We Insist!
The Babel Inside Was Terrible


4.0
excellent

Review

by Crimson USER (60 Reviews)
August 2nd, 2009 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: complete mind rape

There's always a thin line between a band being unique to the point of forcing it and being annoying or being unique while still retaining a sense of properly being a band, letting everything flow around their sound. What I mean is that certain band's try too hard in creating something different and recognisable from their scene, and sometimes, it still works, but there are those bands that really don't seem to try, that can pull it off while just simply creating music, We Insist! do this superbly, and as a band, they display a charming sense that this is actually what makes their music so impressive, as demonstrated by this line from an interview:

We try to be surprised by our own music, to make it sound unusual without ever forgetting that we need melodies and that we're writing songs...”

'The Babel Inside Was Terrible' comes together like a metaphorical car crash of an album, mixing jazz, math-rock, punk, post-hardcore, alt-rock, prog, a little metal and everything between into one mashed up hunk of music. To extend the metaphor to even more ridiculous levels, the car crash has actually come together to form something unique and strange but something that works, a fresh and innovative vehicle that drives just as well as any of it's other more reliable peers. 'The Babel Inside Was Terrible', while being somewhat schizophrenic and crazy just works as an album, there are proper songs on here that ebb and flow through their remarkably odd and unique rhythmic qualities and time-signatures to form fully cohesive movements.

One of We Insist!'s finest qualities is their capability to take a song from it's base unique quality and to develop the rest of it around that. 'Oakleaves' is constructed around it's math-y guitar licks and distant vocals to create a tense and nearly choking atmosphere, giving the song a unique quality that the rest of the album's songs differ with. Likewise, 'Our Countries' is built around it's catchy and melodic vocals that interplay with some simply stunning bass playing and gorgeously complex guitar work, the feel and mood is completely different from previous songs but it's brought together with the band's traditionally complex rhythmic work and erratic drumming.

Technically, 'The Babel Inside Was Terrible' is of the highest quality, with the bass and guitar work both being superbly complex and interesting. The tricky time signatures and odd rhythmic changes merely highlight the skill of the band. Furthermore, the presence of less traditional instruments such as organs and saxophones give it even more of a unique feel, also presenting a somewhat free-jazz mood in certain songs. It's this constant off course quality about the album that could make it really hard to keep up with, but We Insist! are as good songwriters as they are musicians, and the album isn't just an egotistical mash up of different genre's and quality musicianship, it's actually about the songs – and for an album of this technicality and uniqueness, you can't get much better praise than that.

Well maybe apart from this: 'The Babel Inside Was Terrible' is a god-damn cluster*** of awesome, get it.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Crimson
August 2nd 2009


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

had fun writing this - album's pretty good too

NewAgeHolocaust
August 2nd 2009


19 Comments


i like that summary lol

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 2nd 2009


4950 Comments


Album's pretty solid so far.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
August 3rd 2009


17213 Comments


any band that names themselves after a Max Roach suite deserves my attention.

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Electric City
Staff Reviewer
August 3rd 2009


15737 Comments


but i don't like mind rape

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EasternLight
August 3rd 2009


2700 Comments


i want this...even though i dont like rape...well, i guess i do.

Crimson
August 3rd 2009


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

everyone loves rape you just dont want to admit it

CompanionCube
August 3rd 2009


977 Comments


its not rape if you enjoy it

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 5th 2009


4950 Comments


i've determined that this isn't mind-rape; it's mathy neo-prog. very much battles and king crimson influenced.



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