...Who Calls So Loud
...Who Calls So Loud


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jared W. Dillon USER (118 Reviews)
September 8th, 2008 | 54 replies | 15,229 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: ... a continued development of the sound Funeral Diner was striving to create and in that regard it succeeds.

Funeral Diner encapsulated a dense and nostalgic view of hardcore. Their seminal release 'The Underdark' was anchored by its dynamic songwriting as well as a fantastic drum performance by Ex-Portraits of Past member Matt Bajda. When the group broke up guitarist Dan Bajda and aforementioned Matt moved on to a new project under the name ...Who Calls So Loud. Their debut definitely makes the fact clear that members of the band were previously involved in Funeral Diner. The record is a combination of thoughtful longing and intense build ups. While there certainly are a lot of similar threads connecting Funeral Diner and ...Who Calls So Loud there are also numerous key differences. First off ...Who Calls So Loud isn't as dense as "The Underdark" the guitars act more as melodic anchors than heavy distorted sound scapes. 'Sleep-like' plays out this idea when it breaks into a serene bridge featuring lush guitar parts with drummer Matt releasing a flurry of impressive fills. The band also seems to take a more introspective look in terms of the lyrics. Funeral Diner's lyrics most of the time came across as very dark and preachy words on the current state of society where ...Who Calls So Loud's don't echo accusation. 'Any Color I Want' encapsulates this idea;

'it's been years since i've stood on your porch.
several memories flash all at once.
i don't even know if you still live here.
attached is everything you've written me.
i've highlighted all the lies.'


If 'The Underdark' represented what the Half Moon Bay breeds ...Who Calls So Loud is attempting to portray how the members of that community were actually bred. The record as a whole echoes lost sentiments and forgotten peers. The music is desolate and while it is not as basic as a standard hardcore affair it feels human in how it gradually builds itself up just to fall back into a more appropriate section. Highlights of the record include '4.4.4.4.' which speaks on feelings of life's futility. The cycling guitar portions in the introduction of the track help slowly cascade the song into the rolling repetition of 'there was a presence.' The song has probably the heaviest section of the record when it expands into its conclusion which almost echoes the feel of a breakdown. From that apex of heaviness the record drifts into the slide guitar of 'Assume the Power Focus' which is such a startling shift in feel that it works excellently.

Complaints on this record are easy to assume. The band isn't living up to the complexity of their former incarnation, the sound is too typical for a post rock influenced emo group, the lyrical content is trite, etc. While there is some validity in some of these statements listeners should examine ...Who Calls So Loud's debut album for simply what it is; a continued development of the sound Funeral Diner was striving to create and in that regard it succeeds.



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bastard
September 8th 2008



3435 Comments


good review.

changed summary, so my comment was as irrelevant as his old summary.This Message Edited On 09.08.08

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
September 8th 2008



16081 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Now that thats been changed
really good album, up there for "emo" albums of the year so far i guessThis Message Edited On 09.08.08

P13
September 8th 2008



1327 Comments


Good review, gonna find this. I expected 4.4.4.4. to be the fourth song, but I was wrong

metaldude666
September 8th 2008



111 Comments


oh cool funeral diner is cool

Erratic
September 8th 2008



1120 Comments


I wonder if they got the title "Any Color I Want" from the Pink Floyd song "Any Colour You Like"

metaldude666
September 8th 2008



111 Comments


i wonder if anybody really gives a shit

P13
September 8th 2008



1327 Comments


I will put a sound off for both united nations and this because i am unbiased on this matter.

plane
Staff Reviewer
September 8th 2008



6085 Comments


yeah this is awesome

brandtweathers
September 8th 2008



2007 Comments


united nations sucks.

needs attention

AtavanHalen
September 8th 2008



17927 Comments


Any reason why the lyrics aren't punctuated?

honourosis
September 8th 2008



63 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Last paragraph pretty much sums up my thoughts on the album. Good review.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
September 8th 2008



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cool review. Like this album a lot.

sgrevs
September 8th 2008



698 Comments


I should definitely listen to this, Funeral Diner kick(ed) major butt.

SnackaryBinx
September 8th 2008



2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I still need to listen to this and Funeral Diner

flamethisuser
September 8th 2008



395 Comments


have had this for a while, reminds me of funeral diner for some reason

Tyler
Emeritus
September 8th 2008



7928 Comments


funeral diner

AtavanHalen
September 9th 2008



17927 Comments


...rule.

rasputin
September 9th 2008



14520 Comments


I liked the Underdark, I'll check this out.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
September 9th 2008



2125 Comments


Good record/band and good review. I read a rumour they were coming here at some point, I'm hoping it's true.

Bleak123
September 9th 2008



1902 Comments


I'm definitley gonna have to check this album out. Should I listen to this first or Blacklisted's new album?



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