The Pax Cecilia
Blessed Are The Bonds


4.0
excellent

Review

by TheStig USER (6 Reviews)
December 8th, 2010 | 15 replies | 1,507 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A somber, desolate album that matches it's ambiance with great musicality.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Dark, desolate, dynamic, diverse… All of these words accurately describe the tone of Blessed are the Bonds by the Pax Cecilia. It’s atmospheric, and holds a certain dark beauty to it. Each song is ever changing, but never lets go of the mood that the entire album is based around. The album itself is a journey, progressing from orchestral buildup, to almost blackened post-rock, back to a beautifully done orchestral conclusion.

What I absolutely love about this album is that it does not rely on traditional instruments to create an incredibly heavy feel. Heavy can be misconstrued, here. Sure, there are the moments where it appears that each member of the band is playing their instrument with the devil’s ferocity, but the musical delivery on this album ranges greatly. It begins with somber, tortured clean singing accompanied by violin, cello, and piano. On the opening tracks of the album, the piano provides the tone, and does an absolutely phenomenal job.

This opening section of the album is where the heavy, heavy tone is really set. There are no screams, no distorted guitars, and little drum work. Instead, the classical instruments develop an atmosphere that comes across as pained and tortured, leaving you feeling like at any minute, hell could unleash. Rest assured, hell does in fact, unleash. Upon reaching the middle tracks, the listener is greeted with a scrambled mess of distorted guitars, drums being played by a madman, and some incredibly tortured screams and howls. What amazes me is that despite the drastic change of instrumentation, the atmosphere remains the same. You never lose the feeling that they are telling the same story.

Once the ferocity of the album tones back down, and a very smooth transition back into softer music takes place, the tone changes a bit. You can simply tell that the conclusion of their story is coming, and a bit of the desolation is lifted. It’s still very fitting, and still quite somber, but the music seems a bit relieved. There is no longer the yearning, the questioning in the music’s tone. It now seems to have come to a realization, and acceptance. It may be difficult to understand what I’m getting at here, comparing the music to an attitude. That’s because the music on this album seems to be a narration, and carry the weight of the story solely on the music’s shoulders. I recommend a listen, and not just a background listen. It’s a very good, if not great album. Sure, it can be a bit taxing to listen to because of the length, but it is well worth sitting through. If you really listen to the pain, the attitude changes and allow this album to take you on a musical journey, you will appreciate the album so much more.



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TheStig
December 8th 2010



253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This was a tough review to write, especially for my 2nd. Critiques are welcome.

coleba
December 8th 2010



788 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review. Album is a gem.

TheStig
December 8th 2010



253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The fact that it's free makes it better!

North0House
December 8th 2010



1764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah it was a good review.
I love this album.

Tyrael
December 8th 2010



20823 Comments


Heh, nice review. Lovely album.

NeutralThunder12
December 8th 2010



8742 Comments


I need this, exactly my type of screamo

HighandDriving
December 8th 2010



3288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Melissa, I fucked up!

TheStig
December 8th 2010



253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://www.paxcecilia.com/ Free download link

Phideaux
December 8th 2010



1654 Comments


This seems like something I'd like. Good review. No excuse not to listen, being free and all.

TheStig
December 8th 2010



253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That was my attitude going into it, Phideaux. It's definitely become on of my most played albums

Bitchfork
December 8th 2010



7584 Comments


This is pretty mediocre and I don't get the hype behind it at all. You have an error in the summary.

DrNeoCortex
December 10th 2010



12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I was just looking through some cds I had packed away for a while and came across this forgotten gem, weird seeing a review for it only a few minutes later haha.. Anyways I thought it was a good review, the atmosphere of this album is kind of hard to peg down exactly but you did a good job. This band is actually from my hometown (along with Psyopus), and gave this out for free. Wonderful packaging too.

TheStig
December 10th 2010



253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

DrNeo, that's awesome! I hope you promptly gave it a listen!! The atmosphere was definitely difficult to tackle, but I appreciatethe feedback!!

Hep Kat
December 10th 2010



15339 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i just listened to this in its entirety for the first time in i dont remember how long. i've always thought DFel summed it up well in his review when he said this is circle takes the square+maudlin of the well

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TheStig
December 10th 2010



253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Def agree Hep Kat



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