Posts Tagged ‘review’

RELIGIOUS KNIVES “THE DOOR” [Ecstatic Peace]

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

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Psychedelic, ambient, and droning, Religious Knives are the mature sound of Brooklyn. The six tracks that make up Religious Knives’ newest release on Ecstatic Peace, “The Door”, consist of meticulously sculpted noise, layered with grungey guitar, bass, drums, vocals, and synths, transformed into brooding narratives that mimic a dark and sprawling cityscape. The first three tracks on “The Door” alternate between being pulled by Todd Cavallo’s thick syrupy bass and pushed by new member (and 1/2 of Mouthus) Nate Nelson’s heavy tribal beats. Michael Bernstein’s and Maya Miller’s chant-like vocals recall Wildbirds & Peacedrums’s Mariam Wallentin’s soulful and haunting voice. and complete the album’s dark ambiance. The final tracks allude to Bernstein and Miller’s earlier work, giving more texture to the sounds and increasing the pace. As a whole “The Door” is a well crafted somber album, if it is a bit too evocative of the neo-Gothic revival.

By Misho

Misho does a new music show called “Poughkeepsie Omnivore” early Thursday mornings from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m..

RELIGIOUS KNIVES "THE DOOR" [Ecstatic Peace]

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

1656758

Psychedelic, ambient, and droning, Religious Knives are the mature sound of Brooklyn. The six tracks that make up Religious Knives’ newest release on Ecstatic Peace, “The Door”, consist of meticulously sculpted noise, layered with grungey guitar, bass, drums, vocals, and synths, transformed into brooding narratives that mimic a dark and sprawling cityscape. The first three tracks on “The Door” alternate between being pulled by Todd Cavallo’s thick syrupy bass and pushed by new member (and 1/2 of Mouthus) Nate Nelson’s heavy tribal beats. Michael Bernstein’s and Maya Miller’s chant-like vocals recall Wildbirds & Peacedrums’s Mariam Wallentin’s soulful and haunting voice. and complete the album’s dark ambiance. The final tracks allude to Bernstein and Miller’s earlier work, giving more texture to the sounds and increasing the pace. As a whole “The Door” is a well crafted somber album, if it is a bit too evocative of the neo-Gothic revival.

By Misho

Misho does a new music show called “Poughkeepsie Omnivore” early Thursday mornings from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m..

Arsis- We Are the Nightmare

Monday, May 5th, 2008

Here is a review from student DJ Mike, who hosts a show Monday nights 10pm-12am.  Tune in!

Arsis
Arsis’ 3rd full length is one of the most anticipated metal releases of ’08. 2006’s United in Regret was generally regarded as a letdown but <i>We Are the Nightmare</i> is a worthy follow-up to the now-legendary <i>A Celebration of Guilt</i> and <i>A Diamond For Disease</i>. This album may be their most cohesive yet; all ten tracks are as catchy and memorable as they are technically virtuosic. Songs such as the title track, “Sightless Wisdom” and “Falling Winds of Hopeless Greed” are sure to become anthemic metal sing-alongs and concert staples like “The Face of my Innocence” and “A Diamond for Disease.”

Though the Melodic Death metal well is all but dried up, Arsis inject the genre with a much needed shot of adrenaline, a cocktail of mind-blowing progressions, electrifying hooks, blistering technical death metal guitar riffing, and black metal-influenced vocals. Arsis’ distinct, refreshing sound; support from a respected label like Nuclear Blast; and a phenomenal new album have Arsis poised to conquer the world.

Babin’s Grade: A
Recommended Tracks: 1, 3, 5, 8, 9 (or all!)
RIYL Dark Tranquillity, At the Gates, Necrophagist, Into Eternity

Upcoming concerts @ The Chance  (6 Crannell St, Poughkeepsie NY)
http://thechancetheater.com/

5.7 – Nightwish w/ Sonic Syndicate
5.12 (@ the Loft) – Kingdom of Sorrow (ft. members of Hatebreed, Crowbar & Seemless)
5.21 – As I Lay Dying w/ August Burns Red, Misery Signals & Evergreen Terrace