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God Doesn't Care
     

God Doesn't Care

by Instruction
 

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If you're deep into hard rock, you might remember when the band Warrior Soul urgently and rebelliously popped up in the '90s and promised to rescue rock & roll, bringing it back to the days when guitars still ran wild. It never happened. Record buyers wanted a tighter nihilism, Nirvana-style. There's a whiff of

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If you're deep into hard rock, you might remember when the band Warrior Soul urgently and rebelliously popped up in the '90s and promised to rescue rock & roll, bringing it back to the days when guitars still ran wild. It never happened. Record buyers wanted a tighter nihilism, Nirvana-style. There's a whiff of that around God Doesn't Care, the huge and threatening-to-go-ponderous-any-minute debut by Instruction. Just like lyricist Arty Shepherd says on "Three Stops Short of Dagenham," these boys are flooded with purpose. Tense and urgent like you wouldn't believe, you can taste the frustration these guys have suffered in the hard-rocking but ignored bands they served time in (Quicksand, Errortype: 11, and too many others to mention). With frontman Shepherd being such a dramatic powerhouse -- on the mic and with the pen -- it's easy to forget what a solid band is behind him, chugging and trudging, tighter than tight. Fans of Bob Ezrin (the Marshall amp-loving producer behind Kiss' Destroyer and every Alice Cooper album that mattered) will be more than happy with the fiery sound on the record, adding a black light poster, Trans Am Firebird decal feel to the album. He's brought back that old album flow too, making God Doesn't Care a better start-to-finish listen than a pick-and-choose download. Lyrically, Instruction have nothing do with the '70s. They're too introspective, too tortured for that. Tracks like "I'm Dead" borrow equally from U2 and the Cult while the awesome "Lean on You" shows they're well aware of Trent Reznor. For anyone not knee deep in the band's past lives, God Doesn't Care sounds too monolithic, too elaborate for a debut. It's like most bands' fourth album, when the players get over being weary and get back to rocking, just with that learned edge. If it's not the most approachable record -- any rock album that pulls out the sitars takes some time to get into -- that's just part of what makes it unique. This band roars and howls so uncompromisingly you have to wonder if it was some off-the-mark Creed comparison that landed them on a major label. God Doesn't Care is delicious proof that bands can still be developed by four hungry guys instead of promotion firms, and a rare find for sensitive headbangers, to boot. [God Doesn't Care was also made available in a clean version, with all explicit material removed.]

Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/2004
Label:
Geffen Records
UPC:
0602498634653
catalogNumber:
000325412

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Instruction   Primary Artist
Bob Ezrin   Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Stephen Perkins   Percussion
Mark Robertson   Violin
Tom Capone   Guitar,Group Member
Arthur Shepherd   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Joseph Grillo   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
James Freebarin-Smith   Cello
Josh English   Background Vocals
Brian Humphrey   Background Vocals
Adam Marino   Bass,Group Member
Neel Hammond   Violin
Ti Kreck   Drums,Group Member
Thokcham P.K. Singh   Sitar,Tambor
Gina Warnick   Viola

Technical Credits

Bob Ezrin   Producer,String Arrangements
Brian Virtue   Programming,Engineer
Craig Poole   Guitar Techician
Jordan Schur   Executive Producer
Arthur Shepherd   Composer
Brian Humphrey   Programming,Engineer
Jason Harter   Art Direction
Instruction   Composer
Jeremy Rubolino   String Arrangements
Amanda Siegelson   Band Logo Design

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