Really zaruyache? I retract my statement above, this was alot weaker than their debut. The fact the album drags until the last couple of songs disappointed me.
I thought the songwriting was much more concise this time around. The first song does drag, but that's part of the whole post-rock doomy build-up thing. Outside of the first track I thought it was really good, with the last tracks being especially enjoyable, even if they were more straightforward.
like a perfect mix of ash borer and horna
Sounds almost too close to earlier Ash Borer, I think. Still excellent, though.
I am a former member of this band who co-authored this release as well as the first album, Pulling Down the Sky. I was kicked out of Leucosis by Jeff Meuller just prior to the release of this album we had been jointly working on for over a year. As their former rhythm guitarist, three tracks of this album were primarily or fully written by me, and all released tracks contain a substantial amount of my guitar playing.
After being kicked out of the band, I did my best to leave things amicably with the current band members but made the reasonable request that my guitar playing and compositions be stripped from any future release. I was very surprised when I found out that they did not adhere to my request when the album was released this spring with my tracks still in place.
At this point I believe I have little recourse to stop what has happened and do not wish to shift fault any potential listeners who may admire the music of this album. However, I do want what happened in the behind the scenes in the production of this album to be public information so that any future labels, show promoters, or Leucosis fans can make an informed decision about whether or not they want to support this band.
^well if what you're saying is the truth, that's really fucking shitty, i'm sorry to hear that. why were you kicked out of the band? either way, they shouldn't have used your recordings regardless. i take it that you're isaac?
I wasn’t planning on elaborating any further on this issue in a public space, but I realize by leaving things so vague it is natural that people will want to ask me questions surrounding my allegations.
The answer as to why I was kicked out of the band is to me completely irrelevant. I assume that in asking me, people are wanting to hear me defend myself by saying things like “I wasn’t on drugs…I didn’t do anything backstabbing to them…etc…” The honest answer is that it happened to me out of nowhere. I have several theories as to why things ended up the way they did, and though I was personally saddened by it, I have no interest in making this issue part of public debate. For me the issue was not being kicked out of the band. I believe my ex-bandmates had every right to kick me out of the band, just as anyone has a right to terminate a relationship they no longer want to be a part of.
Instead, the issue which motivated me to write on a public forum is intellectual theft. After kicking me out of the band, I requested that my guitar riffs and playing be stripped from the album and not be used in any future Leucosis release. At this time, around September 2012, Jacob agreed to respect my wishes. However, after the release of the album with my tracks in place, I was received a message from Leucosis stating: 1) that they recognize no sole person as the author of a Leucosis song, and 2) that they believe in the future I would actually prefer they release my material rather than delete it. While it is true that more than my guitar playing has eventually gone into each Leucosis song, I want to explain why I believe Leucosis’s defense of their actions is unreasonable.
Pulling Down the Sky contains a larger percentage of my work, with only one true song “Incarceral Form” written by Jeff. On the latest self titled release, only two and a half songs, track 4, track 6, and the latter half of track 3 were originally written by me before ever being presented to the other band members. I composed some harmonizing riffs on the other tracks but acknowledge the songs as Jeff’s original compositions. At the time I wrote the aforementioned tracks, on my own and outside of our rehearsal space, they did not have names, as names and lyrics were always something that were added as something of an afterthought to each track. The first step taken to recording these tracks was my recording them straight into a computer so that the other band members could learn them and record their own playing over them. Saying that no I have no authorship claims as the song was a collective effort does not hold up to scrutiny. Furthermore, the decision they made to release my work against my wishes to because they “think I would prefer it in the long run” is clearly not a decision they had the right to make. The songs I claim authorship of on this album are not true derivatives of my compositions. The only differences I have noticed between my original song structures and the released tracks were the subtraction of a couple of harmonizing riffs I composed which the other band members didn’t care for and the addition of some pretty pointless soloing/noodling over the ending of one of the tracks.
In my previous comment, I already stated my personal reasons for making this information public. Beyond those immediate, self interest related goals, I also think that it is important for fellow musicians and supporters of musicians to have the expectation that musicians represent their work honestly and that musicians who do not meet this expectation are held accountable.
well in which case i really liked your work so i'm sorry that your wishes weren't respected regarding leucosis. i don't think i really want to support a band that respects someone's wishes so haphazardly and changes their mind for their own gain.