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meth. Shame


Shame
1. Doubt 2. Compulsion 3. Blush 4. Give In 5. Cruelty 6. Shame 7. Blackmail
2024 Prosthetic Records
Our score 9

1/26/2024

Chicago Chaotic Hardcore band meth. are certainly one of the more appropriately named bands in the extreme music scene, as their music has always conveyed layers of psychosis and desperation that feels like it could only be fueled by massive amounts of the one of the hardest and most destructive drugs in existence. Known for their insane live performances and truly unhinged recordings, they’ve been turning heads for quite a few years well past the initial shock value their namesake might hit with. 

Their 2019 full length and Prosthetic debut Mother Of Red Light was a stark step up from their already well received initial EP’s, showcasing some of the bleakest and darkest mathcore that’s ever been put to tape. With that being said, the release of their second LP Shame marks yet another progression for the band, with a hard lean into noise rock and a sense of cohesiveness and improved songwriting that’s far beyond anything they’ve previously released to date, not to mention the creation of the most foreboding and at times outright terrifying atmosphere I’ve heard on any record from a heavy band in years.

When the white knuckle intensity of the incendiary opening track “Doubt” hits, it seems like it might be easy to pin down meth.’s influences and sound, but as the album unfolds it’s clear that’s not so simple. There are certainly elements of their sound pulled from darkest and heaviest moments of legendary chaotic hardcore bands Converge or early Dillinger Escape Plan here, but they’re spliced with the blackened sludge force of overseas bands Celeste and Hexis, and the hypnotic, spastic noise rock of Jesus Lizard or their more modern counterparts Young Widows. 

Shame’s seven songs have a strong and unified focus both with sonic cohesiveness and in regards to the title of the record, as the band explores the trauma that comes from the feeling of Shame itself through battling with addiction and mental health issues. While the music here is sprawling and chaotic, songs like “Compulsion”, “Cruelty” and the title track couldn’t be more literal in conveying these feelings and the sense of pain that comes with them.

For myself at least, previous releases from meth. were so chaotic at times that while I certainly appreciated the obvious effort put into them, they sometimes felt a bit less memorable due to them being all over the place. Shame certainly does not have this issue, as the songwriting on this record is an absolutely massive step up from anything the band has previously released. A relentless and mesmerizing rhythm section pushes every song on this record forward with an urgent consistency and leaves it’s mark long after the initial listen, with an absolutely massive sound that feels like it surrounds and ultimately consumes you. 

This is bolstered by an incredible recording from Zack Farrer at Rose Raft Studios that nails the huge, menacing feel of their live sets perfectly, while still maintaining an impressive sense of clarity amidst all of the chaos. This is far and wide the biggest and best sounding recording from the band yet, and it’s not even remotely close.

When the band does break out of their rhythmic lockstep and dips into the more chaotic mathcore of their past releases, it’s always well placed within the context of each song and it’s brevity works to it’s advantage, hitting with a sledgehammer force that pushes the bleak, industrial atmosphere of the record to new levels. It’s to meth,’s credit that even the most lengthy, 6+ minute songs on Shame never feel overly long, with experimental flourishes like the haunting clean vocals layered in “Blush” or the hard noise rock leanings of the title track ensuring that every song makes it's own unique mark while never straying from the consistency and theme of the record itself, no easy feat in itself when a record is so clearly focused on one unifying sound and focus.

Bottom Line: Shame is a watershed moment for meth., a sprawling, consistently intense chaotic hardcore record coupled with a clear artistic focus on the myriad of painful emotions that it’s very title brings forth the human psyche. This is a record that will be talked about for years to come by fans of hardcore, metal, noise rock and every heavy music genre in between. Something like this only drops every once in a while, and I’d recommend anyone even remotely interested in extreme music gives this one a spin immediately.


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anonymous 31 days ago

This band has achieved Zulu Levels all hail Meth.

easyhateoven 31 days ago

it's a shame they didn't break up yet

anonymous 31 days ago

9/10 lmao. Get f*cking real you dumbshit

anonymous 31 days ago

Dude down there cant handle good music 😂 its a Shame you were birthed

anonymous 31 days ago

Unoriginal mathgrind band gets nowhere so they start emulating chat pile and all the other soy latte sipping sludge/noise rock bands. Everyone knows the head case behind this band looks through the comments here.

anonymous 31 days ago

I love good music. That's why I don't care about this album and you rating it at a 9 is retarded

Bortslob 31 days ago

anonymous 1 hour ago This band has achieved Zulu Levels all hail Meth. Zulu was like 9.8, meth is like 9.1, just teetering on Zulu level

anonymous 31 days ago

Eliot a 9? really? a 9??? lmaooo fail

anonymous 31 days ago

Is there a black guy in the band?

anonymous 30 days ago

no black guy, but there is a dwarf.

toxicnacho 30 days ago

All lives matter

anonymous 30 days ago

Even actual masterpiece records are not talked about for years anymore. Thinking one from a band called Meth., that most people won't even give a chance or hear about, is crazy.

anonymous 30 days ago

This is boring as hell. Eliot loses again

anonymous 30 days ago

Ah, Eliot, so generous with the score again for crappy hipster bands

anonymous 30 days ago

My brain cells died when I read the word unhinged.

anonymous 30 days ago

That song sounded like b sides from goodbye to the gallows. Meth lmao more like meh. Let's do emmure without rapping and breakdowns! Y'all got Franked again

anonymous 30 days ago

Might be decent without that singer

anonymous 30 days ago

Shame this band sucks

anonymous 30 days ago

This got a 9 but Upon Stone got dumpstered lmaoooooo

bigelrestinpeace 30 days ago

"That song sounded like b sides from goodbye to the gallows. Meth lmao more like meh. Let's do emmure without rapping and breakdowns! Y'all got Franked again" My dude if you think a single second of the single this band has up sounds anything like Emmure then Meth ain't just this band's name it's your literal lifestyle and must be consistently running through your veins lmao. Like I most of ya'll have soft serve yogurt for brains but holy shit.

bigelrestinpeace 30 days ago

Anyways I won't ever get tired of laughing at the comments you absolute bottom feeder losers post and it only brings the views up so keep on truckin' with em!

anonymous 29 days ago

^ oh do you get a bonus if you get so many views? Like instead of $12 you'll get $16? Either way, you should want as few people as possible viewing your pitiful attempts at writing and seeing what trash taste in music you have

anonymous 29 days ago

doesn't the they/them propping this band up with their trust fund get caught diddling kids?

bigelrestinpeace 29 days ago

"^ oh do you get a bonus if you get so many views? Like instead of $12 you'll get $16? Either way, you should want as few people as possible viewing your pitiful attempts at writing and seeing what trash taste in music you have" I do actually get a bonus, but not what you'd assume, it's not money but more so the reinforcement of knowing that you will always be a complete f*cking loser that wouldn't ever put a face to your name or talk that shit in a public setting, if you even shower enough to go out in public without making someone puke. It's the bonus of knowing your going to die mad because your wittle website changed and you didn't. So yeah, keep on being the walking punchline you are, crack another Zulu or Goo joke and continue being the absolute worthless jerkoff you are always going to be, thanks for your service :)

anonymous 29 days ago

But is this a Zulu level 9?

anonymous 29 days ago

FRANKED

anonymous 28 days ago

I do actually get a bonus, but not what you'd assume, it's not money but more so the reinforcement of knowing that you will always be a complete f*cking loser that wouldn't ever put a face to your name or talk that shit in a public setting, if you even shower enough to go out in public without making someone puke. It's the bonus of knowing your going to die mad because your wittle website changed and you didn't. So yeah, keep on being the walking punchline you are, crack another Zulu or Goo joke and continue being the absolute worthless jerkoff you are always going to be, thanks for your service :) ^ lol nice meltdown incel. And baby talk? Lmao you f*cking cretin. You're just as anonymous as me you retard. You were too scared to be apart of that Death Leprosy talk which all the other reviewers did because you knew everyone would make fun of what a fat, ugly f*cking loser you are. And you're writing is like an edgy 7th grader.

anonymous 28 days ago

I didn't know the score numbers were supposed to be the same as the most paid draw they've ever had.

anonymous 28 days ago

Shame is what Eliot has brought to his parents for his entire life from being an absolute failure at everything

anonymous 28 days ago

Holy f*ck is that the reviewer in the comments? All that crying and pissing because people clowned on you a little for giving r*peboys album a 9? How the f*ck can you project so hard and think people will buy it? You basically have us the speech from Hatred because someone disagreed with you haha get real.

anonymous 27 days ago

f*ckin lol at that little pissant calling himself BigEL and thinking he's cool. You are the worst attempt at a writer in the history of album reviews. You single-handedly make this website a complete embarrassment. Give up.

Inkongudunk 27 days ago

Like I most of ya'll have soft serve yogurt for brains but holy shit. Lol Eliot f*ckin sucks

bigelrestinpeace 27 days ago

"^ lol nice meltdown incel. And baby talk? Lmao you f*cking cretin. You're just as anonymous as me you retard. You were too scared to be apart of that Death Leprosy talk which all the other reviewers did because you knew everyone would make fun of what a fat, ugly f*cking loser you are. And you're writing is like an edgy 7th grader." Incel? Now you've gone too far brother I got my rib removed so I could suck my own cock so that's certainly not true. 🫡

bigelrestinpeace 27 days ago

"Holy f*ck is that the reviewer in the comments? All that crying and pissing because people clowned on you a little for giving r*peboys album a 9? How the f*ck can you project so hard and think people will buy it? You basically have us the speech from Hatred because someone disagreed with you haha get real." The r*peboys album comes out next week and I gave it a 10, you f*ckin poser

bigelrestinpeace 27 days ago

"f*ckin lol at that little pissant calling himself BigEL and thinking he's cool. You are the worst attempt at a writer in the history of album reviews. You single-handedly make this website a complete embarrassment. Give up." This is actually your fault, I'm sorry to say. I only write reviews for this website because I know you'll comment. Sadly I know neither of us will throw in the towel. Maybe we can go for a walk on the beach instead 🥰 Anyways lambgoat wouldn't be the same without y'all I suppose, thanks for your service 🫡

anonymous 26 days ago

RAGINGf*ckMAN 12 hours ago Your parents named you Eliot with one L because the moment they saw that floor-buffed-at-birth face of yours they knew you were gonna pick up plenty of L's along the way, so why bother ^^😆😆😆😆😆

anonymous 26 days ago

bigelrestinpeace 5 hours ago This is actually your fault, I'm sorry to say. I only write reviews for this website because I know you'll comment. Sadly I know neither of us will throw in the towel. Maybe we can go for a walk on the beach instead 🥰 Anyways lambgoat wouldn't be the same without y'all I suppose, thanks for your service 🫡 ^ So you are saying you spend hours listening to an album, coming up with the shitty word salads you write, completely embarrass yourself in the process, and the entire time you are thinking about me and doing this just for me? lol you are beyond pathetic.

anonymous 26 days ago

I'm sure responding over and over on days old reviews of his will make Elliot look like he has thick skin and not like a mouthbreathing pussy.

anonymous 25 days ago

Elliot is a weak-willed little bitch and his reviews are complete dogshit

anonymous 25 days ago

Eliot was better when she/he/it went by Ellen.

anonymous 25 days ago

At least Dick Rod has the decency to not respond to his detractors because he knows they're right. Elliott, this is just pathetic

anonymous 25 days ago

^ Dick Rod trying to make himself seem cool at the expense of his competition.

Bortslob 24 days ago

I couldn't get through 2 songs on this

anonymous 24 days ago

The only white knuckled intensity Eliot has ever heard is his mom beating spit lubed bbc while he was told to make his own food for dinner

anonymous 23 days ago

Tried to listen to this yesterday and couldn't get through the first song. Faux deep wannabe art rock so it makes sense a midwit like Elliot would think is good.

RAGINGFUCKMAN 23 days ago

Stinky review from a stinkmaster idiot who goes on the board and cries that his reviews stink. Needs diaper changing.

anonymous 23 days ago

bigelrestinpeace 3 hours ago I mean, if I'm the loser here, and to be fair I never said I was a cool person, it's gotta be a bleak reality for the anonymous chuds who comment on every review, as ya'll several steps below dogshit lmao. The irony of some absolute jabroni calling me weak willed or a bitch when they would never, ever step outside their anonymous internet bubble even to talk shit on the internet might be lost on ya'll, but it's not on me, so I'll continue to laugh at that shit and the anon commenters can continue projecting their lite-columbine esque rants on every review towards me. So it goes. I mean shit, one of ya'll that posts on here actually caught legit charges for threating mass shootings on the internet lmfao. The only thing I failed at here was actually giving any of these smooth brains the actual time of day with a response in general, but since it seems to rile some of ya'll up so much maybe I'll just continue to do it lmao. Either way I don't give a shit if y

anonymous 23 days ago

you read or don't read or hate my reviews at the end of the day, I'm gonna keep doing them so tough shit, and whoever wants to continue whining about it anonymously like a little bitch can continue to do that. I just miss the days of "vanflip/no care ever" and comments that were actually even close to funny, but that era def over it seems like. THOUGH I will admit straight up that some of the insults I've seen (the floor buffed face and only one L cause I'd be taking them thing especially) are pretty f*cking funny, so I'll give props for those. Anyways I have 0 doubts that if I met the majority if not any of ya'll in real life you'd pretend lambgoat doesn't exist lmao, and that's just facts. And like I said, make the petition to fire me and I'll sign it.

anonymous 23 days ago

I do meth and I can't believe I stopped masturbating to listen to that.

anonymous 21 days ago

You've completely humiliated yourself with those meltdowns Eliot. If you have any dignity at all you will never come back

anonymous 21 days ago

Lmao - Eliot talking down on everyone for not achieving the heights of becoming a reviewer on Lambgoat, not realizing most of us have actual office/desk jobs making far more than he will ever make, and only comment on here to kill time. Pathetic.

anonymous 15 days ago

This is the worst review I've ever seen here for real. You should delete this and the reviewer right away

anonymous 12 days ago

Eliot is the lowest common denominator in every aspect of his life

anonymous 15 hours ago

Damn, I actually feel bad for Eliot after reading all of this. 😆