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Though they were probably my favourite band once upon a time. Those first two albums were incredible. Remember when Cedric could sing?
But Deloused is still one of my favourite records ever, and their 2003 Wedgewood Rooms gig is certainly the best gig I've ever been to. They're way past their best.
Saw them again a year or two later and it was a bit meh.
The first two, in 2003, were outstanding. Then at Brixton a couple of years later they were meh, and the Roundhouse in 2007 (?) they were SHITE.
They went through their massive stoner Jam phase but then 2008+ they started playing songs again and did it fucking well.
I have never seen the attraction to that band - got dragged to see them a few times by an ex who loved atdi.
Saw them again at an atp a few years ago and they were beyond dire. It seemed like they were 'prog' on paper but there was nothing vaguely progressive about them; all pomp and ever-dwindling gravitas from their previous band.
Even if you don't get the following albums, De-loused is a stone wall inarguable 21st century classic.
The last track is the best thing on it.
espcially when Omar said the music for it had been completed during the recording for Octahedron.
In the end though, they've got a fucking strong back catalogue. In hindsight, I think it's one of the strongest around. You might not get it... but I did, and it was fucking amazing.
http://open.spotify.com/user/sheeldz/playlist/0doOAplVUoQ7khEXv73LMp Best of playlist.
think ultimately omar got bored of TMV and found some new toys
Still get a bit angry about it.
They had lost their quality, yes, but Noctourniquet was a really awesome record, I thought.
Here's a question to consider: when a band starts out their career with classic records, is it better for them to keep on going, making so-so records, or is it better for them to call it quits once the magic is gone?
thy never tried to repeat themselves even slightly. you've got to give them credit for that.
i haven't listened to deloused in years but still jam some of the later records fairly recently.
I may not have clicked with any of their other records, but they made a real go of constantly finding different ground to cover. They're one that could never be accused of settling. That's definitely more than a lot of bands can say.
on whether the rest of their career consists of attempts to repeat those early classics (and their success), or whether it consists of new ideas, different sounds and generally a desire to make new music rather than fan old flames. Even if bands that do the latter might not re-achieve the critical success and widespread admiration the canon classics have, more often than not there's still plenty of good and great things to find in the later albums.
I know its only January but jfc
when tey said they went on 'hiatus' in the middle of last year, and the rift between omar and cedric seems to have been growing for quite some time.
Were my favourite band once but can't say I'm upset or surprised. Was glad that I was at their last show though. They played better than I'd seen them in years and Cedric even had a classic rant at the audience.
Yeah I thought the London show was decent. Never saw them in their pomp for one reason or another though. Didn't realise it was their last one though until now. Weird.
fuck me i forgot how good it is.
JUNCTION AT THE RAILROAD DELAYED
from Son et Lumiere into Inertiatic still makes me :DDDDD
I love the fact that I still have little to no idea how to pronounce mos tof the song titles, and have no idea what Cedric's harping on about, yet love the album as much as I do.
and he dreams of 'taking the veil'
Spectre will lurk
Radar has gathered
Midnight nooses from boxcar cadavers
Think I was in the minority there. The albums after Francis The Mute were utter bilge though.
Of course the first two albums are brilliant, but Bedlam in Goliath is a fucking beast too, it's just as good, seriously. Amputechture is a bloated sack of crap with the odd great section and the last two were just a bit... muh. Probably for the best then, really.
That`s up with there with the first 2 for me, disagree with you about Amputechture though, it`s a good album.
but i could just never get into it myself
The bass solo :D
Also, Tetragrammaton would be amazing if it was half the length.
it's love/hate. i mostly love it but could do without a couple of the songs. for an album that nuts it really didn't need to be 75 mins long.
but they've probably both made enough cash from the ATD-I reunion to have a rest for a few years.
he's releasing at least 4 albums this year!
Saw Omar's new group Bosnian Rainbows last year and really looking forward to seeing what comes out of that
they were utterly, utterly shit. Embarrasingly so.
But I remember listening the demo(?) version of Cicatriz Esp they shared on their website before the debut quite a lot at the time. Still really good. Just never got into their other stuff and Cedric's voice.
Yeah, I'm a bit gutted by it. I'd rather they went now, though, than dragged themselves through the mud.
Bye Bye, Cedric and Omar. Do something else nice, please.
I'm really sad :(
lol. Yes, it excels without ever being excellent.
people really used to comment on articles, huh?
but their last few albums were great. Unfortunately by that stage most people didn't care and couldn't be persuaded that they were anything more than just some prog mess. Which they absolutely were not. I think a lot of people were just very "butt hurt" that they weren't releasing ATDI style music anymore. If you want to know what they dead horse would have sounded like just listen to Sparta.
was that I would probably never have listened to them if it weren't for the fact of Omar and Cedric being in ATD-I. It was almost like I had to teach myself to like each album they released; even though I loved the first 4 albums when they first came out, I very rarely find myself reaching for them these days. Personally the Bedlam in Goliath is probably the one I like most (did anyone else play that online game that was available when the album was released???), but still, not exactly devastated that they've called it quits. Ironically, after having spent years looking forward to seeing them live, when I finally did see them at Brixton touring the Bedlam... they were pretty bland and that was the final nail in the coffin...
...thin line between total genius and utter shite, unfortunately dabbling with the latter more than the former. still, the first EP, Frances and Noctourniquet are five star records for me. always thought Deloused was a bit naff in comparison.
I am slightly worried that now Omar's not going to have TMV to think about at all he will spend even more time releasing EVERY single musical idea that crosses into his head, resulting in ten average solo records a year as opposed to just a manageable three or four.
and has a new band
Yeah I know, I'm just worried there's going to be even more of the stuff now. The guy seriously needs to learn how to filter ideas.
Loved it all, some more than others but yeh....colour me gutted.