Friday, September 12, 2014

The Third Memory - S/T

You'll instantly hear a similarity to Euro bands like La Quiete and older Raein material when you first hear The Third Memory.  Jangly guitars take up the better part of the canvas, while some nice frantic drumming backs it all up.  Bass guitar seems to sit in the higher mid range, almost coming across like a third guitar.  This is all topped off with a very competent and passionate scream which provides a great contrast to the beautiful melody of the music.

There's a couple of tracks on here ("Page Trente-Trios" and "Berlin") where the recording sound seems to take a dive.  I'm not sure if this is older production or just a problem with the upload.

Don't be fooled by the twenty minute run time on "We Know You'll Be Just Fine", it's mostly silence until you hit the secret track.

Check it out here.

Saudade -a long lifetime of dying slowly

Saudade lures you in with a long intro that will have you thinking you just walked into an instrumental post rock band rehearsal.  Not before long the band is taking off into some extremely fast and screamy intensity. By the time you get to track 3 "Drone Distance" you might have already forgotten the slow, relaxing introduction.

But alas, the band knows how to navigate their peaks and valleys.  About two minutes into "Drone Distance" we're brought back down to a beautiful instrumental interlude that reminds me very much of some Portraits of Past material.

We're witnessing some professionals here who have honed their sound and have no room for mistakes.

Check it out here.

Sordid States 6 way split 7"

This record gets the 2014 award for most confusing use of format.  Sordid States is the title of this record featuring six different bands on a 7" record.  When I was young we used to call these "compilations" and they were usually on cd or LP.

Regardless you'll hear six bands that all distinguish themselves from the next. Some peaks and valleys present themselves in terms of recording quality here, as the overall sound is not very consistent from band to band.

I'm particularly keen on this Anodes track, which stunningly kicks off this record with some great screamy intensity. Check it out, listen to six different bands and perhaps one may capture your eye.

Check it out here.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Coma Regalia / We Had a Deal - split 7"

Coma Regalia offers three new songs on this split record that stay in a similar camp as their earlier stuff. Though, the band applies some more intensity and perhaps a bit more contemplation evident in some of the slower intro moments and mid paced melodic interludes.  Don't fret, there's still that blistering, high speed scream fest that you've come to know and love from the band included as well.

We Had A Deal take a more heavy hardcore route on their first song, which at times reminds me very much of some early 00's bands like Taken or Codeseven. Other times the band has a more melodic edge that might have you comparing it to some early Modern Life is War or even Verse.  By the second song the band is still keeping you guessing with their clean intro, but somehow pulling it off in a totally seamless way.

Two different bands that totally work together on this one.  Check it out here.

Youth Novel - Turned Around Abruptly Beside a Mirror and Jumped at My Own Reflection

Youth Novel has that young sound that makes me feel like I'm listening to a bunch of guys who haven't yet been destroyed by the pessimism of the world around them.  Maybe I'm projecting a little, but this material just makes me feel like it's 2001 again.

This music has a get up and go quality to it that I'm really enjoying. Melodic guitars with screaming vocals and exciting drums give these songs a feel similar to early Envy material perahps mixed with some On The Might of Princes and Funeral Diner, but with a characteristic all their own.

They recently did a great interview with Open Mind / Saturated Brain, which gives some insight to the band's approach and mentality toward playing music.  Interested to see them in a live setting.

Check it out here.

Crows-An-Wra - Kalopsia

If Germany's Monocrhome had taken a more aggressive approach it would sound something very similar to Crows-An-Wra.  The coherent vocal style and melodic guitar work gives this band a very accessible quality which is mixed with some more interesting screamy chaos.

There's some excellent moments of creative musicianship here which spotlight some 'out of the box' song writing style.  I can't help but be impressed by how well these songs are executed.

Nice sensibility is shown as the guitars switch from dreamy and reverb heavy, to a more focused and aggressive onslaught of full chords. I also hear this pattern in the vocals which lend themsleves to being a great judge on when to amp up the intensity or bring it down.  The female vocals on "Heavy Heads" and "Blossom" are executed beautfully as well (and give this another point in the Monochrome direction).

Check it out here

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Watership Down - S/T 7"

This came out back in 1997 or so.  Listening to it now, it sounds like what some of the newer emo bands today are trying to do, except that this is much better than most of those bands.

The melodic/screaming vocal back-and-forth device works for me on this mainly due to the rawness of the delivery and recording. There is an unrefined quality to it that avoids the perfection of today's studio magic and trades it for a sincere capturing of the moment. 

What you'll get here is some melodic hardcore that runs some nice dynamics between quiet and loud in a very effective way.  Close your eyes and picture yourself watching this band in a sweaty basement out in Long Island during the late 90's.