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The Locust Safety Second, Body Last


01. Armless and Overactive 02. Who's Handling the Population Paste 03. Invented Organs 04. New Tongue Sweepstakes 05. Consenting Abscess 06. One Decent Leg MP3 07. Movement Across the Membrane 08. Oscillating Eyes 09. Immune System Overtime 10. Hairy Mouth
2005 Ipecac Recordings
Our score 8

3/28/2005

The Locust is the absolute epitome of a love 'em or hate 'em band in the world of heavy music. Their avant garde style of slightly controlled noise is unique, to say the least, and readily creates a legion of rabid fans as quickly as they piss other people off (surely whoever had the bright idea to stick them on a tour with Andrew WK had to see a flurry of middle fingers and fights coming). This bipolar, all-or-none split of listeners could be a seemingly simple reason why this band has jumped between very diverse labels (GSL to Epitaph to Ipecac): perhaps no one really knows what to do with them. Despite (or in spite) of all of this, the Locust continue to make music that is creative and in and of itself one ginormous middle finger. On past releases the Locust have been satisfied with short song structures somewhere in the grind vein, only with more electronics and much noisier. The old love 'em and leave 'em M. O. of the band has been replaced on their newest offering with longer tracks (actually only two split into six sections) and lots of electronic interludes to give you a break in between your living room spazz sessions. Bottom Line: Occasionally the blast beats are still there, along with the distorted guitars and screaming, though on Safety Second, Body Last, the band tries (somewhat) to expand beyond this. The end result, though a natural progression from Plague Soundscapes, is difficult to explain, especially if the listener is not familiar with the Locust. It is good, solid output one would expect from the Locust; the only problem is that it's very short. Basically, fans of the Locust will enjoy this furiously while those cynical about the band will now have more fuel for the fire. That and the fact that this complements the Ipecac roster perfectly is all you need to know.

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eatavagina_ 3/28/2005 8:59:59 PM

gee...i have no clue what to say here


XCrandallX_ 3/28/2005 9:06:27 PM

I like it...then again, I liked all their other stuff, too...


therighteousruler_ 3/28/2005 9:27:34 PM

sucks hard sucks hard


Its Tragic_ 3/28/2005 9:48:00 PM

f*ck those coked up gays. Shit wasnt good 7 years ago, shit isnt good now.


paradigm_ 3/28/2005 10:22:25 PM

good band. f*ck you gays.


Jay_ 3/28/2005 10:28:25 PM

Decent album, nothing amazing.


panzer_ 3/28/2005 11:37:03 PM

Interesting ... to say the least. May take a few more listens before getting used to it.


Dude Wheres My Boner_ 3/29/2005 12:21:34 AM

Eh, I'd check it out if it was placed in front of me...But, like all other past releases, nothing will compare to the split with Arab On Radar.


yeast infection_ 3/29/2005 12:55:40 AM

this band kicks ass, can't wait to here this. but.....worst album art since the Color Me Badd's debut


daysunderfire_ 3/29/2005 1:25:20 AM

from the bottomline "It is good, solid output one would expect from the Locust; the only problem is that it's very short" what do you expect all there aother stuff was short to


sftp767_ 3/29/2005 5:21:29 AM

bad band - amazing drummer


ipoopedinyourcloset_ 3/29/2005 7:20:07 AM

Wow. It appears that if someone screams on a CD, there will be people whom buy it. It also appears if "abstract" garbage like this keeps getting put out, Lambgoat reviewers will continue giving it undeservingly high scores.


J Lfs_ 3/29/2005 11:20:39 AM

Wow, this is the gayest band ever invented. the vocals suck so much dck its amazing. this cant be a serious band can it? this isnt f*cking music...


SMokeOutLoud_ 3/29/2005 12:09:49 PM

Locusts are nifty, there shit is killer, if you don't like 'em, lick yer momma!! if you get a chance to see them, bit 0 advice=get there 4 soundcheck!!


Alex_ 3/29/2005 12:13:14 PM

Patton signed these fruits! Shit that sucks!


notdeadyet_ 3/29/2005 2:23:57 PM

f*ck those coked up gays. Shit wasnt good 7 years ago, shit isnt good now. posted by Its Tragic () on 3/28/2005 9:48:00 PM


bigscarymonster_ 3/29/2005 3:34:13 PM

I love the Locust and I can't wait to check this out.


anonymous 3/29/2005 4:55:17 PM

the record is great and no one who criticizes it is anywhere capable of making the music..like it or not


Southwell_ 3/30/2005 4:45:04 AM

My friend has video footage of this band getting beat up in Florida a few years ago. This is worse than Limp Bizkit.


Mr_Bungle_ 3/30/2005 8:20:24 AM

great band.....it has grown on me along with melt banana


Its Tragic_ 3/30/2005 4:07:17 PM

GOD DAMN IT, so, what i said before still stands because ...it does, but for the sake of knowing JUST how bad this had gotten i listened to the clip below, f*ck YOU IF YOU LISTEN TO THAT BULLSHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11 sweet lord, saying that this is anything less than "complete bullshit" would be an somehow still be an overstatement. You cant f*cking tell me you would actually be driving to work and decide to jam out, because, if you listen to music that sounds like that you are probably incapable


Ash_ 3/30/2005 6:01:31 PM

hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha what a f*cking douchebag.


marching_band_rules_ 3/30/2005 7:42:51 PM

Enough of the "coked out" comments. You're done. As for the other people insulting The Locust, I'm not going to call you unintelligent or say that you "don't get it," because I feel that music isn't always about "getting it." However, I will call you out on being completely intolerant to unorthodox styles. While this sounds like "garbage" or a collection of random sounds, I assure you it is not. I have seen this band live twice, and there are definitely premeditated, complicated song structures


Life to Lifeless_ 3/30/2005 8:47:41 PM

Yes it's very creative, but that doesn't necessarily make it good. I'm not going to be a dck about it, but I just don't understand how this appeals to anyone. And don't say I don't get it. I can hear the structure of the song, and I use the term song loosely, but it just isn't very good.


Its Tragic_ 3/31/2005 2:34:46 AM

Maybe i got a bit out of hand, maybe im jealous that i cant record 20 minutes of me falling down on my instruments while someone starts and stops a blast beat. i dont AT ALL care if you think im being "intolerant" or "closed minded" or "a jerk", doesnt change the fact that this is SIMPLY UNLISTENABLE, i just f*cking played it again, to make sure that maybe i wasnt jumping the gun... bullshit start to finish, its that simple, this isnt about "jud jud" guitars or sikkk mosh parts or any of that, i


rainbowsatan_ 3/31/2005 8:48:17 PM

Seen em twice, never heard a recording. I was impressed. It's definately different wich is great, cause theres alot of cookie cutters right now.


Jay_ 4/3/2005 6:35:57 PM

the Locust > gay lambgoat posters


a_new_religion_ 4/3/2005 8:00:15 PM

the link for the mp3 doesnt work.


brickhouz_ 4/4/2005 6:36:00 PM

can't tolerate. rather die


me_ 4/6/2005 8:53:37 PM

LOVE IT!


YurhedaSplode_ 4/7/2005 6:25:24 AM

I don't particularly enjoy campy grind, but, like the dude 2 comments above me: I would much rather listen to the Locust than a bunch of 16 year olds whine about the Locust because they can't follow whats going on. Its not random noise, its very calculated but, like it or not, you can't follow it.


brickhouz_ 4/12/2005 2:14:34 PM

"The Locust is the absolute epitome of a love 'em or hate 'em band in the world of heavy music." it's not that i dont follow it, i just can't stand all the crappy noise that is the locust attacking my ears


youreokayiwilbei_ 4/14/2005 3:44:20 PM

quit all your bitching. the locust started because they wanted to mock the "hardcore" scene. what more would you expect from a band that makes hardcore/metal look silly. so to those of you who say this band sucks, obviously you didnt know why they started and what their plan was for their music. and to those of you guy said they rock, well rock on to those dudes. smash em' in the face!


justin_ 4/19/2005 12:20:49 PM

brilliant...simply brilliant.


anonymous 4/20/2005 9:48:43 PM

8/10 is too high, maybe a 6 for this record.


anonymous 4/21/2005 3:30:48 AM

seriously what the f*ck. why does this band exist?


hatedragon_ 7/9/2005 4:38:20 PM

i bought and liked this album, very interesting and different, can completely understand why some people didn't like it. Musicianship and originality 7/10


esc_ 9/8/2005 7:28:50 PM

the locust f*cking own. learn to use your ears e-thugs


nivo_ 12/7/2006 6:00:28 AM

seriously, anyone who's been running their mouths at this band needs to be shot. If they wanted any shit from you they'd pick it out of your teeth.


Kill You_ 3/29/2007 1:21:41 AM

Anyone who insults the locust are excactly what the lyrics are talking about. They are easily the most important band in REAL heavy music. So keep your bitch ass mouths shut and keep jerkin off until the next Killswitch engage cd comes out.


JudasGoat_ 7/9/2007 4:48:53 PM

Worth it.