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Relationship Of Command

At the Drive-in Audio CD
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1. Arc Arsenal
2. Pattern Against User
3. One Armed Scissor
4. Sleepwalk Capsules
5. Invalid Litter Dept.
6. Mannequin Republic
7. Enfilade
8. Rolodex Propaganda
9. Quarantined
10. Cosmonaut
11. Non-Zero Possibility
12. Extracurricular
13. Catacombs

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It's rare that a band can provide a visceral thrill--Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit", Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name"--and still work the gray matter as well. Here's a band that's refined the art. Hailing from El Paso, Texas, At the Drive-In come poised somewhere between the rabid showmanship of the Make-Up and the complexity of emo pioneers the Lapse, but through sheer adrenaline, they leave both bands choking on their exhaust fumes. Sure, they've got their unique selling point--lead singer Cedric Bixler and guitarist Omar Rodriguez both sport immense Afros--but this band isn't about gimmickry. Recorded after touring with Rage Against the Machine, Relationship of Command is the punk-rock real deal, the angular hardcore dynamic of "One Armed Scissor" and "Rolodex Propaganda" (the latter featuring Iggy Pop) as focused and affecting as any recent American rock. "And the paramedics fell into the wound like a rehired scab at a fair-headed plant, an anaesthetic penance beneath a hail of contraband! / Dancing on the corpses' ashes!" spits Bixler on the album's high-water mark, "Invalid Letter Dept." What does it all mean? Do you really need to ask? --Louis Pattison

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Re-issued with 2 bonus tracks: Extracurricular and Catacombs! ATDI's final, and most essential album of intense and creative post-hardcore.

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums ever. Nov. 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
Relationship Of Command is ATD-I's finest work, closely matched with the Vaya EP. Here's how the tracks stand out.
1. Arc Arsenal - Fast, explosive opener to the album that really shows what ATD-I is all about. 9/10
2. Pattern Against User - Amazing song with great beat, great lyrics, and great sounds. An amazing experience. 10/10
3. One Armed Scissor - A very solid song, but it can lose some interest after several plays. 8/10
4. Sleepwalk Capsules - Fast, fun song, but vocals can get annoying. 8/10
5. Invalid Litter Dept. - This is the song that changed everything. The haunting rants of Cedric, mixed with the powerful chorus, makes this song very meaningful. 9.5/10
6. Mannequin Republic - While many people do not enjoy this track, I seem to just start rocking out when listening to this song. The screams, the fast pace, and the guitar line, makes you just want to scream along. 10/10
7. Enfilade - Good song, with an explosive chorrus - 9.5/10
8. Rolodex Propoganda - The worst song on the album, while it is still good. 7.5/10
9. Quarantined - Seriously, this song is one of the best rock songs ever. 100/10
10. Cosmonaut - An extremely exciting, fast song. Cedric's best singing moment is in the bridge of the sond (the screaming part).10/10
11. Non-Zero Possibility - Another beautiful, yet haunting song.This makes me smile everytime at the end, but I have no idea why. 10/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Raw and agressive emo March 26 2004
Format:Audio CD
There is something undeniably ferocious about the music of At the Drive In. "Relationship of Command" is a nonstop assault on the ears from beginning to end, barely allowing the listener a breath through the agressive guitars and scathing lyrics. This band sings about issues that are real in this world, following in the footsteps of Rage Against the Machine, and they indeed stake their claim as the heirs to the music-political throne that Rage has now left vacant.
The highlight of the album is the song "Invalid Litter Dept.", a slower number that is filled with harsh lyrics about death and horrible working conditions. The lyircs "Choking on the corpes ashes" says enough about this song, but it is one that needs to be heard, because it drips with talent. It is truly unfortunate that At the Drive In has since disbanded, as it seemed that this group was ready to explode onto the world of rock. Their follow up projects are also very good (Sparta, the Mars Volta), but there has not been a complete recapturing of what made this ATDI album so great. Agression, and raw punk energy, along with tons of skill and the ability to construct an intelligent song.
At the Drive In will be missed, but "Relationship of Command" is a great way to remember how good they were, and how good they could have been if they had continued on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Mindblowing CD March 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
Put simply, this cd is amazing. It's really to bad this band broke up, because they seemed like they could be the ones that could get famous and give all the mtv bands and viewers a taste of some real music. For some reason nobody likes to see bands like this get popular in the mainstream (myself included), so this cd remains only good to the people who bought it. Alott of music that's not that well known tends to be like this, I like bands that produce good music and are generally unpopular to the average mainstream listener because it feels like you're in on somthing good that they're not. ATDI is no exception.
The sound of Relationship Of Command is kind of hard to put your finger on. It's mostly post hardcore that sounds influenced highly by Fugazi, while lead singer Cedric sounds almost like Zack De La Rocha of Rage Against the Machine. If you're an anti-Rage listener, don't be discouraged. His vocals don't have the annoying rapping sound in them. Their vocals are mostly similar because they both hail from South America. Also, they have a political view that like Rage', is nearly incomprehencible at most times. Also, ATDI seem to get lumped into the emo genre alott. They have a hardcore sounding fury that matches bands like the Refused, but more melodic instrumentation and chorus' that are the explination for the "emo" label that is occasionally put on them.
So enough about the band and on to the music. Like I said in my title, the music is mindblowing. The opener Arcarsenal hits like a ton of bricks right when you hear Omar sing/shout "I must have read a thousand faces!". Arcarsenal is definatly one of my favorite tracks and it's one of the fastest and hardest on the album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars yeah Feb. 28 2004
By Sloe
Format:Audio CD
I believe at the drive-in are/were one of the greatest bands ever and this album was a perfect note to end on. Their earlier albums were great and crossed over from 'poppy punk' to EMO with songs that would get stuck in your head for days.
This album however sounds extremely professional and has the perfect progression throughout. Kicking off with Arcarsenal which is an absolute rocking track that should send shivers down your spine with its raw energy leading you into Pattern Against User which just shows how good a band they are. Then comes the explosion of One Armed Scissor which is one of my personal best songs ever.
Mid album comes Enfilade which is an amazing track with a chorus which you have to shout along to wherever you are.
The closing track Non-Zero Possibility is the perfect full stop to their final album and should set you up for your day whatever you're into.
10/10 album from a 10/10 band.
At the drive-in are going to be missed but Mars Volta and Sparta should keep us all going.
Enjoy listening, im sure you will.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This CD is incredible
Don't bother getting that new "System Is Non-Operational" cash grab.Buy this album instead.Every song is true ATDI style and the whole CD is amazing. Read more
Published on July 10 2005 by bryandd
5.0 out of 5 stars a great album
Fans of the better known at the drive in tracks like cosmonaught and one armed scissor should definately pick up this album...it's great from start to finish.
Published on July 29 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest cd's ever!
This album is fantastic from begining to end, start to finish, head to toe. This was one of the rare cd's that i actually liked the first time i listened to it. Each track... Read more
Published on July 7 2004 by Luke
5.0 out of 5 stars Trust me, Mitch. It'll grow on you. . .and grow and grow. .
For the reviewer Mitch, I too shared your opinion early on about this album. I got it in the midst of the Oned Armed Scissor hype that was starting to break them back in 2000. Read more
Published on July 1 2004 by R. D. Ferreira
1.0 out of 5 stars Wow fans of Mars Volta beware
I bought this CD because I heard good things about it and because I loved the album De-Loused in the Comatorium by the Mars Volta band which has the lead singer Cedric and guitar... Read more
Published on June 28 2004 by H. Slater
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius
At The Drive-In is genius. They're the best there ever was, will be, and seemingly can be. I still can listen to the same ATDI cd for hours a day and not be tired of it. Read more
Published on June 20 2004 by "an_emo_kid"
5.0 out of 5 stars Amongst my favourites
A good way to describe at the drive-in is that they have that special something. Music sounds better coming from them. Read more
Published on June 9 2004 by nympid x
5.0 out of 5 stars the future of all music
Put quite simply, this is an absolutely incredible album. The way it conveys emotions just through raw musical power AND intelligence is amazing. Read more
Published on May 22 2004 by Rob Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars It looks as if they saved the best for last...
At The Drive-In went out with a bang. A big one at that. Relationship of Command was their last and best album. Read more
Published on May 20 2004 by B. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Get's Better and Better With Every Listen
This CD is amazing, I seen the video for One Armed Scissor on MtvX back when there was such a thing. Read more
Published on May 8 2004 by "depressedunholyone"
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