City Of Ifa
Black Pyramid


3.5
great

Review

by csvhrvrnxell USER (7 Reviews)
August 4th, 2010 | 52 replies | 8,543 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

When I first heard City Of Ifa a few years ago via their Myspace page, my reaction was somewhat mixed. On one hand, they had an obvious knack for writing catchy, technical post-hardcore with a bit of a grind edge (think The Fall of Troy meets the Number Twelve Looks Like You). Everything was there, they had the squeaky-clean pull-offs of the Fall of Troy and the dual vocal shrieking and double bass work of The Number Twelve, a formula that might have been very impressive had I not heard the exact same thing done before. Unfortunately, I had. Instead they simply came off as amateurish and uninspired, a somewhat excusable issue, since they were in all likelihood no older than 16 or so at the time. Nonetheless though, I wrote them off as nothing more than a slightly above-average copycat band, and moved on to bigger and better things.

Skip forward to present day, and a few things have changed. The recent break-ups of both of City's major influences, coupled with the natural growth of the band as both musicians and songwriters, has the stage set for City Of Ifa to finally step up to the plate and show us all what they can really do. Put quite simply, that's exactly what they have done with Black Pyramid. The band shows improvement in every single aspect of their sound, with much more solid songwriting than they've ever displayed in the past, and enough tasty guitar riffs for pretty much any post-hardcore fan. It would be impossible to pretend they aren't still pretty derivative of their influences at this point, but honestly, the level of work on Black Pyramid easily rivals anything The Fall of Troy have released since 2006.

City Of Ifa definitely surprised me with this record in terms of quality, but they still have many steps to take before they can really be a great band. The potential here is immense, and if they can capitalize on their obvious talent in the future and settle into a sound that is truly their own, we will be in for quite a treat with City Of Ifa. For now, I guess all there is to do is listen to Black Pyramid and wait impatiently to see what they can do next.



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sniper
August 4th 2010



18955 Comments


I apologize for the multiple references to tfot and the 12, but honestly they sound crazy similar. Album is totally worth a listen though.

Tell me what y'all think of the review and such, fastest i've ever written one.

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Prolapse
August 4th 2010



4370 Comments


i will pos, cause it's you

Terrifyer
August 4th 2010



3403 Comments


no album artwork neg

sniper
August 4th 2010



18955 Comments


I uploaded it three times but it won't show up.

Terrifyer
August 4th 2010



3403 Comments


jk i will pos. you'll probably have to get the mods to add it

Deceptioneer
August 4th 2010



509 Comments


the mods are too lazy to approve edits. if you don't get it right the first time you're screwed.

HumanGenome
August 4th 2010



195 Comments


i think the mods quit, tbh

Ire
August 4th 2010



41747 Comments


I will neg cuz i hate life

Yazz_Flute
August 4th 2010



18764 Comments


Ambiguous album title.

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 4th 2010



30870 Comments


I uploaded it three times but it won't show up.


It has to be approved, or I could just do it for you

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bloc
August 4th 2010



34669 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I thought with the new rules, even you could not stand a chance Dev.

As for the music, sounds great musically but vocals aren't for me.

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Ire
August 4th 2010



41747 Comments


This vocals have to be terribad for blocs liking.

bloc
August 4th 2010



34669 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah, why couldn't he sound like the guy from Periphery?

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 4th 2010



30870 Comments


I thought with the new rules, even you could not stand a chance Dev.


Just my artist adds/edits need approval. Albums/artwork are fine

bloc
August 4th 2010



34669 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Only thing you've done for me is that Mind.In.A.Box album art.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 4th 2010



30870 Comments


You don't review so suck it

bloc
August 4th 2010



34669 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

On second thought, I don't need your charity.

Dryden
August 4th 2010



12928 Comments


swallow that shit too

Plutonio
August 4th 2010



474 Comments


nvm

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 4th 2010



30870 Comments


Fine



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