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Heres two reviews of our EP, Desiderium
The first thing you will notice about the music will more than likely be the savage and imaginably throat shredding vocals of Chaz Bell. (awww yeeeeaaaah) Fans of the genre will not be turned off, as his vocal approach is the path taken by a majority of the frontmen of the genre. There are two other familiarities he demonstrates within his approach. The first being a low pig squeal-esque growl and the second being a soft whimper commonly found in pre-Worse Than Alone era The Number Twelve Looks Like You. While the pros outweigh the cons in Chaz's vocal approach, there is one major flaw: a little too often the vocals sound completely void of any real planning within the music and come out as sounding randomly and unthoughtfully placed.
The actual instrumentation is nothing new or revolutionary within the grindcore/mathcore genre, but it is executed well enough that it does not come off as irksome or as a knockoff of their contemporaries. A typical feature of the genre is a frantic guitar approach which seems lacking in structure but honestly demonstrates a higher level of comprehension of theory and song structure. Guitarist Collin Hutchinson executes his abilities as a songwriter in a way that makes An Isle Ate Her seem less like an amateur act trying to get their foot in the door and more like a force to be reckoned with. Drummer Matt Cooper makes his presence known behind the guitar work and vocalization with his well placed speedy double bass and spastic blasting. Again, fans of the genre are all too familiar with this and will find comfort in his abilities.
While An Isle Ate Her are still a band whose name has yet to become popular, even among elitists of the grindcore/mathcore genre, they have shown that they are fully capable of turning heads and captivating listeners with an impressive first release. The music is a little rough around the edges, but an educated listener will have no problem in finding a few if not many elements of their take on the genre to enjoy.
Technicality and pretension sit very near each other. An Isle Ate Her, and most mathcore, hug them both simultaneously. Their Desiderium EPbleeds together 12 minutes of very vicious screams and frantic guitars. And it is a beautiful thing.
When given just enough to hold onto such as the sweeps on "Tributary: Restitution Passed the Event Horizon" or the clean section on "Landsraad: The Onerous Combustion," An Isle Ate Her show their ability to be interesting and digestible. Even on some of the faster, harder sections there is something naturally heavy about them that is still technical without becoming imperceivable. The first 35 seconds of closer "A Core and Some Seeds" move from fast to a slow, experimental breakdown-ish section and build back into something far more vicious. The cleaner section later in the song gives a nice dynamic shift before it returns to melt faces.
But when the super deep growls and pig squeal-worthy highs come in along with unimaginative drums (read: too blurry and fast to be interesting.
"Speed ≠ talent"), it becomes too grind for anything perceivable to be going on (lololololol). There's no recognition of the rhythms in relation to the "vocal" track, and the guitars don't mesh well enough with the drums to give enough body to them; instead, they sink back into an indistinguishable mess.
Grind will always be an acquired test, and An Isle Ate Her are a part of that niche market. But, they pull it off very well. With a crisper production value and more time behind their instruments, their follow up may contain something just as interesting and more digestible.
Review Rating: B-
For Fans Of: City of Ifa, Dillinger Escape Plan, grindy tech stuff
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