Ceremony (USA-CA)
Rohnert Park


4.0
excellent

Review

by Eli Z. Wasson USER (5 Reviews)
June 3rd, 2010 | 32 replies | 8,980 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Catching the Hardcore community off-guard with a surprise left hook...

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Ceremony have fought their way into the foreground of the hardcore community over the past few years with their brash, fed up, aggressive style of 'F-You', in the key of hardcore. It comes as no surprise when faced with this album that you really see Ceremony attempting to retro-fit the genre: Respect the past, and use it for the future.

I would dare say that this album sounds as though it was originally produced and recorded in the mid-80's, out on the west coast during the emergence of hardcore punk itself, and just now has been uncovered and unleashed upon the world. Much like some legendary, lost, B-side tape, never distributed by some band that never even played a show.

How should you feel about this? Well, it depends on what you're looking for. If you want grass-roots, old-school era hardcore punk to skate down the street to, then you have a true winner here. If you are looking for 'Violence,Violence' again, I think you will be disappointed.

Upon first listen, Rohnert Park confounds the faithful listener. It's not as noisy, it's not as brazenly fast, and it sure doesn't sound as angry or urgent, although the lyrics suggest a 'pissed off as ever' mentality. (i.e. Into The Wayside Part I / Sick)

It is so much more groove intensive than what you would expect, and this move might tend to alienate many fans, but I think there will be some understanding placed upon the execution of the album itself that the diehards will come to endear.

Dishing out more of the same just isn't something Ceremony likes to do. This is an effort that seems calculated into an album they want to make. Where they are now as a band is truly displayed in this album, giving respect to past influential bands in its' sound, and holding on to the reigns of the genre, by giving the past sound an updated feel, along with hearing similar elements from the 'Scared People' EP that you can still find strewn about.

There are some key similarities to their previous works that will keep you interested in this album. Ross's bark is as punchy as ever, giving the words spoken a special aura and abrasion that has always kept what he's saying honest. The fretwork stays technical, refined, and as far as the theme of the album is concerned, old school, although it isn't as 'powerviolence-y' in most places. The bass is as audible as ever, giving the old-school vibe prominence. Along with a punch that will give you as much of a reason to remember the bass lines as the guitar parts. The drumming is rudimentary, and is just as true to form as the rest of the instruments willing to convey upon them.They mellow in and out on the slower songs, and stay up to speed on the faster sections to keep it in check. There are some memorable intro areas that you want to go play on your friend's kit for a good kick. All in all, everything just 'fits' together in this album, musically.

Rohnert Park also seems to place an interesting awareness to where the genre has come from, in terms of the recent array of niches popping up in hardcore punk within the last ten years or so, most notably the emphasis on the breakdown, and where we plan to go from now on. And with the hype surrounding Ceremony garnering a widespread audience the chance to listen to what they want to say, the stage that they will be granted is the best attempt to put forth the 'wake up call' that they want to bring along. It almost seems satirical at points, (listen to The Doldrums(Friendly City)) where an almost retrospective venture gives the idea of a song that would meander along right near the beginning of the album, that seems to sound like a closing song.
Love it or hate it, Rohnert Park has thrown a surprise left hook at the Hardcore Punk community, and it will soon be seen whether it knocked everyone out, or missed entirely. You have to really check it out for yourself to see how you feel about it, though. personally, its a hit.

Best Tracks (in my estimation):
-M.D.C.F
-The Doldrums (Friendly City)
-Back in '84
-The Pathos


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IRAI
June 3rd 2010



1567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's been a while since i've written a review, and i was waiting for this to do, so critique and enjoy.

alachlahol
June 3rd 2010



7477 Comments


POWERVIOLENCE

moose1992
June 3rd 2010



50 Comments


totally agree with the 80's comment, phenomenal album.

liledman
June 3rd 2010



3826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Dishing out more of the same just seems to be too safe of an area for Ceremony to venture into. This is an effort that seems calculated into an album they want to make. (as every album by every band should be, although it's not always the case) This is music that they want to listen to, eminently, and if you are on board, definitely have fun with it."

need to fix this up a whole lot.

alachlahol
June 3rd 2010



7477 Comments


yea really. also, how do you 'sculpt' yourself into the foreground of something? wouldn't it make more sense if they've 'pushed' or 'forced' their way into the foreground of the current hardcore scene?

buckfutter
June 3rd 2010



2164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

God, I think this is better than Violence Violence. It just feels like good ole traditional hardcore. If I didn't know who this was upon my first listen, I might say that this was Black Flag.

PanasonicYouth
June 3rd 2010



7411 Comments


i liek it a lot

IRAI
June 3rd 2010



1567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

okay, fixed some things. thanks.

iranscam
June 3rd 2010



469 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah this album is awesome

liledman
June 4th 2010



3826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

that one paragraph still doesnt sit right...

"Dishing out more of the same just seems to be too safe of an area for Ceremony to venture into"

venturing into doing more of the same doesnt make sense.

JesusChris
June 4th 2010



673 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album art rules so goddamn hard.
Might give this a listen tonight.

Mevz
June 4th 2010



235 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Solo in Into The Wayside Part II gives me chills. Whole album is sick.

SlightlyEpic
June 4th 2010



5780 Comments


when did Ceremony become a post-punk band am I actually listening to the right album?

IRAI
June 4th 2010



1567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i think its cool, in a black flag-y sort of way.

SlightlyEpic
June 4th 2010



5780 Comments


it's certainly not at all what I was expecting

sniper
June 4th 2010



19001 Comments


Been meaning to get this since I saw it on some blog somewhere. I'll do it now.

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

SlightlyEpic
June 4th 2010



5780 Comments


prepare for a surprise if you're expecting anything like their old stuff

sniper
June 4th 2010



19001 Comments


I read the review so I think I'm okay ;)

EyesWideShut
June 4th 2010



3099 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A heavy Black Flag and Poison Idea influence sounds good to me, gotta check it out boy..

IRAI
June 5th 2010



1567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Get it...when it comes out this tuesday...

:X


side note:

1100 reviews for Attack Attack!
1 for this.

i'm perplexed...



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