Relationship Of Command - At The Drive-In
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  • Summary: This is the final release for At The Drive-In, who later split to form groups Sparta and The Mars Volta.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
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  1. The new album, Relationship of Command, is one of the most amazing collections of music I have ever heard.
  3. In a bad time for young guitar bands, including many barely forgettable ones lumped under the trade name "emo," these ambitious yowlers are reason for hope.
  4. Producer Ross Robinson (Korn, Deftones, Slipknot, etc.) brings a degree of alt-rock punch to the proceedings, but there's more than enough garage grit left in the grooves to keep the indie kids smirking. There's certainly some downtime on Relationship of Command, but when it hits you'll be smarting, and smiling.
  5. The album's only weakness is its awful track sequence. At times it can be uncomfortable to listen to. The songs don't seem to fit together in the order they have been laid out for the listener.
  6. 70
    They deliver breathless, urgent rifferama, elements of which can be traced to RATM, The Stooges and Placebo.
  7. This is bound to be praised to the hilt as the Next Big Thing, but rock outfit At The Drive In have only one thing going in their favour - the absence of competition. It's so close to being something beautiful, something to cling on to in these aurally barren times, but it's just so not quite.

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  1. Mar 4, 2013
    This is one of my favorite records of all time. In my top ten at least. One of the most energetic and forward-looking recordings to ever see daylight. While The Mars Volta was a good band, none of their albums will ever reach this level of excitement and intensity. Expand
  2. Dec 15, 2010
    This is one of my favorite rock albums. It's utterly amazing. The vocals are some of the best I've ever heard and the musicianship is incredible. "Pattern Against User" is one of my favorite songs of all time. All In All, One of my favorite albums. A Expand
  3. Aug 21, 2012
    Arguably one of the most important post-hardcore albums in the history of the genre. What Bixler, Rodriguez and Co accomplished here is a true triumph. They managed to make an album that was accessible enough to bring people into the fold of post-hardcore, while still maintaining credibility among the stalwart fans of the genre through urgency, songwriting prowess and phenomenal instrumentation. Even Bixler's voice, that initially might take some getting used to, quickly becomes one of the best parts of this breathtaking album after a few listens. Expand
  4. j30
    Sep 28, 2011
    A punk/rock record that'll kick your teeth in. This is just a great LP from the boys down in Austin. Understandably the precursor to Mars Volta's De-loused In the Comatorium. I can't recommend this enough. Expand

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