Tempest (Can)
Passages


4.0
excellent

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
May 29th, 2011 | 40 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: dictators free themselves, but they enslave the people.

As with any genre, even crust has gone to shit. I remember several years ago when I was first exposed to some ‘neo-crust’ bands, or modern, ‘dark’ crust to those who are unaware of the term, I was hugely fixated on how awesome a style of music it was. It didn’t take me long to find a horde of similar sounding bands (mostly from Spain) who put out albums that were fun for a little while but had the longevity of a matchstick. Of course, there are still some great bands, both dead and active. Fall of Efrafa are one of the better ones, being quite well-known for their unique post rock-y approach to crust. Tempest, out of Canada, only formed a couple of years ago, yet have sat me on my arse with their full-force and belligerent approach to the genre.

Passages is the group’s debut LP, following a 7” that came out in 2009. For a debut, it’s impressive – it takes the typical neo-crust template and filters in Bremen-styled hardcore to make an emotive and highly engaging piece of music. While this is not as ‘experimental’ as, say, Fall of Efrafa, songs like the eponymous track that closes the album hint towards the post-rock aesthetic that Fall of Efrafa have wholeheartedly embraced.

One of the most notable things about Passages is its cohesion – over its 25 or so minute length, the band throw out some immaculately constructed music, a collection of shorter songs all leading up to the lengthy closer. Tempest simply know how to put together an album. While this is a hardcore record, it encompasses a variety of moods all which are reflected in the tempo and pace of the accompanying music – despondency and bitterness, vitriolic rage and utter desperation are all here, making this the perfect LP for dark days when you’d rather sit alone in your room and listen to records.

Being a crust record, Passages obviously has some cool samples, though they are not overused– while occurring a couple of times throughout the record, the most notable sample is the one at the end of the last track, a sample that sits at the culmination of the record and encompasses all that it’s about. The ensuing riff, one which closes the album, burns the previously uttered words onto your mind. What I found most interesting is how uplifting the words of the sample were – I don’t know where it’s taken from (note to self: find out), but it’s a joyous and inspirational monologue, one which contrasts sharply to the darkness of the album before it.

If you enjoy hardcore music at all and are after something with a darker edge, Tempest will deliver the goods. I was disappointed with my anticipated crust album of 2010 in Downfall of Gaia’s Epos, but my discovery of Tempest has put my heart at ease. This is a record that you will play and then play and then play again. I haven’t stopped spinning it since I got it, and now that it’s winter here I think it will be revisited even more. Don’t sit on this – just get it.



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rasputin
May 29th 2011


14555 Comments


The record is sold out now, but the band have made it available digitally. You can listen to and download it here - http://forgediniron.ca/album/passages

taylormemer
May 29th 2011


4953 Comments


Crust?

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 29th 2011


31637 Comments


those who unaware of the term,


Who are unaware. Nice work as always

Digging: Theo Parrish - American Intelligence

alachlahol
May 29th 2011


7515 Comments


Being a crust record, Passages obviously has some cool samples


you've been listening to too much dystopia

rasputin
May 29th 2011


14555 Comments


Crust?


yes, it's a pretty well established style of hardcore punk, and even has its own derivative in 'neo-crust'

Who are unaware. Nice work as always


thanks mate

rasputin
May 29th 2011


14555 Comments


you've been listening to too much dystopia


you can never listen to too much dystopia ;)

you would enjoy this by the way, if you haven't heard it. i posted it on my blog a while ago after the band sent it to me.

alachlahol
May 29th 2011


7515 Comments


word i'll listen. got dystopia's self-titled on vinyl for $7 yesterday

rasputin
May 29th 2011


14555 Comments


nice find, i'd love to have their stuff on vinyl

i got all three of their full lengths on CD at the moment, will have to do some hounding i think when i get some money

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
May 30th 2011


16137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you can never listen to too much dystopia ;)


Absolutely. Great album and great review.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
May 30th 2011


16137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was thinking this was an EP for some reason.

rasputin
May 30th 2011


14555 Comments


it is a pretty short LP, but not shorter than a lot of hardcore records

they have some EPs coming out soon im pretty sure

Relinquished
May 30th 2011


26107 Comments


didn't expect you to like this as much as you did.


it's cool, but idk I should give it more listens

rasputin
May 30th 2011


14555 Comments


right album at the right time, i guess

probably the best thing submitted to S4D thus far, though there are a couple of new submissions which are pretty amazing that i've yet to post

Relinquished
May 30th 2011


26107 Comments


"probably the best thing submitted to S4D thus far"

: O

rasputin
May 30th 2011


14555 Comments


leucosis comes close though

Eskate87
May 30th 2011


959 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album kicks so much ass. nice rev.

ButcheredChildren
May 30th 2011


5590 Comments


It's about time this got some attention.

I added it with my alt. months ago!

Duderino
May 30th 2011


828 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the title track is so uplifting

Prometherion
May 30th 2011


208 Comments


Great album. The sample is from a Charlie Chaplin movie called The Great Dictator, I think.

liledman
May 30th 2011


3826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thought you had reviewed this a while ago... deja vu.

pretty sweet album.



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