Saosin
Translating the Name


4.5
superb

Review

by SatelliteYears USER (11 Reviews)
August 21st, 2011 | 14 replies | 3,569 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Saosin rewrites the rules of post-hardcore music with this legendary EP.

3 of 4 thought this review was well written

Before Anthony Green left Saosin (shortly after this EP was recorded) they were a very different band. Sadly, this 5 track EP is less than 15 minutes long. But does that diminish the quality of it? Absolutely not.

If you've ever needed a band to express some kind of hidden emotion that you can't quite get out...if you've had a feeling you couldn't express: this is an album for you. A volatile mix of crushing drums, metal's galloping guitar lines, and Anthony Green's unmistakable vocals, Translating the Name managed to do in 15 minutes, what some bands can't do in a career: expand the limits of their genre, and turn post-hardcore into something fresh and new.

For an EP, the production is pretty clear, which is a big reason Translating the Name was spread around Myspace and other social networking sites, giving them a sizable following, before even landing a major label record deal. The bass (!) and drums are clearly heard and felt, and Justin Shekoski and Beau Burchell do an excellent job on guitar, as some of the guitar lines (especially on Seven Years) are instantly memorable.

But oh, does this album have amazing songs. Everything, even the not-immaculate-but-still-pretty-close title track, are all worth listening to. Why? It's Anthony Green that's the star of this show, going from throat-shredding screams, to haunting melodic vocals, effortlessly. He is easily one of the most talented vocalists of this genre, especially in the last 30 seconds of "3rd Measurement In C".

"Lost Symphonies" is another standout song, though it is a little slower than any other song on the EP. Pat Mcgrath's drumwork is furious here, as well. As is the case throughout the album, Anthony Green and the rest of the band absolutely bring everything they've got to the last minute of "Lost Symphonies". That's another thing that makes this EP work so well: seemingly effortless slow, medium, and fast tempos, at multiple times during each song.

Emotional, cathartic, heavy, melodic, technical...this is everything an EP should be. "Translating the Name" hinted at all the potential Saosin had. And you have to wonder what could have been, had Anthony Green not left Saosin. But that's the past.

The end result, is a bone-crushing 15 minutes of fury. Many EP's can be forgettable, but Translating the Name surely won't be. A must listen, if you're a fan of any rock-oriented genre, and definitely, if you like heavy music. This will blow your mind.

Tracks to listen to: All of them, but especially Seven Years.
Tracks to skip: None.



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SatelliteYears
August 21st 2011



190 Comments


10 reviews. Hopefully I'm improving.

This is a MONSTER of an EP. I listen to it a few times a day, it's just that mind-blowing.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 21st 2011



49753 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Weird spaceing

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ShadowRemains
August 21st 2011



20226 Comments


whoa a satellite rev....

aw fuck...

toxin.
August 22nd 2011



11984 Comments


The paragraphing makes the review seem choppy but it's not really. I'll pos it. I remember loving "Seven Years" (but it may have been the acoustic since Green yelled in this one iirc).

iFghtffyrdmns
August 22nd 2011



7047 Comments


"whoa a satellite rev....

aw fuck..."

10th time I've had this same exact reaction. Son of a betch.

This is one of the best EP's ever if I remember correctly, though I haven't listened in years.
Pretty good review, a little too colloquial in parts though.

SatelliteYears
August 22nd 2011



190 Comments


Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated. What I find most interesting about this, is that (most) bands end up getting popular through a full-length album, not an EP. I can't name 5 EP's that are more important than Translating the Name.

iFghtffyrdmns
August 22nd 2011



7047 Comments


all saosin/anthony green/circa survive/zolof drama that was happenign at the time sort of overshadowed this, but yeah still an awesome release.

cirq
August 22nd 2011



9263 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

fuck cove

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 22nd 2011



49753 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I agree

Oceanus
August 22nd 2011



877 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Unnecessary comma in the summary is bugging the hell out of me. Also, you emphasize that the 'rules of the genre' are being rewritten yet fail to specify what the rules of the genre were before this and also exactly how Saosin changed it.

Emim
August 22nd 2011



26473 Comments


stop analyzing it and just rock dude


that's all there is

AtavanHalen
August 22nd 2011



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Only person ever who doesn't like this

bach
April 22nd 2013



11925 Comments


I'VE been watching ROSE give in..


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bach
May 16th 2013



11925 Comments


Anthony's vocal melodies on the title track are profound.



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