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This Elegy His Autop
This Elegy His Autop
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I won't reduce her body to a function...", 20 Sept. 2005
This review is from: This Elegy His Autop (Audio CD)
I don't know about you, but its a pretty terrible time for rock music at the moment. Recognition is generally gained as a reward for incorporating a tired check-list of cliches - hardcore breakdowns, double kick drums, "anthemic" choruses and so on. Beecher do not pay much heed to such things. There are precious few British bands with the creative drive of this band. "This Elegy, His Autopsy" is Beecher's 2nd full-length, produced by Kurt Ballou, as was the first, put they've upped the ante considerably. You'll find no melodic vocals at all on this one, and the production is even dirtier and less compromising. But the music is far more fascinating, extremely technical, emotive, and thoroughly progressive. Their is a lyrical concept running through the album which seems to be about a particularly hate-filled individual, the object of his affection ("brown eyes") and his ultimate demise. There's even an ultra-prog space-rock track with a morose spoken-word vocal. Moreover, the progression through the tracks is wonderful, with the odd ambient intro interspersed with moments of sheer brutality. Fans of Isis, Dillinger, Converge, Pelican, Cave In etc. are obviously gonna love this. I urge you to support a great British band.


Jane Doe
Jane Doe
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forever gold..., 19 July 2004
This review is from: Jane Doe (Audio CD)
I find it difficult to explain why I purchased this album, having never heard a single Converge song before. I was just drawn to them, drawn to the artwork, drawn to their reputation for being hardcore stalwarts. The first listen was shocking to say the least, and I mean that in the true sense of the word ! I was shaking and sweating by the time the 11-minute title track had finished. But succintly, this is a swirling, bludgeoning, ear-splitting work of art. It is as chaotic as it is hypnotic, as beautiful as it is disturbing, and it fizzes with raw emotion, in particular bitterness and disappointment. The whole lyrical concept of the album appears to be the philosophy on the bloody ruins of a relationship.
If you're new to Converge, you have been warned: buy this if you have an open mind, a love of technical, complex music, and a true punk spirit. This album is incredibly heavy !


Origin of Symmetry
Origin of Symmetry
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slayer-meets-Rachmaninov, 25 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Origin of Symmetry (Audio CD)
Muse's debut album Showbiz had so much potential - fascinating songs with interesting arrangements, but was seriously let down by John Leckie's tinny, indie-sounding production. This, together with Matt Bellamy's falsetto voice led to some lazy journos describing them as Radiohead rip-offs. This album proves the doubters to be well off the mark. It is a far more ambitious record, sounding in parts like some deeply disturbed offspring of Jeff Buckley, Rage Against The Machine and Bach (yes, Bach). Razor-sharp super-distorted guitar riffs smash headlong into horror movie toy piano, and above the thick rhythm section Matt's voice simply soars. Highlights include the death metal opera that is "Micro Cuts", the multi-sectioned and dream-like "Citizen Erased" and of course, "New Born" which features the fattest riff ever not to be written by Tom Morello.
The overall sound of this record is akin electricity zipping across the floor. Its pure overdriven bombast may not be to everyones taste, but this is truly a record of space-age ambition.


Four Ways to Scream Your Name
Four Ways to Scream Your Name

5.0 out of 5 stars Forward-thinking hardcore for 2003, 1 May 2003
Now this really is refreshing. In a scene saturated with painfully mediocre [whatever]-core bands, it is truly exhilerating to hear some young welsh boys setting the standard for intense music. As soon as you hit "play" the furious drumming and relentless riffery completely floor you, before the gorgeous chorus picks you up again. Intense like Refused, but seductive like Cave In. A special mention to vocalist Matt Davies, who swings between blood-curdling screamo to pure angelic. Essential listening for those who like their hardcore with some real dynamic.


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