Cheers, Mate!
Owl


4.5
superb

Review

by Scott Wannan USER (9 Reviews)
January 4th, 2011 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: High pitched screaming, beautiful melodic screaming, piano, and just a touch of both spoken word and guttural screaming. What more could one ask for in a screamo album?

This is probably the best album you've never heard by a band you'll probably never see live. Coming out of Ukraine it's Cheers, Mate! with their debut ep called the Owl EP. It is filled to overflowing with conflicting moments happening at the same time. Throughout this all too short album there is beauty is jammed up against ugliness and total devastation rubbing shoulders with moments of epic beauty.

This is most definitely screamo music. The emotional style of the clean singing and the piano add heaping doses of emotion to what would normally be just hardcore or perhaps post-hardcore rage. The constant shifting between beauty and aggression, not to mention when they manage to coexist, turns the sheer aggression hardcore punk is known for on its head allowing for much more textured music. If you don't like multiple vocalists with multiple styles both clean and not turn away now. If you like heavy guitars that quickly transform into melodic moments then this is probably for you.

Throughout this whole album the singers are constantly trading off. It's hard to understand without hearing it how powerful it is to go from a beautiful clean melody straight into a tortured scream on a dime. The only thing more powerful is when the one vocalist echoes the other. As often as the screamer is howling alone a lot of the time the screaming is relegated to backing vocals stretching out what the clean singer started.
The Intro starts off with a drum counting off four beats and we're off to the races. The guitars are already at full blast riffing away and in the background you can hear a piano tinkling. The screaming comes in towards the end and is aggressive and noisy but it never becomes unintelligible.

The first song, And Nobody Wants To Stop has two breakdowns in it, surprise surprise. The interesting thing is that the second breakdown is lead back up by the piano and some clean singing. The Devil Drives Lada will surprise you because there is actually a catchy melody in the clean singing. That melody is only accented when the scream takes over and the piano drops out. There is just enough repetition to almost make it stick in your head but not so that it becomes overplayed.

Your Eyes Turn To Widescreen is the fourth song and the most straight up screamo song on here. Right out of the gate there is a raging riff and a high pitch scream going at full tilt. The piano doesn't make an appearance until after the first breakdown at which point it replaces the guitar and a spoken voice comes in with just a tinge of aggression. The piano vanishes as quickly as it came and doesn't show up again till halfway through when everything goes completely chaotic. The instruments take over and wreak havoc.
The middle of this fourth song is the most interesting part on an album full of fascinating riffs and sections. The guitars rage along like they usually do until out of nowhere comes a piano. Instead of creating a melody and forcing a progression the piano bangs out unresolved chords that sound awkward yet completely awesome. Everything calms down suddenly and the clean voice emerges leading the melody with the screaming in the background eventually taking over.

The guitar usually stays in over-driven thrashy mode and the riffs are always tasty and constantly changing with more than their fair share of melody. The use of piano helps with shoving melody into places where there would normally only be brutality. The use of multiple singing styles really helps to make this music unique. There is melodious clean singing, just a little bit of speaking and both high pitched and guttural screams.

There are few hooks on this album so there aren't really any bits that get stuck in your head. Instead of walking away with bits of these songs stuck in my head I walk away astounded at the brutality and emotional content of this music. This is music coming straight from the musicians hearts aimed straight at your guts.



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BallsToTheWall
January 4th 2011


44644 Comments


Any record with an owl on the cover immediately earns a 5.

Digging: Mare Cognitum - Phobos Monolith

ffs
January 4th 2011


4880 Comments


good band name

KILL
January 4th 2011


71965 Comments


haha was just thinking that sonic only rush can pull off having an owl on their cover

deftones tried to do it and look what happened, the album sucked

Digging: Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out

KILL
January 4th 2011


71965 Comments


LOTR

Irving
Staff Reviewer
January 4th 2011


7312 Comments


Review is definitely decently written, but it comes across as being a bit too conversational. Further to that (and more importantly, I feel), try to avoid detailing each and every step of the music - aim for the feel of the piece instead, as opposed to its rudimentary form and structure.

Still, good effort. Have a pos.

Hep Kat
January 4th 2011


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

not bad. definitely nowhere near a 4.5 though

KILL
January 4th 2011


71965 Comments


away from here

BigHans
January 4th 2011


26454 Comments


Change my life againnnnnnnnn

KILL
January 4th 2011


71965 Comments


4 it bro

KILL
January 4th 2011


71965 Comments


come on dude think of the work the guys put into it neil just joined and he just took it to a whole new level come on it has BY TOR

KILL
January 4th 2011


71965 Comments


sweet

i just realised we kinda ruined this guys review page damn

KILL
January 4th 2011


71965 Comments


i can see him liking s/t

HomicidalOrange
January 4th 2011


6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

well I was not expecting this thread to appear here at all

Acanthus
January 4th 2011


9543 Comments


Pos'd - review made me curious so I'll have to give this a listen, any idea where I could find it?

Disregard that, lastfm came through

Digging: The Knife - Deep Cuts

DestroyHim
January 4th 2011


173 Comments


people say 'cheers, mate' in ukraine? i see.

CrimsonChin
January 4th 2011


116 Comments


sorry if it double posts but it gave me an error. Care to share a link where i can listen to these guys? i can't find a myspace or anything similar.

pmmets07
January 4th 2011


5900 Comments


giving this a listen tonight

pmmets07
January 4th 2011


5900 Comments


good skramz but nothing special. good review though



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