Deez Nuts
Bout It

Label: Century Media
Three similar bands: Knuxx/Your Demise/Raised Fist
Rating: HHHHHHH (3/7)
Reviewer: Caj Källmalm
1. Bout It
2. Shot After Shot
3. Not A Face In The Crowd
4. Keep On
5. Popular Demand
6. Go Fuck Yourself
7. Don`t Act Like You Don`t Already Know
8. What We Eat Don`t Make YOU Shit
9. Call To Arms
10. Streets Are Watching
11. Public Service Announcement
12. Unfuckwithable
13. I.D.K.W.Y.T.Y.A.B.I.K.W.D.G.A.F.A.Y.
14. Life You Live
15. True Colors
16. Band Of Brothers

JJ Peters - vocals
Matthew "Realbad" Rogers - guitar
Alex Salinger - drums
Jon Green - bass

Rep Your Hood EP (2007)
Stay True (2008)
This One's For You (2010)

Sam Carter (Vocals on 16)

Roman Koester (Producer)

Released 2013-04-08
Reviewed 2013-09-12

century media

There are 16 tracks on this album but not even 32 minutes of music and six tracks isn't even 1 1/2 minutes long. And the shortest is only 4 seconds. 'Bout It' is the third full length album by Deez Nuts and the thrash metal sound has never been more represented in their hardcore despite it has sneaked in there progressively.

The band comes from Australia although they've americanized themselves quite a lot and feels more American to me. 'Bout It' is perhaps the album that gives the band their breakthrough, at least that's what the label and the band themselves seems to think but I'm not so sure the album is strong enough to do that for them.

Overall I think 'Bout It' is pretty good and the music in particular is quite interesting. Unfortunately I can't say the same about the vocals because what JJ Peters does on this album annoys me more than greedy politicians and 90% of the album he sounds like he's a badger that has inhaled helium. Another thing that annoys me are the short songs that plays for just a few seconds or tops around the minute. I really don't see the point with these and when every second or third song on this album is a track like this it just feels silly. Only four of the ten last tracks are over 2 minutes long, that's quite deterrent but then the length of a song doesn't say anything about the quality of it so let's not get hasty (had the length been decisive for the quality all bands would just have made long songs, right?). However, Don't Act Like You Don't Already Know and Public Service Announcement are spoken tracks. Call To Arms, I.D.K.W.Y.T.Y.A.B.I.K.W.D.G.A.F.A.Y. and True Colors have a playing time under 20 seconds (and hence are extremely pointless, what do you have time for in 20 seconds that makes a person love it and want to marry it?). If there is anything good in the short songs I think it's What We Eat Don't Make YOU Shit since that's more of a traditional song, all though short (under 1 1/2 minute) and the rest of the four songs of the last ten are all like this, but longer and in varied quality. Some are decent some are not. The exception is the closing song, called Band Of Brothers, that has clean vocals in the choruses and despite the inappropriate with this in this kind of music I still think that's one of the best songs on this album. After 30 minutes of hearing JJ Peters stupid voice and monotone vocals it feels so fresh to hear something else because Peters just makes everything else uninteresting as soon as he opens his mouth.

Except for the vocals I really don't think this album have any problems. Sure we have the short tracks and some other minor issues that would have cancelled them from the real top scores, but they would still feel listenable if we'd only had a chance to turn Peters mic off. Now I can't stand listening to it. Perhaps the band is aware of the problem with Peters voice and that's why they've made Band Of Brothers and also kept the playing time at just 32 minutes (all though that is pretty much standard in the genre)? My guess though is that they haven't thought anything about how annoying the vocals are and perhaps I'm the only one that gets annoyed by it but if there are more than me I'd seriously start looking for a new vocalist if I were the band because you can't afford scaring potential fans away like that these days and personally I think Deez Nuts would be really good with a decent vocalist.

So… it is an acceptable album but 31 1/2 minutes shouldn't feel this long! The problems are the vocals and the many track changes all over the second half of 'Bout It'. The pros are the music and how it's played when it's played. I recommend this album if you're not annoyed by JJ Peters vocals, otherwise I'd stay the hell off it!



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