26 April 2019
Rectus Abdominus Vs. The World is the sixth full length studio album by Massachusetts comedy rock boyband. The album is a double album, clocking in at nearly 50 minutes with 19 tracks. Rectus Abdominus Vs. The World is a concept album following the story of the omnibenevolent Cameron Masse and his journey back from the depths of the universe to exact revenge on his bandmates who wronged him. Recording for the album began in January 2019 after Jackson The Epic presented the song Victory Royale (Fortnite Is My Life) to the rest of the band. Liking the track, the band decided that it was time to start recording the new album, with the new dance-pop track included. The album had actually been planned since late 2017, and was meant to be the follow up to 2018's MWLMFAFS, but was delayed due to it being a major point of contention between the band members resulting in a hiatus following the Interplanetary Tour in March of 2018 in support of MWLMFAFS. Instead of releasing Rectus Abdominus Vs. The World in 2018, the band decided to put the project on the backburner and make a record that wasn't entirely narrative-driven, and was more of their usual light hearted comedy based rock songs while still supporting the storyline to some degree. This decision resulted in the album Comedy Is Dead, which was released on September 21, 2018. The story of Rectus Abdominus Vs. The World begins at the end of MWLMFAFS where Cameron Masse is shot and killed. The story is continued throughout Comedy Is Dead where Cameron is pictured in the artwork as a ghost far in the background. Comedy Is Dead's lyrical themes also lightly reflect this storyline throughout the album. On February 16, 2019, Rectus Abdominus announced their signing to Epictime Records, their own imprint of their longtime label Metacomet Records. The album's first single, "Creator / Destroyer" was released on February 28, 2019, and was accompanied by the band's first ever official music video. The single was criticized for its similarities to Story Of The Year’s 2003 song “Until The Day I Die”. The album was completed on March 17, 2019. The album was then released on April 26, 2019 to mixed reviews from critics. Many called the album ambitious while others called it pretentious and bloated due to its length and mostly homogenous sound. The album's sound is a stark contrast to their past material, being influenced by early to mid 2000s post hardcore bands such as Silverstein, Underoath, Alexisonfire, and From First To Last. Others complained about the album's production, which has been called "too compressed" by some and "too low-end heavy" by others. Jackson The Epic has said about the album, "The record was mixed on a pair of Beats earbuds, I didn't have studio monitors, and my bandmates approved mixes by listening to them through iPhone speakers, I'll admit I'm very unhappy with how that record sounds." To accompany the release of the album, the band released a documentary of the recording process of the album called The Making Of Rectus Abdominus Vs. The World which was uploaded to their YouTube channel.
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