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  • Summary: The sophomore album from the New Zealand trio.
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  1. The venom is still there, and it's just as potent, but it tastes a little sweeter this time around.
  2. It is raw, exciting and cathartic; so much so that it is able to match the notoriously incendiary live performances of its architects for sheer energy, whilst expanding upon these foundations in songwriting terms.
  3. Art-punk, post-punk, hardcore, alternative, slap whatever label you would like on it; I'll stick to youthful, captivating, raw, and memorable as my descriptors.
  4. It may be considerably more commercial than their first album, but Promises Promises is, crucially, also much, much better.
  5. It's fun stuff, and I imagine their live show would be even better.
  6. Die! Die! Die! craft a rickety balance between cacophony and attractive post-punk melody. [Mar 2008, p.136]
  7. It's like being hit over the head by a giant hammer in a neverending Itchy & Scrathy episode. [Jan 2009, p.113]

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Score distribution:
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  1. RonT.
    Mar 4, 2008
    10
    A true mystery for me why this band doesn't get more recognition, amazing band, amazing record!
  2. JensL
    Feb 21, 2008
    9
    This album is fantastic, a real maturation from the ferocity of previous recordings.
  3. BennyG.
    Feb 28, 2008
    9
    this band needed to be recorded by an associate that captures their sonic sound assault and give them depth. congrats S.Carter and D!D!D!