Vanna
Curses


3.0
good

Review

by Brent Stephenson USER (67 Reviews)
September 28th, 2008 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sure its nothing mind-blowing or inventive, but there is an undeniable fun factor to the music here...

Bands like Vanna can be a bit of a chore to classify genre wise. The rather high pitched clean vocals point in somewhat of a post hardcore direction, while the guitar work and harsh vocals point more toward a metalcore (at points even deathcore with the inclusion of occasional guttural vocals) direction. Other labels such as "scene" as well as the incredibly misguided and often always misused "emo" have been used in an attempt to pigeonhole the sound. The reality is, Vanna plays metal/deathcore with a heavily melodic slant to it, and there's really no reason to try and dig any deeper than that.

To me, this album is somewhat of an anomaly. When you look at every element of the album individually, it seems like the album would have to be terribly boring. The guitars rely heavily on chugging breakdown style riffs, the drums stick to the usual quick double bass patterns and semi-technical fills found among their contemporaries, and the vocalist would be more or less interchangeable with any other band in the genre. However, there's just something about this album that seems to set it apart from the rest of the pack. Perhaps the planets were aligned just right during the recording, but unlike most "heavy" albums released in the past few years, there's an undeniable fun factor here.

As far as the songs go, they tend to stick to the same basic structure for the duration of the album. Heavy intro riffs usually segue into more melodic verses and choruses, which are usually followed by a breakdown or a heavy bridge section. Sure its nothing new, but it works for the most part. There are even a few breakdown sections that are somewhat memorable, (see the "Dear God, call an ambulance" section at the end of Country Boys Goddamn). Other than the seemingly run of the mill songwriting and instrumentation, the biggest gripe for most would be the vocals. Whereas on the EP the harsh vocalist attempted to vary up his deliveries by throwing in some pseudo death growls, he sticks almost entirely to his high register screams here. The high screams could be a bit of a problem for some due to the fact that they can be a bit raspy and grating. The clean vocals have also taken a major backseat on this album, which will be a plus to most as they can sometimes be a bit on the nasal/whiny side.

Basically, if you're in the mood for something heavy, and a little on the catchy side, this album would more than likely scratch the itch. The only downside is the usual repetitiveness that is apparent in most metalcore albums, and the bass is rarely present in the mix (but what else is new?). Also, coming in at just shy of 40 minutes, the album seems to be just a little on the short side. However, if Vanna stuck to their guns and really improved their songwriting ability, they could potentially become a fairly well respected band, but at the moment, all they are capable of producing are fairly enjoyable songs that are ultimately forgettable.

Recommended Tracks:
Country Boys Goddamn
We Ate The Horse
The Vanishing Orchestra



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marksellsuswallets
September 28th 2008


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I tried to take a shorter and more concise approach to this one so if there is anything lacking (which there more than likely is) input is greatly appreciated.

DBlitz
September 28th 2008


1690 Comments


Listened to this ages ago, and think its very bland now, but I don't mind We Ate The Horse

badtaste
September 29th 2008


824 Comments


ha, was going to point out the nice and concise review, but you've readily admitted it. Otherwise, neat review.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
September 29th 2008


20857 Comments


Really solid review Brent. Attempting to write more concise reviews like this at least streamlines your approach and it should lead to improvement in the future. I usually prefer some more mentions of highlight & lowlight tracks, but with the way you explain the album, I am unsure it was fully required in this particular case (& you recommend 3 tracks at the end anyway).

marksellsuswallets
September 29th 2008


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah since I didn't really mention many tracks in the review itself I figured recommending a few would be more helpful...

HighandDriving
September 29th 2008


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Perhaps the planets were aligned just right during the recording


The planets were aligned via the God Matt Bayles.

This album has its fair share of highs and lows but overall I think it's a pretty solid disk.

They should be releasing a new album soon but I doubt it will be better then this.

marksellsuswallets
September 29th 2008


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Supposedly the new one will be out around January '09. Oops I didn't realize this was still on the front page I would have waited to post my BMTH review haha...

HighandDriving
September 29th 2008


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Front page whore.

marksellsuswallets
September 29th 2008


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I've been working on that review for a week and I was excited to be done with it give me a break haha...

Wizard
September 29th 2008


19616 Comments


there's an undeniable fun factor here.

Even if this is the case, the review reads like a 2.5 (medicore). Just crying over spilt milk I guess. Well written review, you need some more pos reviews, give us some of your fav's that haven't been reviewed around here!

Digging: Hans Zimmer - Interstellar

marksellsuswallets
September 29th 2008


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

give us some of your fav's that haven't been reviewed around here!

Working on that one, I just had to get this and the BMTH review out of my system first haha...

Wizard
September 29th 2008


19616 Comments


Looking forward to pos review :D!

marksellsuswallets
September 29th 2008


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I've done a lot of positive reviews, just most of them haven't been for metal albums haha

Wizard
September 29th 2008


19616 Comments


Looking into those right now. I will be honest though, I come to this site for METAL.

taylormemer
September 29th 2008


4944 Comments


Yeah, not a bad review.

I come to this site for a different approach, and to gain a bit more insight to what is actually out there that I have never heard, or considered.

Distance
November 18th 2008


113 Comments


cd is kinda boring, my favorite songs are The Vanishing Orchestra and The Things He Carried.

tfhaigh12
February 4th 2009


2 Comments


I love this album, Vanna plays an awesome live act too.This Message Edited On 02.04.09

tfhaigh12
February 4th 2009


2 Comments


[img]http://www.fan2band.com/di/epitaph/vanna/184998_2535_43_3314.jpg[/img]

xNintendoCorex
February 4th 2009


1272 Comments


totally agree with the review, its fun but thats about it.
good reviewwwww

MacWeener
May 20th 2009


288 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

We Ate The Horse You Rode On has grown on me the most so far, not too impressed by the album as a whole



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