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Head in the Clouds


4.0
excellent

Review

by Adam Thomas STAFF
May 9th, 2011 | 98 replies | 16,338 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "We all need to stop looking up and look in to find who we are"

As someone who spends a disgustingly large part of my life involved with music in some way or another, it pains me to say this but it's true, it gets harder and harder to not end up becoming yet another jaded asshole that fails to be impressed by anything and claims to have heard everything. While I'll admit that sometimes “that guy” peaks his head out, much to my detriment, thankfully whenever he does an album or band comes along that puts him back in his place and reminds me why I spend so much time immersed in music in the first place. Brother Bear is one of those bands.

Hailing from the Bay area suburb of Santa Rosa, California, Brother Bear's combination of traditional screamo and modern post-hardcore is absolutely beautiful. Their debut EP Head in the Clouds comes off as a cross between Moving Mountain's post-rock tinged serenity and Pianos Become the Teeth's minimalistic catharsis. It waxes and wanes between elegant delay driven passages and the raw intensity that lies in their hardcore heart. Each track builds and builds, waiting ever so patiently for the perfect moment to burst free from its restraints, and when it does the results are nothing short of spectacular. At its peak it is as if every word screamed from vocalist Johnny Andrews is a plea for absolution, and every note plucked, strummed, or hit resounds to match the fury of his performance. Further enhancing the soft-loud dynamics displayed on Head in the Coulds is Brother Bear's superb use of audio samples that act as interludes throughout the EP's twenty minute run time as they quickly and rather poignantly, ala Shai Hulud, set the mood for things to come.

For a band that only formed in 2010, Brother Bear are already off to one incredible start. It's rare for most bands to create a work as fully realized and executed as Head in the Clouds over the course of their careers, and here Brother Bear have done just that on their first try. If this is only a glimpse of things to come, Brother Bear could soon be house hold names in the emotional hardcore world.



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Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2011



17189 Comments


Head In The Clouds can be downloaded for free at http://brotherbearca.bandcamp.com/

SeaAnemone
May 9th 2011



19674 Comments


missed a possessive apostrophe in the third-to-last line of the second paragraph,
but see, this turned out nicely!

and yeah, this makes me want to give this another try, as well as finally check ut Shai Halud

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

Tyrael
May 9th 2011



20697 Comments


I wish the album was as good as this review... Alas!

cvlts
May 9th 2011



8954 Comments


saw this on a couple blogs but never bothered. might check out.

Ire
May 9th 2011



41744 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

this ruuules. thanks for showing me this adam.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
May 9th 2011



7955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Dreamcatcher is my favorite song of the year

Ire
May 9th 2011



41744 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

tigerlily is huge. typical screamo + trem picking yet it's just fucking fantastic

Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2011



17189 Comments


it all comes together so well


Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2011



17189 Comments


oh an eric, listen to That Within Hearts Ill Tempered ASAP

KeithStone582
May 9th 2011



1480 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

free.......FUCK YEAH!!!

ohfoxxxycole
May 9th 2011



4350 Comments


i listened

Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2011



17189 Comments


and?

Ire
May 9th 2011



41744 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

swag

ohfoxxxycole
May 9th 2011



4350 Comments


a damn fine listen

acorncheese
May 9th 2011



7119 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

swag

Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2011



17189 Comments


hell yeah

Kris.
May 9th 2011



12108 Comments


so fucking ridiculously awesome
dreamcatcher is amazing

Ire
May 9th 2011



41744 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

welcome aboard kris

Kris.
May 9th 2011



12108 Comments


cept ive probably had this for like 2 months longer than you suck it faggot

acorncheese
May 9th 2011



7119 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thank u ire for introducing me to this



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