ABUSE*MENT*PARK


I Am Not What I've Been Taught

Abuse*Ment*Park - I Am Not What I've Been Taught ©1995 Surf Records
1. Adrenaline Is God
2. Psycho Ina Riot
3. Round 13
4. Economic Timebomb
5. Degenerate
6. Angel Crack
7. Gasoline Playground
8. Shaft Move
9. Aspirin
10. Dead By X-mas
11. Murder Show
12. Head On A Stick
13. Dog Crucifix
14. Insult To Injury

It took a couple attempts to listen to this whole album all the way through. That in itself is a bad sign. Abuse*Ment*Park (who have taken up residency in Arizona) based on visual appearance look like they could be in that same left field wackiness as Pleasure Elite, but they don't really touch base with anything like that. Instead, they play a version of thrash meets modern Korned Beef re-Hash that doesn't go anywhere in particular. Vocalist Mr. Ginger Bond has a somewhat whiny rap-afflicted voice as he sings about being violent (guns are sampled throughout) and the rest of the band isn't anything to inform Modern Musician about. Based on some of their material posted on their website, I was really hoping for something more exciting than this. However, considering this CD is older material and of demo quality, perhaps their upcoming album will show some growth in songwriting.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 07/1998

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Electric Spanking Session

Abuse*Ment*Park - Electric Spanking Session ©1999 Surf Records
1. Submit
2. Manufacture God
3. Insecurity Blanket
4. Sin & Ecstasy
5. Depression Obsession
6. Escape Goat
7. Pig
8. Darkroom Manipulation
9. Humilation
10. Crimetime

I was hoping Abuse*Ment*Park would progress from their last CD, I Am Not What I Am Taught. Their last CD was more or less demo quality that was long on intention and very short on execution. Unfortunately, they have not gotten much better and the result is yet another CD that is a chore to sit through. With the bondage cover and band photos that suggest the band is trying to achieve a Marilyn Manson or White Zombie appeal, Electric Spanking Session comes across as quite lacking in many respects. Mr. Ginger Bonds voice is a monotonous pseudo-tough growl that fails completely to sound aggressive or convincing. The songs seem rather unfinished overall. The guitar parts are needing more depth and the exhaustion factor of same-sounding songs set in immediately. Drummer Detroit J. Sullivan actually is a credible drummer with a pretty good snare attack, but he isn't single handedly going to save the record. Frankly there are better bands in this subgenre of bondage-rock that are pulling it off with much more grace. Unless Abuse*Ment*Park is able to expand from a demo band state of being, they are simply going to dwell in mediocre land for their entire recording career.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 04/1999

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