A horrible hack

Brazen

...As Floods Decrease

Year Released: 2000
Format: CD
Label: Snuff
 
Reviewed by Andy Malcolm on Jun 13, 2007
I must say this a very nicely packaged little cd. All kinds of neat stuff going on with the design, very snazzy. Thumbs up there before we’ve even started. And then there is the rather fine music it contains too. “The Opening Curse” kicks things off with a lovely twinkling intro, as things builds up to the louder, more raucous hardcore bulk of the song. It’s all built around dynamic and driving guitars, harshly sung vocals and nicely varied stop-start time changes, especially when it switches immaculately between the powerful and subtle parts. This song makes me think of how Julia would sound if they were a lot more aggressive.

And there is no pause for breathe as they pile on into “In Ruins” relentlessly, no breaks between songs, you have to spot where they change or it’d seem like 1 epic was kicking off the start of the cd. This track really rides a quality emo groove, like Policy of 3, dark melodies swirling in amidst the chaos.

And that sets the standard. “Vomp” really breaks in sounding like Shotmaker, a big crushing riff smashing you over the head back and forth before the whole things breaks down into just guitars to add to the tension.

And that’s all you need to know. The last 2 songs are just as good, and fall into the same realms as the above. The only knock I would have is that it does get a little ‘samey’ sounding at times, but I still enjoyed this very much. Maybe just a little more variation in sound is needed.

It’s refreshing to hear some good emo come out of Europe that isn’t from France, and definitely to hear some music of this style too.

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