The Arusha Accord
Nightmares of the Ocean


3.5
great

Review

by asdlfijaweoiruasdf USER (10 Reviews)
July 22nd, 2008 | 42 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An interesting blend of progressive metal, dual vocalists (who are brothers), complex rhythms and slap bass make this debut something to talk about.

The Arusha Accord, a 6 piece band out of the United Kingdom underground, has gained much prestige from fans of bands like: SikTh, Dillinger Escape Plan, Architects, Johnny Truant, and various other progressive/metalcore outfits across the UK. There is no doubt why they have so many fans from this genre when, although fresh and noticeably different, are a generic progressive band that sounds like two of the Architects vocals from Nightmares and the guitar and drum work from the likes of Sikth.

Being progressive in sound they lack any type of concept in their lyrics. Most of them just have to deal with lost love but with some words like “plague” and “parasite” thrown in to sound a bit less generic. As a fan of these guys I have no problem with their lyrics, they aren’t bad but they don’t stand out in front of the melody or dynamics of having two vocalists; their vocalists are brothers. Having 2 vocalists who sound very similar is tricky to make them sound different and not just the same vocalist panning across left and right of your speakers. An example of this is in the opening of The New Face of Revenge when the brothers scream in harmony and their different tones set the panning vocals into a wonderful and dizzying spin across left and right throughout the entire EP.

A disappointment with this EP is that it has a bit too much homogeny to it. Besides the slower, quieter sections the heavy parts are an overwhelming attack of sporadic notes and changing time signatures. With rising and falling dynamics the songs themselves are very well put together and enjoyable to listen to you are left with a feeling that the guitars sound too similar in relative sections: the low parts in songs are a bit overdone and are missing the silence that should be present. The augmented, broken sequences are well done and rival that of Pin and Dan of SikTh but are almost shoved behind the drums and vocals, even the bass gets a bit more of a spot light that the guitars. It isn’t that the guitarist aren’t capable of being the showcase it is just the songwriting has so much melody already in the two singers it would sound cluttered if the melody was the guitars jobs.

I find it increasingly difficult to give The Arusha Accord a genre. They sound like Johnny Truant and Sikth with their vocals, and Architects are a very obvious inspiration for them, but they aren’t metalcore for one reason: there isn’t a single breakdown. When I noticed this I was pleasantly surprised because breakdowns are overdone, boring and centre on one mantra, to be as brutal as possible. The Arusha Accord’s unique sound comes from their dynamics, their slap style bass, their dual vocalists, and their overall metalcore sound that is missing a key component of that metalcore sound. As for their genre? I will say that they are progressive-metalcore and have made a great debut.

There are loud songs like Nightmares of the Ocean and quiet guitar ballads such as Solstice. The songs are missing that distinction between each other but are well put together and this EP is a must listen too.

Recommended First Listens
Death of Thieves
Nightmares of the Ocean

3.6/5

myspace.com/thearushaaccorduk to listen to most of the EP



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P13
July 22nd 2008


1327 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I didn't include the bonus demo in the review because I think of it as not being part of the EP, and just a bonus; sounds too much like other bands.

HeadCharge123
July 22nd 2008


475 Comments


Sounds cool, I'll look into this.

AbyssalCreation
July 22nd 2008


2064 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good stuff, these guys added me a couple months back. I love their whole "DEP meets SiKth sound."

jrowa001
July 22nd 2008


8752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this sounds really interesting. ill have to go search for it

P13
July 23rd 2008


1327 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh, forgot to ask for some feedback and criticism on my review. Want to get better

existanceisfutile
August 9th 2008


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very good debut. Only wish it wasn't just an ep.

crazycobs
August 9th 2008


114 Comments


im playing with these guys with my band sonerty on the 31st of august there really good! i love there crazy sikth sound n btw good reveiw!

P13
August 14th 2008


1327 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It could have done without the bonus song, it was a bit weak

TBliss
August 19th 2008


987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great band, I think their style is really interesting. The only problem I had with the EP though is how all the songs seemed to blend into one another. The entire thing could have been just one long song.

Bleak123
August 21st 2008


1900 Comments


I loved this, band has a great sound. Looking forward to future releases.

TimeToTurnTheTide
September 9th 2008


208 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bought this recently. Loved certain sections of it. If they can filter out the junky-repetitive bits then a full length album should be good

marksellsuswallets
September 9th 2008


4845 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Never heard of this band before but you made me want to check them out...TO MYSPACE!

Bleak123
September 9th 2008


1900 Comments


^^they're worth looking into, especially if you're a fan of sikth at all?

marksellsuswallets
September 9th 2008


4845 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Honestly haven't heard much by them either but I haven't heard anything bad about them so I guess I'll check them out also...haha

Bleak123
September 9th 2008


1900 Comments


Aha, definitley man. Both bands are pretty damn good.

P13
September 9th 2008


1327 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

SikTh and Johnny Truant get In the Library of Horrific Events



marksellsuswallets
September 9th 2008


4845 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ITLoHE is pretty ballin' if I do say so myself...

P13
September 9th 2008


1327 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Damn straight, Death of a Dead day is basically one of the best albums I have ever heard.

Bleak123
September 9th 2008


1900 Comments


Sikth & Johnny Truant ftw!

marksellsuswallets
September 9th 2008


4845 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Listened to a few tracks from sikth and I'm liking it so far...

About to check these guys out in a bit...



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