Lye By Mistake
Fea Jur


4.0
excellent

Review

by YetAnotherBrick USER (28 Reviews)
April 20th, 2011 | 14 replies | 5,811 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A unique, delightfully indulgent instrumental outing from prog-jazz-metallers Lye By Mistake. You will definitely stay entertained.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Instrumental albums are quite the multi-edged sword. In a sense, they shut the door on music that uses vocals, but at the same time, open many, many others. What I mean by this is, music can be a pretty emotional thing, right? I mean, is it not the primary reason why so many people enjoy music? And it’s pretty tough to deny that the reason why many people get an emotional response out of music is because the vocalist of whatever band they’re listening to is singing about something they can feel and relate to. This is the door that instrumental music closes. But, even when instrumental music can’t evoke emotions with words, it still can be just as creative and forward-thinking as any music with vocals, if not more so, considering instrumental musicians are forced to evoke emotions with wordless sounds. These are the doors that instrumental music opens. And these doors unveil a whole new realm of musical possibilities and emotion-evoking methods that music with vocals does not, and cannot share. And if something is made out of these possibilities, and the multi-edged sword is sharpened just right, instrumental music can be a very beautiful thing.

The progressive/metal/jazz fusion outfit Lye By Mistake have given us an excellent example of creative, forward-thinking instrumental music with their second outing, Fea Jur, even though if it’s emotion-evoking or not is debatable. But back to the “multi-edged sword” idea, instrumental music doesn’t necessarily have to rip your tear ducts apart with gorgeous piano crescendos, or get you punching holes in your walls to crushing riffs and soaring solos. Sometimes, the music can just sound cool. And this album definitely generates some pretty entertaining sounds.

And these sounds, from a technical standpoint, are astounding. The musicianship of this band is absolutely incredible. Most of these songs’ structures are dominated by virtuosic guitar solos and solo/riff harmonies, perplexingly intricate bass grooves, and/or meticulous drum beats. At times, these frequent displays of superb musical ability can get a tad tiresome, but those instances don’t come close to overshadowing how entertaining they are the vast majority of the time.

Along with how entertaining the solos, riffs, and patterns are, another aspect that saves Fea Jur from being thoughtless, and substance-less, is that the songs are actually quite comprehensibly structured. Even with all the shredding, sweeping, and soloing in between, main riffs and melodies are repeated to hold the songs together and keep them coherent. For example, “Invincible Badass” has a heavy, underlying main riff that repeats throughout the song alongside its many variations on higher melodies. The album’s opener, “Big Red Button,” also has a riff that’s repeated periodically throughout the song to give it some more substance. And while I’m talking about this song, it would be a crime not to mention this song’s awesomely eerie intro. It’s definitely one of the highlights of the album.

It would also be a crime not to mention “Missouri Tomater,” the far-too-short acoustic number. It’s amazing, the guitarist is shredding these beautiful and intricate chord patterns as if he was still playing on an electric. And even though this track is completely different from anything else on this album, it still slides in perfectly in the track list, right before the epic 11-minute closer, “Money Eating Mary (Karaoke Remix).”

But even with all this entertaining wankery and intelligible structuring I’ve been rambling about, the best thing about Fea Jur is probably just how damn unique it is. All of the solos, heavy, metal-esque riffs, jazzy breakdowns, and weird electronic noises come together to form a sound I’ve never really quite heard before. And it’s a sound that only stops being entertaining when the particular passage that creates it gets a bit stale, which again, is not very often.

Fea Jur is perplexing, sometimes exhausting, but most often, entertaining. It’s a very unique album, and although a few of the solos and other kinds of musical passages it possesses could be shortened a bit or cut completely, it still successfully opens the doors of music’s possibilities a bit wider. I declare this one another victory for the multi-edged sword of instrumental music.

Recommend tracks:
Big Red Button
Invincible Badass
The Condition
Missouri Tomater



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YetAnotherBrick
April 20th 2011



4391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not my best work, I guess, but I get my point across.

ev0ken
April 21st 2011



586 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn, i was just thinking about this band a few days ago and how i need to listen this album.

Essence
April 21st 2011



3578 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

disagree so hard

halloway
April 21st 2011



684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

'Bout time somebody did this justice.

asaf
April 21st 2011



885 Comments


damn.. a 1.5 upstairs?? I got a copy of the first one and it was awesome. I'll get on this. I knew about it but have neglected to follow up when I couldn't find it anywhere.

YetAnotherBrick
April 21st 2011



4391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I actually got it at Hot Topic on clearance for like, a little less than 5 bucks. And it wasn't even used lol

MutnikSpusic
April 21st 2011



560 Comments


YES!

asaf
April 21st 2011



885 Comments


sometimes it happens like this. I don't think a hot topic exists in NYC. even if it does, fuck malls.

Essence
April 23rd 2011



3578 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

seriously why do people think this is good

40 minutes of boring dweliwdkwldjflwiegwldgkjdlkajaltkjdtlkajglaijgwlgdwjadkladjlgiiJAZZZZksdjalsdgjadlgkajdalkdfjadlfkjDLJSWEEP

YetAnotherBrick
April 24th 2011



4391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Some people find all that sfjasdlhfksdhflsdfdsf entertaining, man.

savagecabbage
May 9th 2011



2105 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is unique and friggin awesome.

Essence
May 9th 2011



3578 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

no its not no its not no its not

theat001
December 2nd 2011



86 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sometimes a bit too overindulgent with technical/jazz/math metal that seems to go nowhere at points, but for the most part a really interesting listen to me, with jazz and prog thrown in at seems like random moments, but those moments justify anything bad that can be said. Clearly these guys have talent, and I think the only incantation the band can take at this point is instrumental.

Calc
January 4th 2014



11989 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This sounds pre fuking crazy...

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