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5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional, but almost unheard of band, 28 July 2003
This review is from: Terraforming (Audio CD)
The Postman Syndrome are one of the most impressive bands you are ever likely to hear. It is almost impossible to categorise their sound, as it seems to constantly change and evolve through the album. It generally varies between avante garde jazzcore, vicious hardcore, progressive metal and melodic, even verging on emo, rock.
Rather than following a simple verse-chorus-verse structure, the music is always unpredictable with occasional bursts of heaviness coming out of the calm before returning once again, irregular time signatures and songs so vibrant it's almost as if they're alive.
Although there aren't choruses, as such, there is a lot of fantastic melody, and even the heavier moments will end up lodged in your head for ages after listening, leaving you craving for more.
This is all brought about through the band's excellent musicianship. The vocals are expressive and emotional, often resembling those of Maynard James Keenan, but with occasional hardcore screaming. The three guitarists do a similarly great job, constantly changing in style. The rhythm section is also unbelievable, as it changes from standard rock beat to erratic metalcore or even tribal, depending on the song.
No matter what type of rock or metal you favour, there will definitely be something for you here. The band's level of invention, musicianship and sense of melody is almost unsurpassed. This is what music should sound like.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Experience everyone should own., 15 Jan. 2006
This review is from: Terraforming (Audio CD)
I bought this CD randomly without having heard any of their music before along with Clan Zu's Rua and Memento's Beginnings. This album was the first to jump out and grab me (Memento's beginning's never actually did). After a while i discovered i had stumbled upon something completely different to anything i had heard or have since found (Even the new Postman Syndrome (Day without Dawn) EP).
The thing about this album is it has something for every occasion and throws out the laws of making an album. The first song which i had on repeat was Hedgehogs Delemma which isin two parts and could be mistaken for a fairy tale (Until the screaming kicks in and the guitar takes a sinister turn). Rotating Crib Toy has so much energy and very subtle lyrics would probably be the song i'd show to people as a sampler but my personal song choices from this album are Amputee's Make Bad Swimmers, Lonely in Your arms, and Interpretive Decorating. Three absolute masterpieces the two later of which are epic.
If you delve slightly further into this album you'll see why this album is so good. Lyrically it is wonderful, and musically it is beautiful. You may argue the screaming is not to your taste but other than that find fault I dare you. I also find this album is best listened to with the lyrics infront of you, otherwise you will miss out on touches of genious like in Interpretive Decorating (amazing poetry is screamed out). Each song has a somewhat twisted and the music is adapted to fit. I think the final thing that should be mentioned about this album is that at the time the Postman Syndrome were a 5 piece and use another musician on a few song (Danielle Valen) which gives the sound so much depth and diversity. If you don't like this album please keep listening and you'll surely fall in love.
Now The Postman Syndrome have changed their name to Day without Dawn who recently released a self titled EP which is a good listen although now a four piece they will find it very hard to create anything like this. Although I also suggest you dig for some of the band's demos such as Watersigns which i feel would not be out of place on Terraforming.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly amazing!, 14 Jan. 2005
This review is from: Terraforming (Audio CD)
This album has the infectious hooks, instantly memorable songs and subtle complexity that made Tool's "Aenima" and earthtone9's "Arc'Tan'Gent" such modern masterpieces. There is hints of hardcore/mathcore, death metal, jazz, Latin, pop and God knows what else in their sound, but it all sounds stunning and flows perfectly. Just take "Unfamiliar Ceiling" for example, which shifts between incredibly catchy Latin/pop and full on death metal, or "Lonely in Your Arms" with it's beautiful flute-led intro leading into dissonant riffing and screams.
Their singer has a versatile and emotive voice that reminds me of Maynard James Keenan, Mike Patton and Steven Brodsky (old and new style), with a mix of gentle, harmonious singing and hardcore screams/death grunts. The rest of the band are astonishing as well, it is rare to find such a collection of talent in a single band.
The songs are arranged into chapters, meaning that the whole album comes off as one big seamless work of art, rather than just a collection of songs randomly thrown together with no flow between them. One of the finest albums of the millenium so far, you simply must own this without excuse.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Band in America., 2 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Terraforming (Audio CD)
Well, where do you start?
Think of your favourite album and the moment after the final song came to its stop. That feeling... You will have that feeling at the end of every song on 'Terraforming'. The Postman Syndrome are an incredibly talented band - the musicianship sure, but the lyrics are so origional. Of course you can hear some influences in there but i can't name one because they stand out from the crowd that much - a beacon for modern metal/rock/whatever - this is genreless! in fact if any of the members of TPS mentioned influences they themeselves are probably better than the respective influences!!!
All songs are wonderous - i could write on them for ages - just try and listen somewhere to a track...!
...and with news that they are starting to look to recording their second album it can only get better - get this and then lust after the release date of the second!!!
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