The Elijah I Loved I Hated I Destroyed I Created
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iamSeraph
July 13th 2012



857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The despair is almost tangible, this band rules. The 'hardcore' tag is an incorrect one though. It's actually an experimental style of post-hardcore.

^ Which also applies for The Elijah itself. Post-Hardcore with a high ambient and slight progressive ratio. This is in no way Post-Rock at all, Post-Rock in general features either clean + soft vocals (the minor!) or none at all (the major part). Devil Sold His Soul is also no Post-Rock, there are no freaking screams in the genre. There aren't and there will never be. Maybe listen to some classics first (Explosions In The Sky, God Is An Astronaut, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Mogwai, Mono, Pelican, Sigur Rós, This Will Destroy You) or if you want vocals visit Ef, for a true gem: Long Distance Calling. Leave experimental Post-Hardcore bands with a high ambient use alone. It's seriously a disgrace to the genre for me calling these guys (TE) Post-Rock.

Aside from all that the review was solid. Shitty growls & screams which don't bother that much + unfortunate production against great ideas and musicianship. 3.5 for now, slightly better than their EP.

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Evreaia
July 13th 2012



3953 Comments


The lack of vocals are typical for Post-rock, but the genre isn't bound to those rules. I might not have been entirely correct by calling them Post-rock, but the Elijah's music is firmly rooted in the genre's influence.

I disagree that the production sucks, I personally think it's amazing and really suits the music. Same with the screams (but I've heard quite a few emo bands before so I'm accustomed to them). Honestly if this vocalist was in a band like Gantz or Fall of Efrafa, nobody would have given a damn about his screams.

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RosaParks
July 15th 2012



14592 Comments


this sounds like something id enjoy

Evreaia
July 18th 2012



3953 Comments


Well it's good enough to warrant a spin from everybody. But those accustomed to emo and post-rock will enjoy this more than others.

ababygoat91
August 10th 2012



9 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I have a feeling this album will be criminally overlooked. It is as experimental as it is bombastic, powerful and very emotionally charged.

Evreaia
September 7th 2012



3953 Comments


This album is keeping up good, I Destroyed and In regret still rule. Every time I listen to this I enjoy it more.

sspedding
September 8th 2012



4751 Comments


These guys would be really great with a new scream vocalist

Evreaia
September 8th 2012



3953 Comments


Nothing wrong with the harsh vocalist, he just choose the wrong genre. Put the guy in a skramz band and no one would have complained.

Butkuiss
October 5th 2012



4109 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Harsh vox are pretty cool tho

EddieMarais
October 8th 2012



102 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Really don't see where people are getting the idea that The Elijah are post-rock...

b00mjohnmadden
October 31st 2012



2 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

If you listen to the music there is clearly a strong post-rock influence in there. The drumming, guitar, and song structure are all very similar to a lot of post-rock. I don't get why people are so upset about that comparison. I like the album a lot, It just blends together a bit too much for me to go above a 3.5 I think.

Ignimbrite
January 21st 2013



5295 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"I Destroyed" is brilliant and this album as a whole is pretty good, but it comes off to me as a bit of a lesser Devil Sold His Soul...

THIEF
January 29th 2013



237 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've never seen a band be so poetic with their song titles. Should be cheesy, but I am left only intrigued.

TheCollectiveFacade
February 6th 2013



650 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Don't know how to post news so here it is, The Elijah have finally released a stream of their new
'Live at the Underworld' CD alongside the London String Quartet:

http://www.rocksound.tv/news/article/stream-the-elijahs-new-live-cd-live-at-the-underworld



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Willie
Moderator
June 29th 2013



15877 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Stumbled across this on Spotify. It's pretty damn awesome.

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Apollo
July 7th 2013



10266 Comments


Album is great.

Review not so much. A ton of grammatical errors.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
August 9th 2013



8744 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

the one thing that really holds me back from loving this is that it's trying way too hard to squeeze an emotional response out of the listener

the way it keeps re-using the same 'soul stirring' chord progressions and melodies with the dramatic synth under it all the time, the band really needs to learn restraint with it

i do love how everything sounds but the simplicity and forwardess of the emotional aspect is kind of shameless

Twelvetribes230
January 5th 2014



105 Comments


cannot get past the screaming. Love the instrumentation and the clean vocals are really good

DreamAgain
March 6th 2014



245 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

One of the best albums of 2012, period.

bakkermaarten007
March 6th 2014



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"cannot get past the screaming."
Me neither. The screamign brings this down from 4 to 3. It's like an 8 year old trying to mimick a t-rex or something.



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