Vancouver
The Moment


3.5
great

Review

by SnackaryBinx USER (31 Reviews)
October 15th, 2008 | 18 replies | 1,822 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Post-metal minus all those ambient parts. A nice stepping stone for those that want to get into post-metal, but can't stand ambient parts.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Vancouver is:
vocals: michael
drums: laurent
guitar: elie
guitar: alain
bass: bastien

Post-rock, Post-metal, or anything that is of the sorts tend to be very unforgiving genres, but they reward the patient. Most bands that play diverse genres such as these allow there songs to unravel their beauty (or brutality) through long drawn passages to a huge climax, maybe even multiple climaxes. Most of the common public today though doesn't have the attention span for such long songs, and genres such as these usually remain in the underground.

When my friends become intrigued in which music I'm listening to, I'll usually let them tag along for a listen. At times when I'm playing bands such as Isis, Neurosis or Pelican, they often get bored during the ambient sections, often begging for those heavy parts to come back. They often tell me that I listen to generally boring music, and that I should lend a listen to Atreyu or The Devil Wears Prada. After I try to explain to them that those bands are terrible, they usually give me the handy dandy, "Whatever dude," and walk off.

That's where a band like Switzerland's Vancouver comes into play.

The best way to describe their sound is to take Isis and Neurosis, slam them together, and pick out the ambient parts. Within this, they still maintain a hardcore/sludge sound, but their songs aren't usually long, brooding epics, but rather 4 minutes of pounding guitar work and crashing drums. The vocals sound quite a bit like Aaron Turner of Isis, but in a higher pitch altogether. The guitars themselves pack a mighty punch, going from undistorted intros (such as "Apollo") to a brooding sludge/hardcore mix (such as opener "Miraschino"). Sadly though, the bass is mostly lost in the heavy wall of sound created by the pounding guitars and thrashing, beating drums.

Vancouver is a nice step for those who want to get into post-metal, but have a hard time staying with the music during ambient parts. There are two separate tracks that are all ambiance, "Damocles" and "Exosphere," that flow into their next track perfectly, which will allow new listeners to gain a tolerance to listening to ambient parts. If they'd rather not, they could always just skip those tracks, and continue with the heaviness.

If there is anything that will surprise you, it's the last track, "The Portrait." Incorporating no screaming and no distortion and tribal style drumming, it's like the rest of the album, minus any heaviness at all. Some might find this a bold and daring move, and enjoy it, whilst others will find that this destroys the album altogether, taking out any respective flow the album had going.

And that's Vancouver in a nutshell. A post/sludge metal band that doesn't incorporate a lot of the ambiance often found in the genre, but more of the heaviness that is found in the genre. If you find that you, or one of your friends, is interested in this style of music, but has a shorter attention span, let them spin this a few times to gain a tolerance, and then let them (or you) go along onto bands that incorporate more of it.



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SnackaryBinx
October 15th 2008



2309 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

comments, concerns, such?

Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 15th 2008



17128 Comments


Review is a bit awkward. It seems like your focus was more on how your friends who dont like the genre enjoy this rather than focusing on the album.

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SpinLightTwo
October 15th 2008



1011 Comments


summary reads very awkward.

handoman
October 15th 2008



2380 Comments


I really like this. The ambient parts don't ruin it or anything. but yea, you did seem to focus on other things besides the album.

Wizard
October 15th 2008



18796 Comments


is interested in this style of music, but has a shorter attention span, let them spin this a few times to gain a tolerance,

This kind of defeats the purpose of why I love post metal/ post rock.

I would probably change some of your more personal notes in this review ( your friends) to something that has to do with the actual music. Still, nicely written, and pos' for being a swell guy (or girl hahaha). Sooooooooooo when is that Times of Grace/ Grace compilation review coming?

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SnackaryBinx
October 15th 2008



2309 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I told you wizard, you should do that!!

and I'll fix this up over tonight

Wizard
October 15th 2008



18796 Comments


Fine, I will take the challenge when I have time. Hopefully the mods will let it go through. I don't think a review has been done like that before.

SnackaryBinx
October 15th 2008



2309 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I thought the whole paragraph with my friends transitioned my idea well, guess not -_-.

and if I ever do do that review, it will be fucking massive.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
October 15th 2008



4925 Comments


you should make a friend, in fact make a friend that reads your reviews before you post them in the future

rasputin
October 15th 2008



14504 Comments


you should make a friend, in fact make a friend that reads your reviews before you post them in the future

this

Willie
Moderator
October 15th 2008



15781 Comments


Yeah, the whole review needed a little more time spent on it.

This kind of defeats the purpose of why I love post metal/ post rock.
I agree with The Wizard.

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NortherlyNanook
October 15th 2008



1285 Comments


I thought this album is called The Moment, not just Moment. Whatever.

SnackaryBinx
October 15th 2008



2309 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it is, I need to change that. thanks for reminding me

handoman
October 15th 2008



2380 Comments


Yea, sorry bout that. I added the album.

Tits McGee
October 16th 2008



1876 Comments


you should make a friend, in fact make a friend that reads your reviews before you post them in the future


haha, win

Pebster49
October 16th 2008



2988 Comments


played their myspace songs, sounded very impressive

handoman
October 18th 2008



2380 Comments


you should make a friend, in fact make a friend that reads your reviews before you post them in the future

I'll be your amigo.

jrowa001
October 19th 2008



8749 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this was pretty good



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