bygones
by-


3.5
great

Review

by Taxt USER (4 Reviews)
July 28th, 2009 | 20 replies | 8,309 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bygones is definitely the sum of its parts.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Bygones is the collaboration between Zach Hill (Hella, Team Sleep, Holy Smokes etc.) and Nick Reinhart (Tera Melos). If you are at all familiar with their back catalogs, then you can make a pretty accurate guess at whether or not "by-", their debut album, will entertain you or just piss you off.

Zach Hills' drumming forms the core of Bygones sound, and he's playing at his peak. If you were disappointed by his more restrained style on "Diamond Watch Wrists" earlier this year (which seemed to be a common complaint), you're in for a treat. His beats are just as erratic, frantic, and migraine inducing as ever. From the minute the album starts until the moment it ends, Hill weaves intricate and mind bending drum patters almost seamlessly with Reinharts' technically impressive and surprisingly melodic guitar leads.

I'll admit, I'm not a huge fan of Tera Melos. I gave them a try a while ago, and it just didn't do anything for me. However, after listening to what Reinhart plays on "by-", I think I might have to reconsider. His delicately complex guitar lines are often mind boggling, and he pulls off some catchy melodies and hooks that are much needed to bring some focus to the madness.

Vocal duties are handled by both members, and are the weakest element of Bygones' sound in my opinion. The vocals often get buried in the mix, and while there are a few cool vocal moments, I can't help but think how much better the project would sound if there was a vocalist who could actually...well, sing. The vocals don't really detract from my enjoyment, I rather like them most of the time, but they could definitely be improved.

It all comes together to form something chaotic, melodic, and thoroughly enjoyable. "By-" is definitely not for the faint of heart or the easily distracted.

Is this album of the year material? I don't think so, but it's still a really enjoyable record; solid, spastic, compelling, and above all, entertaining. Will you feel the same way? There's only one way to find out...

http://bygones.bandcamp.com/


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Prophet178
July 29th 2009



6397 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I hated this. Tera Melos = Amazing, Zach Hill = Amazing, bring them together and you just get bad noise rock.

elephantREVOLUTION
July 29th 2009



2702 Comments


i love hella and tera melos but i haven't decided if i like this yet.

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accompliceofmydeath
July 29th 2009



4083 Comments


This sounds ok. I'll check into it.

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Lions
July 29th 2009



1015 Comments


Yeah, I remember hearing a few songs from them on thier myspace and it was a bit disappointing. But I might check this out eventually. Album art is nice.

Taxt
July 29th 2009



584 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That's Amber from Dirty Projectors on the cover I think.

marksellsuswallets
July 29th 2009



4848 Comments


I've had this for about a day now...still haven't listened to it. Probably will get to it today.

Taxt
November 4th 2009



584 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Check it out, I'm still digging this.
You can stream the whole thing from the link in the review if you so desire.

sniper
November 28th 2009



18578 Comments


this is good. i like nu cringe a lot.

Hyperpower
December 26th 2009



66 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I can't get enough of this album, Fool Evolved and nu cringe are sweet songs

Taxt
December 26th 2009



584 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah I love how they ride the riff at the end of Nu Cringe for like 3 minutes haha.

1drummer
December 26th 2009



308 Comments


i loathe zach hill.

sniper
December 27th 2009



18578 Comments


:0 why? he's sloppy for sure, but its always entertaining and pretty much great.

tombits
December 27th 2009



3463 Comments


zach blows my mind AND my cock. great dude.

nicholasarthur
May 23rd 2010



87 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

perfect.

Dryden
May 23rd 2010



12813 Comments


why would he do all that

ohfoxxxycole
December 30th 2011



4350 Comments


will do sir taxt

and i never did

Taxt
December 30th 2011



584 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

http://bygones.bandcamp.com/album/by

DO IT
DO IT NOW

foxblood
February 7th 2012



6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is so good, there's so many interesting melodies and riffs. for the genre, it's a really easy listen

Simsalabim462
March 7th 2012



156 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Spray You With Your Own Trip is pretty tight.

elry2k
August 1st 2012



112 Comments


Melos>Hella. Truth.



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