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Schoolyard Heroes 

Fantastic Wounds

Wednesday, Jul 27 2005
Schoolyard Heroes aren't really a rock band -- they are Gothic operettists. Fantastic Wounds, the second album from this young Seattle band, indomitably scales monstrous, bloody themes, nicked out of pulp novels, sci-fi movies, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and ranging from the tongue-in-cheek ("Serial Killers Know How to Party") to the solemn ("Battlestar Anorexia"). But it's at about a minute into the second track ("Panic in the Year Zero") that you realize SH is downright barbaric. The drums (kept in line by Brian Turner) cut out, then roll back in like a fleet of tanks, menacing, rumbling their way across the dramatic 6/8 meter (compound duple meters are really the most ominous). On guitar, Steve Bonnell burns and pillages his way through the track. And resident banshee Ryann Donnelly swoops in like a Wagnerian Valkyrie, cracking open eardrums at earth-shattering frequencies. I have no idea what she's singing about, but, like any grand, gut-mincing opera worth its Viking helmet, the song makes me want to throw myself down on the ground, writhe around a lot, and, with unfettered hedonism, listen to it over and over again.

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