Dissociative identity disorder (DID, also known as multiple personality disorder) is a psychiatric diagnosis. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders its essential feature “(...) is the presence of two or more distinct identities or personality states (...) that recurrently take control of behavior.” - Wikipedia
The above could also be used as a reference for Stabbed Clerks’ latest effort. The band mixes aggressive and monotone noise rock with a more mellow and semi-melodic grunge which fight over supremacy from one song to the other.
The split is rather crude and the variation in vocals only enforce the feeling of the band executing two songs at once. For me the whining cleans could have been stricken down altogether from the album and the band could as well have put their effort into creating a strong whole out of aggressive noisy punk.
So as you can decipher from my last phrase, the noise parts are filled with in-your-face punk attitude and true angst, while the mellow parts for me fall in the crybaby category. The perfect balance is close but Stabbed Clerks don’t quite reach harmony.
Still I love the dual personality approach, only the execution is left halfway.
The band seems to loose the redline they’ve put out and the result is either too edgy to flow, or not edgy enough.
When “Mirror” ends I’m left alone without a clear vision of the bands deepest agenda.
Is the music meant to be a free flowing symbiosis of genres or did they ultimately aim for a edgy copy/paste patchwork?