The Butterfly Effect
Begins Here


3.5
great

Review

by dUSK USER (19 Reviews)
January 16th, 2005 | 49 replies | 12,034 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Begins Here is the debut album from Australian rockers The Butterfly Effect, which was released in August 2003 (Sony) and has sold over 30,000 copies to date. The album was also voted in the top 10 albums of 2003 by Kerrang Magazine.

Begins Here has gradually gained the recognition it deserves, creating an increasingly large national (and international) fan base, and has layed the foundation for more works to come.

Untitled--This is the first of 3 short instrumentals pieces on the album. The Bass and Drum pieces are both pretty simple. Kurt Goedharts guitar is actually very intriguing, with the use of what seems to be a chorus/delay effect masking the simplicity of it all. Overall it’s a very calm intro to the album.
3.5/5

Perception Twin--The track begins with Clint singing two lines over what seems to be an ending to the first track on guitar. I believe this is meant to flow smoothly, but it just doesn't seem quite right. The track follows with the songs killer main riff, and then the verse, which consists mostly of lyrics sung over ringing bass and light drumming. The Chorus shows cases Clint's voice at it's best, sung over the heavy riff from the start. The song continues as such, and features backing vocals by Flynn Gower of Cog.
4/5

Consequence--This song follows nicely from perception twin, a short intro, before heading to a bass prominent verse, with guitar gradually becoming louder as the pre-chorus approaches, which is another good hard riff and then comes the chorus. Clint's vocal work on this song is pretty impressive, as he has the chance to show some vocal diversity, and lyrically he is average. Clint's lyrics are often difficult to decipher the meanings of, this song seems to be about some pained caused by a previous relationship, but they are oped enough for people to take their own meanings from them.
4/5

One Second of Insanity--Upon first hearing Begins Here, this seems to be the song that stands out. It was also one of the bands more popular singles. However, the song does quickly become tired, although I imagine it's much better live. The technical aspects of the song are pretty average in all departments, and not too much meaning can be taken from the lyrics. This is the type of song that suits freestyle motocross videos.
2.5/5

Crave--The first single from Begins Here made it to number 11 in the Australian charts. Musically the song is quite heavy, with various riff's repeated throughout the song. Vocally the song is also fairly average. And I must say this is not one of the standout songs from the album.
2/5

Beautiful Mine--As the song begins it sounds similar to the opening instrumental, although it is slightly slower and eerie. Musically the song is good listening, steadily becoming heavier as the song progresses. But once again, Clint's voice is the highlight of the song, lyrically focusing on a woman failing to see qualities in a man(himself). Great song.
4/5

Untitled--Another short instrumental piece, and it is quite similar to the first. It does work as a decent intermission between the two halves of the album. Theres nothing really new to say about it, so I'll leave it at that.
2.5/5

Filling Silence--A highly pitch distorted riff opens this song, accompanied again by simple bass and drumming. This does quickly become repetitive during the near 2 minutes of the song that it lasts. The chorus then saves the song, which is then followed by a much softer, cleaner piece of music. Clint’s voice fits the song perfectly here, before once again rocking hard to the finish.
3.5/5

Always--The latest single from Begins Here begins with a nice drum piece by Ben Hall, accompanied by a harmonic guitar riff. Again, this song has few hard rockin riffs, some pretty decent work on bass, and more noticeable works on the drums. This song probably won't be anyone’s favourite from the album, but I doubt anyone will say it's bad either.
3.5/5

Without Wings--A light guitar riff, and some steady bass make for the begging of the song. Again Ben's drums seem fairly simple. This continues throughout the verse, until a strings quartet appears along with a pianist. This adds to the beauty of the song, giving it a symphonic sound. There is another verse, of which the lyrics seem to give the impression of Clint being left behind while others break free of something. Once again, the song has a great chorus, and again, steadily becomes heavier as the song progresses. And the pianist and string quartet also remain throughout the song, making it a great listen.
4/5

Overwhelmed--The song begins pretty calmly, but like many other songs on the album it builds into something much heavier. Interesting use is also made of a trumpet by guest musician Will Eager. Clint's voice is also impressive, and this is one of his more direct lyrical approaches.
4/5

A.D--A light musical section provides this tracks opening, before Clint begins what seems to be some kind of prayer. The verse is then calmly played and well sung, and pretty much continues like this throughout the song, although there are a number of variations. This is one of the more experimental pieces from the album, and is definitely a great ending piece.
4/5

Untitled--Very similar to the opening track, but instead of increasing in volume etc, it does the opposite. The album ends the way it began.
3/5

Overall Impression:
Begins Here is a great debut album. It is likely that this record will gradually grow on you and become a part of your regular playlist. Clint’s voice is probably the high point of the album, I find it to be simply amazing, but instrumentally it holds it’s own amongst the modern rock scene. Begins Here is not technically brilliant, like many of the more popular albums on MX, but it is however, a great listen.



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Toozey
December 30th 2004



77 Comments


Here's a tip, review good albums.

BoboTheRagingHobo
December 30th 2004



48 Comments


[QUOTE=Toozey]Here's a tip, review good albums.[/QUOTE]


Grow the fuck up and have some respect for other peoples taste in music. 90% of the posts I see by you are bashing some ones taste in music...

Toozey
December 30th 2004



77 Comments


[QUOTE=BoboTheRagingHobo]Grow the fuck up and have some respect for other peoples taste in music. 90% of the posts I see by you are bashing some ones taste in music...[/QUOTE]

Nah and anyway why have you read 90% of my posts, thats quite alot of posts you know.

blueyxd
December 30th 2004



77 Comments


good job G Mac

I agree with what you say about Crave and One Second. But I do have to say I never did like Always, and I think the middle & track is pretty good as an intro to Filling Silence. Fair reviwing too, I can see you listened with maturity (UNLIKE OTHERS (singular) IN THIS THREAD), mainly because you gave A.D. a good score.

If anything, I'd suggest more discussion on the whole album before the track by track review (if you do that), as well as the overall impression at the end.

dUSK
December 30th 2004



94 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeh thanks a lot toozey...

And I tried to stick to hybridofsound's How to Do A Review thread, but any advice given will be taken on board.

manuscriptreplica
December 30th 2004



431 Comments


[QUOTE=BoboTheRagingHobo]Grow the fuck up and have some respect for other peoples taste in music. 90% of the posts I see by you are bashing some ones taste in music...[/QUOTE]


And that's what makes him so lovable

Dark Hero
December 30th 2004



160 Comments


[QUOTE=BoboTheRagingHobo]Grow the fuck up and have some respect for other peoples taste in music. 90% of the posts I see by you are bashing some ones taste in music...[/QUOTE]

EDIT: Blah blah blah...

BoboTheRagingHobo
December 30th 2004



48 Comments


[QUOTE=Dark Hero]But you havn't been here long enough to see 90% of his posts...[/QUOTE]


You and Toozey suck at reading, do you not?

I said "90% of the posts I see", go back and read it again and rephrase your statements please.

analrightstart
July 16th 2005



96 Comments


Nice review, i'd agree with most of what you have said. I find filland silence and A.D. to be the stand out tracks, but apart from thatg i agree with the review. I've seen these guys live twice and they put of a pretty fuckin' good show, Good stuff. And yeah i agree with the raging hobo

sj_2150
September 23rd 2005



251 Comments


this deserves at least a 4, its amazing.This Message Edited On 09.23.05

NuMetalMania
December 30th 2005



325 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Why do faggots even bother posting comments like these when they know they will be overpowered.

'Here's a tip, review good albums.'

Id like to see you make better music you lowlife wank.

A extremely under-rated Australian act, good music, and a well written review. Shame about some of the people that leave idiotic comments, grow up thats all i can say.

espbassist
April 16th 2006



66 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great band, our band, way of deception, will be playing with them in July, and we havent even fdone a demo!!! But that will soon be fixed

Toozey, shut it mate, I really would like to see you do better, stop bashing it and say something constructive, as said before, you low-life wank!This Message Edited On 04.16.06

wilksy
June 25th 2006



67 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

the albums good

wilksy
June 25th 2006



67 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

but this is fuked


metallicaman8
June 25th 2006



4677 Comments


If this is anywhere near as good as the movie "The Butterfly Effect" then i will look into this.

pattern_recognition
June 26th 2006



950 Comments


Heh it's a lot better than the movie.
If you like the Deftones and Tool, you'll dig this.
Their new album is tops too, as is the EP they put out before this.

NuMetalMania
June 26th 2006



325 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

PLEASE, NO ONE REVIEW IMAGO! I AM!

I 2nd what pattern just said, if you dig tool or deftones, your gonna love these guys...

dUSK
June 27th 2006



94 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hehe, I'm reviewing it as well. :p

Wilksy, what's fucked?

pattern_recognition
June 27th 2006



950 Comments


At least one of you has to mention in your review that the intro riff to Everyone Runs is ripped off Run To The Hills.
It's still good, but it's definitely maiden.

Shelton
July 29th 2006



1 Comments


This album is killer. Its a testament to this band that they are even better live. They are a class act. I suggest u check out one of their live shows. You'll be pleasantly suprised at just how good they are.



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