wanted to see what a scalpel would do.
They also experiment with the vocals a lot more, the other members contributing lower pitched barks and even full lines of lyrics in a more blunt, hardcore timbre. Conspicuously absent are the little grind clips the band tinkered with in the past. I already mentioned the cover song, which is crappy, but a few of the earlier tunes like "Preaching to the Deaf" with its few lamentably generic riffs, or "Too Young to Die", which unfortunately muddies up a decent guitar progression or two with some of Connelly's worst vocals to its day, and some unnecessary acoustic guitars, leave much to be desired.
If they'd cut off about of these songs and then refined the rest, Out or Order would have been in far better shape. Despite its missteps, though, this still felt like a step forward in stylistic direction for the Fashion Junkie - Nuclear Assault - Out Of Order.
Particularly if they had sought a more technical sound altogether, keeping the same vocal style and hardcore undercurrent, like an angrier Crumbsuckers, there could have been something interesting to come out of all this.
Instead, at its very best, Out of Order is just another average thrash effort with a few moments of promised intensity that don't really pan out. It's not an awful record, and such reports seem not a little exaggerated, but the fact that they seem to hide the experimentation later in the track list, doesn't reek of confidence. That said, the bass playing is pretty good here Dan's last album with them for over a decadeand I don't have much of an issue with the production. It seemed like a speed bump that the band could overcome with a little added focus, and its not nearly so creatively bankrupt as their flaccid and pathetic 'comeback' album in If you approach this album with an amused, uncommitted attitude, you'll find it enjoyable, as long as you were a Nuclear Assault fan to begin with.
People treat it as a 'Load' or 'Cold Lake' or something, Fashion Junkie - Nuclear Assault - Out Of Order it's not. It does show a band fragmenting and losing their focus, but at least they didn't crank out another album in the vein of 'Survive' or 'Handle With Care'. What's the value in that? They already made those albums. And they do have two much more dire albums: 'Something Wicked' and whatever that reunion album they Fashion Junkie - Nuclear Assault - Out Of Order was called.
And what's wrong with "Fashion Junkie"? Mid-paced stuff like this was all over 'Game Over', remember? And 'Game Over' is awesome. There are indeed some weak moments, which drag the album down considerably.
Completely and utterly Da Noi Nu. - Skaburger - Demo. Everyone knows "Doctor Butcher" is stupid. Anthony Bramante should stick to his killer leads and leave the throat to John Connelly. There were a ton of anti-evangelist thrash songs written back in the day, and this is one of the least convincing.
Pretty great leads throughout the song though. As for "Save The Planet": very cool song. It's ambitious, thoughtful, textured, melodic. A bit different for them, and a successful diversion. Fine by me. It's not NA's highest point by any means, but the attempt at stretching into new territories is something that has to be appreciated.
This is not essential, but do check it out. Just don't bother with anything after it. First thing to notice is the bad production. Nuclear Assault sounds good with a slightly foggy sound, but this isn't even foggy. It is a failed attempt at making a decent production. The guitars sound flat and the vocals have too much reverb. The drums as a whole are nothing more than decent but the bass drum is way too upfront in the mix.
In a way it becomes obvious in the eighties Dan Lilker had to A Soft Exchange - Elegant Machinery - A Soft Exchange to encourage the rest through enthusiasm to play fast and shred. Opening song 'Sign in Blood' is a pretty good thrasher, simply continuing where Handle With Care had left off although already stretching the length of the composition a bit. But with 'Fashion Junkie' the real trouble Fashion Junkie - Nuclear Assault - Out Of Order . This song is really over long, has too many instrumental parts and there are too many ideas put into one composition.
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