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Being Without


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Review

by Collin USER (4 Reviews)
December 9th, 2011 | 48 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I was swept under the current of my own naiveté, taken aback by crimes against conscience unconsciously..

Here in the south we have a little something called jambalaya. It’s this dish collaboration consisting of meat, vegetables, and spices. It seems that no matter what you add to it, it always comes out with the same ubiquitous taste. But, every once in a while, your mom will go out, buy something outrageously crazy, and it comes out tasting very different... BUT GOOD!

In the past decade, a group of kids from suburbs heard music from bands like Envy, At the Drive-in, Brand New, Thursday and fell instantly in love. The fact that some bands were willing to play passionate music and not have to worry about other people’s opinion was intriguing to them, and us all.

With post-hardcore on the verge of extinction, bands like La Dispute, Touché Amore, and Pianos Become the Teeth stepped out of the realm of post-clichés, and decided to revolutionize the genre, by taking it back to its roots. They wanted post-hardcore to have its more subtle sound that pertains to post-rock instead of a lousy form of metal-core where one vocalist vomits disturbing growls from his mouth, and the other upchucks vocals that sound damn near to rainbows and unicorns. These dinky bands have no chemistry, and most of the times don’t even write their own music. This is where Barrow steps in (along with others), and shows the world that anybody in this country can make a change.

The first track ‘Where I Was’ is one that will have your nostalgic juices flowing and force you to reminisce over old bands like Taking Back Sunday, Thrice, and At The Drive-in. Every strum of the guitar seems to give purpose to the overall track as a whole. I seriously started to swoon to this album the 2nd time over. This just goes to show how quickly you can become attached to this band, and their music. Each song is crafted with technical excellence, such as “Ashen, Pallid.” This song really protrudes their ability to shake it up, and make everything sound fresh and different. Each track is so incredibly radiant, that I feel I don’t have to listen to the full album all the way through to get “the full effect.” This leads me to say, “Great job Vocalists!” I have never, in my life, heard a record with so many vocal variations. Screams are screeching at just that right pitch to complement every song. The album features a few guest appearances from Stephen Price who I am told is the producer of the album, and a guy named Gage Speas. They each flaunt their talents in tracks “Ashen, Pallid” and “An Absent Crown, My Diadem.”

The instruments of this record are also nothing short of spectacular. Every riff is perfectly timed with the drums and the two singers’ vocals. Instrumentation at times seems a bit ever-present to this genre, but it works for them. In the background of a few songs I could hear some strings. I’m not quite sure if it was a cello or a violin but it really sent a chill up my spine when it was played in the right part of the song.

If I had one complaint for the entire record, it would be that each song is so diverse, that it seems to take away from the message that the band is trying to exemplify. I wouldn’t mind so much diversity if the record was an hour long, but it seems that the music at times is cluttered and has no room to breathe. The band strives to make every track different, but it is a bit overweening at times. Consistency is often a penchant to this scene, but they seem to avoid that and just do what ever the hell they feel like. BUT hey, that's what music is all about...

"Any good music must be an innovation."
-Les Baxter


All in all, the band is very talented and has a whole bunch of tricks still left up their sleeves. I mean come on, this is their freshman album, and they have created one of the best albums of the 2011. I can’t wait to see what they put out next. Let the world know that post-hardcore, is still alive!


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nowitzness559
December 9th 2011


23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

First review on this site. Good job Barrow!

pmmets07
December 10th 2011


5913 Comments


i just downloaded something by these guys. i think it was their demo, though. will check this out. Great review

Tikicobra
December 10th 2011


573 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I got The Undertow and In Blight and Boast. Yeah, it's pretty incredible.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
December 10th 2011


17225 Comments


i didnt know this was readily available haha. i've been rocking the promo they sent me for a while. ill have my review up next week. just so you know you cant post a review for anything unreleased without a stream unless you're on staff so make sure you've got this backed up in case a mod deletes it on those grounds.

Activista anti-MTV
December 10th 2011


3148 Comments


Be nice to read to redsky's review

Seems over-hyped

FilupLees
December 10th 2011


344 Comments


I've pre-ordered the vinyl of this album, and only listened to the two tracks that they put up for download on last fm.

"With post-hardcore on the verge of extinction, bands like La Dispute, Touché Amore, and Pianos Become the Teeth stepped out of the realm of post-clichés, and decided to revolutionize the genre"

That statement is the only problem I have with this review. Those bands epitomize cliche, but whatever.

Tikicobra
December 10th 2011


573 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@FilupLees

wot.

Yuma310
December 10th 2011


1656 Comments


great review

North0House2
December 11th 2011


5880 Comments


This is pretty promising so far.

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nowitzness559
December 11th 2011


23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@FilupLees I was aiming at modern corporate funded post-hardcore bands. I mean, honestly, this is really just some SOLID post-hardcore that is topped with technical excellence. It doesn't really escape any cliches of GOOD post hardcore, but it sure isn't modern "post-hardcore."
@Yuma310 Thanks!:D

KotoFtw
December 11th 2011


1077 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

So proud these of these guys. They live like 5 minutes from me.

nowitzness559
December 11th 2011


23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@KotoFtw That's awesome!

Cells
December 16th 2011


1875 Comments


Artwork looks so bm

MeatSalad
December 16th 2011


14901 Comments


I like how it's at 3.5 because somebody voted 1.

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figure337
December 17th 2011


420 Comments


Where can I get this?! :D

nowitzness559
December 19th 2011


23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@figure337 It's being released tomorrow!:D Bandcamp... barrowband.bandcamp.com

Svedankae
December 22nd 2011


50 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

how can you seriously 1 this? some people need to disappear.

nowitzness559
December 27th 2011


23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The 1 VOTE IS GONE! WOO HOO!

DurzoBlint
December 28th 2011


1195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hey good first review, pos'd.



Rev
January 2nd 2012


9439 Comments


fuck i don't have 5 dollars


need to hear this!



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