Sed Non Satiata
Sed Non Satiata


4.0
excellent

Review

by Eno USER (34 Reviews)
May 22nd, 2010 | 374 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In expanding their melodic prowess, Sed Non Satiata have developed one of the most clarified and distinct sounds in the post-rocked tinge screamo scene(or perhaps vice versa)

Ever since their debut LP, Sed Non Satiata have always been a promising sounding European Screamo act. Their spin on the post-rock based screamo sound was often based on abrasive, frenetic riffs that charged along with the controlled, yet ever so emotive howls of their vocalist. While their approach was certainly aggressive, they had always had a taste for guitar-based melodic textures. In the middle of their ferocious debut La Ciel De Notre Enface was a chilling, post-rock instrumental that seemed to take all the energy built up on both sides of the album and converted it into a moving, vocal-less tune.

On their new self-titled release, Sed Non Satiata have taken a more melodic approach that further expands on their post-rock tendencies. While the first track features the trademark vocals of their singer, the guitars have noticeably shifted into building the melody and progression of the song, as opposed to adding to the hardcore madness. As the track progresses through instrumental parts, as well as the intense screamed parts, both guitars work dynamically throughout. While they still retain their fantastic ability to match the start-stop rhythms of their brand of screamo music, the guitarists of Sed Non Satiata place particular focus on generating atmosphere that complements the ever-present melodies.

And it can be said that this album works more as a post-rock album than it does a hardcore record. The vocals present on this lp are more restraint to fit the build-ups of the instruments. The vocalist sounds more confident then ever, featuring more well-developed clean passages, while still managing to release his passionate screams emotively as ever. One can detect that the finer, more restraint vocal sound is there to complement the bigger focus on songwriting and instrumental buildups. And instead of trading passion and aggression for climaxes and post-rock noodling, it's their natural hardcore based sound that adds a sense of passion to the more developed and melodic instrumental effect.

This can be seen in epic tracks such as Entre Les Mots. The clean vocals echo along with reverberated guitars, and later get more aggressive and harsher as the drums get harder and the guitars build in unison. Due to their screamo-based roots, the overall sound of this album leads to that of a very passionate and truly engaging post-rock album. And there is a noticeable focus shifted onto texture, as evident in the field recording, placed during the second track, of an old man warning about "the average man" over lone, western sounding guitars. The production is utterly fantastic and there is a huge focus placed on the tone and layering of guitars. Unlike most screamo acts, Sed Non Satiata put a huge effort into production touches, whether it be the slightest bit of reverb, to the perfected mixing of the album. And under all the lush atmospherics the rhythm section provides great clarity, the bass hitting hard, yet melodically and the drums dynamically building up with the music.

As with most records of that vein, the huge focus on their post-rock instrumentals can certainly get grating. At times it can be a somewhat underwhelming experience, as mellow acoustic guitars open up the first two and half minutes of the fourth track. But all this matters not; if you don't find yourself moved by the pounding drums and fuzzy, dense guitar layers that climax Sed Non Satiata, than you probably aren't much of a skramz fan anyhow.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
YouAreMySilence
May 22nd 2010


3727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

To lazy to read the review (sorry mang) but incredible album. The second track and the last two are some of the best emo songs ever.

Enotron
May 22nd 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

So yeah, really great album. Definitely focused more on post-rock, and while not as enjoyable as their debut, the sound is really
great.

I'm off now. Please leave thoughts, criticisms, etc.

edit: No prob, Silence. I adore the production on this record.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
May 22nd 2010


15743 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i dont get the vice versa in the summary?

SeaAnemone
May 22nd 2010


20834 Comments


I like this a lot more than Le Ciel... albums pretty astounding in parts.

YouAreMySilence
May 22nd 2010


3727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Adam, I think he means it could be considered screamo tinged post rock instead of the other way around.

Me too Eric, though it may drop to a 4 later, Im digging the hell out of this as of late.

SeaAnemone
May 22nd 2010


20834 Comments


oh, and I'm pretty sure this isn't out yet--

http://www.sednonsatiata.com/

unless you've seen something I haven't?

YouAreMySilence
May 22nd 2010


3727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Uh oh!

iBosley
May 22nd 2010


268 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rules

myhigherpie
May 22nd 2010


3027 Comments


this is a gorgeous piece of music...

SeaAnemone
May 22nd 2010


20834 Comments


it's honestly the one album I've heard this year that I feel has the potential for a 5. I wasn't the biggest fan of their previous (3.5) but this is really much better.

lamy
May 22nd 2010


8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

AMAZING album!!!! like it much more than debut. the last track "L'arrache Coeur" is their best, and one of the most beautiful emo song ever..

Enotron
May 22nd 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh, I meant vice versa as in Screamo tinged post-rock, as opposed to the other way around.

I put that in to emphasize how post-rock based it really was.

edit: I read that it was released on may 3, eric?

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
May 22nd 2010


15743 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh okay i thought so but couldnt quite tell from the phrasing. Anyway, yes this is awesome. It would prob be a top 10 lock any other year but 2010

SeaAnemone
May 22nd 2010


20834 Comments


hm, I think you may be right.. there's just a lot of conflicting stuff floating around. I saw a May 3, a May 11, an undecided, and the 'coming soon' from their own website so I don't really know what to think, but why don't we go with the may 3 one haha. anyway, review is well-done

Enotron
May 22nd 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's pretty difficult to use diverse phrases when describing post rock-esque music. I sort of had trouble not sounding repetitious when writing this review.

I think what ultimately sets this away from the majority of screamo albums is how defined the vocals are and how clear the rhythm section and bass frequencies are. And the music is really intense as well. However I still prefer City of Caterpillar and The Old Road.

ffs
May 22nd 2010


4883 Comments


need this. i loved le ciel de oui bonjours or whatev

Klekticist
May 22nd 2010


1259 Comments


will get. looks awesome.

Relinquished
May 22nd 2010


25584 Comments


great album

Dryden
May 22nd 2010


13138 Comments


treag album

fr33convict
May 22nd 2010


11697 Comments


mubla treag



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