This Will Destroy You
Moving on the Edges of Things


2.0
poor

Review

by David Driver USER (82 Reviews)
August 15th, 2010 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This Will Bore You.

Although I can easily acknowledge that they are nothing unique, I’d like to think of myself as a sizeable This Will Destroy You fan, as I consider their self-titled full-length and their Young Mountain EP to be among some of my favourite albums. Therefore, you can probably understand my disappointment when I found out that the band is completely switching gears for their upcoming sophomore release by changing their sound considerably; Moving On The Edges Of Things is a two-track single that shows what people can expect from their full-length later this year, and quite frankly, any previous fans of the band are bound to be let down.

Anyone familiar with This Will Destroy You knows that the band previously played post-rock with a lot of electronic and ambient elements thrown into the mix. Moving On The Edges Of Things, however, shows the band completely stripping their sound down to just pure ambiance: gone are the melodic guitar leads and the pounding drums and soft swells into crashing climaxes, and in its place is…well, nothing. “Rituals” features soft guitar swells and static for three-and-a-half minutes before quiet drums uneventfully usher in more layers of guitar swells and static. Four minutes later, the drums get more aggressive over the noise before another minute of ambient noise rounds out the nine minute track. “Woven Tears”, the second track of the single, is a little more interesting, but not by much. Drums are present through-out, and there’s a colder, mechanical feel, but it’s still just mostly comprised of swells and electronic hums. And, really, that’s about as exciting as it gets.

Quite frankly, listening to Moving On The Edges Of Things is like sitting down at your kitchen table only to have a plate filled with ketchup and mustard set in front of you: it just leaves you just feeling helplessly baffled and wondering when the real food is going to come. While I can see the qualities in listening to ambient music (the textures, the timbre, the atmospheric qualities, the mood), it’s just feels incredibly underwhelming coming from a band that has done so much more interesting things in the past. While I will give these songs credit, because they aren’t really bad or poorly composed, I just feel that this band could be doing so much more. This might spark some intrigue for those with a proclivity towards ambient music, but for fans of the band, I guess it’s time to come to terms with the fact that the band we know is completely dead.



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Beauville88
August 15th 2010


226 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I even use Young Mountain for my avatar!

Oh well...it was good while it lasted. I'll still check out their upcoming disc, but my expectations are in the gutter.

EasternLight
August 15th 2010


2704 Comments


that sucks, ym is great.

crazyblinddude
August 15th 2010


3389 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Great review. I was wondering when someone would get to writing one for this, so good thing I added it. Album is sadly disappointing though.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
August 16th 2010


15743 Comments


its kind of like post rock bands shouldve all quit after Hymn to the Immortal Wind and Other Truths. Its like Mono and DMST were just like /post rock

cvlts
August 16th 2010


8987 Comments


I love you, David Driver.

Grammar biff in the first paragraph. See if you can find it ;-)

Skimaskcheck
August 16th 2010


2362 Comments


i forgot about this
kinda glad i did i guess judging by the review..!? which is real good by the by! i like the dinner table simile haha

shame, Young Mountain is still great despite the dislike it garners these days

Beauville88
August 17th 2010


226 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Grammar biff in the first paragraph. See if you can find it ;-)


Oh, how I long for the day when Microsoft Word will have the ability to tell you "No, you meant this, you dumb idiot." Thanks for the heads up.

And I love you all. Thanks for the kind words!


qwe3
August 25th 2010


21368 Comments


young mountain was alright, pretty boring. the world is our ____ is soooooo good

balcaen
September 24th 2010


3183 Comments


lovely review. i'm glad someone's looking out for the hearts of this will destroy you fans. i think i'll skip out on this, thanks.

Realm
September 24th 2010


2074 Comments


its kind of like post rock bands shouldve all quit after Hymn to the Immortal Wind


overrated post rock

craigy2
September 30th 2010


551 Comments


i saw them last night and what they played from young mountain and the s/t was brilliant;the other tracks (which i assume were from this and the next album)...eh, not so brilliant. still a great show though

North0House
October 7th 2010


1764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Dang man, I love these guys. I'll have to listen to their new stuff and see how it goes... Man, that bums me out. "The World Is Our _____" is a freaking incredible song, I'd hate to see that go.

North0House
October 7th 2010


1764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, I kinda agree with Realm.
Post-rock is starting to become overdone... It's like, every band sounds the same, or at least they're all starting to. I bought the new Red Sparowes album a few weeks ago, and honestly, I was disappointed. It sounds just like every other post-rock song out there.

North0House
October 27th 2010


1764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Dude, I'm listening to some of their new stuff. I'm loving it. It's a perfect mix between ambient and post-rock. Their Celebrations is definitely amazing.

North0House
November 1st 2010


1764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

But then again Your Celebrations is going to be on their new album... Not this little EP.



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