November 5th 1955
Bears of the Sea


4.0
excellent

Review

by David Witten USER (12 Reviews)
May 18th, 2008 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Post-hardcore album of 2008(so far).

November 5th, 1955 is an emo-leaning post-hardcore band from Boston, Massachusetts, containing members from Sluts, Burn Your Wishes, and Pictures of Gabriel. Bears of the Sea is their debut LP.

November 5th, 1955 has a ton of influences, and you can easily tell by their music. Their influences are too many to mention, but they do contain such Sputnik favorites as At-the Drive In, Converge, Thrice, The Mars Volta, and Refused. To be honest, the members of the band would probably feel right at home here. The question is, can November 5th, 1955 live up to what has influenced them?

Yeah, pretty much.

As much as I expected otherwise, Bears of the Sea is one of the best post-hardcore albums I have ever heard. The vocals are great, the guitars are fantastic, the drums are nice, and the bass is adequate (though rarely sticks out). Every song on this LP is of the highest quality, every note has a reason, and everything seems to be in the perfect place. As of April 5th, this is my album of the year, ahead of such greats as Fortress by Protest the Hero and Obzen by Meshuggah.

The opener, The Ambassador to Sarajevo, starts as an instrumental for around the first two minutes. The guitars float across the piece, never playing the same thing as the other guitar is. The drumset sits in the background, adding in fills and keeping a good tempo. The bass comes in during a softer section and lays down a simple background riff as the guitars build up towards the climax. The climax is reminiscent of emo bands such as La Quiete, especially the guitars.

I could discuss the other songs, but they aren’t horribly different. All of the songs consist of great dual guitar work, both guitars almost never playing the same rhythm, let alone the same notes. The guitars are technical, complex, and extremely dissonant. The drumset fits in perfectly, never standing out too much, but always pushing the song along. The bass sits in the background, does its job, and adds in a great lick or two. The vocals on this album are all harsh, reminiscent of another November 5th, 1955 influence, Modern Life is War.

This album isn’t perfect. First of all, none of the songs really stand out. Sure, they’re all great, but at the end of the album you don’t have any particular song you need to listen to again. The vocals are extremely static across the entire album. The album holds up well over multiple listens, and it is extremely easy to get all the way through with its ~40 minute run time. The album flows well between songs and is full of great riffs and wow moments. If you like Post Hardcore, you owe it to yourself to at least give this album a shot. It’s a great one, for sure.

November 5th, 1955 is…
Paul D: drums
Gus P: guitar
Jason M: guitar/vocals
Tim O: bass



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Athom
Staff Reviewer
June 8th 2010


17222 Comments


haha i forgot about this

accompliceofmydeath
June 17th 2010


4262 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I didn't Diggin' it as we speak.

Digging: New Found Glory - Resurrection

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
June 17th 2010


10288 Comments


I gotsta check this out!

fromtheinside
September 22nd 2010


18717 Comments


i'm kinda sad this has already been reviewed cause i love it so much

Digging: Devin Townsend Project - Z2

Athom
Staff Reviewer
September 22nd 2010


17222 Comments


what ever happened to these guys. i was talking to someone about them the other day but was like hhhhhhmmmmmm where are they now?

fromtheinside
September 24th 2010


18717 Comments


i'd like to say working on a new album but they're still reppin this one....... argh

fromtheinside
September 24th 2010


18717 Comments


techinical emo-post hardcore. you'll love. especially since you like la dispute. it's like them but heavier.

fromtheinside
September 24th 2010


18717 Comments


on my blog if you need it.

djunior
November 24th 2010


805 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

if anyone knows where i could find this, let me know. if been looking for weeks

Digging: Bing & Ruth - Tomorrow Was The Golden Age

Josh D.
November 26th 2010


13968 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Forgot my posts were all deleted, so now the thread looks funny.

This is pretty good.

Satellite
November 26th 2010


20826 Comments


doc brown invented the flux capacitor on that day.

Josh D.
November 26th 2010


13968 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I know.

HaloDude442
March 10th 2011


693 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

thats why this band rules

XingKing
April 1st 2013


10856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's weird as hell knowing that the guitarists made this stellar album AND Travels in the same exact year.

ShitsofRain
June 4th 2013


5911 Comments


sounds promising

Digging: Round One to Round Five - 1993-99 Main Street Records

ViralOblivion
June 4th 2013


7679 Comments


Damn I have to listen to this

@xing are the lyrics as good as travels?

XingKing
June 4th 2013


10856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://www.myspace.com/novemberfifth1955/blog

In short, no.

Gwyn.
June 4th 2013


15160 Comments


that is one awful cover holy shit

but i guess ill check could be cool i guess

ShitsofRain
June 4th 2013


5911 Comments


it really is

XingKing
June 4th 2013


10856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=696EJxwENrg



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