Shmunks for You

I Can't Talk to the Walls Because They're Yelling at Me

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Texas' melodic hardcore fledglings Shmunks for You deliver a stupendous full-length debut with the uniquely titled I Can't Talk to the Walls Because They're Yelling at Me. Honing their distinguishable style by inflecting the melodies of emo with aggressive hardcore dominance, these four young men have capitalized on the wave of metalcore bands that emerged in the public's eye throughout 2001 and have succeeded in creating their own niche in a scene that seems to be overflowing with talent. Similar to such lauded independent artists as Thursday, Thrice, and Grade, Shmunks for You rage with the passion of devoted musicians and the conviction of their faith. The combination of screams and light singing works most effectively on "You Don't Need a Death Certificate to Die," where Adam Sands and Scott Victory feed off each other's every word as their lyrics delicately deal with being ready to die. Other high points on this spiritually cluttered album include "Twenty-Four Hours" and the moody harmonies of "The Known Is Ended." While those less inclined to enjoy groups who promote religious faith may not find much here to enjoy, anyone with an open mind or a solid love of hardcore/punk should be more than pleased with Shmunks for You.

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