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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice surprise., 28 July 2003
This review is from: Halldór Laxness (Audio CD)
After the truely brilliant noisecore record that is 'Jesus Christ Bobby', I and I'd guess a hell of a lot of others were expecting more of the same on the new LP. Oh how wrong we were, with the band having performed a Cave In like u turn stylistically. As a result 'Halldor Laxness' is more of a straight up rock record but with enough twists to make it more than worthwhile. Krummi now sings for the most part with some screaming and lots of yelps and the overall impression is of an arctic QOTSA. Standout tracks (in my humble opinion) are:
Boys Of Winter: Neat electronic alteration on Krummi's voice, a brilliant riff and a nice catchy vocal melody at the end.
Who's Hobo: One of my favourites. Great vocals and a quality breakdown (hinting at their older style) combined with a seriously rocking riff.
Flophouse Nightmares: Great atmospheric use of wah pedals in the guitar.
The Long Face: Minus including a saxophone in a song?! Brilliant song.
Last Leaf Upon The Tree: Glacial and haunting, vocals courtesy of Katie(?) from Queen Adrena.
Overall, not the kind of music I'm normally into but this one's got me hooked. Go buy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Minus nothing, 11 July 2003
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This review is from: Halldór Laxness (Audio CD)
I got into Minus after hearing the first album, and deciding it was one of the most original and extreme albums since Refused's Shape of Punk To Come, with its offbeat riffing and ceaseless screaming.
Haldor Laxness is a completely different kettle of fish, and may take some time getting to like. Minus have gone from all-out extreme into a slightly more conventional, yet still compelling, style of rock. There are very few screams to be heard here and most tracks bear an uncanny similarity to The International Noise Conspiracy. 'The Long Face' is the best example of this, combining a saxophone in there somehow.
There are still tons of wierdness carried over from the first album, but Haldor Laxness is a far easier listen than Jesus Christ Bobby (there aren't any tracks that make me want to scratch myself).
If you've ever liked Dillinger Escape Plan / Refused / International Noise Conspiracy / Converge this will be definitely be to your liking.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A change in style for Minus, 2 Mar 2004
This review is from: Halldor Laxness (Audio CD)
Minus used to be a Hardcore metal band, with songs filled with screams and thunderous riffs, and very little in the way of melody. But Halldor Laxness leaves that completely behind, as the band seem to have suddenly realised that they can write and play music which is melodic, as well as retaining the powerful energy of the band's previous style.
Tracks of note on this album are Romantic Exorcism, with its base-y riff and powerful rythm, as well as some good vocals. Insomniac is another strong track, but there is nothing weak on this album.
If you like rock music, and are looking for something a little bit different, I reccomend checking out Minus. There is no way to easily describe this band, as there is no clear-cut genre that they fit in, but they are definetly a strong group of very talented musicians. This could be the start of something very big for Minus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent hardcore with a wide range of diverse layers., 3 Feb 2006
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Chris Hall "DLS Reviews" (Cardiff, Wales) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Halldor Laxness (Audio CD)
Icelandic five-piece Minus (pronounced “Me-Noose”) first formed in the year of 1998 delivering their diverse and creative mix of hardcore, punk and metal. The band soon formed a growing fan base and introduced themselves to the rest of the world with their fast and ferocious album ‘Jesus Christ Bobby’. The band gained instant praise from the likes of Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Terrorizer and NME. On the back of this initial success, Victory Records signed the band and went on to release two albums, the second of the two was released in June 2003 entitled ‘Halldor Laxness’.
‘Halldor Laxness’ is a monstrous hardcore/metal album with a more melodic approach than their earlier releases. With influences from such bands as Dillinger Escape Plan and Converge, the group deliver a well-crafted and creative album that impacts you with its diverse song structures and guitar sounds/distortion. The brass accompaniment on the track “The Long Face” reflects well the band's urge to adjust and redefine their music style, bringing out an almost jazz-like feel to it.
The album is nothing short of truly inspired hardcore with a million depths and layers to it. Well-produced and reflecting the group's musical talent along with their creative songwriting, if you like your rock with a wall of super thick and chunky guitars thrashing out killer riffs over a blasting drum beat, then this album is definitely for you.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars boys of thailand, 7 May 2004
This review is from: Halldor Laxness (Audio CD)
What can I say..well, the sudden change from the pure chaotic noise that defined these Icelandic mentalists pre-Halldor Laxness era (Jesus Christ Bobby and Hey, Johnny! are a must have for any minus fans) has been well documented - but it doesnt change the fact that despite losing some purists who think now that minus appeal to a wider audience that they have "sold out" this band have finally reached their full potential. Thundering bass riffs, shredding guitars, melodic vocal stylings interspersed with trademark screams, this album also has a drum track to knock you on yer arse. Highly recommended live, their animalistic qualities have been transferred to CD, and this is definately a CD you MUST have.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Class, 8 Aug 2003
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RageofKlugman (Rochester, Kent) - See all my reviews
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Having had Minus' first album, Jesus Christ Bobby, for a while this album came as a bit of a surprise. With their first full length Minus dealt primarily in discordant progressive hardcore with a hefty wodge of elctronic distortion, but Haldor Laxness marks a big change in their sound and a big step forward.
The most obvious difference on this album is the much more melodic nature of the music - Krummi actually sings throughout which is a definite plus as he has a pretty cool voice. The song writing is also much improved and far more consistant and there really aren't any poor tracks anywhere. Minus also develop some of the more progressive elents of their sounds in many of the tracks. There are frequent time changes and some nice experimental touches (like the brass instruments introduced towards the end of The Long Face) throughout the album. What is most impressive is that they all fit really well, enhancing the songs rather than disturbing the flow that drives the album forward.
To be honest I have no idea exactly how you would categorize this album, but that really doesn't matter. Not only does it have several truly fantastic songs (Boys of Winter, Who's Hobo and The Long Face srping to mind), as a whole I'd say its the best album I've heard all year.
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