The Pax Cecilia
Nouveau


5.0
classic

Review

by chimera908 USER (5 Reviews)
July 21st, 2007 | 68 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Nouveau comes across like an epic metallic screamo play full of emotion. It's truly the most beautiful album I've ever heard.

I’m not going to lie I used to be an ignorant and stubborn metal head who thought Dream Theater was the epitome of music. Oh how wrong I was and thanks to sputnik and albums such as Protest The Hero’s Kezia and Converge’s You Fail Me , I started looking into the wide spectrum of hardcore. Needless to say when I saw DFelon’s review of The Pax Cecilia’s Blessed Are The Bonds , I was intrigued. Its mix of metallic hardcore and ambient post-rock was something I had never heard before and its epic beauty blew me away. I’m sure most of you checking out this review have heard Blessed Are The Bonds so let me start by saying Nouveau is a different album and that comparing the two would be a pointless exercise. In fact the only comparison I will make is that Nouveau is every bit as powerful as Blessed Are The Bonds , it’s just in a much more condensed form.

This album is all about melancholic beauty and depressive rage and the music often switches between the two. Leaving you in awe and despair as the albums epic sadness washes over you. But at heart this is a heavy album and it comes across as one epic metallic screamo play. In fact this is a concept album written like a play in three acts. Its full title being Nouveau: A Theater Of Air , although truthfully it’s hard to tell what the hell the albums actually about. The theme of love stands out and it’s mentioned that the in the play Nouveau, “one man is irreparably helpless when faced with the questions of the world.” The lyrics are deep and suit the vastness of the music. From the beginning this album sucks you into its sad beauty with the violin and acoustic guitar in Opening Monologue which seamlessly transitions into the schizophrenic Beneath Every Powerline where acoustic beauty mesmerizes you before taking your breath away with tortured screams, thrash drumming and distorted guitar but before suffocating the anger gives way to acoustics and soft clean vocals. Which flows into An Aurora which is a majestic instrumental featuring an inspiring combination of violin and guitar. MDCCLXXV is a short bit of depressive acoustic guitar which explodes into the albums two centerpiece tracks Fluorescence A.D. 1492 and Phosphorescence A.D. 79 Similarly schizophrenic tracks like Beneath Every Powerline they both feature the heavy combination of metal and screamo, grand buildups and epic explosions of violins and guitars. The lyrics of these two songs are noticeable depressive with lines like, “On my deathbed you’ll be screaming repentance to the rhythm of my slowing heartbeat. God, I have never known a thought so lovely.” England; A Theatre Of Air opens with piano playing but quickly the drums and distorted guitars come in and then the song explodes and sweeps you away with a driving rhythm and a powerful mix of screamed, yelled and sung vocals. The calms down only to build back up in one of Nouveau’s most emotional moments that happens at about 4:20 in the song and continues until its end. As quickly as it came the albums closer A Denouement is here. Epic piano and some of the most emotional vocals I’ve ever heard open the song. It builds up tension as the drums come in with a rolling rhythm and when the buildup explodes with guitar and violin combining perfectly with the piano and drums and the singing rising over the grand sound, it will hit you. Nouveau redefines musical beauty.

Every player on this album is technically capable of doing what they need to do although don’t expect blazing solos or shred fests. The vocals are one of the best things here as the screams have an emotion behind them akin to Jacob Bannon and the clean vocals are marvelous too. Nouveau’s production is also very well done as nothing really gets lost even in the most distorted and heavy sections of the album. Yet the production is raw enough to convey plenty of emotion, something I think perfect productions can ruin. My one complaint about the album is it short, only 35 minutes long but if you think about this as one song, the conceptual play that it is, 35 minutes long is pretty good. To put it simply if you like Blessed Are The Bonds or are simply looking for something new, you must check out Nouveau as it is truly the most beautiful album I’ve ever come across.


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chimera908
July 21st 2007


713 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow, I originally intended not to do a track by track but because this was a continous album it was easier to do a tbt. Also I had this rated as a 4.5 but when I was listening to it as I reviewed it I realized just how much I loved it. I actually like it more than Blessed for those that are curious. Also I'm not sure if screamo is the term I should use as I have no experience with screamo music, but it seemed pretty fitting. Maybe emotional hardcore would be a better term?This Message Edited On 07.21.07

blackmilk
July 21st 2007


584 Comments


sooo bland

chimera908
July 21st 2007


713 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The review or the album?

By the way if anyone wants this I'm hosting it on soulseek or send me an AIM at chimera908This Message Edited On 07.21.07

TojesDolan
July 21st 2007


271 Comments


You just like free albums on the internet. :mad:

chimera908
July 21st 2007


713 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha, yeah its great that its free but it's actually an amazing album.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
July 21st 2007


3995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"England: Theater of Air" is obviously the best track.

GleamInRanks
July 21st 2007


298 Comments


So, how does this compare to Blessed are the Bonds?

Wait nevermind, that's pointless...This Message Edited On 07.21.07

chimera908
July 21st 2007


713 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I can kind of give a short comparision its just they're very differnt. There are no ambient sections in this album and a lot less elements of post-rock. You'd really have to hear it. Also what did you guys think of the review, it was a hard one for me to write so I'm not to sure how good it turned out.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
July 21st 2007


3995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is more eclectic and song-based instead of tautly constructed as an album.

chimera908
July 21st 2007


713 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thats true which is why I like parts of Blessed better than this but when the album comes to an end I feel Nouveau has greater emotional impact, for me at least. Also how is my review I want to know what you guys think? Please...

rattlehead42147
July 21st 2007


1345 Comments


great work again chimera!

GleamInRanks
July 21st 2007


298 Comments


I thought the review was good. I'll definitely be checking this album out soon.

chimera908
July 21st 2007


713 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the feedback, I like talking about the album but I just needed to know how I did on this because I had a really hard time writing it. It's a hard album to describe and gleam, if you need me to I can send this to you over AIM or I'll host it on soulseek, just ask.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
July 23rd 2007


3995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Or you can just get it for free from the band.

chimera908
July 23rd 2007


713 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

True, thats what I did, kind of slipped my mind to even reccomend that. I just emailed them and asked.

GleamInRanks
July 23rd 2007


298 Comments


Oh, cool. I didn't know that they were giving this album away too.

Thanks anyway chimera.This Message Edited On 07.23.07

chimera908
July 23rd 2007


713 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah they will, they just asked if I would pay for shipping when I asked. They didn't require it of me but I did it, I don't think I could stand not to at least pay the shipping for all that they've done.

jrowa001
July 23rd 2007


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review. ill be getting my hands on this one soon since ive become in love with Blessed Are the Bonds

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
July 23rd 2007


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have to say this is one of the better metalcore albums of the decade.

chimera908
July 23rd 2007


713 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That is very true I guess, I'm still new to the hardcore and emo scene so is that what
this is considered, metalcore? To me it seemed like screamo but then again when it
comes to categorizing this kind of music I have no experience. Although I must say
I've been liking good hardcore and emo material more than most metal which
comes as a pleasent suprise for me.This Message Edited On 07.23.07



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