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The Saddest Landscape

Lift Your Burdens High...

Year Released: 2004
Format: 10"
Label: Nashaardaa
 
Reviewed by Andy Malcolm on Jun 13, 2007
Dang. This band is soooo good. I know I knocked their LP (it was too inconsistent and didn't flow) but when they are on form and crank out songs like the ones contained within here they just destroy me. So this 10" contains 4 songs of their teary eyed emo, bawling their hearts out whilst the guitars scorch a trail of melody despite being played at a breakneck pace. Everything is just so explosive. The drumming is incredibly emphatic and piles everything onwards. The twinkly intro to "A Statue Of A Girl (May 15th)" is right off that obscure mid 90's emo 7" that you wish you owned, but I already do. What a fucking amazing track, it packs in all the time honoured cliches, including the screamy part in the distance whilst the music gently sways. Dang. Emo goodness! Then it all builds up again to one of those chaotic end of the world emo spazz outs with sobbing and OH THE PAIN. Oh the brilliance. They continue the high level of quality through the rest of the record, just sprinkling in all the elements of perfect emo whereever they tread. Oh my. Damn song 4 when he's screaming and the guitars go all riff-riff-riff and I feel like spazzing on the floor. I'm so incoherent. Simply blows me away when they hit those tight grooves and wind they way to destruction.

Best stuff yet by these dudes. Check it out. With this and the the Sea, the Sea 12" you will have you quota of emo misery filled quite handily for 2004. Wonderful. No question.

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