Eleventh He Reaches London
Hollow Be My Name


5.0
classic

Review

by Billy USER (32 Reviews)
November 28th, 2009 | 387 replies | 26,117 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: And hallowed be their song...

9 of 9 thought this review was well written

Perth is a funny city, boasting a population of less than two million, the sheer amount of musical talent coming out of the place is astounding for such a small place. In saying that, Perth is also the world’s most isolated city; therefore to unearth some of the more amazing bands at work requires a little digging. Such is how this reviewer came across five piece Eleventh He Reaches London, a band that combines a huge number of influences to sit somewhere between post-rock and emo. Their debut album, 2005’s The Good Fight for Harmony hinted at the band’s immense talent for writing songs, but it is on Hollow Be My Name where this potential is truly realised.

Taking on the concept of colonial Australia, Hollow Be My Name gives the band vessel to express their loathing for systemized Australia and figures of authority in general. The seething vocals of Ian Lenton in the brilliant title track and first single, "I'm allowed to curse him, If he's the one that built me, I'm allowed to use his ***ing name in vein" are some of the most hateful lines put to CD this side of the equator, producing an album highlight. ‘I Am the Bearer, I stand In Need’ is another astounding track, traversing a large amount of genres in its nine minutes. Beginning with the now familiar rasping of Lenton’s vocals and a laidback guitar line, however this is just the calm before the storm. All three heavily distorted guitars come in for the second half of the track, backed by the thunderous rhythm section (Luke Pollard – bass and Mark Donaldson – Drums), further emphasising Lenton’s screams. The result is a work of art that manages to channel Modest Mouse, Neurosis and Johnny Cash, while at the same time remain entirely unique.

The instrumentation on Hollow Be My Name is quite diverse, with the three axe-men (Lenton, Jayden Warts and Jeremy Martin) utilising everything from banjos to acoustic guitars to metal riffs, creating a huge wall of sound that fits perfectly with the misery and loathing in the lyrics. The band draw on a range of influences, however the closest comparisons come in the form of mewithoutYou, Isis and Modest Mouse. Through the guise of convict Australia, Eleventh explore their resentment of God, government and father figures, suggesting that neglect is at the root of all evil in humanity. Such weighty issues would normally seem too much for a band to cover, but in fact it fits perfectly with the five piece’s equally dark and brooding arrangements.

Unafraid to experiment with genres, Eleventh also touch on country music throughout the album, particularly on ‘Son, You’re Almost an Orphan,’ which is the closest thing you’ll find to a ballad on Hollow Be My Name. Second single ‘Oh, Brother’ follows suit, which at times pushes towards being a quasi-hardcore campfire jam. This comes to a head on ‘Toorali’ where the band reworks an Australian folk classic into a much, much darker song, such that only the chorus is recognisable. In fact, the verses have a life of their own with Lenton proclaiming ‘I know I shouldn't repeat this, but I'd love to take my Queen's neck and then shout "OFF WITH HER HEAD!" and paint a cross with her blood’ over post-rock influenced guitar lines.

‘Girt By Piss’ and ‘Death Is My Holiday’ continue the trend, attacking the Commonwealth through the eyes of an English convict in Australia. However ‘Girt By Piss’ does so in a much more chaotic, hardcore fashion, while the latter explores a more folk-ish sound and still manages to convey Lenton’s loathing for institution with ease.

Hollow Be My Name is brought to a head by the eleven minute closer ‘For the Commonwealth and the Queen,’ a purely genius song that exhibits everything that Eleventh is on the album. Possessing a number of dynamic shifts, the track moves from half spoken verses to angst filled screams with ease. The triple guitar attack also works especially well here, giving the softer moments some atmosphere while pushing the heavy moments to a quite intense sound. Paired with Lenton’s brilliant lyrics, the song gives no hope for humanity and in turn, no sympathy for authority, proclaiming;

While the men fight like lions, for the Commonwealth and the Queen
I know no men who are lions
Boasting or showing symptoms of life
Live for themselves but die not for the Queen
Men are not lions
The system got the best of us
and that system tore the rhythm from our hearts


Such that the chaotic nature of the track gives rise to one of the more exceptional, albeit ridiculously bleak pieces of the year.

Over the course of an hour, Hollow Be My Name cements itself as one of the best albums to have come out of Australia in recent times, being both lyrically and musically brilliant throughout. Given more exposure, this will go down as one of the most original and daring alternative records in Australian music, it is beyond epic.

Hollow Be My Name is avaliable for legal download here: http://postrockcommunity.blogspot.com/2009/11/eleventh-he-reaches-london-hollow-be-my.html



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Vooligan
November 28th 2009



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Thought i should start reviewing again, seeing as school's finished.

So yeah, get this album it is fucking amazing.

tombits
November 28th 2009



3470 Comments


Great review, i've been meaning to check this album out for a long time. They seem to be getting some recognition now, which is cool to see.

Vooligan
November 28th 2009



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Thanks, dude. Yeah, you should get this asap.

Eclectic
November 28th 2009



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really good review mate. I'll check this out and throw up a rating, from what I've heard of EHRL they're a great band.

AtavanHalen
November 28th 2009



17927 Comments


Great review Betty :-) Great to see you reviewing again. I've listened to this and I like it, though I fear not as much as you.

Vooligan
November 28th 2009



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Thanks babe. Yeah I've got a feeling i might be alone in giving this a five, but meh.

Transient
November 28th 2009



1461 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

'Hollow Be My Name' is my favourite track of '09. Saw them live supporting Poison The Well and they blew me away, the title track was so fucking epic.

AtavanHalen
November 28th 2009



17927 Comments


Betty, try a .jpg instead of a .gif

http://www.messandnoise.com/images/3003831/160x143.jpeg

Vooligan
November 28th 2009



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Yeah man, my favourite track of 2009 too.

AtavanHalen
November 28th 2009



17927 Comments


How are your THFE lists going?

Piglet
November 28th 2009



4653 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

you recced this to me i remember. also the album cover for this is pretty intense

Romulus
November 28th 2009



8423 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I won't deny I did command-F-Australia and was pretty happy when I got a hit

Romulus
November 28th 2009



8423 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Whoops double post

Vooligan
November 28th 2009



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

David: No luck on that cover either, stupid fucking thing. Lists are going swimmingly, almost done my albums and songs ones. Shall have something for you early this week sometime.

Pigman: Yeah, the album cover is insane, wish i could get it to work.

Album art needs to be seen close up to be appreciated:
[img]http://i44.tinypic.com/2ykga6e.jpg[/img]

Piglet
November 28th 2009



4653 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

the guy who did it, did neurosis' i am sure.

Vooligan
November 28th 2009



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Correct, piglet.

Piglet
November 28th 2009



4653 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

it's like Slaughterhouse Creek haha.
maybe that's what it actually represents...
...

Vooligan
November 28th 2009



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Oh look! Artwork is working!

Yeah i dunno man, whatever it is, the artwork is amazing?

qwe3
November 28th 2009



21355 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this album ruules good work billy

Piglet
November 28th 2009



4653 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

probably related to this

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_frontier_wars



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