Surroundings
Surroundings


4.0
excellent

Review

by fromtheinside USER (127 Reviews)
August 13th, 2010 | 18 replies | 5,995 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: there's a line about elephant shit in here somewhere...

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

I know an album has grabbed my attention when my palms immediately begin sweating and I uncontrollably race through my mind to conjure up some description that will spark the same feeling for others. Enter: Surroundings and their debut LP Surroundings; a band that harness the dagger concept, swiftly jabbing the mind through the ears avoiding an overload of sound often hammered by brute force - a concept so few bands understand these days. The closest I can come in detailing the group with other contemporaries is a mixture of the chaos found in Throats alongside the agony in a Tragedy album. This creates beautiful soundscapes suiting their doom ethic well. Riffs that are hardly discernable but not necessary to the model are spread across bass droppings that fall like elephant waste, heavy and nasty. Of course they spend no time executing each tirade, at twenty-five minutes in length with a six minute opus, there’s no time to get acquainted, simply tune in and hold on.

I often get a little too excited when trying to explain how great a new find is. I instantly lose all possessed lexis and fail at trying to convey just how stunning tracks like “Virgilkapelle” and “Man Has Failed” truly are. In hopes that my honesty adds to the veracity to be had here, I’ll take it a step further in saying Surroundings are this year’s Towers; you know that same band from 2009 that one reviewer claimed to be as formidable as Jane Doe initial impact? Well this isn’t necessarily up to par with the iconic album of 2001, but it damn sure makes it case as the new Full Circle (oh, the debut from the aforementioned band). Surroundings have a nonchalant way of incorporating thick ass grooves that weave in and out of their frenetic consciousness. This would appear to be a bit disjointed, but a quick listen to “Trouble In the Dunes” and all notions will be resigned. Enraging genre nazi’s across the globe, Surroundings spank out everything from death metal to post punk and then back again all within fifteen second intervals. But if you tag this anywhere near progressive I swear to God…

Progressive, as well know, has grown to be a misnomer; with bands that don’t fit any strict genre description (like anything with breakdown needing a –core on the end) getting the infamous progressive label. Extensive is what I like to call works like this and Surroundings emulate the brand quite nicely. Songs end in places that seem loosely tethered from where they were strung, and incorporated techniques span the hardcore platform widely, ie. gang yells, rambunctious chugs, inaudible vocals and distortion galore to name a few. All of this culminates nicely into one album; an album that insists on using sounds that pierce the ear, much like a dagger (hey look at that!), hurting the listener but also keeping the interest level piqued – “Man Has Failed”. A band that practices no new hardcore aesthetics instead flipping the switch on the modern scene’s idea of the genre; imagine the negative image given with processed pictures, there is a perfection that lurks deep within the stills but on first glance its feel no different from the original. Surroundings are the negative image of today’s hardcore scene.



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fromtheinside
August 13th 2010



17911 Comments


another album that will be criminally overlooked this year.
another album that solidifies this being a better year than 2009.

Digging: Coroner - No More Color

Mordecai.
August 13th 2010



8276 Comments


love Full Circle. I want this.

fromtheinside
August 13th 2010



17911 Comments


album can be found on my blog. (more shameless whoring)

Mordecai.
August 13th 2010



8276 Comments


link me to the blog buu

fromtheinside
August 13th 2010



17911 Comments


shoutbox time.

Captain North
August 13th 2010



6784 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

2010 has been epic for hardcore. I will check this out for sure.

Also, your blog is probably going to be getting frequent visits from me now.

accompliceofmydeath
August 14th 2010



4193 Comments


What does this shit sound like?

Digging: Devo - Freedom of Choice

fromtheinside
August 14th 2010



17911 Comments


how bout you read the review and then look toward the rec'd section. ;)

pizzamachine
August 14th 2010



12571 Comments


"another album that will be criminally overlooked this year."

Will check this out.

FelixCulpa
August 14th 2010



1237 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This sounds pretty good. Will check it on your blog!

Edit: Btw I checked out Decisions on your blog, I'm liking them, reminds me of Defeater latests Ep.
Edit again: This is really good! And are you sure you have the right album art? It's pretty sweet but I saw a different picture on their myspace. Edit again: Saw that the album art I saw was for the vinyl version

fromtheinside
August 15th 2010



17911 Comments


thanks man. this album really rules so i'm happy the rating it's received so far.

dylanthedesertpea
August 15th 2010



587 Comments


getting this now, this sounds awesome. especially since you compared it to full circle

Captain North
August 15th 2010



6784 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've only listened to it once and wasn't omgimpressed, but I'll give it a few more goes.

Also, just following on from what Felix said, I though Decisions didn't sound like Defeater at all and were actually pretty damn ordinary.

fromtheinside
August 17th 2010



17911 Comments


Decisions EP sounds near identical to Lost Ground.

Captain North
August 17th 2010



6784 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not even, it's way more standard punk with a less harsh vocalist. Maybe I need to give it another listen then.

Dryden
August 17th 2010



12928 Comments


maybe

Captain North
August 17th 2010



6784 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

are you following me?

fromtheinside
January 8th 2014



17911 Comments


looking back and listening now you were completely right north

dumb me



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