She Killed Poetry and Thumbscrew…
Posted on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006 @ 8:54am » permalink
Among the latest from Imagine It Records is "Shut Out the Silence", the debut full-length from Texas metalcore outfit She Killed Poetry. The band's overall approach is pretty standard in terms of blending brutal heaviness and melody as well as various forms of shouting/screaming and some singing, but they're definitely hitting on pretty much every possible form of riffing that the genre tends to deal with. From Americanized melodic Swedish styled runs and 90's-esque chugging breaks to borderline chaotic dissonant textures and quick change-ups between death metal tremolo picking or some clean/acoustic passages. It's sort of a strange mishmash at times in the sense that some of the most restrained areas almost have a "radio rock" sort of quality happening, but then on the other hand the most aggressive moments are pretty damn fierce. It's not what I would call particularly original, and there's definitely room for minor improvements here and there, but I will say that their songwriting's already in a pretty good position, and there are a couple of more technical riffs that have a really cool vibe that touches on some of the picking patterns and melodic attributes that tend to catch my ear the most (check about 2:16 into "She's Living Just Like You"). Not bad.
She Killed Poetry "She's Living Just Like You"
She Killed Poetry "Our Passing Moment"
This thing's on sale for just $5 right now, which is pretty insane, so pick it up if you like the tracks:
@ Imagine It Records
Also new from Imagine It Records
is the latest EP from Thumbscrew, "Within Hearts of Redemption" – a title whose acronym (when followed by "EP"), as the side of the traycard would suggest, is "WHORE". Of course the lyrics follow said theme, and I'm not really interested in them at all, but such is life. I'm still not able to make up my mind about this band's utterly caustic and over the top take on the whole chaotic metalcore thing, either. I definitely admire their abilities, and if nothing else the songwriting on this EP feels a touch more balanced in terms of slowing things down with ample heaviness a little more often in an effort to counterbalance all of the wacky guitar acrobatics and harsh speeds/arrangements. The last track, "Title Song (A Little Black Heart)" is actually my favorite to date from Thumbscrew – utilizing spoken and eerily sung vocals and a midpaced pulse for its duration, which is something I'd like to hear them explore much more often. But then there's the fact that the preceding track closes with six minutes of dead silence, which is pretty annoying in terms of the listening experience. I'd love to post "Title Song…" as an example of these guys' true capabilities, but this disc's so damn short that I don't want to deviate from what the label's already giving away. Now, if only their lyrics will start making some minor advancements along with the music, eh?
If you're down with these guys you can't really lose, as this one's on sale for $4 at the moment and the regular price is but a mere $5 anyway, so make the grab:
@ Imagine It