Rodan
Rusty


4.5
superb

Review

by C.F. USER (19 Reviews)
December 22nd, 2010 | 18 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Imagine a village.

Nothing too big, just a village, an old one if you please, positioned between two giant mountains. Along that mountain is an equally formidable river. As you wander through this village, you see the inner workings; the baker baking, the farmer farming, the apothecary… apothecarying. The weather is fair and everyone seems to be happy. However, there is something ominous in the air. Something that is unspoken but known and there is a problem that is swept under the rug. Despite this the baker keeps baking and so on. Zoom out a bit and you will see a dam. One that is big enough to hold back the raging river that I mentioned before. It is old, there are many cracks and it looks like it’s about to spill over any minute now. However, no one speaks of this. As the sun sets, so does the daily activity. Just about everyone in this small village is about to lay their head on their pillow and dream the day away. You wonder if that dam could be the source of this ominous feeling and before you can finish that thought it shatters open, letting the raging waters rush in. Panic ensues as this proves to be a gigantic catastrophe on par with the volcano eruption of Pompeii, only in the form of water. This leaves the village in ruins. Everything is totally desecrated. The only thing left is the frame of a few houses and the water, still knee high, mixed with the blood of the people of this village.

If you just imagined that like I did, than you already have a pretty good idea of how Math Rock outfit, Rodan’s 1994 effort Rusty sets itself up with its first two songs: the calm, layered guitars meandering about in “Bible Silver Corner” leading into the harsh instensity of “Shiner”. This example of their extreme dynamics only foreshadows what’s to come for the rest of the album.

Now, dynamics are not an easy thing to pull off. Too often in the indie world they are haphazardly used as desperate attempts to catch the listener’s attention and come off as a cluster*** of lazy song writing. Rodan seem to have perfected this art. This album can lull you to sleep and give you a smack in the face hard enough to knock a few teeth out. It can bring you into a field of rolling hills and then before you know it throw you in an iron maiden. It can do these things all within the same few minutes and pull it off as if each tempo change and each scream out of left field was placed there with the precision of a surgeon. Each time signature seamlessly leaps right into the other no matter how odd while still being tidy enough to bop your head to. Rusty is not a boxer mindlessly flailing his arms around hoping he hits his opponent. Rusty is controlled chaos when it needs to be and beautiful when it needs to be.

Rusty shows that Rodan are not a bunch of angsty kids picking up some instruments. They are technicians, carefully crafting moments of beauty and moments of terror to beautifully juxtapose each other in an unbelievably compelling way. It does not take long to realize this either. On your first listen, your attention will be held and guided through every hairpin turn and every beating that this band chooses to bestow on you. And you will like it. Rodan will make sure of that.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
WeepingBanana
December 22nd 2010


10204 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

been digging this so much lately

DoubtGin
December 23rd 2010


6752 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I remember this band sounding like Slint (it was probably just the song I listened to), will check this out soon

good review, pos'd

gaslightanthem
December 23rd 2010


5209 Comments


yeah this is really good, wouldn't say this sounds like Slint but there are similarities between the two

WeepingBanana
December 23rd 2010


10204 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is definitely better than slint.

patroneyes
February 7th 2011


1919 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yayayaya this is so good

JJ1207
May 3rd 2011


5 Comments


Love the second song (shiner I think). just made of raw energy which is displayed throughout all the instruments and vocals. Great album

PGST3
August 26th 2011


53 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I will be there, I swear.

16awal
October 2nd 2012


24 Comments


This is some pretty great stuff. Shiner is a great standout, but the whole album is pretty amazing.

WeepingBanana
October 2nd 2012


10204 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i retract my statement about this being better than slint. still amazing though

YankeeDudel
March 18th 2013


9313 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ha yeaaaaaaaaaaa

Digging: Ceephax - Cro Magnox

WeepingBanana
March 18th 2013


10204 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn i hate rereading my older reviews

YankeeDudel
March 18th 2013


9313 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nobody reads reviews dont worry bout it

WeepingBanana
March 18th 2013


10204 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yankee you'd love this. check out everything that came out of the louisville post-rock scene in the 90s. it literally all rules so much face

YankeeDudel
March 18th 2013


9313 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ive heard this. just havent rated. listening again now though and yea its tasty

WeepingBanana
March 18th 2013


10204 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i'm gonna make a list about all the amazing bands that came out of louisville soon methinks

chesse13
August 28th 2014


4172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

So far I like this

Digging: -

WeepingBanana
August 28th 2014


10204 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

just lowered my rating for this. the every day world of bodies is fuckin epic though

chesse13
August 28th 2014


4172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

too much slint worship. i do like how it has more of a hardcore flare to it



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