Remains of the Day
An Underlying Frequency


4.0
excellent

Review

by illmitch USER (11 Reviews)
July 30th, 2009 | 15 replies | 6,289 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Wonderful melodic crust...with a violin!

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

The paucity of good information about underground punk and hardcore bands can truly be a tragedy at times. I often find myself wishing that we had a resource like Encyclopedia Metallum with which one might be able to browse all the demos and split 7”s of even your most underground Chilean d-beat band. But no, we have to piece together information from cryptic Last.fm pages, often outdated archive sites with broken links, and punk record label sites. When you do manage to find a good band, though, that makes the wait all the more worthwhile, and Remains of the Day are certainly one of those cases.

Hailing from Portland, OR, Remains of the Day play a particularly crushing form of melodic crust, employing the use of a violin in many of their songs. Their style is comparable to the epic crust made famous by Tragedy et al., but with a melodic twinge and an ear for tension and release that places them several rungs above their peers.

The instrumentation on this album is superb, even in a genre where instrumentation isn’t always the key to a good band. The drumming is particularly top-notch, holding the album together very smoothly. The bass player is also adept, easily keeping up with the fast-paced guitar work. A big plus for his sound is the production – his distorted madness is relatively high up in the mix, giving the album a very enjoyable crunch. The guitar work is some of the finest I’ve heard, with amazing riffs that simply blow you apart while still retaining a fine sense of melody.

This brings us to the violin. It can often be difficult to properly integrate non-traditional instruments into crust, but Remains of the Day pull it off very well, utilizing it for atmosphere in between sections of pummeling riffage as well as to accompany said riffage. It adds a lot to the band’s sound, amplifying the forlorn feeling that they exude, like walking through an abandoned city after the evils of capitalistic imperialism have destroyed the denizens.

Another very strong suit of the band is their song organization. As I said, they have an ear for tension and release, and in many ways they remind me of some of the greats of the screamo genre, perhaps Daitro or Pg.99. The band’s musical skill is made clear by how easily they change the direction of the song at the drop of a dime; the album is full of this, with peaceful melodic interludes that only serve to amplify the hellishness and extremity of the riffs that they separate.

I really have nothing but good things to say about this album. If you’re not a big fan of the genre, it could seem same-ish, but the album is rather succinct and does a good job of keeping you pulled in. I would recommend it for everybody, but especially for fans of Tragedy, His Hero Is Gone, Kakistocracy, From Ashes Rise, and bands of similar nature.



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illmitch
July 30th 2009



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

any feedback?

poopty
July 30th 2009



319 Comments


gonna check this out

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
July 30th 2009



17920 Comments


yeah same

kingsoby1
Emeritus
July 30th 2009



4950 Comments


what is crust exactly?

illmitch
July 30th 2009



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's kinda like a mix between hardcore punk and metal

i guess my review can be kinda confusing for those who aren't familiar with the genre

kingsoby1
Emeritus
July 30th 2009



4950 Comments


so it's metalcore, but not really?

i'll check it out.

scyther
July 30th 2009



1606 Comments


Metal core doesn't sound like punk.

illmitch
July 30th 2009



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nah different from metalcore. doesn't have the breakdowns or anything like that - I'd say it's basically Discharge-style hardcore with more metallic riffs.

some basic crust albums:
Tragedy - Tragedy
Nausea - Extinction
Amebix - Arise!
Doom - Total Doom
Discharge - Why? (not crust, but really influenced the genre)

kingsoby1
Emeritus
July 30th 2009



4950 Comments


cool thanks.

i suppose i could check the rym charts too.

willfellmarsy
August 23rd 2009



3849 Comments


is this an instrumental band? The violin makes me feel a lil iffy but i'll check this soon...

illmitch
August 23rd 2009



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nah, they're not instrumental - they have the usual crusty vocals. they work in the violin really well.

willfellmarsy
August 23rd 2009



3849 Comments


i've never ventured into the wild world of crust but i guess this will initiate me...

BallsToTheWall
February 6th 2013



44164 Comments


Good stuff.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
March 19th 2013



4950 Comments


good thing i finally checked out crust in depth 3 years later, thanks mitch!

BigPleb
March 19th 2013



35453 Comments


AHHHHHHHHH



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