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Album Review: Gay For Johnny Depp – What Doesn’t Kill You, Eventually Kills You

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Hailing from the rough streets of Brooklyn, New York, Gay For Johnny Depp are preparing for the release of their sophomore record, What Doesn’t Kill You, Eventually Kills You which hits store on Valentines Day.

The album has been produced by Grammy-nominated heavy metal producer Alex Newport who has worked with the likes of Sepulture and The Melvins and does a fantastic job with Gay For Johnny Depp’s raw, quick paced sound on What Doesn’t Kill You, Eventually Kills You which is the bands second album release following 2007’s debut, The Politics Of Cruelty.

GayForJohnnyDeppThe record is a very short release and musters up just shy of twenty six minutes with no single track on the album making it past the three minute mark.

Though these tracks are fleeting the quality of each song is well thought through lyrically and the work that the band have put into each of the abridged additions on the album is heard in full rapturous force.

She Has The Hottest Limp (It’s All Noize) is one of the key tracks on the album with vocalist Marty Leopard showing off his impressively high notes as he lets out an aggressively charged scream nearing the close of the track around his band members tight and effortless musical delivery.

The beefy Humility Is For People Who Don’t Comprehend Their Own Mortality, which sits within the track-listing as the shortest addition (less and 90 seconds long), blends some vigorous drum rolls and whirling guitar riffs.

Suckcess is as close to the bands roots as you are going to get on this sophomore effort for the New Yorkers. The bass led grindings quickly build up momentum as Leopard takes the bull by the horns and lets loose every ounce of energy that runs through his veins to deliver a meaty piece of adrenaline fueled rage.

Nine Inch Males (Born To Hate) shows off the bands more broad, commercial potential and sounds quite similar to early Filter material while We Are The World? Burn It Down! shifts the band into more gentle territory with an almost hypnotic and swaying transformation.

By the end of the record, though only twenty five minutes have passed since pressing the play button and beginning my journey into one of spazzcore’s most recent yet potentially influential contenders of the exhausting genre, I can’t help but feel sore in the throat – sympathy pains for the workout that Leopard has just given us maybe.

Though not a fan of the heavy metal genre in the slightest and disappointed with the records lengthy mass, I have to admit that by the second half of the record I began to really get into this band. Though I doubt I will be turning to What Doesn’t Kill You, Eventually Kills You as a Valentines Day gift for my other half this year or feel inclined to turn to Gay For Johnny Depp any time soon as a source of musical sustenance I can defiantly appreciate the record and the band for what they have pieced together here. And you have to love the bands clearly homoerotic name.