IEatHeartAttacks – Please Just Dance Death
Review by: Colin Steele
Overall Rating: 4 / 5
I have to be honest that hardcore metallic punk isn’t my passion. That being said, I have to admit that there is something about Norwegian trio IEatHeartAttacks’ debut album that I really like. Hardcore punk is great live. That’s the entire point. Perhaps I have always felt that the records never (or at least rarely) capture that live energy. Please Just Dance Death is one of the exceptions. All the songs are as frantic as they should be, but its not overkill. Even on some of the more melodic songs (such as “Drowning Is My New Favorite Thing”) , the energy level is appropriate for the song to work. Right out of the gate with “Liar,” I heard elements of Botch and Calculating Infinity-era Dillinger Escape Plan, both of which I happen to love. There are still the call-and-response fist raising moments that I feel are necessary for the genre (“Refuge Tropicana”), but they are bigger than that. The elements of post-punk, noise rock, and metal blend very well. Some of the more melodic songs slightly remind me of Boysetsfire’s After The Eulogy album (one of my first real introductions to melodic hardcore).
I have to give it a solid 4/5. For a debut, this is great. I hope its an indicator of what this band is capable of in the future.