That’s Outrageous Teenage Scream Album Review

I really had no idea what I was getting into with That’s Outrageous’ debut album. In all honesty, it can’t even be called a full length. With 10 tracks, two of which are interludes, and a running time of 27 minutes, the listener should wonder why this wasn’t just an EP.

The album, dubbed Teenage Scream, opens with an instrumental introduction, The Poughkeepsie Tapes. This introduction serves no purpose, seeing as it doesn’t really flow into the first full track, it is just there. Headshot at a Ballet Recital, the first full track, is simply an average Rise records band song. The track does nothing to standout, it just introduces the listener. The title track, although it has a catchy chorus, displays one of the lowlights of the album. A rapped verse appears seamingly out of nowhere, which at this point seems like something much more fitting for and I Set My Friends on Fire release.

The first released tracks from the album, #Winning, is the first actual enjoyable song. Sure screamer Doriano Magliano is a very mediocre screamer, but this song really shows that ex-clean vocalist Tom DeGrazia’s vocals were the true standout part of the band. Is It 2012 Yet? features an appauling amount of autotune, which is incredibly unfortunate, seeing as the clean vocals are the only true redeaming factor in That’s Outrageous. As short as the track is, it seems to never end and is ultimately the worst part of the year, and possibly any Rise Records release from 2011, thus far.

The New York Chainsaw Massacre and Re:Why I Killed My Girlfriend almost blend together as the same song, with the exception of another unfortunate rap bit in the latter track. Closing track, What Happens in Azeroth, Stays in Azeroth, displays the true pop side to That’s Outrageous. Leaving out Magliano, and leaving all vocal duties to DeGrazia, this song proves that TO could have been a decent pop group.

With mediocre screaming, mediocre/appauling lyrics, and unoriginal music, there is very little reason to listen to this album. With the exception of now ex-vocalist Tom DeGrazia’s surprising performance, there is not much of interest to be found here. There are dozens of bands do a similar sound, but much better. You just better off listening to those bands.

Sounds like: I See Stars, I Set My Friends On Fire, Attack Attack!’s Someday Cam Suddenly V2.0

Standout Tracks: #Winning, What Happens In Azeroth, Stay In Azeroth

Rating: 1.5/5


  • Mattt_1533

    I highly disagree. this album is really good and these guys are gonna explode in the future you watch.

  • Stinger-ray

    No Offence But This Is A Poor Review, They May Do Screaming And Singing Like Any Other Band, But Their Sound And Progression Throughout The Songs From Heavy, To Soft, To Rap Is Not A Common Feature That Other Bands Pull Off Better. Their Lyrics Alone Stand Out From The Rest, Speaking Of Topics More Like “This Romantic Tragedy”, But Expressed Differently. The Album Was Exceptional For Their First, And A Great Benchmark For Future Albums To Come From Them

  • Brandon Hrywkiw

    I just did not like the album.  Sure it was catchy, but the screaming is nothing unique.  Also, the lyrics are often despicable.  The rapping was unnecessary.  I would not say my review is poor, you just have a different opinion on the album. 

  • Korvaena

    this isn’t really a review, just hating and rambling. suck it up, these guys are going places, regardless of what you say, because they already have a growing fan base and that’s all that really matters. one hater does not.

  • Zerozero

    this guy didnt even mention that The New York Chainsaw Massacre had guest vocals by Austin Carlile..

  • Anonymous

    This is so spot-on it’s insane. To all the people saying it’s just hate-mongering, get your ears checked. How anyone can say anything nice about this album is beyond me.

  • Brandon Hrywkiw

    Thank you!

  • Gseelagy

    this moron can barely spell, and you let him review an album that is fantastic? fucking joke.

  • Brandon

    Would you like to point out my spelling mistakes? 🙂

  • Niko from Ohio

    I respectfully disagree as well. I enjoy almost every song in the album. The only one I skip past is the random introduction.

    Maybe it’s because I do enjoy this kind of music (Attack! Attack!, We Came as Romans, ADTR, Abandon All Ships, etc. etc.) yet I do listen to rap and other forms of rock/metal/metalcore/etc. and even country and all forms of electro music. (Dubstep/Techno/HardStyle/House/etc).

    I think the band is very flexible and creative. The unique sound of blending muliple genres together is what fascinates me and I enjoy listening to them (I’ll be seeing them live… sometime) and other bands like them.

    I do wish the songs were longer and there were more tracks. I do agree it should have been released as an EP due to the length of the album.

    4/5 is my honest rating. 

  • JoshGreyM

    I think some guy doesn’t know what the hell good lyrics are. Sure, there is better lyrics… but don’t compare them to shitty ass I Set My Friends On Fire… they can’t play music. Sorry, your opinion sucks and stop acting so professional with reviews. Just a fucking amateur who should go listen to Attack Attack! Like all the other pussies.
     

  • Tony

    To be honest, your review is rather poorly written. Poor sentence structure and many spelling errors all serve to detract from your argument, which you present equally poorly. You say things but provide little or no evidence to support each assertion.

    Now, on to the actual music: I feel like you definitely bashed this way too much. You are simply way too biased. Take this as it is: it’s a piece of excellent production. Musically, sure, it’s probably worthless (too much chugga chugga), but hey, it’s well executed. At the best, I would rate this as a guilty-pleasure listen, but I wouldn’t bash it to the extent that you did. Remember that this is electronicore, and is therefore supposed to be taken at face value.

    I look at this album and see something that is catchy and well executed. I agree that some parts are terrible (the rapping) but other parts like the techno (intro track was really fun, who cares if it doesn’t segway into the 2nd track) and the addictive chorus of “#winning” help to somewhat redeem this otherwise genericore band.

  • Tony

    To be honest, your review is rather poorly written. Poor sentence structure and many spelling errors all serve to detract from your argument, which you present equally poorly. You say things but provide little or no evidence to support each assertion.

    Now, on to the actual music: I feel like you definitely bashed this way too much. You are simply way too biased. Take this as it is: it’s a piece of excellent production. Musically, sure, it’s probably worthless (too much chugga chugga), but hey, it’s well executed. At the best, I would rate this as a guilty-pleasure listen, but I wouldn’t bash it to the extent that you did. Remember that this is electronicore, and is therefore supposed to be taken at face value.

    I look at this album and see something that is catchy and well executed. I agree that some parts are terrible (the rapping) but other parts like the techno (intro track was really fun, who cares if it doesn’t segway into the 2nd track) and the addictive chorus of “#winning” help to somewhat redeem this otherwise genericore band.

  • Louis grant

    Awesome fist pumping techno breakdowns,  brutal breakdowns and the catchy clean choruses. This band has everything you would expect to hear from bands of the same genre. Its not a bad thing in this case though. They choose to utilize the techno and clean vocals quite a bit more than the average attack attack wannabes.  
                These guys know exactly how to make an unbelievably perfect transition from mosh worthy metal breakdowns to catchy choruses and electronic bridges. Almost every song on this album shows examples of this. Though most of the topics of the lyrics seem to be based around girls and relationship problems, they make up for with powerful guitars and doubles bass kick drum passages in most of their songs.  Not every single song they write is about typical high school romance. For example the song the New York chainsaw massacre, about killing an someone in the most brutal of ways. This album has something for everyone, electronic auto-tuned vocals to in your face metalcore.
                Now if the songs could have been a bit longer and had a more interesting layout, I would be a lot more appreciative of them but most of the songs only last about 2 minutes and 45 seconds. These guys could do a whole hell of a lot more with themselves if they put just a little more effort into song writing and dropped the stupid rap breaks. Those just shouldn’t exist in this kind of music.
                The electronic programming on this cd is amazing, I love everything about what they’re programmer does, the synth parts are all beautiful. And with the kicking bass added it just makes listening an absolute pleasure. Another thing, glitch effects galore! I love the abundance of the glitches on the vocals and guitars in certain spots. Whoever’s idea it was to add all that deserves a high five of epic proportions. 
                Now the quality of this recording is amazing , and so is all the programming. The songs could have been better written and longer. The rap breaks were completely stupid and unnecessary. I love everything else about it. And that is why these guys get a 3 and a half stars out of five. Good enough for me to listen to for a while, but not enough to keep me hooked for weeks.