Maximillian Colby
Discography


4.5
superb

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
September 30th, 2010 | 55 replies | 9,175 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Super-duper elite.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

With recent new releases from bands such as Envy and Sed Non Satiata this year, it makes me want to travel back into their ancestry a little, pay some homage to the originators. Perhaps nowhere is this attention more due than to Maximillian Colby. Hailing from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, Maximillian Colby are perhaps the most exquisite snapshot of emocore, if you will, in the early years of the decade. On a trip into the back-catalog of emo greats, the kids who started it all, you’re going to meet Heroin, Antioch Arrow, Honeywell, and much more - the fucking insane pioneers that went out on a limb. MaxCo find themselves deeply embedded into this group, based on influence and sound. What separates their 16-song discography though, is that it holds up so well against the heavy hand of time, refusing to be crushed. While the rawness of their peers might sound a little stale, or perhaps that fact that other pioneers feel stale now, due to so many of their children copying their style, MaxCo’s Discography is undeniably fresh. I suspect I have found the preservative that keeps this unrelenting record chugging so smoothly like a well-oiled steam engine, even after so many years on the track- simple creativity, and unchecked passion. Coupled together and executed in near-flawless fashion, MaxCo have crafted what shaped some of yours and my favorite records of all-time.

This isn’t just another fucking punk band. That becomes clear as a Windex-ed window with the onset of “New Jello.” MaxCo have placed a Steve Reich sample to begin their hardcore record... pair this with the fact that it begins the record so eloquently... mind... blown. These guys were incorporating post-rock cliches before they became so trite. While we’re dealing with the more strange aspects of Discography, the silence deserves some sort of award, because the composition of MaxCo’s songs are, for the most part, pretty fucking genius. I like to compare the composition to Spiderland, oddly enough. Slint’s slinking, harrowing guitar lines that take you from Point A to Point B so mesmerizingly are reminiscent of MaxCo, but try to imagine a more dynamic structure. There’s crescendos, sure, but it’s particularly impressive how the peaks rarely mark an end to the song, instead the composition is used as a tool to properly bolster the music, instead of just a vehicle to transport listeners from A to B, as indicated by the dynamism so evident in “Sifelaver.”

Still, it’s hard to separate Maximillian Colby entirely from the hardcore aesthetic they’re so deeply rooted in. Most of the songs sound like they were recorded in a crowded basement, you can almost see the cinder block walls and claustrophobic drums in the corner with the fervent, unintelligible cries on “Bluestone.” Even though the group never meant for Discography to be distributed as a comprehensive 16 songs, the catharsis and energy of the compilation grants a definite cohesiveness. Furious yelling and driving, guttural guitars? Yes please. Abrasive and unforgiving, this isn’t a release for timid ears.

Even the most untrained listeners, however, would be hard-pressed not to see the brilliance of singular moments that inhabit Discography. Often, the start-stop method is used perfectly, and to an extreme measure. Post-rock passages are abundant on the record, and they’re utilized well to create this gunshot effect, the screeching screams breaking out of the lulling mellifluous melodies. Maximillian Colby not only predates bands like A Day In Black And White, City of Caterpillar, Circle Takes the Square, and Envy; but for 16 songs they prove that they can outplay them, too.



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SeaAnemone
September 30th 2010



19748 Comments


wanted to write something little for this forever, finally found a free afternoon to do it : )

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

Enotron
September 30th 2010



7695 Comments


guess i'll have to try this again

cvlts
September 30th 2010



8954 Comments


i really want to check this out but i have a feeling that it'll be too hard to get into. =[[

good review though!

SeaAnemone
September 30th 2010



19748 Comments


I don't think it's that hard to get into I could be wrong though... I think if you like CoC, A Day in Black and White kinda post-rocky screamo you could like this quickly.

You didn't like it, Eno?

Enotron
September 30th 2010



7695 Comments


the first couple of songs I heard had no vocals and like idk the riff didn't change up much. didn't check it out from there

SeaAnemone
September 30th 2010



19748 Comments


ehh ok, well listen again if you feel so inclined : )

Romulus
September 30th 2010



8412 Comments


i will definitely check this out

Enotron
September 30th 2010



7695 Comments


also it's super-duper

SeaAnemone
September 30th 2010



19748 Comments


cool, thanks : ) not sure if you'll like it to be honest, but keep it around... maybe you'll like it eventually!

EDIT: thanks Eno, I wasn't sure!

Romulus
September 30th 2010



8412 Comments


oh wait seriously cause based on the rec by reviewer/members also liked it looks tantalizing

bungy
September 30th 2010



8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

never heard this gave it a 2.5 just to be safe

NeutralThunder12
September 30th 2010



8742 Comments


incredibly well written per usual, read the whole thing. But would it kill ya to a review an album that people have actually heard of?

jk, pos with every fiber of my being

bailar14
September 30th 2010



1603 Comments


dis one was prerry coor idk bout 4.5 but its teh emo so mehbe

bungy
September 30th 2010



8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

had to look up "mellifluous"

SeaAnemone
September 30th 2010



19748 Comments


lol bungy if I give you a carrot will you raise your rating?

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
October 1st 2010



17920 Comments


lol MaxCo

couldwinarabbit
October 1st 2010



6996 Comments


yah new music to get

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
October 1st 2010



3762 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've got the split with Shotmaker, but not this. Had always meant to get round to it. Guess right about now is about good.

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

SeaAnemone
October 1st 2010



19748 Comments


shutup chan yeah good ideas other guys

TheyTookOurJobs
October 1st 2010



1318 Comments


Hey this is on my itunes! I should listen to it haha



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