Beyond Warped Live Music Series

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Guttermouth are rowdy, sarcastic, and unruly punk rockers who have held true to the spirit of how punk used to be when they formed over a decade ago. Basically, they're a breath of fresh air from the cautious, fashionable nature of some of today's mainstream punk acts. But that aside, seeing as this DualDisc release is entitled Beyond Warped Live Music Series, one might expect to hear some of the raw, irreverent punk the band is known for, complete with the inevitable crowd screaming and between-song banter live albums do best. A closer look on the back, however, shows all nine tracks to be studio tracks. And with the record clocking in at just under 20 minutes, it almost seems like the band took its set list from the 2004 Warped Tour and compiled the album versions of those songs for this record. Don't misunderstand; people who love Guttermouth will love the songs -- though most probably already have them on another disc. Aside from two random songs -- the standout scene cynicism of "Skater's Anthem" and "Mom," a bitter, cruel track that one could somehow see a punk Eminem enjoying -- the tracks were pulled from only three of the band's prior albums. The DVD side has nine well-shot live videos from their Warped performance, one for each song, and the bonus features include -- drum roll please -- the audio tracks from the CD side. The album is good, especially the videos for true Guttermouth fans, but not for people in the market for a live album. In that case, just skip this one and enjoy the live ones the band has already released.

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