Review: Eatmewhileimhot! – Mushroom

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Artist: Eatmewhileimhot!
Album: Mushroom
Genre: Post-hardcore/Metal
Label: Loveaway

Christofer Drew is a busy guy, having  divided up his time between his three very musically distinct bands. The acoustic, indie-pop Never Shout Never, the experimental, psychedelics of GONZO and the brutal post-hardcore, metal outfit Eatmewhileimhot! Despite the fact that it originally started off as joke, just boredom filtered through heavy music, Eatmewhileimhot! has since become a full-time, band for Drew.

The band’s sophomore effort Mushroom is a mess, and I mean that in the best way possible. The album is a furious mash-up of; bright, snarling guitar riffs, teeth rattling bass lines, crashing drums, and vocals that range from guttural roars to glam rock falsetto. Clocking in at 30 minutes Mushroom tears along at  a rapid pace, leaving barely any time for the listener to catch their breath.

Mushroom lacks any real lyrical substance, (The majority of the album’s lyrical content is made up by the word “fuck” and all of its enjoyable variations.), but that doesn’t stop the album from being terribly enjoyable. The charm of Mushroom comes from Eatmewhileimhot! sense of playfulness within the tracks; throwing in various musical instruments and 80’s glam rock homages.

“Rock n’ Roll” is one of the strongest examples of the band just having fun. The track is one of the album’s lighter ones, but not by much. Drew’s vocals are clean and sharp as he spits out lyrics over the top of racing guitars and machine gun drums like an out of control run away train. However, the most enjoyable part of “Rock n’ Roll” is when the track eventually devolves into tribal drumming, a rain stick and group vocals chanting, “ye-ha, ye-ha.”

The album reaches a mammoth crescendo in the closing track “Gods of Metal,” a real beast of a song. Eatmewhileimhot! hold nothing back as the song barrels in with a static wave of  dense guitars and a flurry of drums. Drew shouts out, “born as a problem, die like a man,” as the tumultuous storm rages on behind him, culminating in a final, brutal explosion.

Eatmewhileimhot! have crafted one hell of a metal album with Mushroom and in the immortal words of Wayne Campbell, “it wails.”

Score: 6.5/10
Review written by: Ethan Merrick

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