Phinius Gage
Seek Out Your Foes... And Make Them Sorry


3.5
great

Review

by TimeToTurnTheTide USER (2 Reviews)
November 13th, 2007 | 9 replies | 2,706 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The fundamentals of hardcore punk are all here, with plenty more to boot.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Hailing from the south coast of England, Brighton's hardcore punk outfit "Phinius Gage" released their second studio album to critical acclaim in March of 2007. Seek Out Your Foes (SOYF) is an album simple in concept. It's, hard, fast, and many of the other adjectives found synonymously within the biographies of many a hardcore punk band. SOYF sees a change of lineup and a change of record label from their previous album "The Feeling Something’s Wrong."

SOYF at a mere 31 minutes retains the aforementioned quintessential elements of melodic hardcore punk throughout with the only respite being the acoustic track "Provocation Song." The record gets off to a blistering start, which is always necessary on an album of this type with the single "Battered and Bruised." A pounding bassline is evident throughout and some speedy kick-drum action is provided by Mike Scott and Matt Steele respectively. Steele especially is particularly impressive on the album with some solid, effective drumming.

The hardcore element of the band is briefly entertained in the title track SOYF with some gang vocals and aggressive lyrics. The back end of the title track provides scope for some rapid guitar soloing. However another staple of the hardcore punk diet is not utilized to greatest effect (for better or for worse depending on your opinion) until "Stop Looking Up". This is of course the half-speed, guitar heavy breakdown section. Although nothing spectacular of its own accord it provides welcome relief from the otherwise full-out approach to the album. This approach runs from tracks 1 through to 9, barely stopping to catch a breath. Every song contained within the first nine tracks is real ‘rock out’ stuff which would give precedent to much ‘pitting’ action at any gig worth it’s salt.

Vocally the album may not be to everybody’s taste. For the Melodic Hardcore band that they tout themselves as, Ade Holder's vocals do not display, to any great extent, either of the above characteristics. His vocal style, at best, would be described as "a grower", but it does fit unexpectedly well with the bands energetic approach to the genre. The same cannot be said for the backing vocals (not gang vocals) on the album which are generally terrible especially on the track "Temptation.” While only brief, the poor vocals really throw the listener off track. This the only main downside to what is otherwise an enthusiastic, effortful and well produced album

In sum, fans of the Melodic Hardcore genre, to which Phinius Gage also claim to be, (Their band profile on Myspace shows their influences as Rise Against, Ignite etc) will enjoy this album for its rapidity and the effort shown throughout. Stand out tracks are Battered and Bruised, SOYF, Stop Looking Up and Traffic Lights Party. This is only the second album from the band and whilst there is room for improvement, the fundamental aspects of good, hearty melodic hardcore prevail. This subsequently rewards Phinius Gage with an album that will go a long way to promoting them towards the upper echelons of the genre.

N.B. most of the bands best work is available for download at their Myspace web page


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TimeToTurnTheTide
November 13th 2007



208 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

As many comments as possible please guys. Grammar, Layout etc, any recommendations will be considered (and probably adhered to )

Aficionado
November 13th 2007



1027 Comments


Good review dude. Very well done, nice and concise.

Willie
Moderator
November 14th 2007



15774 Comments


It's a good review, but I don't think you need to quote a different review site when your review is supposed to be as professional as possible. This seemed a little rough in places, but nothing specific... good review. (I read your comment in a different review about this getting bumped in an hour and decided to check it out).This Message Edited On 11.14.07

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TimeToTurnTheTide
November 15th 2007



208 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ok I'll edit that out. when you say rough in places, where do you mean and i'll tidy it up. sorry i posted this after a 3 hour session on my dissertation and i needed a break from the monotony of quote reference explain!

although it appears a reference still crept in :P


Willie
Moderator
November 15th 2007



15774 Comments


First I'll say that I was really tired last night, and it isn't as rough tonight as I thought it was last night, but since you asked:

The album gets off to a blistering start, which is always necessary on an album of this type with the single off the record "Battered and Bruised."
try to change one of the words "album" to something else, and drop the "off the record" part. Maybe split it into two sentences... I don't know, it just reads weird.
For the Melodic Hardcore band that they tout themselves as Ade Holder does not represent to any great extent either of the above characteristics.
I know what you're getting at but this sentence doesn't really make sense.
His vocal style, at best, would be described as "a grower." But it does fit unexpectedly well with the bands energetic approach to the genre.
... and this should be one sentence.This Message Edited On 11.15.07

TimeToTurnTheTide
November 15th 2007



208 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ok dude thanks for the input.

About the Ade Holder vocal thing, i think it's important to try to explain so i have left it in but sweetened it a bit.

good to get some proper feedback on a review as with my last review people tended to skim over the review style and talk about the music: although that is why we are here!

have you listened to any stuff from these guys?

Willie
Moderator
November 15th 2007



15774 Comments


I haven't heard anything from them yet... my problem is I'm usually on this site at work, and I can't access most the places to check out new music from this computer at work, so I have to try to remember to do it when I get home.
Good changes, except:

For the Melodic Hardcore band that they tout themselves as, Ade Holder 's vocals no not display to any great extent either of the above characteristics.
Two things, there's a space between Holder and the apostrophe, and the word after vocals is supposed to be "do" not "no", I'm assuming.

chickenfish
November 23rd 2007



1008 Comments


I really liked the review.
The band isn't bad either. pos

TimeToTurnTheTide
November 25th 2007



208 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cheers dude you commented on another review of mine, did you get to listen to the track i mentioned to you?



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