Glassjaw - Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Silence

by Bob Coyne Rating: Release Date:2000-05-08

For some people big is never going to be big enough. Take Long Island's Glassjaw, a band whose inherent artistic vision both coalesces and encompasses a multitude of musical precedents from a wide variety of divergent genres. The end result of this feverish mixing and matching--of factors whose only common gene is their profound grandiosity--is that Glassjaw may well be lazily compartmentalised as a metal act primarily for their overwhelming embrace of the bombastic, yet they're undeniably worth a whole lot more. For they're freshening up rock's formulaic status quo with a similar grab bag of priceless acquired stylings to Faith No More in their "Epic" glory days. Specifically, Glassjaw ally the precocious new wave cleverness of XTC and Elvis Costello, to the blazing fury of Bad Brains, and top the entire potent cocktail with a fundamentally awesome Ross "Slipknot" Robinson production job. The result is colossal.--Ian Fortnam

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