Throats
Throats


4.0
excellent

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
January 12th, 2010 | 94 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Who knew Britain had so much to scream about?

Have you ever been lost in a forest? It’s frightening- to say the least. I mean sure, it’s easy to unknowingly meander to and fro, with the optimism that you’ll reach your destination safe and sound before nightfall. Though, what about the time when you don’t arrive back home safely. Take a few minutes to picture a thick forest in the feeble grasp of twilight- as your heart begins to race and your imagination begins to swell. This is where the opener to Throats’ self-titled release, “Wake” would emerge. For those next 17 and a half minutes- expect nothing but frantic and discordant intensity- because Throats IS the soundtrack to that oh-so-horrible feeling. Like a distressing experience such as being lost in a forest, Throats is dense, convoluted, and frantic; but don’t let that deter you- Throats’ debut full-length is a rewarding experience.

Forgive me for taking myself and my impression of Throats too seriously, but this really packs a punch. Short and swe- well, maybe not sweet... Throats definitely takes things to the next level with their debut full-length. In the past, this hardcore band from across the Atlantic has been hailed pretty highly. “Converge on acid,” the Gallows front man called them, and Throats was also pegged as one NME’s “bands to look out for.” That’s pretty hefty for a band that’s only released a few demos and splits. In my opinion, Throats manages to withstand the expectations that have been built around them like a moat; they don’t necessarily hurdle the moat in a flying leap, per se, but they get to the other side safely and surely. What I’m trying to say is- Throats isn’t without faults, of course. The album is a bit short-lived. Clocking in at less than 20 minutes, Throats never quite get a chance to cement their style and make their presence known. Throats is certainly dynamic, but this inhibits their ability to create a truly memorable experience as the album tends to drift.

Now that the nasty part (ephemeral as it is) is out of the way, let’s move on to the diverting aspect, shall we? For starters, it becomes clear right away that Throats is a fierce and even harrowing experience. To revisit the allegory that began this review- Throats is a rough and unrelenting band that exerts an incredible amount of sheer energy. The opening chords of “Wake” aren’t very telling; deliberate and slow, this is as much a break as Throats is willing to give. For a more revealing picture of Throats, fast forward to “*** Life” and feast your ears on the collision of incomprehensible screams (a la hardcore punk style) and highly technical riffs. The more noteworthy moments, though, come in the variation on Throats, the times they differ from the tried-and-true formula of loud/abrasive + loud/abrasive + loud/abrasive = loud/abrasive. All but one of the songs fit into intense 2 minute stampedes, and that is the ambitious closer. Listen to “Oaken/Wait” (not too many times though- I don’t want your ears to fall off) and hear Throat’s ability to construct a 7-minute epic. With layers and riffs galore, the song even includes a sample in the background that eventually erupts to a woman’s shrill screams before tailspinning down into a valley of minimal guitar strums to smooth over the damage done by Throats.

While it pains me to say so, I can’t find anything too special about the vocals on Throats, obviously a large part of the picture. The screams definitely aren’t too shabby, but at times the singer’s style falls victim to a little monotony and gets stuck in a lull. Other than that, I assure you that the screams and growls are very suitable and fitting for the overall sense of frantic and impassioned aesthetic that is such a large part of Throats.

While it is intense and a bit grating- Throats manages to be listenable, still. Most likely due to the short time span and range of sounds. The album is very much chaotic; yet it’s really the moments of beauty buried deep underneath the walls of sound that display Throats’ true talents. From the impeccable riffs near the middle of “Failgiver” or the fervent drumming that appears at the end of “My Hands Are Cold,” there’s certainly a new gem to uncover with each subsequent listen. With their substantial energy and impassioned all-around style, Throats are bound to be compared to heavyweights like Converge. Though, I urge you not to compare Throats to their overseas predecessors, because their self-titled debut is surely an album that can stand on its own without (however apt) comparisons to buttress it.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
SeaAnemone
January 12th 2010


20834 Comments


Dangers, A Sliver Mt Zion, and now THIS, 2010 is off to a spectacular start.


Also, this doesn't come out until February- I have permission from Holy Roar Records to review it (just so this doesn't get taken
down).

Relinquished
January 12th 2010


25511 Comments


Have you ever been lost in a forrest?

In a forest? Yes I have.

It looks like you wrote this quite fast. There's a few spelling errors.

SeaAnemone
January 12th 2010


20834 Comments


Ugh the worst part is I thought that was how you spell forest : /... ummm nothing came up on spell check but I'll look over it again- spell check is definitely fallible.

YouAreMySilence
January 12th 2010


3727 Comments


I still have to listen to this, and the other two releases you mentioned but '10 is gonna be amazing.

cirq
January 12th 2010


9265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

AWG! hahaha this is a great 20 minute album tho

Relinquished
January 12th 2010


25511 Comments


man I haven't written anything for AWG for a long ass while...

cirq
January 12th 2010


9265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i went on a posting spree the last couple of days... i think i need to take a break for a little while :/

SeaAnemone
January 12th 2010


20834 Comments


From Ke$ha to Throats... phew

cirq
January 12th 2010


9265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dude, i have no filter when it comes to music.. you should see my iPod.

EDIT: my bad, you were talking about yourself hah

SeaAnemone
January 12th 2010


20834 Comments


haha yeah I was talking about my reviews...

side note: where's the album art! argh

Relinquished
January 12th 2010


25511 Comments


side not: I don't know if this is it but I found it in a blogspot sooo http://cache0.bigcartel.com/product_images/9528571/TG021_3inch_cover.jpg

cirq
January 12th 2010


9265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

my 'dig' a couple days ago was ke$ha.. hah

SeaAnemone
January 12th 2010


20834 Comments


Relinquished: yeah, that's it- I asked the med.s a little bit ago, it's just not as prompt as usual (usually very prompt)

YouAreMySilence
January 12th 2010


3727 Comments


Any music that doesn't have a guy screaming at you is for faggots.

SeaAnemone
January 12th 2010


20834 Comments


I know right?!

cirq
January 12th 2010


9265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol

Blindsided
January 12th 2010


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Got. Will listen later but how did you right so much about 17 minutes of music?

SeaAnemone
January 12th 2010


20834 Comments


ehh idk, do you think it's too much?

cirq
January 12th 2010


9265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is definitely 'converge on acid'

Homewrecker
January 13th 2010


231 Comments


Badass stuff



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