ALBUM: Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows – D.R.U.G.S.

Release Date: February 22nd, 2011
Label: Sire/Decaydance
Website: www.thisisdrugs.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/drugsband

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Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows (or D.R.U.G.S. as they’re more commonly known as) are the brainchild of Craig Owens, who mid way through 2009 was unceremoniously kicked out of Michigan post-hardcore outfit, Chiodos. Since then, his new band (completed by members of Underminded, Matchbook Romance, Story Of The Year and From First To Last) has been busy putting together their debut album. The album itself is everything you would imagine from a band with such big names, full of crunching riffs, inventive song structures and passionate vocal delivery.

Owens is the star of the show from the very start however, as he and his band mates rip into ‘If You Think This Song Is About You, It Probably Is’, which shows off his new, positive yet aggressive outlook on life, as his lyrics are perhaps his most honest to date, and for a man who isn’t known for his to the point lyrics, this is really saying something. Such personal and almost autobiographical outpours as “I may have more sensitivity than talent / I will be the king of my world / Thank God that I’ll never be you”, found on ‘Stop Reading, Start Doing Push Ups’ is always a dangerous thing for someone like Owens to do, but on this record it only enhances the sound and gives the listener a sense of what he has actually gone through in the past few years of his life, making the experience overall all the more enjoyable and authentic.

‘The Only Thing You Talk About’ (formerly known as Chiodos demo, ‘Thermacare’) kicks off with some chirpy gang vocals before kicking straight off into pummelling riff, and consistently throughout the song, Owens‘ vocal delivery takes the song to new heights, as his voice truly soars, notably on songs like the pop-rock based ‘I’m Here To Take The Sky’. This is a consistency throughout the album, as his band mates are willing to pay him a supporting role, however, not without kicking up a storm of their own on songs like ‘Mr. Owl Ate My Metal Worm’.

Both ‘Sex Life’ and ‘Laminated E.T. Animal’ show off the band’s desire to mix around their songs, with interesting intros belonging to both songs, before tearing into massive choruses. The band make other attempts to vary it up throughout, as the epic ‘Graveyard Dancing’ and equally as good ‘The Hangman’ best show off the band’s use of symphonic elements that are a key element to the whole album. However, on occasion the band run their influences a bit too close. It’s easy to draw similarities between D.R.U.G.S. and bands like The Used; whilst ‘I’m The Rehab, You’re The Drugs’ sounds like it could have been taken straight from an Escape The Fate album, in this case it’s no bad thing as they pull it off magnificently.

After seeing what various members of this band have gone through over the past year, it’s somewhat exceptional that they have managed to regroup and put out an album as good as this. There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that this is another Craig Owens show, but when the band supporting him has an ear for a hooking riff and a massive chorus as good as this one does, nobody will give that a second thought.

Written by Oliver Thompson

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