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The Killer Better Judged By Twelve Than Carried By Six

01. Pills MP3 02. Worse Than Death 03. Where Will You Go? 04. The True Failure 05. I Know What I Am 06. The Confession Of An Escape Artist 07. Vatican 08. Tell My Mom I Love Her 09. The King Is Dead 10. Save Us 11. Darker 12. Welcome To Chicago 13. Burn In Hell
2006 Organized Crime Records
Our score 5

by Nick

As a rule, I always listen to an album a couple of times before I decide if it is to my liking. It's not uncommon for it to take me a couple spins before a record grows on me or I am able to uncover aspects of the music that I enjoy. However, with Better Judged By Twelve Than Carried By Six by The Killer, multiple listens have not provided me with a whole lot to on which to get hooked. The record is on the first listen, and every subsequent listen, a one-dimensional, angry hardcore record that isn't trying to fool anyone. While it appears that this is exactly what the group set out to do, Better Judged . . . hasn't quite made a fan out of me. The Killer plays a style of Midwest hardcore that is advertised as "overwhelming yet bearable, destructive yet groundbreaking, mature but with youthful exuberance." I personally would have saved some time paging through the thesaurus and simply said "we play pissed off, pit-friendly hardcore," but I don't want to take away from the PR guy's literary dreams. The record is a re-release, with the first nine tracks originally released in July, 2004, and the last four recorded earlier this year. With a total running time of 43 minutes, this album is definitely too long for the musical style, but I find the newest tracks to be the best on the album, so sticking it out to the end yields some benefits. The original tracks tend to get caught up in slower, tough-guy chugging parts that become monotonous after a while, but the trio of newer original tracks, "Save Us," "Darker," and "Welcome To Chicago," are more consistently up tempo and are consequently more entertaining. The final track, a sub-par cover of Twisted Sister's "Burn In Hell," isn't really anything to get excited about unless you are, like myself, a fan of the cinematic masterpiece otherwise known as Pee Wee Herman's Big Adventure. With the exception of a couple southern-rock inspired leads that show up once in a while on the disc, the album is, as a whole, a less than memorable piece of music. The production possesses a nice gritty quality, and suits the band perfectly. Lyrically there isn't anything that really stands out, as most songs fall under the typical "fuck you" hardcore subject matter. I guess I should note that this re-release also comes with a DVD of a live show in their hometown of Chicago. After watching a couple songs though, I think it's safe to say that unless you're already a fan, this DVD won't quite convert you. Bottom Line: Better Judged By Twelve Than Carried By Six is simply an angry, heavy hardcore record that isn't breaking any musical boundaries. I respect the no-frills hardcore approach, but unless you absolutely love this slice of the hardcore genre, you won't find anything too captivating here.


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ofgo_ 9/25/2006 10:41:42 AM

F1111111rst P0st

littlemac_ 9/25/2006 10:42:49 AM

haha all the "down for the crew or die" chicago kids are going to be so pissed

murdermittenmatt_ 9/25/2006 12:15:25 PM

this band is good

anonymous 9/25/2006 2:48:30 PM

remember when this came out a super long time ago?

joehardcore_ 9/25/2006 5:35:20 PM

nothing like a reivew a year or more later from a jaded jerk. definitely darker and heavier then most no frills pit friendly hardcore. but then again what do i know?

Nick Scandy_ 9/25/2006 5:43:19 PM

So this record came out in April. The review's obviously on the late side, but rounding 5 months up to "a year or more" is a little generous there buddy.

anonymous 9/25/2006 6:50:13 PM

sorry DickScandy, this cd is definately a couple years old

doodyman_ 9/26/2006 5:25:28 AM

hey nick way to be mr. brightside on this review

dick parry_ 9/26/2006 9:02:20 AM

sorry DickScandy, this cd is definately a couple years old ---- it was re-released with new songs dumbass

Nick Scandy_ 9/26/2006 9:31:33 AM

"The record is a re-release, with the first nine tracks originally released in July, 2004, and the last four recorded earlier this year." <-------- Holy shit some of you don't know how to read.

Art Vandelay_ 9/26/2006 12:30:12 PM

totally missed the boat on this one. this band blends in a lot of elements into "pit-friendly" hardcore. With influence ranging from Turmoil to Tragedy they've done a lot more with this type of music than a lot of others. Listen to the track "Worse than Death" to hear what I'm talking about. Great band, exceptional record.

dingle_ 9/26/2006 12:54:53 PM

dont expect the reviewer to respond, he is probably in a walk in freezer on the south side of chicago

MEH_ 9/26/2006 8:00:04 PM

the mp3 is pretty good, turmoil mixed with Hope Con.

urineburn_ 9/27/2006 5:40:29 PM