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City of Caterpillar

The City of Caterpillar Audio CD

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow. 21 Sep 2005
By N. Turner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Im amazed im the first person to review this album. Here goes anyway.

Screamo bands have the nagging habbit of breaking up way before their prime; they all do, from saetia to orchid to pg. 99, they just cant seem to stay together for more than a few albums, and sadly, City of Caterpillar was no exception.

but mourning aside; these guys rocked. They took the screaming intensity of their parent band pg. 99, and mixed it perfectly with instrumental passages ala Godspeed You Black Emperor. The result was a totally original, amazing record. And they mized the two different sides to their music amazing well, something other bands who have tried to follow in their footsteps since(see: a day in black and white), have yet to master, and these guys did it their first try. Its an unbelievable shame these guys didnt stick around longer, because the music scene would be a whole lot better with them still tearing people's faces off.

this is an amazing album, and if you're a fan of screamo, buy it now and get ready to be amazed. If you're not a fan of screamo, but dig the whole post-rock vibe, id still check it out, because they do some amazing things to mix the two.

surviving members of the band went on to join Malady, but the magic just wasnt there(they already broke up anyway).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lesser-Known Atmospheric-Hardcore Masterpiece From The Turn Of The Millenium 21 July 2014
By Corey Lidster - Published on Amazon.com
This is the album that changed my -- and a lot of other people's -- view of what heavy, passionate, noisy hardcore could be. I was a fan of Richmond, Virginia's hardcore 'commune' Pg.99, and when any of it's 13 members started new projects of their own, I took an interest. In 2000-2001, a lot of talk was focused on CoC, whose live shows were blowing minds and eardrums, and whose split 7" with Pg.99 provided a hint of the potential they possessed.

I was part of a small group who greatly admired the Canadian band 'Godspeed You! Black Emperor' and their 2000 release 'Lift Your Skinny Fist Like Antennas To Heaven'. It introduced a style of music that was like classical orchestral compositions fused with noisecore and folk. Using instruments you'd expect to find -- electric guitars, bass, and drums -- they added violins and cello, as well as the Saw. They created heavily affecting soundscapes that spurned structure, with tracks running 15, 20 or 25 minutes. They began quietly, often sweetly, but would build in intensity, the stringed instruments becoming frantic, the haunting, keening sound of the saw taking on a tragic quality that was like the wailing of the damned.

City of Caterpillar adapted the atmospherics of GY!BE with the noisy hardcore of Pg.99 on their 2002 self-titled LP, a seamless fusion that was utterly stunning. When I first heard the opening track, 'And You're Wondering How A Top Floor Could Replace Heaven', I realized immediately that this was the band, the music I'd been waiting for. The soft-LOUD-soft-LOUD dynamics that were popularized by bands like The Pixies and Nirvana was taken to another level, and CoC's vocalists, Brandon Evans (a vocalist and bassist in Pg.99, Documents #8-13) and Kevin Longendyke (also a bassist in Pg.99, Documents #9-13) provided an honest, brutally raw intensity that complimented the music perfectly. Guitarists Evans and Pg.99 guitarist Jeff Kane would weave together complex passages that intertwined with Longendyke's bass lines, slowly building in intensity, using volume modulation and subtle variations. Ryan Parrish provided solid percussion skills combined with a restraint that so many drummers lack; knowing when to let loose and when to step back. He used simple, effective techniques when they best served the music, instead of indulging the desire prove his technical prowess at every opportunity. When the time did arrive for a vulgar display of drumming power, his intricate beats were absolutely explosive.

When the band broke up in 2003, I was sorely disappointed. I had watched video footage of their latest live shows, and thought that the new material sounded even better than than the first album. Unfortunately, none of that material ever made it to the studio, and is now lost. What few cell-phone and handi-cam footage exists has very poor quality audio, but that's all there is. That one, perfect album exists, however, as a testament to their creative brilliance and originality, and their influence is stronger than most would realize. Along with Majority Rule, CoC's touring partner and friends, they are the most under-appreciated band of the early 2000's, and this album will remain a hardcore classic regardless of how many people are aware of it.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars legendary 11 July 2007
By Mr. Thistle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I remember hearing about this band in a chat room (don't ask me how that happened) about 6 years ago as a recommendation along side Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Audio Center. Anyway, I loved Godspeed and still do so I took the invitation to look into the bands. Audio Center turned out to be an indie/emo combo that fulfilled its purpose whenever it was needed during those tumultuous teenage years. These bands have been in all of our lives - admit it. City of Caterpillar was a bit elusive though and remained on a list of bands I wanted for about 3 years until I finally broke down and ordered it. Even with the lapse of time and even now City of Caterpillar is one of very favourite albums of any genre. It perfectly combined two mild obsessions: instrumental indie rock (GYBE, Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky) and experimental hardcore (Refused, Botch, Pg. 99). Oh man did this album floor me. Even now I still love this album which is not something I can say for a lot of music that I listened to in High School (or even music I listened to last week). For some people this will never be appealing but for any one who had any interest in the before referenced bands, City of Caterpillar is the watermark. The most accessible hardcore vocals, the most incredible instrumental crescendos, lo-fi muddy recordings, all in their only full length release. Legendary in my mind.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great band bad genre four and a half stars 19 Oct 2006
By thescalpel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is an excellent album. I never liked pg. 99, so I was a little turned off when I always heard the two bands mentioned together. This one is different. Lot's of interesting, "clean" build" ups, and drums that seamlessly transition from calm to frantic. The vocals are pretty caustic, and do wear on me a bit, but other than that I have no complaints. Plus most people who would be checking this album out would be fans of that kind of "singing," so it's not neccessarily a flaw.

On a side note, I wish people didn't use the label "screamo" for describing this sound. That word makes it sound a lot worse than it actually is.
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