The Kodan Armada
Ohio Killed the Grey Ghost


4.0
excellent

Review

by John weathered old reviewer Hanson EMERITUS
December 29th, 2006 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Kodan Armada write good music.

At the cost of sounding like a bitch, most “tr00 kvlt” emo sucks. Skram, whatever you want to call it, really gets androgynous and repetitive as a whole; whether it’s the terrible production, need to rip each other off excessively, or just a general lack of innovation, just doesn’t appeal to me past the mega-uber-popular bands in the genre. Thus, when you find something like The Kodan Armada (admittedly, very close to being one of those mega-uber-popular bands), you have to be pretty glad. One of the handful of emo bands that sounds like they have crossover public appeal despite their scream-heavy nature, Ohio Killed the Grey Ghost is the only full length released by the band.

Starting off with “If I Wanted To Hear The Beat Of Your Heart, I Would Rip It Out And Stick It Next To My Ear” (yeah, its an emo album), it begins on a strange note with the singer screaming “There’s a beat in your heart!” and an organ playing behind metal-influenced riffing and “tick tocks.” The song progresses slowly, going from the metal section into a an organ driven section, complete with near spoken word vocals. Just as you think its about to erupt into chaos, the song strangely just fades out. Then “One” kicks on and the chaos that Kodan Armada utilize first rears its head.

Like most other screamo bands, Kodan Armada employ the soft/chaotic dynamic to full effect. The build ups from such moments as the 70’s rock beginning of “Three” into the full on explosion of Saetia like emo back to a mixture of the two in 40 seconds is pure ecstasy, and even though its nothing new in the genre Kodan Armada pull it off so effortlessly you can’t help but enjoy it. The soft moments are reminiscent of 90’s alternative most of the time; hell you can even hear remnants of bands like American Football or the forerunners Cap’n Jazz. The chaotic parts sound like a weird mixture of Saetia, Joshua Fit for Battle and Sunny Day Real Estate. While that last part may not fit, it strangely describes how Cory Popp sings on some of the tracks.

The highlight of the album is “Butterfly Effect,” a mixture of every other song on the album and more epic than anything else here. The arpeggio riffing about a minute into the song is astounding, and the heavy and pounding drumming found in the very bare and minimal chorus juxtaposes perfectly with the metalcore-esque breakdown that immediately follows. The song flows perfectly, and more-so than any other track on the album demonstrates the mastery of progression Kodan Armada already had.

Vocally the album doesn’t shine, but singer Cory Popp does his job admirably. While difficult to understand at most times (difficult enough to where my relatively untrained ear couldn’t decipher enough to effectively analyze their lyrics), he directs his emotion to the perfect spots, sounding non-chalant and stoic when he needs to be and pained when it most suits him.

Kodan Armada certainly aren’t the next revolutionary emo band, nor are they the most technically proficient band, nor are they the most interesting outfit to listen to. What they did with Ohio Killed the Grey Ghost, however, is craft 6 incredibly tight, emotional, and all around excellent songs. The haunting “Outro” serves as a good end for the album; distant and sweeping, with the return of the organ and a soft chorus of voices behind a poem about futility from Popp. It kind of makes me want to go outside and sit on the grass, staring at the clouds. Except I’m too busy rocking out to this album to work up the drive.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
mynameischan
Emeritus
December 29th 2006


17946 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It kind of makes me want to go outside and sit on the grass, staring at the clouds.


Yeah.



This album is good.

Intransit
December 29th 2006


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like this.

The Jungler
December 29th 2006


4826 Comments


Cory Popp? More like Cory Poop.
Seriously though, this isn't bad, Butterfly Effect is kinda cool. Good review.

Mirror.Circuit
December 29th 2006


223 Comments


i've heard two tracks off this album,and love them.
if anyone would be willing to send me a zip file of this album or something,email me.
xsocalpunkx@yahoo.com
well written review,i might add.

Eliminator
December 29th 2006


2067 Comments


This is good.

pixiesfanyo
December 30th 2006


1223 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Kodan Armada is a pretty shitty excuse for a band.

Eliminator
December 30th 2006


2067 Comments


ilu was that supposed to be funny

i'll kill you

Eliminator
December 30th 2006


2067 Comments


oh sure whatever you emo pussy

JohnXDoesn't
December 30th 2006


1354 Comments


sweet :D

labonza01
December 30th 2006


546 Comments


some of you staff reviewers can be so immature. i'd expect some of those comments to be posted by, well, me. anyway, great review, i don't know these guys, but i might have to check them out.

cbmartinez
December 30th 2006


2525 Comments


Yeah, this band gets way too much shit. I always loved this EP but I think I lost it. If you cant' find the album art, you should just put that amazing famous picture of the bassist screaming in the girls face.

Intransit
December 30th 2006


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol @ labonza still being a n00b 507 posts later

Eliminator
December 30th 2006


2067 Comments


kodak ships

labonza01
January 2nd 2007


546 Comments


wow, canyoneer, i'm totally offended because sputnik is like totally my life. i might have to cry and then cut myself and then cry some more because you called me a nOOb.

grow up, the internet isn't everything.

Eliminator
January 2nd 2007


2067 Comments


the internet is deeply insulted by you ractions

JumpTheF**kUp
January 2nd 2007


2722 Comments


Eliminator is teh secs.

ilu was that supposed to be funny

i'll kill you

That made me laugh more than anything else today.
As for the band I refuse to listen to emo because I am deeply affected by popular opinion, and popular opinion is that emo is for kiddies who cut themselves. It may be good music, but I refuse to listen to it. Yes...I suck.
/cuts himself
Good review either way.

mynameischan
Emeritus
January 2nd 2007


17946 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

As for the band I refuse to listen to emo because I am deeply affected by popular opinion, and popular opinion is that emo is for kiddies who cut themselves. It may be good music, but I refuse to listen to it. Yes...I suck.


well that's stupid

JumpTheF**kUp
January 2nd 2007


2722 Comments


Yeah, I did mention that.

Kaleid
January 2nd 2007


735 Comments


Meh...I agree

Transient
July 6th 2009


1461 Comments


Posting to comment on how much of a faggot I used to be.



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