The Kicking Mule

Street Sects - The Kicking Mule
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Based on 33 ratings
2018 Ratings: #953
October 26, 2018 / Release Date
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The Sects go for a slower, more melodic approach to their industrial sound. While the melodic part is well-executed and there are some awesome highlights with amazing songwriting, the album... it just feels too slow. It's 33 minutes, but it feels like more due to how dull it kinda sounds. The mixing is also off with the vocals being in the forefront and the drums sounding so washed-out.

Fav Tracks: Suicide by Cop, 269 Soulmates, Chasing the Vig, Before It Was Worn, The Drifter

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This is an underrated one.
Street Sects takes the more accessible melodic sounds of their 2017 EP Rat Jacket and the great production of their first album End Position to create the more melodic yet gloriously noisy The Kicking Mule. While it doesn't sit as strongly as their first album, The Kicking Mule paints a series of vignettes that speak with darkness and catharsis, utilizing catchy hooks and noise-laden tracks. Songs such as "In For a World of Hurt", "Before It Was Worn", "Suicide by ... read more
I completely forgot this album came out this year tbh.
Strong meh/10.

This was a pretty lackluster industrial album especially when you know the band can and has done so much better. Kind of let down. Decent enough for the Halloween mood.
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Track List

  1. 269 Soulmates
  2. Birch Meadows, 1991
  3. Chasing the Vig
  4. Suicide By Cop
  5. Everyone's at Home Eventually
  6. Dial Down the Neon
  7. In For a World of Hurt
  8. Before it Was Worn
  9. Still Between Lovers
  10. The Drifter
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Added on: August 26, 2018