The Arusha Accord
The Echo Verses


4.5
superb

Review

by Jonathanjkb USER (2 Reviews)
November 14th, 2009 | 114 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Arusha Accord produce a masterpiece of a debut LP. Just don't try to count the time signatures...

Just what possessed The Arusha Accord to settle on their band name baffles me. Perhaps they chose it simply because they thought the alliteration sounded nice, or perhaps they did indeed choose to create a subtle irony beneath their music. I like to believe the answer is the later but I doubt it somehow. The Arusha Accords were originally a set of 5 protocols signed in Tanzania in attempt to end the on going Rwandan civil war. What relevance the band has to a peace treaty beats me, but I like to imagine that it somehow reflects the ferocious metal the sextuplet create. A musical riot that somehow reaches harmony in the end.

The Arusha Accord are undoubtedly one of the most talented bands in the UK right now and this debut proves this. ‘The Echo Verses’ portrays musicianship of the highest degree in both song-writing skill and technicality. Here is a ‘math-metal’ band that hasn’t gotten carried away showing of their knowledge of unorthodox chords and polyrhythms, and instead utilises them to create more interesting songs.

The Echo Verses is a 40 minute long assault on the ears. Written with some form of musical ADHD the band never stay in the same time signature for more than a few bars. The recording is a step up from their EP and now we can hear how each instrument is independent in creating each track.

It’s hard to describe the band’s style. They are evidently pioneering their own progressive style, but it’s easy to hear their inspirations. Bands like Dillinger Escape Plan and Sikth have obviously been on their playlists, but also bands like FellSilent and Architects (try comparing the first riffs of the two albums, Hollow Crown and The Echo Verses).

I could easily write a page on each instrument alone, but one element that separates the band from their peers is their bassist Luke. The last track on the album, Last Rise Of The Fallen King, really exemplifies this at the beginning. Hearing this makes it seem a crime that so many bands have just dumped some mate on bass who just chugged the root note of every chord for every song.

Also whenever I see a band with two vocalists in their line up, alarm bells immediately ring for me. It seems like a tool used by bands to give themselves a bit of extra presence live and often makes little or no difference musically. However, although The Arusha Accord vocalists sound quite similar they interchange on the album really nicely and harmonise beautifully on the sung vocals. Obviously they aren’t the first band to enforce this successfully, eg. bands such as Despised Icon and FellSilent, but they create a really nice combination of sung and screamed vocals and it is yet another feature that separates them from the crowd.

Overall, the album as a package flows really nicely. The guitarists show their musicality in the two interludes; The Echo Verses and Solice which are slightly reminiscent of the signature ‘Pod’ tone used by artists like Animals as Leaders. Their songs are absurdly manic in times, and then grooving the next second and that is what I love so much about the band,

It’s a shame that so much of the material is the same as on The Nightmares Of The Ocean Ep. Although the songs are produced slightly better, there isn’t really that much new material. The new stuff is just as amazing as the old, and probably their best. This band is defiantly one to watch out for, especially if they continue writing at this level.


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marksellsuswallets
November 14th 2009


4848 Comments


Sweet I had no idea their LP was out. Will definitely check it out since the EP was hella promising.

Burn2Burn
November 14th 2009


2378 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album fucking slays

sspedding
November 14th 2009


4773 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is excellente

JizzInMyPants
November 15th 2009


2371 Comments


forgot these guys were releasing an LP

their EP owned, heard that like 1 yr ago

bloc
November 15th 2009


34925 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

this disc effin owns.

i loved the last sentence of your summary, so true.

PinkBlackberry
November 15th 2009


2346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just heard of these guys now, Downloaded it..and it's just amazing.

Phantom
November 15th 2009


8930 Comments


Need to give this a listen - their ep was solid

bloc
November 15th 2009


34925 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

hey man! i know you!

glad to hear you're liking this band.

Phantom
November 15th 2009


8930 Comments


YOU KNOW ME

=O

TheStarclassicTreatment
November 15th 2009


2910 Comments


Insane band, going to see them pretty soon. Excited!

Album slays

Jonathanjkb
November 21st 2009


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for the comments,
If you ever get a chance try and see them live.
I'm seeing them again next week and I'm pretty sure they will destroy it.

GBJ
November 23rd 2009


496 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

couple of typos, but good review

I'd like to see them live...if they can pull it off, I bet they absolutely slay. Album rules too

LurchWorks
October 16th 2010


90 Comments


great summary. also pos'd. too bad they're going on hiatus.

endorphin
February 25th 2011


184 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Only downer about this is the lack of vocal range. The cleans are great, but the screams are too deathcore-ish.

Also, TAA are back in business...

sspedding
February 25th 2011


4773 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yes I saw this. Signed back to Basick Records. Good times.

bloc
February 25th 2011


34925 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

They're re-releasing this and their ep in one album, but then they're also working on a new album this year.

AntsoftheSky
February 25th 2011


35 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I thought that they went on hiatus or something.

endorphin
February 26th 2011


184 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Read above.

Spec
March 7th 2011


27190 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sounds like Ruin!

Josh D.
March 7th 2011


13968 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bands like this need to stick around with Sikth gone.



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