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. MattB
    Jun 2, 2004
    Truly fantastic reminds me of Disaster Strikes, probably the greatest anarcho-punk band.
  2. Chris
    Mar 2, 2003
    This cd is absolutley captivating, unlike many cd's these days. It has contrast from start to finish. I didn't find myself listening to the single the whole time because the whole rest of the cd was there. I became addicted the "Cosmonaut". Too bad they're not around anymore, but the good new's is that theres 2 new bands. The Mars Volta, and Sparta. I wouldn't call At the Drive-In "emo" just good music 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. JR
    Sep 10, 2004
    This is my favorite CD. Ever. At the Drive-In is amazing.
  5. samt
    Sep 3, 2005
    GREATEST emocore cd off alltime? Ohhhhhh i think so
  6. MichaelM
    Nov 12, 2006
    Best album Ive ever heard.Full Stop
  7. MattP
    Nov 24, 2005
    Mindless screaming is not music. One Armed Scissor is great, and that's about it. Sounds about as revolutionary as the last sh*t I took. Thank God for the break up because The Mars Volta is 100x better. Expand

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