Touche Amore
...To the Beat of a Dead Horse


4.5
superb

Review

by Neal Zetek USER (6 Reviews)
July 23rd, 2011 | 69 replies | 5,876 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An astonishing hardcore debut out of California.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

...To The Beat Of A Dead horse is a relentless experience from start to finish. The introductory squeal of feedback drags the listener into the most harrowing listen that 2009 has to offer. Delivered in short bursts, Californian five-piece Touche Amore seamlessly integrates screamo and hardcore instrumentation as a backdrop to Jeremy Bolm's gut-wrenching vocals. Bolm sounds desperate to get each sentence off of his chest as he pleadingly screams across the dramatic landscape painted by the brooding guitar lines and precision percussion of Jeremy Zsupnik. The drumming on this album is immaculate, every fill is dynamically pummeled into each track flawlessly. Especially in the rolling tom fills of Honest Sleep and every aspect of the percussion in Broken Records.

The production on ...To The Beat serves each dynamic in Touche Amore fittingly. The lows in the bass guitar and bass drum are dense under the shrill echo of Bolm's screaming in a room. The melodic guitars play off of each other, woven into each track. This is some of my favorite production on any album, the denseness of it all. The way the percussion reverberates behind the dramatic riffing of the guitars.

The transitioning of each song is well executed albeit some of these songs took some time to grow on me. The repeated, "I'm losing sleep, I'm losing friends, I've got a love hate love with the city I'm in..." lines closing Honest Sleep into the immediacy of Cadence. The way Throwing Copper boils down into a rest afterwards. The pounding exit of Suckerfish into the drum roll of Broken Records. The brutal plodding of Always Running, Never Looking Back before Adieux closes the album with gorgeously tragic guitar lines.

It also can't go without mentioning what this album has to offer lyrically. With gems such as, "I'll go to Morrissey to answer my questions because Ian Curtis has left me hanging.". The catharsis in the refrain of, "I am marching to the beat of a dead horse.". And the dramatic final sentence of Adieux, "I was not born with a strong voice, it's never been one to boom. But I'll be damned to go out quiet, if it's the only thing I'll lose.". At many points on this album I was left with the hairs on my arms standing up.

If for some reason you haven't given this nearly flawless debut a listen, do yourself a favor and do so immediately. This LP gave us every reason to hold very high expectations of it's follow-up and evidently, Touche Amore show no signs of fatigue in their sophomore effort Parting The Sea Between Brightness And Me here in 2011.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
YetAnotherBrick
July 23rd 2011



4399 Comments


"...painted by the brooding guitar lines and precision percussion"

I think you probably meant "precise" there, rather than "precision."

Good review, and awesome album.

FilupLees
July 23rd 2011



344 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This review has inspired me....

To finish my negative review.

Seriously though, at least 75% of what I listen to is hardcore or screamo and when I listen to this it feels like neither of them is done well at all.

The review was well written though.

sniper
July 23rd 2011



19000 Comments


this is neither hardcore nor screamo, but it is good.

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Kris.
July 23rd 2011



12152 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

its both


Pyosisified
July 23rd 2011



2450 Comments


band is decent, definitely not a 5 though

Motiv3
July 23rd 2011



8920 Comments


no way in hell is this a 5. Good review though.

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qwe3
July 23rd 2011



21353 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ya lol

Pyosisified
July 23rd 2011



2450 Comments




pmmets07
July 23rd 2011



5848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. This is how a review should be imo. It's short but gets across all the points you wanted to make.

SeaAnemone
July 23rd 2011



19755 Comments


this isn't even their debut though is it

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

wabbit
July 23rd 2011



6978 Comments


nice dig eric

Damus
July 23rd 2011



392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

changed my rating. I think I was being a little too generous.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 23rd 2011



30892 Comments


This isn't their debut

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sniper
July 23rd 2011



19000 Comments


its their debut full-length guys, not really that big a deal.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
July 23rd 2011



16081 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i mean the self titled could be considered a full length, plenty of hardcore bands put out short 8 song records.

sniper
July 23rd 2011



19000 Comments


i thought they were calling that release a demo for some reason.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
July 23rd 2011



16081 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i dont know why you wouldnt consider a released demo a debut. most bands just say demo to give it an
excuse for not being that good lol

sniper
July 23rd 2011



19000 Comments


touche

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 23rd 2011



49801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

amore

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sniper
July 23rd 2011



19000 Comments


shut up



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