Jardin de la Croix
Pomeroy


4.0
excellent

Review

by John weathered old reviewer Hanson STAFF
August 29th, 2008 | 30 replies | 10,858 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A progressive band for math nerds, or a math rock band for...regular nerds?

Do you LOVE Rush? Do you LOVE Don Caballero? Do you LOVE Spanish people? If you answered yes to any of these things, Pomeroy by Jardin de la Croix is the album you need to hear! A rather unknown progressive math rock group hailing from Spain, Jardin de la Croix manage to craft complicated, meticulous and rather ridiculous songs all while containing the appeal of a hard rock band from the 70’s, and then add in the occasional sense of grandeur and epicness to hit that sweet spot. Sound enticing?

The opening track, “Polyhedron”, is one of the most stunning songs of the year. Featuring nearly 9 minutes of swirling guitar notes and riffs, complex drumming, and a constantly changing sound, your ears will be tired just trying to keep up with all the madness going on around you. It’s devoid of any kind of vocal presence, but the guitar interplay often creates enough warmth to make up for the lack of a relatable voice. The song even ends with a very well done cover of the solo from Rush’s “Freewill”, which while not only cementing the fact that Rush is certainly the greatest band ever worldwide, also serves as a nice tip of the hat to an act that so obviously influenced the band greatly.

The rest of the songs are similar affairs in the sense they are all intertwining, math-y numbers. Songs ebb and swell based on the actions of the guitarists, whose interplay is so well done it may as well be just one crazy guitar track the whole time. The rhythm section provides a solid backbone for the guitarists to go nuts over, never detracting from the obvious highlight of the album but each giving their own respectable performances. In particular, “Antioquia” sets itself apart from the rest of the album, as its well drawn out intro reaches into the realms of the spacey as the guitarists deviate from the melodies and techniques they use often throughout the album to craft a song that is very original and unique.

That brings us to the negative thing about the album, which is that within its 42 minute run time, the record can begin to sound a bit stale. The problem with this type of math-rock is that many times a similar sound is breached even when on paper it should be completely different. Sections of Pomeroy begin to sound so similar, there are times when you will wonder what song you are really on. The songs can also reach a bit too far in length, as only so much shred can be given before you pine for something else.

However, if you’re just in the mood for some good ‘ol fashioned instrumental rock n’ roll, you are in luck. For all the math elements Jardin de la Croix implement, the sound is still hard-edged and readily accessible. Within all the weird time signatures and the tempo shifts and the long winded song structures are tons of goodies for listeners to latch onto and enjoy, and for being a debut there is a surprising sense of self and awareness on the album. Pomeroy is a fantastic blend of hard rock elements with math-rock, and you would do well to check out this little band from Spain on the next chance you get.

You can download the whole album (for free and legally) at http://www.filefactory.com/file/01319e/n/Jard_n_de_la_Croix_-_Pomeroy_rar.



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Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
August 29th 2008



16071 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love that we can't type their name correctly on our site.

Digging: Trophy Scars - Holy Vacants

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 29th 2008



17911 Comments


in before happiness

willfellmarsy
August 29th 2008



3844 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What if you answered yes to all the questions? I'm sure it'll sound even better than you describe because it's free...

HighandDriving
August 29th 2008



3230 Comments


Spanish people can't play math rock.....only North American and Japanese people can.

willfellmarsy
August 29th 2008



3844 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Actually, it appears they vey much can...this is ooey gooey listening, especially for an instrumental album...2 good instrumental reviews pretty close together (this and AtEotW)...iluvatar u sly dog you

HighandDriving
August 29th 2008



3230 Comments


They must secertly be Japanese then.

I'm going to dl this when I get home....good review.

bustyagunz
August 29th 2008



911 Comments


their name is french though, whuuuuut's going on here
good review, ill prolly check these guys out

willfellmarsy
August 29th 2008



3844 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Polyhedron is sooo ooo ooo good i love it big time

Shattered_Future
August 29th 2008



1539 Comments


Great, great album, and I don't even really like math rock.

gasmaskman
August 29th 2008



1006 Comments


listened to their myspace... really good stuff.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
August 29th 2008



17114 Comments


getting now.

Digging: Sad Lovers and Giants - Feeding the Flame

SynGates
August 29th 2008



2467 Comments


cool free download. done with first two tracks, both are great.
Phantasia and now this, math rock heaven

HighandDriving
August 30th 2008



3230 Comments


Ya I got a LITE vibe from this but Phantasia is better then this.

P13
August 30th 2008



1327 Comments


summary made me download this
lol at Sarah McLachlan - Surfacing in members also likedThis Message Edited On 08.30.08

spoon_of_grimbo
August 31st 2008



2240 Comments


nice review! sounds really interesting, i've been getting more and more into music with mathy tendencies recently, so this should be right up my street. downloading now...

SnackaryBinx
August 31st 2008



2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

spanish people with a french name that means Garden of the Cross.

those wacky spanish.

spoon_of_grimbo
August 31st 2008



2240 Comments


just finished listening, and i REALLY like this! and this review was spot on in every way - it sounded exactly like how i'd expected having read the review, and i find myself agreeing with all the points you made. any idea if they've released this on cd or if it's download only?

HighandDriving
August 31st 2008



3230 Comments


^If you like this check out LITE.

www.myspace.com/liteband

gasmaskman
August 31st 2008



1006 Comments


Really good album.

TheStarclassicTreatment
September 1st 2008



2909 Comments


The review is featured on their MySpace now, sweet.



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