Lee Yong Won definitely has an established style. Whether you consider it rock or punk rock, his love of distorted guitar, fast tempos, and melodic vocals continues on No God. He doesn’t stray far from the comfortable ground that he set with his first full length or the music he made in Yellow Monsters.
It’s hard to deny that he makes music that’s lively and energetic. The melodies are strong and there’s always an easy way to get sucked into the music. Listening to No God does feel like a set of Yellow Monsters B-sides though. Once you get through the first few songs, things begin to get a little repetitive. It doesn’t make listening to No God boring, but more like you want more or some progression.
What I really wanted from No God was evolution or experimentation. What is presented is walking on a familiar and comfortable path. Lee Yong Won is an expert at melocore and punk rock and he can show it without a problem. But that’s what becomes the problem on No God. It doesn’t get any more exciting after the first time listening through it.
I know that Yong Won is hugely talented. No God shows that prowess. But after this, what’s next? Simply hearing more of the same is going to get repetitive and people will start to lose interest. I feel tired after hearing No God. Not because it’s bad, but there’s nothing that makes me think the next release will be something new.