I'm here to finish what I started, the list of albums I didn't listen to, from bands I love.
I realize it's kinda like being that sleazy guy who says "if I was single, I'd totally fuck you" in a way, but if I'd have listened to these albums, I would have totally loved them...probably.
So the first side-piece on offer is:
Like recognizing old film scenes because you saw them referenced on The Simpsons, if you're just getting into Glassjaw now, you'll definitely retroactively recognize their influence in some of your favorite modern post-hardcore bands.
Funnily enough, I once had a conversation with a member of Hot Basic (who I wrote about a couple years back) about how much Glassjaw I heard in their sound, only to find out he'd never listened to them. That's how ubiquitous they've become.
When Material Control came out, 15 years had passed from Worship and Tribute, Glassjaw's last full-length album, and 6 years since the last EP. During this time the hype has been building up and crashing down in regular intervals, not unlike the Tool-curve (not to be confused with the Bell Curve, or well known feminist activist Bell Hooks for that matter).
At the time of release, reception was mixed but while typing this sentence I've come to the realization just how redundant that statement is when I don't have my own opinion to juxtapose with it...
Better keep moving on then.
In the last post I wrote about A Lot Like Birds and how, within a matter of seconds, I knew I'd found something really special. The Hirsch Effekt had the same...effect.
From the sheer technical intensity and progressive songwriting to the softer segments and classically tinged elements, they come across like some sort of mad mixture of The Fall of Troy, Capillary Action and The Dillinger Escape Plan, and if you are at all familiar with my taste you realize how they're not just "up my alley" but rather the designers of the alley by way of the buildings whose negative shapes are the genesis thereof.
Far fetched analogies aside the band released three albums in a series referred to as "Holon", each of which was quite amazing but my personal favorite is Holon: Anamnesis, which is the second one. These albums have been in heavy rotation for a few years so Eskapist was an easy pre-order to make.
This album is a bit of a rule breaker as I've actually listened to this album a couple of times but these times were out in the sun in Dubai and to be honest I fell asleep in the heat. What I've heard (while awake) I was really into but for some reason I didn't dive into it to the extent I probably should have, or needed to in order to fully appreciate it.
When Gautier Serre announced he'd finished a new album I posted on Facebook that my album of the year had been decided already.
Then the year passed and I didn't listen to it.
Breakcore, baroque, metal, chickens playing the piano and wild, varied vocals.
Troy wrote an article about him a while back so you can check that out for a deeper understanding of his music and various affiliated acts.
Sikth are one of the biggest influences on my songwriting with their beautiful balance of technicality and catchiness, as well as their emphasis on big vocal melodies, so when they announced their return back in 2014 I almost immediately booked a flight to the UK to see them at Tech Fest (or, as it can also be known, the real kick up this blog's ass).
Since moving to England I've seen them a few more times but only one of these gigs has been with their new line-up since losing co-vocalist (cocalist?) Justin Hill. Although new vocalist (also in Aliases) Joe Rossier is great at what he does I'll fully admit that it's probably going to take some time for me to accept the change so perhaps this is what's caused me to stay away from this album for a little while.
As usually, I'll update you all on how I feel once I dive into these albums (will be a nice excuse for more material down the line).
Until then, keep tuned for my continued late-is-better-than-never coverage of last year; next up: Music I actually listened to!