The Letters Organize – Dead Rhythm Machine

The Letters Organize
Dead Rhythm Machine

The Letters Organize has definitely been blessed with “buzz” lately. A five-star review in one major print publication (which takes pleasure for putting the band on the map) is partly responsible for the hype. A hardcore and rock hybrid basically describes these guys, as they imitate better bands like Give Up the Ghost. Dead Rhythm Machine displays strict adherence to their formula, and it cheapens the replay value.

“Dressed Up in Gatwick” has a barreling entrance with hard, winding rock riffs. The hardcore injection occurs when a power chord is struck and followed with the shriek of high strings getting stabbed away. Comparable sounding one-two punches are abundant all over this, and it’s sort of a one-trick pony. Cutthroat vocals conjure up another GUTG likeness with their spastic and violent nature. Deciphering most lyrics will take liner assistance, minus moments of speaking passages (“There’s Room for One More”).

The main downside of Dead Rhythm Machine lies within its one-sidedness. Typical of most hardcore, there’s little experimentation and the riffs are oft repeated. From start to end, the same balls-to-the-wall energy is maintained, but that doesn’t exactly further variety. It’s tough to find a highlight on Dead Rhythm Machine because the songs lack identities. The aforementioned opening guitar from “Dressed Up in Gatwick” becomes directly copy-and-pasted into “Costume in the Corner” (compare the start of the cd to track 10 at 1:40).

This would appeal to those not too bothered by repetitive hardcore. Still, more innovative bands (see the RIYL) who attempt the style have better results. If The Letters Organize floor you with anything, it will be energy, not originality.