Album Review: Dinosaur Pile-Up – Eleven Eleven

The grunge revival has been going on for some time.  Bands like Soundgarden & Alice In Chains have returned in the past few years with superb albums, but new bands have also surged from this revival. Dinosaur Pile-Up is one of them, and is arguably one of the best. Eleven Eleven is their 3rd album and the band shows no signs of slowing down.

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Genre: Alternative Rock, Grunge

Label: SO Recordings

Release: October 16, 2015

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Purchase: iTunes
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Eleven Eleven comes 2 years after their previous album, Nature Nurture. In the time between, the band has toured all over the world, from the U.S, to Japan, and to their native UK. With this album, they’ve enlisted the help of Royal Blood producer, Tom Dalgety. The band has taken a more harder approach to their sound this time around. The opening track, 11:11, is but only a taste of what Eleven Eleven has to offer. This album is darker than its predecessors with it’s lyrics exploring mental problems. The chorus for Grim Valentine is a great example of this, which features the lyric ” I just want to die ”.

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Crushing riffs and moody lyrics, the band easily fits in with the grunge bands of the late 90’s.”

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Even with it’s crushing riffs and dark lyrics, the band has no problem breaking down at points like in Might As Well, where everything slows down untill nothing but an acoustic guitar and vocalist Matt Bigland can be heard. ” Take it all, I don’t need it anymore” shows how broken up the vocalist is in the song, and in the album overall. This is not a happy album, at all. It shows how damaged one person can be and they channel all that angst into one album.

Eleven Eleven is a testament that Dinosaur Pile-Up is undoubtedly one of the best bands to come out of the grunge revival. It showcases how they’re willing to shift to a darker sound and that pays off in the end.  The album is pure angst, careless and free. With it’s crushing riffs and moody lyrics, the band easily fits in with the grunge bands of the late 90’s. After all is said and done, Eleven Eleven is surely to be remembered as one of the high points of this grunge revival.

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