Battle Of Mice
A Day Of Nights


4.5
superb

Review

by Maniac USER (21 Reviews)
March 6th, 2010 | 69 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


It seems uncommon for a “supergroup” to actually be any good. Sure, it seems great on paper to take good artists from different bands and stick them together, because the result has to be epic, right? Well many attempts have been made, but alas, only a few have been worthy of more than just a gimmick.

Despite this, Battle of Mice seems to be an exception to the failure of the so-called supergroup. The band consists of Julie Christmas (Made out of Babies), Josh Graham (Neurosis), Joel Hamilton (Book of Knots), and Joe Tomino (Fugees). Together they bring arguably the most eerie and perhaps just plain scary post-metal albums to date.

The most prominent feature of the band is the vocal work. Julie Christmas has a voice like no other; ranging from high pitched, ear piercing screams, to soft yet unnerving whispers. Between the shrill screaming and the unusual screaming, she is able to give the music a feeling of a psychopathic nature. Though the vocals are harsh and strange, that by no way means that they are bad. The originality of her vocal delivery is staggering and hauntingly beautiful. In “Salt Bridge” Julie shows some of her best vocal work by conveying emotions with her voice extremely well, albeit sometimes they are mostly through her psychopathic screams.

As for the guitars, well they are sometimes just as eerie. Josh Graham has the great ability to make an atmosphere within the music by using a lot of distortion to create sharp screeches and slow paced, mellow chords to back up the vocals. The drumming on this album is like icing on the cake. You may realize it’s not very apparent in the music, but it helps the atmosphere immensely. The slow, droning beats help give the album the dark, bleak feeling that it has.

It must be said that the album isn’t perfect; the album does have very, very minute flaws. One nit-pick being that the closing song should have been “At the Base of the Giant’s Throat”, mainly because of the disturbing end to the song which consists of a 911 call that is played to hear panic driven screams and the operator trying in futility to get her address to send help. Although it only takes away from the album in the slightest, I believe that closing with that song would have made the end of the album perfect. On the other hand, while the song that does close the album is good… it is also forgettable compared to the rest of the album. The lyrics are some of the most disturbing on the album, but the song seems to lack some of the substance that kept you entertained through the rest of the album.

Though the whole album may be unpleasant to many casual music listeners because of its eerie sound, I believe that anyone with an open mind to music could come to love this album for its uniqueness alone. It also happens to be one of the best releases from a supergroup that I have heard. So whether you are a fan of post-metal or just unique music in general, you should pick up this album. I guarantee that you have not heard anything like it.



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ThePalestMexican
March 6th 2010


2816 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Awesome review, your improving your chops and finding your style.
Pos

JulesWin
March 7th 2010


993 Comments


"Despite this, Battle of Mice (there?) seems to be an exception to the failure of the so-called supergroup"

1st sentence of 2nd paragraph I think the "there" doesn't belong, look it over, but besides that it's a great review! pos

Relinquished
March 7th 2010


25584 Comments


This album isn't scary, it's creepy in a Coraline kind of way. Good review man, but that nit-pick isn't a good con.

JulesWin
March 7th 2010


993 Comments


"that nit-pick isn't a good con"

I disagree, if he didn't nit-pick, he would have to give it a 5.
If he is praising the album throughout the review and gives it a 4.5 he needs to say why that is cuz if there was NOTHING wrong with it, it would be a 5

Relinquished
March 7th 2010


25584 Comments


You didn't read the other reason why this isn't perfect.

On the other hand, while the song that does close the album is good… it is also forgettable compared to the rest of the album.


JulesWin
March 7th 2010


993 Comments


well that is VERY nitpicky but it's his opinion and again he needs to justify why he didn't give it a 5

TRMshadow
March 8th 2010


4982 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great Review, pos'd. Checking out now

Jips
March 9th 2010


1137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hey nice review...

i love this album...



TRMshadow
March 29th 2010


4982 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good, but not amazing. Sorry Maniac

TRMshadow
March 30th 2010


4982 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You did a great job with the review, and you made me have an interest in it (which is the main point of reviewing something), but when I listened to it, it just didn't hit me like it hit you and others; I definitely wouldn't put this in the "depressed that I even checked this out" category though.

Kzero
April 8th 2010


3 Comments


Fantastic. Very well written, and a good sense of explaining the end result of my purchase option. Whether it's worth my time or not. /golfclap

Maniac!
October 30th 2010


26257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album still rules as much as it did when I first heard it

Maniac!
March 14th 2011


26257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You make me sad

TheSpirit
March 14th 2011


17990 Comments


i don't think i like post-metal

Digging: The Speed of Sound in Seawater - Red Version

TheSpirit
March 14th 2011


17990 Comments


or at least not this



but snazzy review

Maniac!
March 14th 2011


26257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You made me sad



and then you made it better

TheSpirit
March 14th 2011


17990 Comments


my work here is done

GulliKyro
April 11th 2011


357 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bones in the Water is outright ruddy terrifying. Its like somebody captured the sound of hell.

Maniac!
April 28th 2011


26257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I still think this is my best review

Ire
April 28th 2011


41822 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i like christmas



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