Ok. So the second song is called “Man That’s Some Evil Piss”. So don’t expect Shakespeare. But it also isn’t an album of mindless drivel. There is mucho depth and quality.
I checked out the web site at counterlaunchmusic.com while listening to the tracks. Two things stuck out to me:
Counter Launch is changing the way music is heard by creating a new genre, Punk Opera.
And this quote too:
It was legends like Iron Maiden, Bad Religion, Queen, the Misfits and Social Distortion that created the soundtrack for [Counter Launch].
I decided to research the claim that they invented Punk Opera. I got the following quote from uncyclopedia.wikia.com (a most dubious resource):
An alternative/punk opera (often called rock operas) is usually written by a band when they have no ideas left. Most rock operas include a main character with a serious terminal illness or who just doesn’t like life. The first track usually has nothing to do with the rock opera, but does include several lines about homosexuals and your grandmother’s carrot cake. The rest of the CD is drawn out, but the listener can usually figure out the main storyline by listening to the last track, during which the main character of the opera always shags a watermelon. **
Is this true? I don’t know, but it’s damn funny. So, I don’t think that Counter Launch created the Punk Opera. But they did redefine it. This album is not a contrived journey through shallow cliches. And it doesn’t have the pathetic grab at greatness and relevancy that I usually associate with a Rock or Punk Opera.
I think the Operatic-ness comes from the second quote that I picked up on; about the inspirationals by Maiden and Queen and others. Counter Launch really has captured the dramatic nature of their heroes. It is hard to capture the intensity, passion, and quirkiness of these bands without making it laughable. But Counter Launch does just that. This album is full of 70′s and 80′s rock and metal moments. But, and I cannot stress this enough, it does not come across as dated. It’s doesn’t even come across as an homage. I hear the undercurrents of Maiden but it’s not a rip-off. Counter Launch takes their foundation and brings it in new and personal directions, much like Sum 41 and Underminded did.
It is a good solid album. I will listen to it again. It will go on my iPhone in general rotation.
Song Maturity: 8
Album Cohesiveness: 9
Sonic Journey: 7
Recording quality: 9
Counter Launch is:
Gabriel Valentin: guitar and lead vocals
Stephen Filthy: bass and lead vocals
Adam Sayre: drums and vocals.