Cormorant
Dwellings


3.5
great

Review

by scissorlocked USER (35 Reviews)
December 9th, 2011 | 28 replies | 10,366 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Cormorants dwell in the past

5 of 6 thought this review was well written

Cormorant's establishment as independent metal heroes by critics and reviewers was easily justifiable. The 4-piece act from California conjures everything a good metal band should have in order to climb the ladder of success. They've got the skills, the fierce-looking-though-good-guys attitude, the sociopolitical lyrics and the angry at the world singer. So what could go wrong? Well, the fact is, that by judging them anachronistically, nothing can go wrong. Cormorant is the perfect manifestation of a kind of metal band that has faced extinction in the mainstream a long time ago.

Difficult to describe, Dwellings' sound comes as a continuation of Metazoa's diverse nature. That could be anything from the brashness of frenzied blastbeats to doomy, slow-paced parts. Cormorant's sound, while not massive, is characterized by a coherence that seems extensively worked and keeps the songwriting tight and fluid. The band's traditional metal roots, together with their Bay Area thrash provenance, deliver a balanced amalgam of technical adequacy, riffing efficiency and sense of melody. Often flirting with proggier structures, they manage to incorporate several distinct elements into a strictly metal palette: guitar leads and solos here and there, audible basslines,a handful of acoustic parts and a seemingly old-fashioned production miles away from the crystallized modern sound.

Yet, I cannot pass over the fact that Dwellings' most powerful characteristic seems to be its ability to meander through several times of metal history. Mostly due to the band's disparate influences and their decision to stay independent and work without restrictions, Cormorants' music is more like living history. That's probably the reason of such a critical praise. It's not hard to imagine middle aged metal reviewers shedding some tears for the good ol' times - with Dwellings being the existing reminder of those times. And maybe that's why I can't see this album as anything else than a good record in its genre.

Of course Cormorant never strove for innovation, but the whole 56 minutes of the album are really enjoyable. However, after the first good sips, the album tends to be kinda exhausting. The forced epic feeling of most of the songs, and their length, will provoke track skipping. The lyrics, while surpassing the usually supposed naiveness, are far from unpretentious lyricism and imagery. But pointing out all these inadequacies won't lead us anywhere. The fact is that Dwellings is a gigantic album inside the metal community and as its name implies, a residence, always respectful to a rich and meaningful past. Let us dwell.



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scissorlocked
December 9th 2011



3508 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a must for every metal fan in sputnik. it's definitely a 4+ inside the genre

here's some tracks:
Junta:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GEi5TwFMy4
Confusion of Tongues:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AScBSopap_Y

enjoy!

Digging: John Roberts - Ausio

Activista anti-MTV
December 9th 2011



3138 Comments


Let us m/

Bloodbirds
December 9th 2011



250 Comments


I heard this on NPR and wasn't too impressed. I'll give it another try.

LoneWanderer
December 9th 2011



180 Comments


I have heard a lot about Metazoa...I'm going to get to this after I finish their debut...

zaruyache
December 10th 2011



5831 Comments


Instrumentally they're competent as ever, but I probably liked it better when they played black/death metal.

Digging: Sunwolf - Beholden To Nothing And No One

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
December 10th 2011



8737 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

liked this more than i thought i would. :]

Digging: Mournful Congregation - Concrescence of the Sophia

scissorlocked
December 10th 2011



3508 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

album is more metal than you can imagine

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 10th 2011



5899 Comments


Good review, pos


The band's traditional metal roots, together with their Bay Area thrash provenance, deliver a balanced amalgam of technical adequacy, riffing efficiency and sense of melody

This kind of records was in abundance some 15-20 years ago.

Definitely checking this.



album stream - http://cormorant.bandcamp.com/album/dwellings

Digging: The Golden Grass - The Golden Grass

RagingNoob
December 10th 2011



134 Comments


I desperately wanted to hate this, but bloody hell, it's good.

Review is brilliant, a pleasure to read.

scissorlocked
December 11th 2011



3508 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks sir- though I even don't think review is that good!

be sure to check the album, it's a shame it hasn't got much attention here

pizzamachine
December 11th 2011



12571 Comments


pos

scissorlocked
December 11th 2011



3508 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks pizza

you should check the band, I think you'll like em

ianjulian
December 13th 2011



621 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good record

scissorlocked
December 16th 2011



3508 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fuck ghost negs

pcar
December 19th 2011



530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album fucking rules, plus it made NPR's list for top metal of 2011

swag

MO
December 19th 2011



18194 Comments


It's on mine. So good.

puma35
December 21st 2011



972 Comments


loved metazoa, this is good too

seedofnothing
December 22nd 2011



3425 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album is good.

pcar
January 11th 2012



530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Junta = best metal song of 2011

scissorlocked
January 11th 2012



3508 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I really believe there are many tons of better songs in the previous year

Junta is still good though



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