Eskimo Callboy – We Are The Mess
I must preface before I continue by saying I absolutely love this band, but it was not an immediate feeling. My initial exposure to the German EDM-metalcore act, Eskimo Callboy, was a resounding “What the actual f@#$?!”. I was exposed to them when the Cincinnati band, Close to Home, announced their European tour in support of these guys. Their initial appearance and demeanor was way over the top. Everything they had advertising them was supremely over-photoshopped and looked like the club flyers I find on my windshield and thoroughly despise.
Needless to say, I wrote them off as another silly electronic hardcore band. Not like the world really needs another one. I was later re-introduced to them with their music video for their song entitled “Muffin Purper-Gurk” and it immediately became clear that their over-the-top demeanor was all part of their art form. It is almost as if they are parodying the American metalcore scene with their silly outfits, videos, and even a pink Hello Kitty guitar. They do not take themselves as a serious metalcore act, instead acting our a satire of the genre.
Eskimo Callboy’s latest release, We Are the Mess, is an album that screams “party” quite literally at the top of it’s lungs. Upon my initial listen I immediately wanted to see how this would be performed live. It begins with an initial intro track in a similar style to Attack Attack’s (USA) Someday Came Suddenly, just more updated and with a producer who knows how to produce electronic tracks far better. After some singalong chants, you are immediately hit with somewhat trancey breakdown riff that hits you like a freight train. The band uses some crazy dubstep, house, trance, and other EDM styles infused with their metal core overtone. The guitar riffs are nothing groundbreaking or incredibly innovative, but they aren’t necessarily boring. Lyically, the album deals a lot with partying, quite hard at that. They do address some more personal emotionally areas in the album, but the overall vibe is clear. This album is basically an awesome dance party waiting to happen. Definitely check it out, especially if you enjoy bands like Enter Shikari, I See Stars, Attack Attack! (USA), Asking Alexandria, or if you just like having a good time in general. This is, without a doubt, the best thing this genre has to offer by far. After all remember, if it wasn’t for Germany there wouldn’t be electronic music to begin with!