This Will Destroy You
This Will Destroy You


2.5
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Review

by The Katz brothers USER (183 Reviews)
February 7th, 2008 | 52 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Zach Savage says: "Imagine every Post-Rock band you've ever heard"

A year after beginning a This Will Destroy You review by complaining about a lack of information about the band, I will begin another This Will Destroy You review by complaining about the lack of band in the information. This Will Destroy You , the self-titled debut LP by the Texas Post-Rock band is almost inhuman in its lack of personality. Though the guitar lines in ‘Threads’ and ‘The Mighty Rio Grande’ jump out as familiar even on the second listen, if blind folded, there would be nearly no way to tell who created ‘This Will Destroy You’. It is inseparable from the mass of Post-Rock bands that follow in the wakes of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Explosions in the Sky, a Post-Rock madlib, with common, everyday words filling in the blanks. Even the band’s build-ups, traditionally the most central, most emotional part of a Post-Rock song seem to lack much passion. Or at least, the emotion and the passion do not translate in audio form whatsoever.

On the surface of This Will Destroy You , everything is essentially perfect, and this might be one of its biggest flaws. The production is crystal clear; everything shimmers and shines even through standard computer speakers. Guitars are soaked in reverb and delay on ‘They Move on Tracks of Never-Ending Light’ and arpeggiate beautifully, but nothing is interesting, nothing is original. Swells of keyboard and electronic drums come to the rescue, but still do little to retain attention. Everything sounds great sure, but sounding great isn’t everything. Throughout ‘Villa Del Refugio’, the album’s second track, a white-noise type of feedback grows in volume underneath hopeful, Sigur Ros-esque chord swells. The song is fairly ambitionless in that it doesn’t feature a climax of any kind, yet this difference alone makes it stand out among the other tracks.

On Young Mountain, an album I enjoyed quite a bit, I would sometimes find myself zoning out, waiting for the crescendo, and later the climax. Here, I find myself waiting for the end, which, unlike Young Mountain, does not come quickly. Tracks push and break the 10 minute mark, making the 7-song record almost 15 minutes longer than its 6-song predecessor. The 7+ minute long ‘Burial on the Presidio Banks’ features a particularly dynamic ending, switching from the band’s textbook clean plus effects pedals tone to a crushing distorted crunch, accented by a trembling lead line that shines through like a siren, a testament to This Will Destroy You’s excellent choice of tone and excellent production values. It’s one of the album’s best moments, for sure.

It’s tough to translate emotion and passion into an instrumental performance but, as countless bands and artists have proved, it is far from impossible. Moments on Young Mountain were blissful in this aspect, and made for a great, though unoriginal record. Most moments on This Will Destroy You, however, are just plain boring. It is a tepid studio creation by a band that probably can (and has) done better. As one Zach Savage says: “It’s like listening to white”.

-Dan ft. Zach



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plane
Staff Reviewer
February 7th 2008


6094 Comments


Yeah pretty much. Introduction rules.

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
February 7th 2008


2806 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Spot on. It was so generic I couldn't be bothered to review it.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
February 7th 2008


17920 Comments


So basically it just sounds like their first album?

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
February 7th 2008


2806 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah but longer and thus much less interesting.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
February 7th 2008


15737 Comments


First paragraph is sadly true =/. Some Post Rock bands surprise me every now and then though.

Digging: Ricky Eat Acid - Three Love Songs

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
February 7th 2008


16089 Comments


Their first album isn't even that good.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
February 7th 2008


17920 Comments


no shi

LifeInABox
February 7th 2008


3708 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I need to pick this up still.

Doppelganger
February 7th 2008


3124 Comments


This album seems very... average.

HighandDriving
February 8th 2008


3288 Comments


I've been meaning to give these guys a listen but this doesn't sound all that interesting.
Good review though.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
February 8th 2008


4927 Comments


wtf what happened to their other album cover

lunchforthesky
February 8th 2008


1039 Comments


Their first album was generic sure but it was kinda endearing anyway. Not listened to this, I downloaded it when it leaked but I dunno I've kinda been on a Boss kick which has taken up most of my time.

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
February 8th 2008


2806 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

wtf what happened to their other album cover


That's the LP cover. The one here is the CD cover.

ValiumMan
February 9th 2008


493 Comments


The weird thing is, this review actually describes the problems of the post rock genre as a whole these days pretty well (whether intentionally or not). Great job.

cometuesday
February 10th 2008


959 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I haven't had the opportunity to listen to this yet but that's a drag that the collective consensus is that this isn't anything special. I was really hoping this would be a good step up from the EP.

Justanothernimrod
February 10th 2008


478 Comments


I really liked the first album, what's happened?

plane
Staff Reviewer
February 10th 2008


6094 Comments


They made it again.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
February 10th 2008


4927 Comments


I love when bands do that! That's also what every Finch fan wanted after What It To Burn, but they didn't get that and put up a hissy fit.

Justanothernimrod
February 11th 2008


478 Comments


mmm...well, I'm still gonna go see them when they finally come over here in April, should still be entertaining enough

Confessed2005
February 11th 2008


3314 Comments


The summary for this review makes it sound good. Ambiguity ftw.

Yeah, I probably won't check these guys out tbh.



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