The Blue Letter
Prima Facie


4.5
superb

Review

by Scott Smith USER (1 Reviews)
May 26th, 2008 | 21 replies | 6,101 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Lengthly hardcore with punk and prog ethics

0 of 2 thought this review was well written

It's almost been a year since a buddy of mine put this cd in my car and said, "Bro this right here reminds me of a downtempo Hopesfall." At first I was like, "Wow, he's exactly right about that.." now my thoughts on this album are way different. This cd is an experience, one that has to be sat through and no song must be skipped. From the instrumental opening of, "Your love in the morning" to the closing song, "Your faithfulness in the afternoon." Anyways, onto what is really important, reviewing this
masterpiece of an album.

MEMBERS:
Chad Seely / Bass/Vocals
Dan Shebaylo / Guitar/Vocals
Silas Zdybel / Drums/Vocals

Right from the start Dan Shebaylo, guitarest of The Blue Letter shows you he isn't afriad to use effects and feedback within the first few seconds of, "Your love in the morning." Starting the album off with an insturmental that sets the tone of this album, slowly building up with a few notes played over and over, while the drummer Silas Zdybel builds up the pace and shifts the moods in this song. Silas is really the star of this album his drumming is what moves you through out this album, while the guitar is just a layer under setting tones and emotions for the music.

"This window is made of one way glass" starts off with a drum roll and interesting effects produced out of Shebaylos guitar and did you even knowtice the transition from the last song? Shebaylo comes in with his raspy scream/yelling and the band shows off their punk ethics. Group vocals come in about half-way into the song and they become intrumental with the vibe you should of gotten from the last track. Their insturmental work is great comparing to the likes of Isis, Giant, and Pelican. The ending of the song is back into the punk feel with Shebaylos raspy yelling and ening with a guitar effect that seemelesly transitions into the next song.

As the looped effects carry on, "We'll Cut Down the Trees, and Name Our Streets After Them" starts off with the drummer gently hitting the symbols while Shebaylo and bassist Chad Seely play very mellow notes on their insturments. Keeping it mellow till about 1:58 then crashing in with a sludgy/downtempo feel which continues as the basis for this song. At about 3:33 this song displays one of the best points in my oppion, concluding with the vocal shot out, "Every beat of your heart is a lie, even through your mask I can still see your eyes." A very powerful part in the song, but afterwards the song has a slight downfall in a transition from such a powerful part to a sludgyer feel untill it picks back up and ends.

The next song, "Moved in 98'" is my least liked song on the album. I personaly have no problem with long songs, hell I listen to "Godspeed! You Black Emperor," but where most bands fail at is making their long "Epic" songs intersting. This song starts out like it would be very interesting and mellow, but you'll soon come to find out it just repeats. No build ups, no progression, just we hear one somber part for 2 minutes, one part somber with screams, intrumental, repeat... It holds promice with the ideas these musicians present, but I feel as if they failed to mold them right.

After the lengthly "Moved in 98'" you are presented with a blistering, "Without a warning we dissipeared" with crashing drums and that punk/post-hardcore ethic they have displayed in earlier songs. This time though when the band goes to jam, it's not as mellow, it's more upbeat and with the groove of the song. This song continues to blister from start to finish.

Last, but not least closing this album out we have, "Your faithfulness at night" and if you aren't paying attition to the songs you won't even knowtice it sadly..

This is my first review and by all means I expect the worst, but by all means this album is one of the best things in whatever-core out there lately, their bio which is on ther label and myspace page describes this album perfectly and it is what I will leave you with.

"This isn't the place to find some pretentiously prolific statement. We're not here to create some ambiguous controversy. Art is important to us. Music, and the ideas and messages we can all choose to convey through this medium, is a powerful tool. It's not about fashion or status. Challenge each other. Encourage one another. Be passionate about what you are doing. Be a message!

"In a time when the hardcore scene has been confined to breakdowns and guitar squeals, and fashion has seemed to become more important than ideas and music, THE BLUE LETTER challenges stereotypes and genre boundaries with explosive textured soundscapes. Their music is passionate and dynamic, layered with hoarse screamy vocals and soft interludes. Be ready..."


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PatchworkNeurology
May 26th 2008



352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is my frist review as I said and by all means I want to hear what I need to hear.

I am using this site becasue i'm majoring in Creative Writing in college and I want to work on my skills.

But this band kicks fucking ass and I apologize if my review is a little I LIKE I LIKE too much.

www.myspace.com/theblueletter

for some tunes, enjoy!

ultradolphins
May 27th 2008



47 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This band is pretty much my favourite one to combine that whole proggy post rock almost punk think
They do better splits I reckon
The songs from the one with Tambusero (i think thats how you spell it) is good
But the one with Me and Him Call It Us is my all time favourite song
Keep the reviews coming for bands like this.

Iamthe Nightstars
January 2nd 2009



2228 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I saw these guys live in the summer of 2007. I never heard of them before when I went to their show, but they were a very good live band. They played "We'll cut down the streets" and everyone in the band yelled out the "Every bit of your heart is a lie" part. It was really powerful.

Digging: Few And Far Between - Three

HaloDude442
October 19th 2010



693 Comments


This reminds me of gospel. Good stuff

Josh D.
December 5th 2011



13967 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is some pretty good stuff.

XingKing
February 15th 2012



10453 Comments


So what's the dealio with the stolen Fall of Troy title?

BallsToTheWall
February 21st 2012



44164 Comments


These guys kick ass, pretty stoked they'll be playing tomorrow and for 10 bucks.

eternium
March 16th 2012



16337 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Seeing these guys tonight. Going to rule face.

Josh D.
March 18th 2012



13967 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Man

coneren
March 18th 2012



11111 Comments


josh is a fag

Josh D.
March 18th 2012



13967 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rude.

gosk8n
May 7th 2012



1045 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Saw these guys live and it was such a powerful experience also this album has been growing on me alot

Digging: Dark0 - Fate

eternium
May 7th 2012



16337 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Loudest band ever.

wacknizzle
May 22nd 2012



12970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This band is fucking awesome, haven't heard screamo this good since Gospel.

Digging: Amenra - Mass V

Josh D.
May 22nd 2012



13967 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's quite good.

Rev
May 22nd 2012



9407 Comments


really good

SrightryEpic
May 22nd 2012



1197 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

these guys have a new album out right?
does anyone know how it compares to this?
I would listen to it myself but I am too busy being a fat lazy kitty cat

Josh D.
May 23rd 2012



13967 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I did not know this.

eternium
May 23rd 2012



16337 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You can stream it on their bandcamp. It still says preorders despite also saying it releases May 15. I don't know what is going on with my preorder.

Josh D.
May 23rd 2012



13967 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm listening on YouTube now. Going well thus far.



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