Moss Icon
Lyburnum Wits End Liberation Fly


4.5
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Review

by zach USER (27 Reviews)
November 10th, 2008 | 72 replies | 13,206 views


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fuck Iluvatar

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

There really is quite a bit of dust in my room. My roommate had tried to convince me of this some time ago, but I didn’t believe him. But now as the sunlight seeps through the windows it’s becoming so much clearer. Dead skin and hair still dances when it’s dead. I’m surveying the room now, looking for the source. I don’t care so much about cleaning up the mess, and thus making my living space cleaner as much as I don’t want to be blamed for it. My roommate’s clothes litter the floor and a rather large collection of empty bottles and beer cans line his desk. I’ve got a stack of somewhat dirty clothes that I plan to wear at least once more before putting them through the wash. I can tell that my stack is a significant source of the dust, but it’s somewhat organized and not very noticeable when compared to my roommate’s scene, so I think I should be absolved from all blame.

Like Moss Icon, my contribution to the room went completely unnoticed until well after the fact. Although Moss Icon recorded their opus, Lyburnum in 1991, it wasn’t released until 1994. It danced in obscurity until scene enthusiasts became aware of its existence and decide to talk it up as one of the cornerstones of the early 90s emo movement. However, to pigeonhole Lyburnum to one genre is a severe injustice. Moss Icon meld and mix a number of influences and sounds into each track. The album progresses from the straight-up punk of “Mirror” to the epic, psychedelic-infused stoner jam that is “Lyburnum Wits End Liberation Fly”

The only way to truly define Lyburnum is as absurd. The guitar is absolutely drenched in distortion, the bass chugs along, and the drums pound in a fashion that would not be out of place in your standard stoner/doom/sludge/whatever track; however, it is all more or less offset by Jonathan Vance’s half-shouted, half-spoken word vocals. Vance presents his lyrics like an impassioned preacher delivering a powerful sermon, which is only made more bizarre considering the band’s intense contempt for religion, as evidenced by the band’s name, the album name (Lyburnum being a reference to a fictional god created by the band), and the lyrics to the eleven minute and a half minute epic “Lyburnum Wits End Liberation Fly”: “To lose a young life in these trying times is truly not an unheard of thing/Ah, but the false truth and always lie of a dead God will surely take out some of the sting”. The song feigns climax two or three times before finally arriving at a catharsis rivaled by few in the genre, whatever that may be.

Inspired by social seclusion and contempt for everything related to religion, Lyburnum is a required listen for any teenage punk. It’s influence can be heard in an endless supply of bands today from Aaron Weiss’s vocals to the powerful distortion that dominates Young Widows, and the brash politics that inspire a deal of young bands today. Regardless of whether these bands have actually been inspired at all by Moss Icon or not, the fact remains that Lyburnum still stands today as one of the weirdest fucking albums of all-time.



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iarescientists
November 11th 2008



5863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i made sure to make direct reference to the album at hand so hopefully this will stay up!

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
November 11th 2008



16072 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Cool I don't have to do this

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
November 11th 2008



3752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Took a while for someone to get this up. Amazing album and Lyburnum Wits End Liberation Fly is hella good. Review ich good 2.

Digging: Labyrinth Ear - The Orchid Room

iarescientists
November 11th 2008



5863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

good to get this off my chest

rasputin
November 11th 2008



14504 Comments


People are only 'crazy' from the outside, but from the inside, it's really quite a beautiful thing

KritikalMotion
November 11th 2008



2259 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i shall investigate

NortherlyNanook
November 11th 2008



1285 Comments


ahahahahaha

nice review, fantastic album.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
November 11th 2008



16072 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Btw zach this version was released in 1994, idk why it says 97 as that was the version with the bonus tracks.
Why there was like a 6 year lapse between recording most of these and its release is beyond me.

KritikalMotion
November 11th 2008



2259 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

wait

what was the last track on the orig version

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
November 11th 2008



16072 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Happy (Unbounded Glory)
the rerelease had the "It Disappears" EP songs on it as well

KritikalMotion
November 11th 2008



2259 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

kta

3 tracks in, enjoying it. will listen properly when i get my awesome headphones in the next few days

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
November 11th 2008



17914 Comments


i've read this somewhere

pixiesfanyo
November 11th 2008



1223 Comments


moss icon was so good.

JumpTheF**kUp
November 11th 2008



2708 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

do want

rasputin
November 11th 2008



14504 Comments


s'good

Fort23
November 11th 2008



2469 Comments


I have like four songs off this

team_racket
November 11th 2008



13 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album is essential. Without it many amazing bands would not exist as we know them. So much intensity in places, words cant describe the passion this band delivers. At times its classic emo, at others its like Joy Division playing hardcore punk.

My favourite Moss Icon track has to be 'Memorial'. Easily one of the greatest songs of all time....

Solid review.

honourosis
November 11th 2008



63 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks for the rec.

Intransit
November 11th 2008



2797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm pretty much deleting the rest of their discography aside from this right now.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
November 11th 2008



16072 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Don't delete Guatemala considering it is almost their best song



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