Plebeian Grandstand
How Hate is Hard to Define


4.0
excellent

Review

by Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration USER (56 Reviews)
January 1st, 2011 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: They shred and they go "raaaaaahh." They also do it rather well.

French hardcore act Plebeian Grandstand knows that Nice Days Are Weak, and this knowledge is referenced by the sound presented on their debut full-length. A band that enjoys nice days wouldn't ever make music this insane or this chaotic. Because Plebeian Grandstand knows that the only thing weaker than nice days is melody. Simply put, melody is something these boys don't do. They would very much prefer to beat you senseless with a nonstop barrage of Converge-esque shrieks, frenetic drums, and unrelenting, highly technical, mathy guitars. There are a couple of short, ambient instrumental breaks (the opener and Pie in the Sky), but after each of these songs the band quickly transitions from Orb Ab Chao (order to chaos) and do not let up on you again.

Their sound is intense, and it may be Easy To Hate at first, but you'll soon find that it's Hard to Define exactly why you hate them. With enough listens, you'll discover all of the subtleties and nuances hidden beneath the constant aural assault of riffs and dissonance, and you'll wonder how you ever disliked these guys. The album is like the end of the world in its frantic intensity, and while maybe you Don't Expect Much From World's End at first, it will soon become like a drug. You'll keep coming back for more, and while this strange addiction may be as baffling as a Pie In the Sky, you're not complaining. After a while you'll begin to pick out some subtle black metal influences in the vocals and the riffs, setting the album even farther apart from its peers.

You might even be enthralled enough to try and introduce your uninitiated bro to this, but don't expect much. If you, a bro who is already relatively acclimated to chaotic hardcore, had trouble "getting" this, then what do you expect your bro, who is more likely than not a hardcore newbie, to think of this? In the end it doesn't matter what he thinks, because this is something that not many will appreciate. As Plebeian Grandstand themselves so wisely put it, Mein Kopf Ist Meine Heimat (my head is home), and this crap had better stay in your head(phones), for if it leaves its true home, it may harm someone. People can only take so many unintelligable vocal lines and melodically challenged shred riffs before something bad happens, and you must remember this at all times.

Even for you, this will be a difficult album, and you have to be in the right mood to experience it to its fullest. You don't have to be angry to get this: you have to be damn pissed. Because this is really pissed music, so the question remains: Are You Angry, or Are You Boring?. Boring people will never understand this band: angry people will, even if it takes a while. They will understand that these dudes are some of the most technically proficient in the genre, and that they are also great songwriters. Yeah, you heard me right: even if this music sounds like random dissonant riffs and raaaaahhs thrown together on first listen, after some acclimation you will be amazed at how they manage to pull off an 8+ minute song (the closing track(s)) of random dissonant riffs and raaaaahhs that doesn't ever get old throughout its whole duration. This band has major skill, and we can only begin to imagine where they'll be in the future.



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wyankeif1337
January 1st 2011


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

happy new year, sputbros

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 1st 2011


6282 Comments


happy new year man

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Tyrael
January 1st 2011


20946 Comments


Strange summary...

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Athom
Staff Reviewer
January 1st 2011


17225 Comments


i have an album by these guys that i cant remember the name of but it was great. it was a lot like converge.

Ire
January 1st 2011


41822 Comments


lol awesome

sniper
August 9th 2011


19080 Comments


new split w/ bone dance and divider is up for free d/l on bandcamp.

it rules.

botb
November 6th 2011


9757 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this shit is insane

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ffs
November 9th 2011


4883 Comments


this owns

chesse13
April 29th 2012


4228 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

pretty much

Digging: -

Recspecs
May 7th 2012


9830 Comments


Awesome album art, will check this out.

eternium
May 7th 2012


16338 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album needs to be more known.

Emim
May 17th 2012


26666 Comments


I prefer Vulture's Riot

chesse13
June 17th 2012


4228 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the singer on this reminds me of the guy from loma priets at some points.

chesse13
June 17th 2012


4228 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

silantptato pls

chesse13
June 17th 2012


4228 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

okay calm down now. no reason to have a conniption on me

chesse13
June 17th 2012


4228 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

you're going to bring down the rating! don't you dare

chesse13
June 17th 2012


4228 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah same here

Evreaia
July 11th 2012


4047 Comments


Damn shit rules so hard, been listening to this and The Prestige, driving to work has never been so good.

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foxblood
November 10th 2012


6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah goes hard

Slut
March 5th 2014


2476 Comments


jamming their new album now



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