Down I Go
This Is Disastercore
Crank this to 9.8 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Math Rock, Hardcore
Sounds Like:
Fantomas, Shellac, Pissed Jeans
Saturday, June 01, 2019
Shame on us for not giving Down I Go enough rotations over the years. Well this 2019 re-release of a 2006 gem was a true blessing. The trio hailing from the UK or is it Chicago/ Toronto/ Stockholm… not sure as the band’s information is unusually inconsistent across mediums. What we do know is that This is Disastercore is organized chaos at its finest. Brilliant rhythms and melodies accompany the 13 tracks.

The experimental hardcore penchant for all things death is quite the ride. One of the more well thought out trips through a sonic wonderland of introspect. Of Down I Go’s eight releases this is by far the most diverse and elaborate. Tremendous contrast and variety within the pulsating bass and math-rock percussion. Fraser is absolutely masterful with his schizophrenic approach and entertaining approach.

Track Listing:
1. Oh God! Everybody’s dead (2:11)
2. A Wasp in a Jar (1:56)
3. Not Enough Buckets in the World (2:13)
4. Billion Dollar Burning Coffin (1:53)
5. Reactor 4 (1:30)
6. And Your Grandparents (slowly die) (0:42)
7. Lament of the Mournful Sailors (2:02)
8. Let’s Not Make Big Balloons Again (2:36)
9. Sticky Nightmare (0:54)
10. Time to Sell (0:43)
11. Stay at Home and Die (3:49)
12. Bird Hips/Lizard Hips (1:54)
13. Gigantic! Titanic! (8:59)

Standout Track:
"Let’s Not Make Big Balloons Again" takes the trophy for us. Incredible energy and contrast on this one. Following along the percussive discourse is quite the task. Fraser morphs into Mike Patton on cocaine and Jolt. Just a wild ride that does not disappoint.

Adult Beverage Pairing:
Corpse Reviver is a brilliant absinthe selection that will fit Down I Go’s passion for the heavy.

1 ounce gin
1 ounce Lillet Blanc
1 ounce Cointreau
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon absinthe
Maraschino cherry for garnish

Add ice to a cocktail shaker. Pour in gin, Lillet, Cointreau, and lemon juice. Add absinthe to a separate cocktail glass and swirl to coat sides of glass. Shake cocktail, and then strain into the glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Captivation and Variety
9.7 out of 11

Weight of the Heavy
10.2 out of 11

Bass/Fretwork Prowess
9.8 out of 11

Percussion Prowess
9.7 out of 11

Overall Album Flow
9.8 out of 11

9.7out of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
9.5 out of 11

Production Value
9.5 out of 11

Final Thoughts:
The last few years have been somewhat weak for the hardcore math rocks scene. Well dig deep and embrace Down I Go. While we enjoyed their 2018 EP Gods, their epic release is This is Disastercore. The album flows like drinking from a fire hose and will take several rotations to absorb the brilliance that is Down I Go.

Band Members:
Pete Fraser / vocals
Ben Standage / drums
Alan Booth / guitar

Follow Down I Go: Bandcamp / Facebook
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