SO I HAD TO SHOOT HIM
ALPHA MALES AND POPULAR GIRLS
If Blondie fronted Mr. Bungle, it’d sound something like ALPHA MALES AND POPULAR GIRLS by So I Had to Shoot Him, the New Jersey quintet’s debut full-length endeavor. Boasting 10-tracks of avant-garde metal with strains of dramatic pop, operatic rock a la Diamanda Galas, and subdued noise, songs like “King Diamond in the Rough” fleshes out a hauntingly dissonant dirge, while “Contusion Shematics” mashes dance rock, industrial metal, and System of a Down’s left of center approach into a jarring listening experience. Chances are most people won’t stick through this disc long enough to appreciate all of its merits, yet if you’re seeking a musical adventure that encompasses a cavalcade of styles while sounding utterly unique, songs like the disjointed harmonics and hybrid histrionics on “John Cleese and the Fountain of Youth” will leave you yearning for more.