Off Minor
The Heat Death of the Universe


5.0
classic

Review

by Sam Feldman's Rating USER (66 Reviews)
August 10th, 2010 | 54 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


When it comes to choosing the best Off Minor album, you're better off trying to choose between your parents. Formed from a previous screamo band in Saetia, Off Minor have 4 LPs and one could argue they are all classics; Off Minor have clearly had the best career in screamo's vibrant history. Problematic Courtship raged with incredible emotion and live performances, Innominate raped senses and babies, and Some Blood has one of their best songs in the epic closing track "Practice Abscense". And then there is The Heat Death Of The Universe which combines all of these elements from the other albums into one perfect display of emotional hardcore. The intensity, lyrical prowess, and slick musicianship conform into a ball of blazing fury and beautiful interludes.

Forget the jazz overtones and the woods-like aesthetic; Heat Death... is an excersize in jumping the f**k around and breaking ***. Take the first track for instance, the title track; it ebbs and flows with supreme conviction and ass-kicking beatings. The song moves quickly until it reaches a peak that is showcased a few times over, featuring a metal-like riff and a violent scream of "I AM!! that explodes into your face. This is but one of the strengths of Off Minor's songwriting: they know where the really good parts are and they utilize them in their songs over and over again. The track ends in another climax with introspective lyrics not found in most emo these days; "This time we have permanence / This time we are separated by an infinite distance" adds another complex layer of emotion and wonder that really elevates the music.

It could be argued that The Heat Death... is half destruction and half beauty. For every chaotic moment, there is a momentary hole in time to catch your breath for yet another pounding. "This Is A Hostage Situation" showcases this give and pull of dynamics the best on the album. The first half of the song is crazy and skramz influenced enough to make you think it will be that way the entire way through. The 2nd half of the track is where things get very interesting; the music suddenly halts and all that is left is a constant pulsing bass that underlines a wonderful guitar lead that continues until a peak of fury. This roller coaster ride continues for a few more hills until the track ends with no sound other than the same bass pulse that was mentioned earlier and the effect is somewhat astounding.

The Heat death... continues relatively in this same manner; some tracks shake you to the core with chaos and some are there to lend you a hand in finding yourself after all the craziness. As insane as it may sound to an outsider, the album taken as a whole is a rather easy listening experience for the genre as Off Minor are just so good at keeping a song flowing effortlessly. Whether it's the slow burning yet sexy instramental "Punch for Punch" or album highlight "Staring Down The Barrel Of Limited Options" (which features outstanding lyrics by the way), The Heat Death Of The Universe will excite any fan of the genre and should be considered essential listening for all you crazy f***s out there.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ConsiderPhlebas
August 10th 2010


6157 Comments


Innominate raped senses and babies




This is grotesque. Neg.

731
August 10th 2010


662 Comments


'excersize'

fix

Transient
August 10th 2010


1461 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

ugh what an awful review

Transient
August 10th 2010


1461 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

'Heat Death... is an excersize in jumping the f**k around and breaking ***. '


ugh

Romulus
August 10th 2010


8443 Comments


Not a bad review at all, pos'd

I heard one album by these guys that wasn't this and it was pretty solid so I will give this a listen

iarescientists
August 10th 2010


5863 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

please refrain from talking about one of my favorite albums like some 13-year old scene faggot

it ruins the experience for the rest of us

iarescientists
August 10th 2010


5863 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i just cringed a lot when i read this so i wanted to reflect that so you understood how i feel about this

alachlahol
August 10th 2010


7501 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

holy fuck have you graduated 3rd grade yet

Shrapnel94
August 10th 2010


2213 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah guyz Off Minor so br00tal

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
August 10th 2010


15052 Comments


Lmao nine negsss!

Enotron
August 10th 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

review def doesn't deserve nine negs, but it really came off as over-zealous and the descriptions were a bit too much at times. oh and if you're going to include a bunch of cursing, put one of the letters of the words between this: (insert letter)

kount
August 10th 2010


1279 Comments


bad review by bad user wat else is new

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
August 10th 2010


7026 Comments


you cunts are all being too harsh
this isn't a bad review chambered, solid work

PregnantTeen
August 10th 2010


168 Comments


whats going on in here

SeaAnemone
August 10th 2010


20559 Comments


not nearly as good as Some Blood but hey what's new

Digging: Dirty Beaches - Stateless

alachlahol
August 10th 2010


7501 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Lucidity hasn't graduated 3rd grade either

SeaAnemone
August 10th 2010


20559 Comments


lol alachlahol and his unfailing dismalness and general doucheness

eternium
August 10th 2010


16338 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cursive is hard stuff.

Enotron
August 10th 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

how about you stop being an asshole and be a bit more constructive? all of chambered's other reviews are pretty great and this one, though perhaps a bit overdone, isn't that bad.

731
August 10th 2010


662 Comments


chambered's a big guy he can take the hits





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