Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. The new album, Relationship of Command, is one of the most amazing collections of music I have ever heard.
  2. RELATIONSHIP OF COMMAND IS THE GREATEST ROCK ALBUM I HAVE HEARD IN THE LAST TEN YEARS.
  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. ATDI's latest album has its amps cranked to the hilt from start to finish. Far from being another in a long line of sanitised American punk rock albums, 'Relationship Of Command' sounds REAL.
  5. The music roars along, occasionally slowing to build tension, then letting loose with a corrosive guitar assault.
  6. On this 11-track masterpiece, so full of adrenaline and swarming moods, ATDI has created one of the most infecting and mind-blowing rock albums in a long time. While most of the tracks are of the more aggressive edge, this is undeniably the band's most focused and well put together and, therefore, best all-around album yet.
  7. 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.
  8. 70
    They deliver breathless, urgent rifferama, elements of which can be traced to RATM, The Stooges and Placebo.
  9. 70
    When a band amasses most of its fan base from constant touring, as ATDI has, creating an album that captures the rawness of live shows is paramount. This natural ingredient in its sound is captured beautifully on Relationship of Command.
  10. 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.
  11. While Relationship of Command doesn't quite compare to seeing this group live, you'll surely want to mosh-dance in your bedroom when you listen to this recording.
  12. At the Drive-In (from El Paso, Texas) picks up where Jane's Addiction leaves off, emitting that thin, distinctive Perry Farrell upper register vocal amid a post-punk apocalyptic guitar/bass/drums detonation. Good for the Addiction, not so good for the Drive-In.
  13. 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.
  14. Producer Ross Robinson (Korn, Slipknot) adds some arena sheen, true. But it's not enough to smooth the edges off "Arc Arsenal," a primal tantrum against rebels "robbed . . . of their cause," or to homogenize the ragged beats and mind-bending guitar flurries of "Enfilade."
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 123 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 65
  2. Negative: 0 out of 65
  1. Aug 21, 2012
    10
    Arguably one of the most important post-hardcore albums in the history of the genre. What Bixler, Rodriguez and Co accomplished here is a trueArguably 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. Full Review »
  2. Dec 15, 2010
    10
    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 isThis 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 Full Review »
  3. Sep 11, 2014
    10
    Relationship of Command, At the Drive-In's last album, is by far their best. It's heavier, it's melodies and bass/guitar riffs are incredible,Relationship of Command, At the Drive-In's last album, is by far their best. It's heavier, it's melodies and bass/guitar riffs are incredible, the musical variety is brilliant, and Cedric's voice is a lot better than in previous albums. Furthermore; it's got unrelenting musicality, and the guitar, bass and drums blend exceptionally, creating a rocking crescendo of mad noise, worked into an unbelievably awesome composition: with Cedric screaming over the top of it all, it meshes into the perfect punk rock music.

    However, their are a few minor things that I didn't particularly like; for instance, the background singing and some of Cedric's singing is still out of tune. But, while I wrote that, I heard an incomprehensibly awesome part of 'Invalid Litter Department' (probably the best song on the album), so don't take those criticisms seriously, because I was just completely awesomed out.

    Another note is that the band members clearly have a sense of humor, and have probably taken lots of drugs; this adds to the hypnagogic and mad feel to the album.

    The album is improved by the progression and the relentlessness of it; it's like if you got past At the Drive-In and mixed it with The Mars Volta and August Burns Red.

    The surreality of the album, the perfect length of it and the memorability of the album make Relationship of Command a punk rock masterpiece (in it's own right as good as The Mars Volta's 'De-Loused in the Comatorium').

    So I give it a 9.8/10. One of the best albums I've ever heard.

    P.S. The best songs are 'Mannequin Republic' and 'Invalid Letter Department' (as I mentioned).
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