The Color of Violence – Youthanize
Release Date: April 7, 2009
Record Label: Epitaph
No, this isn’t the “youthanize” the fake cable company in the DirecTV commercial brainstorms about. Rather this is Travis Richter and Derek Bloom’s (both of From First To Last fame), or should I say, Guy Nucleosity and Glitch Killgasm (their stage names), experimental side project. Guy shreds the guitar and his vocals, while Glitch rocks out from behind the kit. Together they create The Color of Violence and an album that never slows down. Youthanize is full of shrieks, noise, and rapid transitions.
Youthanize begins with their chaotic rendition of The Pixies’ “Rock Music.” The guitar riff crawls under your skin, as Richter screeches his way through the song. In fact, there is a lot of screeching. “Large Hardon Collider” hinges on the brink of grind, and could easily fit on one of The Number Twelve Looks Like You’s earlier albums. “God Gave Me Deeze Nutz” is a throwaway track, while “Me and My Enormous Spiritual Erection” showcase Bloom’s drum skills.
Basically, the first nine songs all clock in around two minutes and accomplish the same goal: to bash your head in repeatedly. “Christina, Christina” pierces and thrashes throughout, and “Create a Merkaba, and Get Me Outta Here!” tries its best to create melody. The final track, “Untitled” is actually pretty nice to listen, as it incorporates some electronic beats and creates a smooth groove.
Basically, in the end, Richter and Bloom just wanted to create and experiment. The Color of Violence sounds like two talented musicians who got bored in the studio. Youthanize isn’t bad musically, but Richter’s screeches are inaudible most of the time and hinder the album. Not to mention that Youthanize ends in a blink of an eye, and there isn’t much variation to draw listeners back in. It’s cool that Richter and Bloom just wanted to experiment and shoot the shit, but while Youthanize isn’t exactly terrible, it isn’t good either. It’s like a benign mole on your back, it’s just…there.
I'm glad I read this before I bought it on Itunes. The reviews I read in Revolver and AP both gave it 4/5, comparing it to the blood brothers and converge. I'll still check this out but I'm not paying for it.