Saturday, July 24, 2010

Amazing review from the UK's "Sound Shock"



Review cliché number 28 gazillion: any review of any vaguely technical metal album will at some point mention jazz interludes. This is a cliché that gets trotted out as often as the joke (or more accurately, fact) about Sarah Jessica Parker looking like an anorexic horse. But for all you chin-stroking beret-wearing clove-cigarette-in-a-poncy-holder-smoking jazz cats, there is some proper jazz influence right here, in 'My Sweetheart, The Whore': a mazy fretless bass run that evokes the spirit of Jaco Pastorius. And it's not the only highlight on a record that practically blinds you with them.

Paying as much heed to genres as England do to actually trying to win football matches in an exciting manner, Name are much in the ilk of War From A Harlots Mouth, with a metal take on a hardcore sensibility, but they push the breakdowns into even more sludgy territory, and just as suddenly turn on a sixpence into something that wouldn't be out of place on Mastodon record. The 'Empathic Communicator' suite showcases everything in the progressive metal genre that every right thinking metalhead should value in their music: power, intelligence and confidence. The forth part even has drone influences, for fuck's sake.

And here's the rub: such is the skill of this trio that it's all completely seamless. No joke, you can't spot a single weld line, just a single continuous vision, so when they shift grindcore to doom influences in 'Mare', and then onto jazz-blues on the following 'The Sycophant, The Saint And The Gamefox', you don't notice, neither care. The only clichéd thing about this record you should be hearing is a "one of the albums of the year" plaudit.


Reviewed by Steve Jones
'Internet Killed The Audio Star' is out now on Lifeforce

6 comments:

琬安琬安 said...

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琬安琬安 said...

我在戀愛著?--------是的,因為我在等待著.................................................................

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傻氣的人喜歡給心 雖然每次都被笑了卻得到了別人的心..................................................................

小袁璇 said...

We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull, Some have weird names , and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box .............................................................

治冠霖士 said...

Pen and ink is wits plough...................................................................

陳劉嘉韋蓉宣 said...

THX FOR SHARE!!!感激呀!............................................................