Throats
Throats


4.5
superb

Review

by ks1 USER (4 Reviews)
November 3rd, 2011 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A borderline overbearingly heavy mixture of grind, d-beat and hardcore, that dwells on the utmost negative. Yet, it's exhilaratingly organic and sincere, so that those sharing its emotional realm will find it rewarding and deeply intimate.

Negativity is often rejected as a valid driving force for artistic expression. In the realm of music, film, modern art many works have been dismissed as lingering on the disheartening side of the emotional spectrum. Still, many creations, which are unquestionable masterpieces - be it literary works such as Faust, Othello or Paradise Lost, films of W. Herzog, Beksinski’s or Bosh’s paintings – are marked with motifs of human’s inherent malevolence, God complex, pride, suffering and defects of his Earthly form, with all of its limitations and fissures that will impede, if not stop them from reaching divinity.

Most such art forms the fundamental disconnect, wherein the person is put in shoes of an observer, rather than a participant. It gives a commentary on the human condition, which is almost entirely intellectual due to its pedigree, thus disallowing a full engagement. Music, however, is by its origin a tool to help people share an experience. One can criticize music for artifice, being insensate, but rarely for an honest display of what tumbles deep inside artist’s heart and mind.

Such is the case with the eponymous Throats’ album. An album as harmful as it is cathartic. Within a span of less than 18 minutes the band explores multiple genres, weaving them together with skill to the point of indiscernibility. All of them indispensable – they form an acrid, volatile concoction. The album is not a collage of pieces. Each style is an instrument that serves one purpose – to express disappointment and rage.

A short-lived, doom-inspired opener, that catches breath before the cataclysmic mid-section, which leaves the musicians crawling towards the track’s end. The subsequent, equal parts grind and d-beat “My hands Are Cold”; Converge-esque “*** life”; despondent, then determined and exultant “Failgiver” with its acoustic conclusion; sentimental “Something Low”; the concluding “Oaken/Wait”, which momentarily carries mathcore staples, to transmute into a long-winded epic.

The stylistic amalgam’s subtlety found on this album is the polar opposite to the music’s intensity. It should be clearly stated, that its fierceness rises not from the albums production, but rather from its organic feel. The musicians' parts play off of each other, leads are passed around between the band mates. Though short-lived, the sounds are given time to resound, then fade into the next. The soundscape is full of overbearingly quick progressions on all parts one moment, lifts you up with an interlude-like speck the next, just to subsequently submerge you in the aural stream. The songs’ dynamics are masterful. Their structure is dense with interplaying parts; guitar parts sway left to right, drums roll up and down – sometimes gracefully, sometimes violently. The crust-y, screamo vocals flow atop the music - they all rise and fall in unison. Albeit punishingly heavy, all the constituents feel as if they flow and intertwine in a smooth sinusoidal fashion.

Lyrically the album deals with themes of civil disillusionment, desolation, hopelessness, rejection of love. Given the mind-bendingly intense nature of the vocal delivery, one will be hard pressed to make out even a small portion of what is being touched on in the text. This however, leading to one of the album’s negative sides, might be of benefit to some, as the lyrical content, however sincere, is somewhat hit-and-miss with its stylistics. Vulgar, vitriolic parts collide with abstract imagery in a Beat Generation fashion, yet some might criticize them for being stylistically misguided and jarring. Looking past the blemishes, the honesty and part scathing, part confessional nature of the lyrics come together well with the music.

Reveling in negativity, conjuring-up or – more disturbingly – re-living a state of utmost loss, soul-crushing realization, Throats have created an album that reeks of attitude of a wounded dog. Brutalized and rejected, it’s torn between a frail state of neurosis and desperate need for a violent retaliation for the hardship endured to come out a victor, uttering its last breath. It’s unapologetically heavy, astonishingly dynamic, satisfyingly varied. Yet, it’s immovable in its emotional sphere- occupied by suffering, rage and desolation. These negative feelings, however, amount to a cathartic experience, which shows that - just as with a Moebius Strip – once you go far enough, you’ll emerge on the other side.


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ks1
November 3rd 2011


55 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It's actually one of my favourite albums of all time. I do recognize it's flaws, yet the imperfections make it so much more humane.

I know it has a review already, but if one person notices it, gets the album and shares an experience with it akin to mine, then I call the review justified.

Hep Kat
November 3rd 2011


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

band sucked

seedofnothing
November 3rd 2011


3425 Comments


deep throats

ks1
November 3rd 2011


55 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Care to elaborate ? I'd really like to hear a differing opinion.

And not on the 'deep throats' - that's a knee-slapper, if I've ever read one. Lets not spoil it with excessive talking.

Ire
November 4th 2011


41804 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good band but i'd rather blast jane doe

ks1
November 4th 2011


55 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I remeber the exact listen that jane doe just clicked with me - 167 (yes- I'm very persistent).
This sat well almost immidiately. Jane doe is a masterpiece in its own right, however it's more uneven to me, which is almost inevitable given its nature and lenght.
I actually prefer this one, because it's more concise and to the point. Jane Doe, on the other hand is undeniably more important.

ffs
November 4th 2011


4880 Comments


coolband

Clamface
November 4th 2011


105 Comments


this sounds awresome

Alucard125
November 4th 2011


535 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Love this, been listening to it loads recently. Shame they split whilst recording new material.

Adabelle
November 4th 2011


4258 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lots of words I don't understand but a great review.

Spotted a spelling error, "idiscernibility" and also you didn't capitalise Lost when you were talking about Paradise Lost. Doesn't matter too much but yeah, this has been on my download list for about 6 months haha.

craigy2
November 4th 2011


551 Comments


dude, listen to it, these guys were great. so happy i got to see them live before they called it quits

ks1
November 4th 2011


55 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@ Adabelle

Thanks for the feedback. I'd fixed things You've pointed out. I'll also tidy up some of the punctuation.

If it's a download - then You have no excuse not to give it a chance :D

Adabelle
November 4th 2011


4258 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just listened, almost as good as Kerouac. But not quite..

ks1
November 4th 2011


55 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah, Kerouac are great as well. I should really put them into the recommended here

Edit;

Done, also Your Demise might possibly be of interest to You. Ignorance Never Dies at leat - haven't heard the rest.



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