My Epic
This Is Rescue


5.0
classic

Review

by Dan FUCKING Gibbes USER (5 Reviews)
July 20th, 2008 | 21 replies | 9,615 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Featuring melodic indie rock with very progressive roots, My Epic's debut EP is nothing short of a masterpiece.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Very seldom do you find a band whose 5 song debut EP is so close to perfect that it sends chills up and down your spine, especially in modern music. My Epic, a three-piece, nearly unclassifiable rock group that has recently signed to Dreamt Music with Facedown Records is one of those few bands. The degree of beauty, aesthetics and melody on this EP is simply astounding and will make the listener return to it over and over again, each time finding something different about the songs in the beautiful atmosphere established throughout the EP.

The amount of sheer beauty on this album is almost unmatchable, rivaling the beautiful falsettos and and sweeping melodies of bands such as Sigur Ros as well as the emotional intensity of emotional hardcore heroes Circle Takes The Square. The EP begins with Shadows , and quickly establishes the band's unmistakable melodic sound. It also shows the genius musicianship this band uses, to establish much more atmosphere than one would think possible of only three men. The aural takeover of This Is Rescue has already begun.

The vocals are sweet and alluring, but at the same time intense and carry an incredible weight upon them. Vocal harmonies are quite common on this EP, but they are not overdone; mainly because each time the harmonies are a little different and add depth to the song. The vocal work on this album is certainly one of the many standout points, and they hold a simple beauty even without the amazing musicianship that lies throughout This Is Rescue. The lyrical content may be the only thing standing in the way of someone enjoying this EP, as all of the songs are based upon Christianity and Christian topics, but not to a preachy, pushy level. If you can look past this one point that some would find unattractive (or some may find pleasant, depending on one's beliefs), you will definitely not be disappointed. The lyrics, whether deemed unattractive or not, are incredibly well written. An exerpt from ...And We Were So Close To Perfection shows lyrical prowess behind these young men: " Has courage fled for newer brides, and traded truth for alibis, that I alone of dozen strong should witness your demise? " as well as the beautifully poetic En Machaerus : " If you can claim the skies and calm the seas, give sight to lifeless eyes, and set the captives free, I know that you can raise the dead to life and comfort me." There is a single scream on this entire album at the end of The Making Of A Recluse and you can truly just feel the emotion oozing out of it.

The guitar work on this EP is probably the most intriguing that I have ever heard from a young band. The use of delay is used to create an incredible aesthetic feel throughout the entire twenty minutes of the debut. Intricate guitar lines, combined with this delay simply will astound the listener. Guitar harmonies are used tastefully, as they are used not too much, but just enough. Techniques used in many different genres are used throughout the five songs, even complete with a slow sweep picking line in The Common Curse . It's very hard to describe the guitars because they are just so beautifully done and so unique. The drums are nothing too special, but are well executed, and perfect for the music. Every now and then, the drummer will throw in a little intricate fill or beat, but he spends most of his time keeping the foundation of this aural journey very solid. The EP ends with one of the best closers that I have ever heard on anything, and probably the best EP closer I've heard. En Machaerus is simply the perfect ending to this beautiful endeavor showcasing some of the most beautiful and most epic guitar work on the entire EP. The ending of the song rivals the beauty of Dredg, Sigur Ros, and other melodic outfits. White Walls from Between The Buried And Me comes to mind as the song is truly of epic proportions.

Pros:
Superb vocal work
Superb guitar work
Amazing atmosphere
Very well written songs and lyrics

Cons:
Lyrics may be too "preachy" for some
Only 5 tracks :(

Overall Rating: 4.9/5

The debut full-length will be released on August 5th.
http://www.myspace.com/myepic


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Comments:Add a Comment 
botb
July 20th 2008



9521 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Probably a little long for an EP, but since the rating is so high I wanted to back it up. Truly one of the most beautiful collections of songs I've ever encountered.

FooFighters123
July 20th 2008



73 Comments


You need a bit more of an intro, other than that this is good.
:thumb:

botb
July 20th 2008



9521 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I really wish I could figure out how the hell to put up album art.

SHOOTME
July 20th 2008



2393 Comments


Godly review man.

ninjuice
July 20th 2008



6759 Comments


Go to the "edit review" page and (below?) your review there should be a spot to upload the art.
I shall make sure to read this.
Okay, I'm not sure this backs up a 5 buts it's pretty good anyways.This Message Edited On 07.20.08

Digging: Robin Skouteris - The King of ArtPOP

foreverendeared
July 20th 2008



14678 Comments


stop spamming you little f*ck!
anyways awesome review man. great job. i'll definitely check this outThis Message Edited On 07.20.08

72haha72
July 20th 2008



436 Comments


Great review!
You convinced me to check this EP out, your descriptions are very interesting.
Are these guys from America?

botb
July 20th 2008



9521 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Indeed, they're from North Carolina I believe.

thanks for all the feedback =]

botb
July 21st 2008



9521 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

it makes me sad that not many people are going to end up checking this out because it's just so damn good.

foreverendeared
July 21st 2008



14678 Comments


i put it on my list man cause your review REALLY did intrigue me, but i simply cannot find this anywhere :/

botb
July 22nd 2008



9521 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah it'll be really hard to find. it is indeed on Itunes for 5 bucks though.

foreverendeared
July 22nd 2008



14678 Comments


hmmm that might be the route i will take

botb
July 23rd 2008



9521 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

let me know what you think after you hear it.

BridgeToSolace
August 1st 2008



24 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Judging by two songs I listened to on their myspace, I wouldn't give this a 4.9 at all.

Maybe a 3/5 at best. They only thing they do that's mildly interesting is the delays during the verses. Other than that, I'm thoroughly unimpressed and uninterested. The vocals are competent, if not bland.

Putting on a delay to make up for the fact that you don't have a second guitarist is smart, and it works alright.

I don't see unmatched beauty here. I see, at best, an above average saosin-esque band.


asaf
August 21st 2008



885 Comments


check sky eats airplane

Digging: Heart To Heart - Dulce

botb
August 31st 2008



9521 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I don't see any similarity in their sound and Saosin's to be honest. I think you're just silly as hell. =]

and i need to review their full length, it owns as much as this.

check sky eats airplane

that has absolutely nothing to do with my epic, and they are pretty much as similar to them as slipknot.

botb
August 31st 2008



9521 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'd appreciate it if you don't spam my reviews. Thanks in advance for nothing most likely.

BridgeToSolace
January 19th 2009



24 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm using Saosin for an example of well-done-but-generic post-hardcore.

But you're in such butt love with this band that it doesn't matter to you

Captain Civic
August 10th 2009



280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome EP. Must check out I am Undone.

scotish
September 29th 2009



835 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this deserves more attention. there's alot of good stuff going on here - wouldn't say it's anything like a 5 though.

reminds me alot of a Brand New warmup act, with the edge taken off the depression. with some prog thrown in. worth checking out fo sho



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