Killie
Afterall, The Opinion Of One In A Hundre


4.0
excellent

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
May 3rd, 2010 | 71 replies | 8,523 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Here's to hoping that the music of one in a hundred-million will reach a few more.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

It’s recently become apparent to me that screamo is a genre best served in smaller portions. Even with the most delectable creations, a fleeting experience is likely to have a stronger effect if the band as the ability and judgment to make the ephemeral feel lasting. Killie take a 2-song EP, Afterall, The Opinion Of One In A Hundred Million will Not Reach Anyone, and with the precision of a watchmaker craft an album that seamlessly blends post-rock in screamo, along with the intensity of a hardcore album. It’s been done before, I hear you thinking. Stay tuned, though, because Killie manage to perform the style in a fashion that will leave you utterly impressed and with your ears gasping for air.

Arising from Tokyo, Killie have been heralded as an overseas version of Off Minor. The comparison holds true in some aspects, but Killie do a spectacular job at breaking off from the pack. Creating their own flow seems to come naturally to Killie, whether it’s the way their songs are predominately instrumental or if it’s the nice spoken-word segments that accompany the screaming. From about a minute into “Lyrics Will Not Reach The Audience,” the onslaught has begun. The vocalist certainly isn’t revolutionary, but his screams are a staple, one of the things that grants Afterall a flowing listenability that is, save for a few, fairly unmatched in the genre. Part of the intensity that the screams garner is derived from the usually-lengthy interludes between screaming. Killie do a nice job at employing fairly interesting riffs and percussion between the vocals, never failing to leave the listener feeling abandoned.

Afterall also manages to create a unique experience by providing a range of emotions throughout the two-song experience. From the dissonance and reverb that begin “One In A Hundred Million” to the more full-sounding, meaty middle of “Lyrics Will Not Reach The Audience,” Killie only add to the intrigue. Managing mostly on the chaotic element, Killie balance it out here and there with the more structured post-rock elements that provide the EP with some backbone. Singing about labor, capitalism, and politics add another dimension to the already rich tapestry on Afterall. With an uncanny ability to seemingly burst from nothingness and seamlessly sift back into the background, Killie creates an aesthetic that is all their own.

At only 2 tracks long, this is usually the part where I would complain that Afterall could’ve used another 10 minutes to its advantage. Yet, at 20 minutes long, Killie’s EP gives off an impression of completeness that isn’t guaranteed when listening to 50-minute full-lengths. Through their fine-tuning ability to keep every moment, every riff, every line interesting, Killie manage to separate themselves from the pack in stunning fashion. Afterall, The Opinion Of One In A Hundred Million will Not Reach Anyone is an absolutely phenomenal release in its own right, equal parts chaotic power and post-rock grandeur... and here’s to hoping that the music of one in a hundred million will reach a few more.



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SeaAnemone
May 3rd 2010



18752 Comments


the fact that I'm one of two 4's and we're the lowest raters of this is pretty indicative of its quality, trust me.

sniper
May 3rd 2010



18578 Comments


I knew it would be you who wrote this before I even clicked. Time to read. This album is pretty cool.

SeaAnemone
May 3rd 2010



18752 Comments


haha I hope that's a good thing, you've heard this I take it?

sniper
May 3rd 2010



18578 Comments


Yeah, it's a good thing. You review a lot of good screamo, no complaints here. And yeah this is really good, but I need to listen to it a few more times before I rate it. I got this at the same time as Archives' Decline, and I haven't given this as much attention as a result haha.

Good review, pos'd.

EVedder27
May 3rd 2010



6088 Comments


terrible review Eric, just awful. pos.

SeaAnemone
May 3rd 2010



18752 Comments


thanks Vedder, I love how thorough and clear your confusing comments are.

EVedder27
May 3rd 2010



6088 Comments


I try

somberlain
May 3rd 2010



2121 Comments


sorry I bumped you down Sea
will a pos make it better?

SeaAnemone
May 3rd 2010



18752 Comments


haha completely. we're even. til next time.

somberlain
May 3rd 2010



2121 Comments


til next time then
I'll be waiting for you to post your next review so I can bump it down ;)

FigNewtns
May 3rd 2010



706 Comments


where would i be without you?

BigTuna
May 3rd 2010



5151 Comments


Afterall manages to create a unique experience, also, by providing a range of emotions throughout the two-song experience.

Reads a bit awkward...maybe put the also after "Afterall"?

Digging: EMA - The Future's Void

SeaAnemone
May 3rd 2010



18752 Comments


thanks/agreed/fixd

BigTuna
May 3rd 2010



5151 Comments


look at me thinking I can tell YOU what to do

bungy
May 3rd 2010



8843 Comments


In the second paragraph "Killie do a nice" reads awkwardly without the rest of the sentence. I have no suggestions.

BigTuna
May 3rd 2010



5151 Comments


totally agreed bungsauce

sniper
May 3rd 2010



18578 Comments


without the rest of the sentence

We need more lol's like this one around here.

BigTuna
May 3rd 2010



5151 Comments


I have a suggestion: Killie do a nice normal-name + violent-name-wit-same-1st-letter-as-1st-letter-of-normal-name.

Our remembrance.

sniper
May 3rd 2010



18578 Comments


Hey Tuna, can you give me an example of that?

BigTuna
May 3rd 2010



5151 Comments


no Sea has to do it



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