Before buying this CD, I had never heard any of this band's music, and if it wasnt for the Nietzsche reference in the title and the filing under "Post-hardcore", I probably never would have come across this band. It's doubtful they are going to be breaking into the mainstream anytime soon.
Which is a pity, as this is one of the more passionate records I have heard recently. Fading into a repetition of trance inducing guitars and a murmering female voice, the intro lasts just long enough to make you comfortable. Before this discordant, two-tone ogan sound begins, and the singer starts screaming (think At The Drive-In's most screeching vocals on a song like 'Cosmonaut', but all the way through). This is how the first track 'Mess of Zero' begins, and continues, with alternatly stomping guitars mimicking the keyboards, and schizophrenic breaks and lulls.
This fast, nervous music doesnt let up until the outro (which nicely flows into the intro again, eternal reuccerence, yet more Nieatzschean themes). The songs all have this habit of building up small rhythms, then violently changing, all using screaming vocals, ambient/fast guitars and gothic-tinged dischordant keyboards. Another standout track, 'The Evening Beat', begins with a haunting piano, before breaking into a loud layered noise, then developing into a uneasy build up. All the songs on this album make me uneasy just by the sounds, and the fact that only one song reaches three minutes means that it all seems over before you have the chance to grasp anything. Your not going to be left humming 'With Hands That Bleed', after any number of listens.
The words dont rhyme. The songs are always harsh and constantly changing. This is not easy listening, but its good for shaking you out of any sense of comfort you might have had. Plus after a few listens the sound is kinda endearing. I'd love to see them live.
_"We'll move when the hand nods,
And fuck all who may stand and watch"_
7Chris Owen's Score