Twelve Tribes
Midwest Pandemic



by fromtheinside USER (138 Reviews)
June 23rd, 2010 | 8 replies

Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Twelve Tribes are an excellent band for those just getting into the hardcore genre. They take a very controlled version of the genre and mix in terrific melodies to appease both the softer and harder side of the listener.

Twelve Tribes are a hardcore outfit formed in 1998 right out of Dayton, Ohio. Their debut album ‘As Feathers to Flowers and Petals to Wings’ and follow-up ‘Instruments’ introduced the band as a uninspiring Metalcore group riding off the success of similar acts Killswitch Engage and Eighteen Visions. It wasn’t until being signed to the wider known indie label Ferret that the band was able to discover an identity; blending the ferocious moments of earlier Killswitch and the rapid hardcore acts of Machine Head.

The album kicks off with the safe National Amnesia, and I stress safe because it does nothing to establish the cd as something to pay attention to. Weak riffs lead a carefully weaved spastic drum routine and an unusual subpar performance by front man Adam Jackson. It isn’t until the second track, Muzzle Order that things actually get interesting. With an intriguing introduction bent on literally muzzling the instruments for heaviness sakes, the song erupts in to throat ripping hardcore affair.

The first half of the album seems content with establishing the band as a heavy yet catchy alternative to say Verse or The Hope Conspiracy. Songs like Pagan Self Portrait and History Versus the Pavement are intent on blistering the ear with thunderous intros followed by a hook that stretches the guitars lines and slows the pace up allowing room to breathe for the listener. Drummer, Shane Shook, does an excellent job of splicing the sometimes mundane time signatures whether they're 4/4 or 7/8 making the ordinary seem fresh and often unexpected.

It also seems intentional the album were split up in two with Monarch of Dreams a two-minute interlude. It serves as a great example of whats to come on the latter half of the disc. With an ominous intro the band switch the playbook up and begin building tension before exploding into bombastic breakdowns or jizz worthy jam sessions; best noted on The Nine Year Tide. Bassist Jeremiah Stikeleather, struts his stuff for the first 30 seconds or so with an off kilter riff that sends the instruments bouncing between dissonance and melody. This is where the band shines brightest stretching that fine line between heavy and soft they find a balance that is exerted terrifically thanks to how strong Adam Jackson’s voice is. Album closer [i]The Recovery (In Three Parts In Three Parts - I. God Bless You, Good Thief, II. Towers & Vectors, III. Bridge To the Sun), is a beautiful way to send off the albums often dual persona; a minute and a half worth of a piano lead instrumental cascades into the albums roughest interlude before journeying through the 8:51 prog endeavor.

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June 23rd 2010


nothing ground breaking but for all fans of hardcore, worth a listen.

its also killing me that someone didn't capitalize their name correctly.

June 23rd 2010


fuck yeah, twelve tribes

review's good.

Digging: CZARFACE - Every Hero Needs a Villain

June 24th 2010


i think this album was indirectly surrounding a possible Zombie apocalyspe.

June 24th 2010


Album Rating: 4.0

they don't sound like verse at all and the voice is the most annoying thing (always kinda in the same range - no real versatility at all). additionally I would label midwest pandemic more with metalcore than hardcore but okay.

apart from that the review was fine, good to have one for the record.

June 24th 2010


i think i said they're an alternative to Verse.

yup i did...

August 26th 2010


Album Rating: 4.0

Love this band - they are original in a scene teeming with mediocre copy-cats. One of my favorite

songs OAT is "The Train Bridge" off of The Rebirth of Tragedy. The end of the song reminds me of

another sweet band, Hot Water Music.

This band's ability to mix in equal parts brutality and melody, topped off with a heap of intensity

makes for one awesome end result. To me, "The Nine Year Tide" is this album's "The Train Bridge".

Also, they sound just as badass live.

July 14th 2012


Album Rating: 4.0

digging this album pretty hard right now, great stuff.

January 13th 2014


Album Rating: 4.0

forgot how great this is

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