Touche Amore
Parting The Sea Between Brightness And Me


5.0
classic

Review

by Chris Higgins USER (21 Reviews)
June 20th, 2011 | 14 replies | 5,420 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Parting that sea has taken some time, but it seems they've found what makes them one worth mentioning.

7 of 7 thought this review was well written

There is a moment in the track ‘The Great Repetition’ in which vocalist Jeremy Bolm shouts, “This is my final act/ So may I have your full attention/ And for my final trick/ I’ll make everyone who loves me disappear/ But I won’t know how to bring them back”. As the tempo slows down and the soft chords begin, you can sense the emotion brought forth by both the music and voice of Bolm. It’s that moment, that level of emotion that proved to me that Touche Amore has about as much heart as they do energy, and that’s exactly what is received in Parting the Sea Between Brightness And Me.

Separating themselves from the hardcore assembly line, Touche Amore veers away from friendship chants and tough guy one liners to present the listener with a softer, yet more chaotic hardcore experience found only if you dig deeper into the underground scene. Keeping things short and to the point, Parting the Sea features thirteen tracks, yet not one spanning over two and a half minutes keeping the length of the album to a short stop of just over 20 minutes. This works in the bands favor though, as the group gets what they need and want in their tracks without sweating over adding breakdowns or extra unnecessary material just to expand the length of their tracks.

Lyricism is key here, and whether or not the band is crafting a song based on pure energy and franticness, they still have the ability to convey truth through their lyrics. It’s tracks like ‘Pathfinder’ and ‘Wants/Needs’ that bring forth that chaotic sound that simply doesn’t let up. Whether you’re tapping your feet and fingers to the beat or bobbing your head back and forth without worrying about the all over rhythm, a majority of the album relies on that level of energy to keep you wondering how much they can actually bring forth in the following tracks. Having that ability to know when to be chaotic and when to be a little more heartfelt works so well here, as they can break away from that energy right into a track such as ‘Condolences’. The soft and simple piano rhythm sets a little more somber mood as Bolm shouts not so easy to forget lyrical lines in the background presenting what is one of the best softer tracks on the album.

It’s that change in sound while keeping the same style that shows how much talent this group actually has, as none of the songs feel out of place or random for sake of just having it there. Maybe this album is just me realizing what I’ve come to enjoy so much in my musical taste or me going through a very nice phase, I’ve found myself utterly attached to Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me. One of the more real and heart based hardcore albums I’ve ever heard, it took some time to find but it’s that real lyricism and frantic sound that continues to pull me in, and wish I could attack myself personally to more bands such as I have done with this.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
IAmKickass
June 20th 2011



840 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Trying to experiment with writing reviews for different styles, criticism is highly appreciated here.

pmmets07
June 20th 2011



5848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

i like the second paragraph. pretty cohesive review, maybe explain what it is that make it so
emotional.

i'm surprised you didn't mention ~ as that track rules. pretty good album but not as good as to the
beat

chesse13
June 20th 2011



2326 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cool review.. idk how i feel about the album though

brutebeard
June 20th 2011



1655 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

not sure if this is quality music

Wizard
June 20th 2011



19248 Comments


It isn't, kind of sucks actually. Good review though.

Digging: Nachtmystium - The World We Left Behind

dcha
June 20th 2011



990 Comments


Definitely not a 5. Much less a 4.

pmmets07
June 20th 2011



5848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

yeah i might bump down to 3.5

FilupLees
June 20th 2011



344 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah, my rating should show that I strongly disagree with the rating (I'm so edgy) but it was well written over all. Also, I'm not sure where in this band you see any chaos, but maybe I listen to too much Orchid.

Wizard
June 21st 2011



19248 Comments


I'm edgy as well because I dislike bad music.

dcha
June 21st 2011



990 Comments


Stupid lyrics just kill it for me.

Torii
June 24th 2011



805 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Excelent review. props.

Amends is one of the best endings ever tbh.

lolcatzwolfay
June 28th 2011



96 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album/band is fucking incredible.

Damus
July 19th 2011



392 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A lot of awkward wording here. Great album.

PedalToTheMetal
August 11th 2011



372 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

very boring listen



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