Defeater
Travels


4.5
superb

Review

by fireaboveicebelow USER (108 Reviews)
January 30th, 2009 | 46 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist


Detonating in the back of your mind is the realization nothing is going the way you planned. Silently walking down the street about to burst of rage you find a few muggers in action, so you ignite your emotions and kill them. No one cares you did good because now you’re scum. No one can perceive anything outside their own walls and just hope the bad things go away, but you, you will suffer and you will lose someone, you will be defeated. That is the immediate realization you come to right as the first song takes off.

Hardcore has a few gems every now and then, and this is certainly one of them. Travels is overflowing with disgust, rage, even some happy moments, but always with a message. However, they don’t care if you like it, because you can tell this band needed to write this for themselves, and if they get fans in the process then that’s great. They try to take poetry to tell their stories letting the music instill mood, just in case the lyrics aren’t pissed enough.

This takes a lot of a mindset from older hardcore with its arrangements and spastic topic jumping, and utilizes many tempo jumps throughout each song making things seem very human and almost improvised. The guitars don’t care if they hit too many strings, and the drummer doesn’t bother with merely keeping time. Every instrument is draining themselves as if they will be killed if they don’t play with every ounce of emotion and heart they can muster. Rather than just being a giant record of distortion, however, the band throws in a few acoustic sections… and they’re upbeat. The vocals are even carefree at that point, and it sounds like neo-folk, a significant jump in tone. The vocalist even has a decent singing voice. Obviously you can’t predict the whole record like most hardcore, not that it’s a bad thing, this just makes it stand out in its own way.

With the six minute closer of Cowardice, the record vamps from in your face and straightforward to slow crescendos and bursts of intensity. The whole band is playing in a new style just for the epilogue of their tale, to bring it to a righteous conclusion of this chapter. Perhaps this will be the band’s way of transitioning to the next record, but it could just as easily be their one and only. Either way, they have humbly presented a gift to anyone who cares to listen, and whether you like it or not, you will sense a darkness coming.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
January 30th 2009


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hardcore has a lot of gems

Waior
January 30th 2009


11460 Comments


This sounds disconcertingly nauseating.

jrowa001
January 30th 2009


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

horrible album cover, but ill look into this

fireaboveicebelow
January 30th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I just got out of film class when I wrote this so it's a bit dramatic ugh

Essence
January 30th 2009


3586 Comments


Yeah I nearly lol'd at the first paragraph. I would say full of errors, but my computer has been (and is still) out of commission for the past few days. I should be back up and running by Sunday.


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That's the number of times "you/your" were used.This Message Edited On 01.30.09

malllen
January 30th 2009


6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

quality album....
prophet in plain clothes & blessed burden own

BallsToTheWall
February 14th 2009


44644 Comments


Wondering who this was. nICE WORK, WILL CHECK OUT.

Digging: Mare Cognitum - Phobos Monolith

Athom
Staff Reviewer
February 17th 2009


17222 Comments


me want!

fireaboveicebelow
February 17th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yes you do!

Crimson
February 17th 2009


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Blessed Burdon is great, I like the lyrics too. Getting this.

Crimson
February 17th 2009


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You really should have mentioned the lyrical concept to this album, it's what makes the album a bit special.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
February 17th 2009


17222 Comments


i just bummed this from a friend of mine. its very impressive.

Cadaveric
February 17th 2009


152 Comments


this jenk is awesome. great guitar players


fireaboveicebelow
February 17th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You really should have mentioned the lyrical concept to this album, it's what makes the album a bit special.
last time I did that I got bitched at lol but you're right I should add something in

I also forgot to mention the inclusion of bob dylan lyrics in a couple areas

jrowa001
March 7th 2009


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i acquired this album the other day and i liked it a lot.

boundbytransience
March 9th 2009


28 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I got in the mail today (vinyl ;]), and listened to it nonstop, with lyrics in front of me.
An absolutely exceptional album.
The music itself wets my panties enough, but the whole epic story behind it, truly makes this a classic piece.

"I never wanted to kill a man like I want to kill you, man."

BUY IT.
Or I will kill you.

malllen
March 17th 2009


6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeh check out another breath - mill city if you like this shit

mothergoose
June 15th 2009


308 Comments


Listened to the tracks on their MySpace just now... Blessed Burden and parts of Prophet In Plain Clothes (especially around the 1:20 mark) gave me chills. Good stuff.

lionheart626
June 29th 2009


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

words cannot describe how i feel about this album, so good, i honestly can say that the last few lines of cowardice are some of the most hauntingly beautiful lyrics ever

Scenegirlsdontbang
July 4th 2009


106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album rules so hard



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