Off Minor
Innominate


4.5
superb

Review

by Jared W. Dillon USER (118 Reviews)
May 3rd, 2005 | 88 replies | 17,805 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


Off Minor on this Record Is:

Steve Roche - Drums

Jamie Behar - Guitar

Kevin Roche - Bass

3/5ths of the New York screamo band Saetia formed Off Minor after Saetia broke up in 1999. Two of those original members are on this recording. The lineup consists of Steve Roche on drums, Jamie Behar on guitar, and Kevin Roche on bass. Perhaps what makes Off Minor so special is how much noise they are able to get out of 3 instruments, whether it be in the form of chaos or beauty. Combining both traits in the same way Saetia did, Off Minor represents the true emo scene; a difficult blend of elegance and brutality that put together forms something truly amazing.

The first track of Innominate shows that Off Minor has gotten pissed off since their last record. Featuring harsher vocals, heavier guitar lines and darker lyrical imagery, �Cadaveric� starts the album off on a high note. Brutal to beauty is the idea that Off Minor follows so during �Cadaveric� the song goes from harsh screaming sections into beautiful orchestrated instrumental pieces. �Cadaveric� is followed by �Killed for Less� an ode to the problems with America�s healthcare, their anger towards the system is presented in the harsh screaming of �How much was paid for this shit to stay the same another day?�

�Inadequate in Absence of You� is an ode to Matt Davis who was the lead singer of Ten Grand/The Vidablue and is now deceased. The first 40 seconds of this song are extremely harsh but the middle breaks into a beautiful instrumental with the guitarist playing harmonics and the bassist taking control of the melody, this track is definitetly a highlight of the album, as well as being one of their more upbeat tracks.

After two great tracks (Demolition Heuristic and IN SL) that follow the similar pattern of harsh vocal parts and beautiful instrumental parts an instrumental called �Devil Ether� is up next. Unlike the instrumentals off of Off Minor�s previous release �The Heat Death of The Universe�, �Devil Ether� is a much harder yet still extremely melodic song that really helps set the pace for the next two songs on the album.

�Allele� is probably the weakest track on the album, clocking in at just over a minute, yet it helps up prepare for what in my opinion is one of Off Minor�s best tracks in their history. �Family Circus� is a 5 minute long closer that embodies everything I love about Off Minor: It has great lyrics, great guitar and bass interplay, and beautiful interludes. The rising bass part that the album ends on is probably one of the greatest lines I�ve ever heard and how it ends with what seems like a never ending emotionally draining line of �You, fuck you, I learned by watching you� After the music begins to fade out the 3 minutes of silence that follow almost seem like a recovery to what you just heard.

The cd version of this album has a bonus track, which is just a re-recorded version of �Staring Down the Barrel Limited Options� which in my opinion is far better than the original version.

Overall Innominate is a solid album that is emotional charged and instrumentally elegant. If Saetia were to continue as a band I�m sure something like this album would�ve been released sometime in their history and I�m glad to see that Off Minor continues to carry the torch Saetia lit when they began playing in 1997. Perhaps the only flaw of this release is the length, due to the fact that it leaves the listener feeling like more should come. Innominate is a nearly flawless album besides the few minor issues it has and that is why I give it a�

4.5/5



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cbmartinez
May 3rd 2005



2525 Comments


Awesome review. I can't believe I missed these guys with Envy, Welcome To The Plague Yearand Malady. Off Minor really have an awesome blend going but I only have a couple tracks. Could you yousendit a couple or send me some on AIM?

BuddyBigsby
May 3rd 2005



531 Comments


I've only heard "Cadaveric" off of this but I love it.

cb definitely loses.

cbmartinez
May 4th 2005



2525 Comments


How so? Cause I missed that show?

BuddyBigsby
May 5th 2005



531 Comments


yes.

Happymeal
May 13th 2005



330 Comments


I've heard a different Off Minor album and I like it. Good review P.

Arrakakaka
January 20th 2006



685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Holy bouncing ballsacks does this album PWN EVERYTHING. My favorite album at the moment. How do they push so much out of only 3 members is my question. They pull it off so f'in well that it makes me want to find every single tab they have and play for hours. "Killed For Less" is my favorite too.

Concubine
March 2nd 2006



333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love this album.. Inadequate In Absence Of You is my favourite track.. Are they gonna release anything soon?


br3ad_man
Emeritus
March 3rd 2006



2125 Comments


This is a really fantastic album, the first track is my favourite...."Innominate! Anatomical!"


Who does the vocals? Because I think they're pretty sweet.

pixiesfanyo
March 4th 2006



1222 Comments


Jamie does the vocals.

Jawaharal
March 12th 2006



1832 Comments


I only have heat death of universe, but its quite possibly the best musical thing ever.

Jawaharal
March 16th 2006



1832 Comments


I SLEEP WELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

In S.L. is pwnage to the core.

pixiesfanyo
March 17th 2006



1222 Comments


Family Circus towers over everything else on this album in my opinion.

Arrakakaka
June 27th 2006



685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've listened to their self-titled. It's rawer, I'm starting to prefer it.

Cygnus Inter Anates
August 14th 2006



721 Comments


What pixies said.

The Heat Death of the Universe is better though.

Electrocution
December 13th 2006



7 Comments


one of my favorite openings ever. love that snaking guitar line.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
December 13th 2006



3995 Comments


WORD. That thing is so sweet.

Fort23
July 11th 2007



2475 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Are there two vocalists for Off Minor. I have this and The Heat Death of the Universe, and i love them both , but the later is better. In credible band. But yea Im pretty sure there are two vocalists, so let me know, cuz I'm a music snob and...must know. This Message Edited On 07.11.07

pixiesfanyo
July 14th 2007



1222 Comments


Jamie and Steve.

Abaddon2005
July 20th 2007



684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The trade-off vocals on In SL are so damn good.

Confessed2005
August 2nd 2007



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just got this, really liking it. I shall rate it later but methinks it will be a 4.5.



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