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Insomniac Doze

Envy Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (24 July 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rock Action Records
  • ASIN: B000G1SZQO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,811 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Further Ahead Of Warp
2. Shield Of Selfishness
3. Scene
4. Crystallize
5. Unknown Glow
6. Night In Winter
7. Warm Room

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the beauty of inevitabiity 26 Jun 2007
Format:Audio CD
I came upon this album because of the bands connections to Mogwai, they are on the Rock Action label, and the 'singer' appeared on the last Mogwai album, but my first impressions of this album were not great.

The music was/is beautiful in places, the quiet/loud dynamic is used well, and you can feel the tension and empathy between the various instruments.

On first listen of the first track things were going well, the music was building, the vocalist was murmuring something in Japanese, I knew an explosion was coming, but as the band hit top gear the singer starts screaming, and this is how it went for the next 8 or so minutes of the first song. Fine, I thought, very Slint, very Mogwai. Nice use of the soft/harsh dynamic, but then it happened again across the 2nd, 3rd and 4th tracks. During the quiet phases murmuring, during the loud phases barking. It was getting a little tedious.

My initial thought was to eject and reject the cd there and then, but as I lay there the 5th track started to unwind, the same lulling build up to blue-white explosions of guitar, drums and screaming voice. Across the 15 minutes of this track I started to see the beauty of the inevitability of this music. It appeared to me that the 'singer' was using his voice as an instrument, not in the Liz Fraser/Jeff Buckley way, but in a more primal way.

I then listened to the cd all the way through, and put it on repeat for a few more listens. Each time I knew what was coming, each time I saw the slow build up, and welcomed the violent wave of noise and screaming as it crashed upon me.

Now this album is one of my current favourites.

It's not up there with Spiderland or Young Team, but it is good. I suggest you track down a copy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars stunning 17 Mar 2008
By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Envy are Japans premiere post rock band and it isnt hard to see why,they combine the lush with the brutal and create a sound of chaos mixed with soothing movements that sound almost like a paradox in its format but they work,oh they work.
The band has a trick up their sleeve in vocalist Tetsuya Fukagawa,he has a very soothing voice,almost like a storyteller for children,all relaxed and smooth and then he just screams his loaf off,his vocals as another reviewer stated are like another instrument,the band through in synth work as well along with their epic and memorble tracks.
The vocals are sang in japanese and the inlay booklet has translation which isnt really essential,i like to imagine what he is singing about anyway,but while i imagine that i know this,this is head and shoulders above so much that calls itself post rock that they can barely be seen,great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PAY ATTENTION! 20 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD
This is a stunning album. It's opened my eyes and broaden my horizons and it will yours too. Don't think it must be second rate just cause it's not from the Europe or the US. Don't be put off cause the vocals are in Japanese. If you're reading this now then you must be into post/rock hardcore or you wouldn't have even found your way here. If you like it properly atmospheric, hugely heavy in places, massively layered guitar, dark and light, breathtaking crescendo's etc etc then there is no way you should go past this page and not click 'buy'. Where the likes of Devil Sold his Soul are on the verge of selling theirs, and - yes - made a beautiful CD in The Blessed and the Cursed but lost their punch, where Cult of Luna have gone slightly weird and concentrating on elves and the forest has taken their eye off their crushingly industrial roots, then here you have a band that fill the void. To be honest they're not quite as ferocious as CoL in their heyday, but they're not so far off and arguably more beautiful. Compared to DSHS they have the same beauty that DSHS seem to effotlessly craft again and again, but crucially they retain the uncompromising side to their character that DSHS had in abundance in A Fragile Hope but seem to have misplaced in their latest release. This really is an immense album. It seems short so will leave you wanting for more.. Don't skip past it now.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sublime 14 Oct 2006
Format:Audio CD
an absolute class act. if you enjoy slint, seam or mogwai you need this album yesterday! cant wait to see them live and start exploring there back catalogue
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Most Devastating and Beautiful Records You're Likely to Ever Hear. 12 Sep 2006
By M. Dyess - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For over a decade, Envy has been creating and crossing their own boundaries in regards to what is possible within emotive hardcore. In 2001 with All the Footprints You've Ever Left..., they provided listeners with the chaos of Orchid and a certain melodic quality that would have previously seemed more suited for post rock or indie; all of this done with astonishing success. Building upon this unique quality was their 2003 release, A Dead Sinking Story, which found Envy at the highest artistic level of their career. Much of the chaos that had been present on their prior releases had been replaced by the more quiet and somber moments that began to surface on their previous record. This, of course, did not take away from the sheer emotion of the music, greatly heightened by Tetsuya Fukagawa's passionate vocal delivery. In fact, in many ways, the emotion was taken to new levels, which more than ever would lend itself to their most recent album, Insomniac Doze.

Though the path Envy would take for this album was rather clear to me, their signing to the Temporary Residence label basically set it into stone, which in turn set my expectation level on overdrive. Home to bands like Explosions In The Sky, Eluvium, and Mono, the label is a high-point for quality post rock and ambient music. Within the first ten seconds of "Further Ahead of Warp", it's very apparent what this album has in store for us. A single riff is allowed to ring as a second tremolo melody is repeated, already providing Envy's most epic melody of their career within the first minute of the song. Shortly thereafter, the melody breaks down into something more with soft drumming as Fukagawa's heavenly spoken-word vocals enter. Finally, within the second minute of the track, he begins the passionate and sorrowful screams I've grown to absolutely love over the past few years. Never, in any other genre of music, have I felt so much emotion from such a simple and monotonous scream; it goes without saying that I have no idea as to what Fukagawa is saying, as he provides vocals in nothing other than his native Japanese language. To be honest, though, it doesn't matter as much (or at all) as it usually would with nearly any other band. With one scream, vocal melody, or delicate spoken word, we're provided with an endless amount of emotion on various levels.

All of this is rolled into a single, nearly indescribable track called "Scene". Beginning with what seems to be a lost Explosions In The Sky melody and continued with more spoken word, the track explodes into a sea of cascading guitar melodies with the ever-so-light backdrop of a keyboard arrangement which, to be honest, sounds very much like a third guitar. This is, of course, not a bad thing and only adds to the depth of the track. This arrangement is repeated a couple of times throughout the track until finally, during it's last repetition, Fukagawa retreats from his mournful screams and let's the central melody speak for itself for the first and only time in the song. In doing this, Envy seem to be showing how very universal their music is and how very powerful it can be if left to stand on its own. As the track ends, I cannot help but feel like I've heard something unique and incomparable, even after what has to be my hundredth listen.

On a similar note, I think it's worth mentioning that the second track on this album, for the most part, seems to be a direct rehash of a large portion of "Chain Wondering Deeply", the first track on A Dead Sinking Story. Even more noteworthy is the fact that I had no knowledge of this until a friend mentioned it to me. It seems that only Envy could blatantly copy themselves and still seem completely fresh and original.

After the excellent "Crystallize" the album moves onto its most complete track - the fifteen minute "The Unknown Glow". The song takes a good three minutes to do anything more than generate a soft guitar melody. Being a complete song, it is still in no way the best song on the album. It is, however, an amazing track and should be mentioned if for no other reason than the three minute spoken word passage over a simple lone guitar melody in the middle of the song. I know of very few bands that could get away with something like that while holding my interest the entire time. Envy are one such band.

As the passage finally builds over a simple drum roll that seems to last nearly as long, the track explodes for a brief period and finally dies down giving way to the weakest or, more accurately, least amazing track on the album, "Night In Winter". After this, we are treated to Envy's greatest achievement, the gorgeous "A Warm Room", a fitting end to one of the most beautiful albums of this or any other year. For its entire seven minute running time the band plays what seems to be the same exact reverb-heavy notes. At times it seems as though there are five guitarists playing at once. It is so very ethereal at first, as the clean-picked tremolo melody continues for the first minute and a half, giving way to soft drumming and Fukagawa's almost obligatory spoken words. Shortly after, another layer of guitars is added as the drumming becomes more noticable. At just under three minutes the melody explodes from clean to distortion, the cymbals begin crashing in, and it feels as though the most amazing and angelic melody I've ever heard continues on for nearly an eternity. All the while, Fukagawa belts out the most mournful screams of the entire record.

As the album comes to a close, I'm generally left speechless and usually don't listen to anything else for a few hours. As it's probably evident, the word 'emotion' keeps coming up as I try my best to describe this album. It's really the one and only word that sums this record up on any level of explaination. Really, emotion defines us all and is the one thing that seperates us all at our core. By the same token, it also looks to be the only thing that keeps us together. I certainly do not know what Tetsuya Fukagawa had to say throughout this record, but I'm fairly confident that I know what he was feeling as he delivered the message. Envy have once again created a universe all their own, giving us a masterpiece of emotion and sound. Insomniac Doze is not only the best album of Envy's long career, but it is also one of the most devastating and beautiful records you're likely to ever hear.

--Matthew Dyess
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful album full of emotion. 7 Oct 2006
By W. Koah - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The sound on this is pretty much Post Rock styled music with spoken word vocals (like Mogwai) and emotional screaming. There is truly no band like these guys and this may just be their finest work. If you like bands like Mogwai, Godspeed You Black Emperor, and Explosions In The Sky, then you'll probably like these guys quite a bit.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most beautiful album I own. 13 Nov 2009
By Marcus W. Heleker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
First of all, I am a huge fan of envy. This is not my favorite album of theirs, but it is their most post-rock driven and has some of my favorite songs. I might prefer the album before this, A Dead Sinking Story, or the EP Abyssal, but that isn't to say anything against this album. When you have made several perfect albums, it becomes difficult to compare them fairly. I just like the aggression found in their older recordings. Realistically, you could grab anything they have made in the last 8 years and not be disappointed, in my opinion. If you are a fan of post rock or melodic screamo, or just a fan of music in general that is not too strongly put off by harsh vocals, give this album a listen and I am sure you will love it. I'd go into more detail, but there is already a great description in an earlier review.
5.0 out of 5 stars A league of their own 21 Jun 2009
By John P. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'll keep this short. I happened upon Envy on a compilation CD that was a freebie at an indie record store. I took a chance and tracked down Insomniac Doze. The album is beautiful and emotional. It weaves in and out like a classical composition. This is what Mogwai would sound like if they wanted to be heavy.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 17 Sep 2006
By N. Omar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I was initially drawn to the group after doing some websearches on 'emo' culture, believe it or not:). This is epic stuff. I particularly like track 4 ("crystallize"), a 10 minute anthem.

My only gripe is the poor lyric translation in the booklet, not much of the poetry is coherent in its current form. Any volunteers?
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