The Receiving End of Sirens
Between the Heart and the Synapse


4.0
excellent

Review

by USER (14 Reviews)
August 29th, 2005 | 336 replies | 37,721 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


7 of 8 thought this review was well written

True experimentation is a rare thing in today's music. Many bands choose to stick to a path the listener will almost definately like, and not give them too many surprises that need judgement. Yet, there are always bands which push boundries and make the listener judge the music they are listening to because of it's unauthodox structure. The Receiving End Of Sirens are a 5 piece band, 3 of which play guitar. It's been done, but honestly, not well. And here, we have one hell of an experiment, crossing genres of rock, dance and post-hardcore.

Intro tracks don't usually get me pumped up for anything, yet "Prologue" builds up perfectly and sends you straight into "Planning A Prison Break" with lots of energy flowing around. This, the single, is one of the best tracks on the album, setting the tone for the next 70 minutes. A rarity, I suppose. It's catchy, and changes tempo and style with a cunning amount of subtlety. By half-way through this song, the technical side of TREOS shines brightly, and the harmonisation of the 3 guitars work against each so well, especially in the chorus' (Which change riffs and tempo everytime you hear it).

"The Rival Cycle" is a lot more slowed down, yet equally as long as the previous track (Over 5 minutes each). Electronic pounding beats are placed over a effortless melody and harsh drumming, and it sounds wonderful. The cross between screaming and singing also works nicely too. "The Evidence" is another downbeat track as well, whereas "The Way Of All Against All" is incredibly epic and grand, with rolling drums and much more structure than the previous songs.

"...Then I Defy You, Stars" is a much more heavier track, combining the vicious screams you barely hear in the other tracks which thick riffs which scream loudly. It's disappointing that it lasts too long though, otherwise this song would fit nicely at the end of the 6 minute track before it. Now, let me get something straight. I can't stand those tiny snippets shoved between albums to supposedly give the listener a break. Yet TREOS's "Intermission" sounds like a masterpiece of instrumentalism. 4 and a half minutes of electronically fused and relaxing music, including a piano piece and slowed down drumming. And again, it builds up without your knowledge, until you realize the hastiness of the drumming, the high and distorted sounds of the guitar.

Onto the second half of the album, and "This Armistice" picks things up perfectly. Short bursts of palm-muting work well in the verses, and the downbeat chorus brings out the lyrics amazingly (“Give me gravity/Give me clarity/Give me something to rely on…" ). Of course, those metallic licks provide the harsher sound TREOS are known for. "Broadcast Quality" sounds similar to "Prison Break", with a faster energy building up into a heavy and beasty sound. Not quite as easy to listen to, or as memorable, but it's funky basslines makes it a lot better.

"Flee The Factory" begins very slowly, with a distorted bassline, then a guitar melody leading into the intro to the song. It isn't the best song on the album, lacking mood and it seems to have too much going on at once. "Dead Men Tell No Tales" is another catchy track, utilizing those powerful basslines and pounding drum beats. It's dual vocals of screaming and singing work brilliantly as well, setting them apart from todays "screamo" trend.

The next track, "Verona", is very Thrice-like. It's melodies run through beautifully, and it brings out more of those amazingly written lyrics again (They sing the requiem to a closed casket burial/Your conspiracy: conspiring to deliver me to the authorities" ). The album ends with "Epilogue", recapping lyrics from "Prison Break" against a slowed-down yet equally as powerful melody. Without the hidden track, this song would be the shortest on the album at around 3 minutes, but after about 10 minutes of silence, we are treated to a symphony of choir music and rhythmic drumming.

It's hard for me to judge this album, because every track sounds like a masterpiece in it's own, and sounds like it's taken lots of thought and consideration to build together. Yet, most seem too long and lack distinct features which set them apart from the rest. The songs sound similar, and it's hard to tell where you are with this album. Which is a shame, because both the lyrics and music are outstanding. Every song is no less than 4 minutes, and end with an electronic feel leading to the next track. It's somewhat like The Sound Of Animals Fighting, but without the uncessessarly long interludes. Pick this up if you like technical rock songs that sound heavy and polished. The electronics are sort of a bonus.

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Comments:Add a Comment 
Riley12988
August 29th 2005



109 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The only problem with this album seems to be that the initial effect does wear off after a while. I listened to it for a month, and it now only occasionally makes its way back into rotation. The lyrics are outstanding--they're not Shakespeare, but they are a breath of fresh air in a tired genre. The recurring melody is useful, but this may make TREOS seem repititive to some listeners. The group's songwriting ability, however, is hardly challenged by any of their "peers." Definitely a 3.5-4 star album. A similar band whose debut I'm awaiting is Lines into Phoenix, who I'm sure will not bore me quite as much after a month's listening.

CheapZeppelin
August 29th 2005



2 Comments


This band is from around where I live and right now they are huge in this area. Everyone knows about them and everyone loves them. This isn't exactly my favrorite type of music but I have to give credit where credit is due. These guys are talented but the constant "techno" type of music in the background gets old pretty fast. The album name comes from a line in the song "This Armistace" (which in my opinion is the best on the album), I believe the line goes like this, "Oh how I've been teased/In light of your misleading/To cause this collapse/Between the heart and the synapse."

Kid A
October 18th 2005



261 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Man I love these guys.

Good review.

CushMG15
October 18th 2005



1802 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn good disc, well worth my money. Dead Men Tell No Tales is tits.

Good Review as well.

Czeknere
October 28th 2005



1 Comments


Great review, Great band.

If you get a chance to see them live do it, they are one of the best live shows out there, in my opinion.

santi3hg
January 24th 2006



440 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

damn good of an album and i agree iwth riley because the opening songs of this album are absolutely stunning. very well done, but the effect just wears off. nonetheless well written review and great album.


AsCitiesBurn672
February 11th 2006



21 Comments


yea, i was supposed to see them three times, but every time they cancelled.

Best cd of 05 in my opinion.

steinface
February 15th 2006



6 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Definitely the best of 05. Definitely awesome

5.5/5

CushMG15
February 15th 2006



1802 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't know, guys. This cd is yet to wear off of me. These guys are brilliant songwriters.

santi3hg
March 22nd 2006



440 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this has just grown on to me more and more. 5/5 now

Kid A
April 20th 2006



261 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of the best cd's ever. Still.

BloodThirstyGuillotine
May 3rd 2006



63 Comments


Good review, I've been thinking about checking these guys out, and after reading this review, I am definitely gonna look for some of their music once i get home (in comp class at school right now)

DFelon204409
Emeritus
May 3rd 2006



3995 Comments


From what I heard these guys are pretty generic and lackluster.

SickoKid
June 2nd 2006



11 Comments


I'm only up to the Intermission so far, but I can tell this could be one of my favourite CD's ever. It sounds to me like a mixture of Thrice and Dredg, and I love those 2 bands.

liebherk
June 28th 2006



164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The initial month of "ZOMG DEEZ GIZE R AMAZING" has worn off on me, but it's still some damn good music.

liebherk
June 28th 2006



164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The initial month of "ZOMG DEEZ GIZE R AMAZING" has worn off on me, but it's still some damn good music.

blizzar180
September 29th 2006



2 Comments


does anybody know how these guys do the intro for track 11?

Great Cd, Great band, Great live show!

Abaddon2005
September 29th 2006



684 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Ugh i really dislike this band.. they're worse than average.. Can't stand the vocals either.

xNintendoCorex
January 9th 2007



1272 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

the whole albums flows so well, i love it

PhantomWuss95
February 10th 2007



10 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It's so good! But I wouldn't say it's the best of '05...Thrice would be in that spot.



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