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A Snow Capped Romance
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 7 March 2004
All i can say is WOW! 36 Crazy Fists have raised the bar with this album! Their debut "Bitterness the Star" was a brutal yet beautiful example of how heavy, agressive and yet catchy a metal album can be. 2nd effort "A Snow Capped Romance" takes everything that made Bitterness great and hones it to perfection.
The album crashes in with "At the end of August" the first single, a crunchy upbeat metal number that sets the tone for the rest of the album. I was going to choose other stand out tracks but i just cant do it. Every track on this album fits perfectly and is brilliantly written and executed. There is none of the samey-ness that there was with the first album. Every track is distinctive in its own way and are certainly all dynamic and exciting.
Sound: Screams and a unique singing voice combined with fat metal basslines and crunchy, dynamic guitar and upbeat drumming. The production on this album is brilliant with every instrument being clear and precise. Brock's singing/screaming is never overpowering or understated.
Similar artists: If you like any kind of metallic hardcore such as Glassjaw, Poison the well, modern metal such as Deftones and Chimaira, post-hardcore such as Funeral FAF & Hurt Process, harcore such as Remembering Never & Norma Jean then buy this album!
There really is something to keep everyone happy on this album, its massivly heavy at points, upbeat, catchy, screamy, melodic and continues driving at a juggernaut pace until it finishes and you hit that play button again!
OK, i've managed to pick out a couple of tracks. Check out "the heart and the shape" fast, catchy and sure to send you bouncing about your room, "Kenai" heavy as fukk, "Skin & atmosphere" melodic yet grinding and "with nothing underneath" a song so heavy i smiled like a kid in a candy store when i first heard it! The tones on this album are only comparable to Deftones "Deftones" album. Every beat and riff is deep and rumbling.
I listen to metal, post-hardcore, hardcore, doom, noise-core etc. so i am a big metal fan. I can safely say 36CF are one of my favourite bands and that this album is a metal classic. One word .... 'perfect'.
Miss out at your own expense.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 December 2004
Whenver I get a CD it usually takes me a while to get into it, maybe listening to it quite a few times before I fully appreciate the songs. So when I first got this I played it through and thought it was just okay, but then after a few more listens, and over the next 2 weeks after I got it I began to love it so much! Its now been quite some months since it came out (was it may or something) and I still love it and listen to it all the time. It is a superb alubm, every song is jam packed with amazing uber-goodness! A lot of people are mentioning "bloodwork" in their reviews, and although it is a super song, its probably my least favourite on the album, and its still great, so that says something about the rest of the album! It is in short, the best album I have ever had the pleasure of hearing. Also make sure you go see them play live, it is excellent! They really kick ass up there on stage, and they certainly get the crowd going! Watch out for Brock's crazy + frequent crowd invasions. Go buy this album now! Buy Bitterness too! Then find when they are next playing near you and go and see them! Go go go! ;)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 October 2006
The album kicks off amazingly with "At The End of August" as Brock (Lead Singer) demonstrates his incredible screaming voice before smoothly flowing in a catchy melodic chorus. The following songs "The Heart and the Shape" and "Bloodwork" fare just as well, although "Kenai" is lacking some. Not to worry though because "Skin & Atmosphere" makes up for it with its stunning verses and just as good chorus. The interlude "Song for the Fisherman" is rather strange. It is about a minute and a half long of Brock talking with a simple melody played in the background. It seems a bit bland and although bareable, it seems like a bit of filler and the album could do without it. The second half of the album is not quite as good as the first, but "Destroy the Map" is a truely outstanding song with guest vocals by "Raithon Clay" . He and Brock combined make for a truely unstoppable duo.

The only thing that bugs me is that sometimes the band are not sure what genre they are. Most of there songs sound fairly Post Hardcore, but a few, namely "Kenai", "With Nothing Underneath" and "Cure Eclipse" seem to be Metalcore, although good metalcore. Nevertheless this is an amazing album and I can't say that they sound like any other band I know of. Fans of most varietys of metal will enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 July 2004
All I can say is...this is amazing. nothing else can describe this masterpiece. it is shear brilliance. every song, even Song for the Fisherman, is so well made and so well put together.
best songs on the album are At the end of August, Bloodwork, Destroy the Map and Installing the Catheter.
Already lookin forward to the next 36 CF release.
BUY THIS ALBUM!!!
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on 8 September 2010
This is one of those albums that just clicks. Everything is right about it, in the same vein as some of the more 'classic' albums like Master of Puppets, etc; however it will never reach those heady heights I fear. Forget the music for a moment, the title, the artwork, the length and overall feel of the album is just as important. They have produced music just as superb, and in some cases better than this but only sporadically. This is their most musically consistent collection, tone-wise until their 2010 offering Collisions and Castaways, but this is better - this is their Master of Puppets.

'At the End of August' is sublime. A great, powerful intro with a singalong chorus that sets down the manifesto for their sophomore major label album. 'The Heart and the Shape' continues smoothly on from this with another flawless lesson in how to execute a perfect song with tune and melody while still regaining a rawness and integrity that belies the more 'poppier' elements. 'Bloodwork' - the single is also top notch but is not the best of the bunch, as we've already heard 2 tracks that better it. 'Kenai' is one of those storming metalcore monsters that 36 can just DO. It's short and livid but with one of the best choruses they've written. 'Skin and Atmosphere' slows proceedings down a bit, but only a bit. A truly worthy track that leads things into 'Song for the Fishermen'. As with all mammoth albums there is always an oddball curio and this is it. It is barely 2 minutes long but feels like a full track. It is edgy and full of passion, yet subtle and moving. 'With Nothing Underneath' to 'Installing the Catheter' is just constant classic. Raw, passionate, cool and with the best choruses (they must have an electronic chorus-maker). 'Cure Eclipse' and 'Waterhaul' end the album in style, slightly heavier than the opening and not quite as good but it would seem empty if they were to disappear. Incidentally, 'Waterhaul II' can be found ending their 5th album (and is also rather good).

The best album but there are better songs on later efforts. Rest inside the Flames and The Tide and its Takers are slightly more accessible but just don't have the overall greatness that this has. Collisions and Castaways comes very close in tone and completeness but the tracks don't hold up as well. Their debut is a hit and miss affair but does also have a handful of belters. If I could only take one 36 Crazyfists album to a desert island it would be A Snowcapped Romance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 March 2004
I managed to buy an advance copy of '36 Crazyfists - A Snow Capped Romance' last month and fell in love with it straight away. After first listen I thought it was a much heavier record than their last record 'Bitterness The Star' which is also an amazing album.
Every song on this 'A Snow Capped Romance' is really good, my favourites songs are 'At The End Of August', 'The Heart And The Shape', 'Destroy The Map' and 'Installing The Catheter'.
If you loved 'Bitterness The Star' then your gonna love this album. A must have for any 36 CF fan!
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on 2 June 2004
On paper lyrically these guys are almost top of their game. In practice... it's a little different. It all seems a little too screamy for me. It's a respectable album in its content if you sit down and actually study what their saying. For instance, in the song "Kenai", the first chorus sounds like hes "trying to buy a fight" and then he's going on about missing his home ?!... Then he goes on about mountains etc etc, and maybe it's just me that's totally not understanding what theyre saying, but I'm sure I'm not the only rock fan not to have 20 / 20 hearing as it were.
All the starting riffs to each song are probably the highlight of the album : A smart simple little riff placed nicely before the song just to gently break in the audience. Sometimes the riffs do get a little repetitive, as I've noticed often they're often being played throughout the song, maybe an octave or two lower.
My favourite on the album however is deffinately "Song for the fisherman". Quite different from all the other stuff on the album... very simple, no screaming, just talking. It seems like such a personal song, and comes across well. Other than that, Bloodworks worth a listen or two.
It's not a bad album: but as far as riffs go... it's pretty average.
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on 22 April 2004
This album is a must for all 36 Crazyfists fans- actually, to tell you thetruth, this album is a must for all hardcore/metal fans who like to feeluplifted by the music that they are listening to. An eclectic range ofsongs are displayed on 'A Snow Capped Romance', but the most notableaspect of all of the tracks is that they are all beautifully energetic,with passion radiating from the vocals. Their last offering was a treat,but this shows the band maturing, with a more layered and complex soundand i think that we are shown exactly how talented this band is atsong-writing... The band are sounding immensely tight with greatsoundscapes created by the heavy riffs, intricate melodic moments and thelead singer's amazingly versatile voice- one minute you are hearing hisgreat melodic singing voice and the next minute you are presented withthroat-wrenching hardcore shouts. A fine album! Treat yourself, it's worthit...!
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on 20 March 2004
The follow up to 'Bitterness The Star' from these Alaskan emo metallers is a far more romantic affair with Brock Lindow swapping his bare vocal tuants in tracks like 'Bury Me Where I Fall' and 'Turn To Ashes' for a far more calmed and mainstream style of singing. However the emotion and rage fuelling their debut hasn't died and the opener 'At The End of August' is just superb. Bloodwork, The heart And The Shape, Kenai and Destroy The Map all see 36CF taking on new angles in their music and breaking down new barriers. Led by Brock, the four-piece carry themselves switfly through 11 tracks of pure emotion. My only complaint is that it doesn't last long enough. A true modern day classic...
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on 20 March 2004
The follow up to 'Bitterness The Star' from these Alaskan emo metallers is a far more romantic affair with Brock Lindow swapping his bare vocal tuants in tracks like 'Bury Me Where I Fall' and 'Turn To Ashes' for a far more calmed and mainstream style of singing. However the emotion and rage fuelling their debut hasn't died and the opener 'At The End of August' is just superb. Bloodwork, The heart And The Shape, Kenai and Destroy The Map all see 36CF taking on new angles in their music and breaking down new barriers. Led by Brock, the four-piece carry themselves switfly through 11 tracks of pure emotion. My only complaint is that it doesn't last long enough. A true modern day classic...
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