Epitomes
Demo.


4.0
excellent

Review

by David James Young USER (181 Reviews)
January 11th, 2009 | 9 replies | 3,554 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

What do you do when you have dreams and ambitions about what you want to do as a musician, and yet are still constricted by your place in the world and the judgement of others?

Simple, really.
You do it anyway.

Australian band Epitomes have found themselves in such a situation. From the southern coast of New South Wales, the members of the band are teenagers surrounded by a cultureless pit that couldn’t care less about a music scene at all, let alone one that would support their decidedly user-unfriendly approach to music. Regardless, the band self-funded and self released their five-track Demo. EP in November of last year. And if this audacious, slightly scary and undoubtedly impressive first serving is anything to go by, then this was indeed a risk worth taking.

Across the five tracks here (which were recorded in “various loungerooms, bedrooms and sheds” according to the liner notes), the band present the listener with a sound heavily reliant on more traditional “emo” hardcore ideals with hints of indie and metal thrown in for good measure. The music thrives on sudden changes, chaotic, primal screams and relentless energy and confidence. Opener “The Doom Tree” sets the scene for Epitomes perfectly: a ferocious, versatile guitar line leads an ensuing musical stampede of a perfectly interwoven rhythm section and vocalist Vance Nebauer’s heavily anguished shrieks and roars. For a band that are relative newcomers to the band experience, per se, it’s a remarkable thing to see just how tight they are, working through a variety of musical and emotional stages in each track in a near seamless fashion.

Possibly the most notable aspect of the Epitomes sound is the vocal interplay between Nebauer and guitarist Cameron Smith. When he’s not busy shredding, riffing or going through the motions on his trusty six-string, Smith serves as the vocal yang to Nebauer’s yin; providing soaring clean vocals that make the perfect fit in the most unexpected of places. His personal shining moment comes in the form of the outro to “Lies”. The band slows to a crawl as the lyrics “Lies, lies/You falter every time” repeat unremittingly, each time scaling new emotional heights as the song’s intensity builds. It’s an almost shockingly poignant moment, rich in sentiment and a genuine notion to the band’s complete musical potential.
In the midst of this, drummer Joel Kingston is practically an unstoppable force on the EP, showing his kit no mercy as it crashes, slams and drives through the music’s rhythm. EP highlight “Raise the Jolly Roger” is notable for the flailing tom fill that leads into the song’s main structure- technical, distinctive and very well executed. His rhythm section counterpart, bassist Bradley Nielson, holds his own as the musical backbone, shifting his precise and sharp patterns in accordance to Kingston’s. Combining the leading forces of vocals and guitar with the rhythm section, the overall sound is a well-established lattice, and one that definitely belies age, location and convention.

Of course, even with all the positive appraisal that is appropriate for such a release, the band are still searching the nooks and crannies of their musical identity, and the mixes of each track are far from perfect. Still, all things considered, let’s consider this DIY operation a successful one and see what happens next.

www.myspace.com/epitomesband



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AtavanHalen
January 11th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

NOW I can go and listen to Blood Bank!
And yeah, if you're into the whole alternative hardcore kind of stuff, then get amongst this.

AtavanHalen
January 11th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers, man; hope you like it

Knott-
Emeritus
January 11th 2009



10194 Comments


I don't understand genres this side of music. This is post-hardcore? How come I like Thrice, Glassjaw etc. but this makes me vomit blood? I know that's the DUMBest question anybody's ever asked, ever, but still.

Sweet review by the way, love the intro/pos'd.

ultradolphins
January 11th 2009



47 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Epitomes is pretty much hardcore or they were a little while back the same sorta mosh stuff but they seem to be gradually taking on a more emo style like a lot of the stuff in the capital cities at the moment.
It's good in terms of that it will be interesting to see where they go from here


AtavanHalen
January 11th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yo ultradolphins- you know these guys?
I'm from around the same area as them; hence how I got into them.

ultradolphins
January 12th 2009



47 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm from Sydney like city area but they have asked my band to come out and play in Nowra a few times have never really gotten around to it though.
Vance at least is pretty involved in the sort of underground scene and so I sussed the band through that

AtavanHalen
January 13th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ahh, cool. What's your band?

ultradolphins
January 15th 2009



47 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Im in a small newish one called Bare Arms
It does its job i guess

xNintendoCorex
March 18th 2009



1272 Comments


The recordings on their myspace dont do the songs justice, its definately got amazing potential though.

some great ideas in there.
thanks for the tip atavan..



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