Rinoa
An Age Among Them


4.0
excellent

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
April 8th, 2010 | 316 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Give me music that feels like more than music.

A cinematic quality is ever-present on Rinoa’s 2010 release, An Age Among Them. While it’s hard to pin the band from Essex under a specific genre, Rinoa elicit feelings altogether epic and uplifting, expansive and heavy. Please excuse the disparate descriptions, but An Age Among Them induces the desire to spew a flurry of adjectives from my mouth, as the album commands interest and enthusiasm. An Age Among Them is certainly not a release to take lightly, as it becomes evident merely a few minutes into “Past Maidens” that Rinoa, for better or worse, are extremely impassioned. An exuberant listen from beginning to end, An Age Among Them provides the soundtrack to something more than a simple set of emotions. The feelings that Rinoa bring forth are neither simple nor straightforward. Instead, the album provides a rich, complex, borderline cinematic context and aesthetic that provides the album with an interesting quality that sets apart this excellent release from its neighbors.

It’s difficult not to make this out into more than it actually is, yet An Age Among Them’s diversity and variability that blends together organically (mostly, other instances the switch-over from screaming to post-rock feels a bit disjointed) feels especially special. To describe the work as a product of Rinoa’s influences would be a bit hasty, as Mono and Envy are certainly lofty expectations to aim for. Yet, Rinoa make their presence known. The screams are always controlled and calculated, and while some may see this aspect as a positive, they become a bit predictable at times. If anything, though, this only adds emphasis to the beautiful melodies and build-ups abound on An Age Among Them. The expansive guitars take a little longer to decipher than the vocals, yet the melodies are just as emotive. This, the inspiring guitar lines, are what give Rinoa’s latest significant replay value.

While it’s hard to pinpoint specific highlights of An Age Among Them (one of the distinct marks of an excellent album), the lingering songs provide moment after moment of emotive junctures. The soaring soundscapes give way to a larger-than-life quality that stands out through An Age Among Them. In this case though, the result would be more aptly named a “larger-than-music” characteristic. Instead of a song-after-song monotonous routine, An Age Among Them is a perfect example of how a product is more than simply the sum of its parts. The aggregate of Rinoa’s eight, protracted (most clock in around 8-minutes) songs on An Age Among Them is an album that evokes sentiments grand and poignant. Through rich, layered post-rock interludes that break up the charismatic screams, Rinoa create an experience that feels cinematic in its entirety. While the flaws are evident (a bit disjointed, and sometimes too expansive that it seems to wander too far off) Rinoa wears them on its sleeve. The result, as stated before, is almost cinematic in nature- like Rinoa’s intention was to create something much more than 8 tracks, and it evokes images and stories to complement the melodies. One can’t help but feel moved by the completeness and impassioned fervor of an album that captures of feeling of something... something more.



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SeaAnemone
April 8th 2010


20834 Comments


Oh look I found some good music.


Wish I had written a better review tbh, I would have spent more time on it but I have a lot of work tonight, please leave me tips to improve this though if you see any glaring mistakes.

SeaAnemone
April 8th 2010


20834 Comments


ps the fact that my rating is the lowest one here is pretty indicative of this... high quality stuff.

supertouchox2
April 8th 2010


1062 Comments


alot of buzz about this band in my area, will have to check this out.

ex members of crydebris in are in this band, so it should be pretty sweet.

Slum
April 8th 2010


2579 Comments


Great review, wish I could write like this. pos'd the fuck out of this.

SeaAnemone
April 8th 2010


20834 Comments


ya ok chan nice plan

SeaAnemone
April 8th 2010


20834 Comments


ok dawg

Jebull
April 8th 2010


1340 Comments


Is that dog Angelo?

PayneTiger777
April 8th 2010


4409 Comments


I pos'd cause you're a cool dude. I will check this out.

sniper
April 8th 2010


19080 Comments


This sounds awesome. Getting.

SeaAnemone
April 8th 2010


20834 Comments


cool guys, cool

EVedder27
April 8th 2010


6088 Comments


Damn good work Eric. Damn good.

SeaAnemone
April 8th 2010


20834 Comments


thanks Mike! I'm still a little unsure about this review, but your guys' comments make me feel a little more confident

sniper
April 8th 2010


19080 Comments


You'll get contributor for sure dude. I think.

PayneTiger777
April 8th 2010


4409 Comments


No worries dude. You are getting better at your reviews.

Powerban
April 8th 2010


2380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good to see these guys get a review. You should check out The Coma Recovery if you like these guys since they're very similar.

In particular, check out the song 'Beneath One Silent Orchestra'.

But since I don't know where you can find that online to stream anywhere check out their myspace http://www.myspace.com/thecomarecovery and listen to 'The Glory Of Alone'.

Britts
April 8th 2010


7 Comments


You're review has made me want to listen to this band...well written. Good for you!!

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
April 9th 2010


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

man ive been getting shit from this band for like two years to review them haha. i dont know why they keep sending me stuff when i have never written anything D=

nickobretto
April 9th 2010


121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

very very very good stuff.

bodiesinflight57
April 9th 2010


870 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like this band. Nice to see them get a Sputnik review.
Definitely getting this when I can

SeaAnemone
April 9th 2010


20834 Comments


yeah shits good. and iluvatar, they said they don't know you



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