Barrow
Being Without


4.0
excellent

Review

by Adam Thomas STAFF
December 16th, 2011 | 64 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A promising start

Atmospheric sounds have always been a big part of the better side of post-hardcore. Thrice and Thursday experimented with both quite heavily, and before them bands like Frodus and Fugazi imbued their off-kilter experimentation with a sense of mood and presence that can barely be matched. More recently, this has continued into new realms by the ever-expanding influence of bands like Explosions in the Sky and Mogwai on the current group of upstarts. That's not to say that these kind of sounds and tremolo picked sonic exploration are new to the genre because they have been there for years and years, but now it seems as though not only is it more prevalent but also more deliberate.

Barrow's Being Without is a beautiful listen. Pulling influence from equal parts of the best of the last few years of what post-hardcore has had to offer, Being Without takes the familiar guise of screamed vocals mixed with slightly off key cleans and big melodies and wraps them in the shimmering sheen of the most recent fix of screamo wave bands. At it's best, the resulting sound is a huge wall of post-rock influenced sounds and As Cities Burn-isms that burst and bloom into galloping crescendos. Luckily, Barrow's sound usually comes together quite nicely, and more often than not they reach the same high's that their friends in Iselia did earlier this year with Life From Dead Limbs, especially with their more atmospheric numbers. When they do get a little off, it usually comes from a clashing of sounds between the clean sung vocals and the screams. While the cleans in songs such as “An Absent Crown, My Diadem” are perfectly set with the brooding atmosphere of the track, when transferred over to a track like “In Blight and Boast” the result is not as pleasant as the intended harmony is more of a distraction than anything else. But the few moments that have you thinking, “hey, when did Tell All Your Friends creep into my screamo?!” don't necessarily damper the listening experience because when Barrow are firing on all cylinders the sound is absolutely gorgeous.



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AlexTM510
December 16th 2011


1403 Comments


the recs alone make me want to check this out. I always had a slight soft spot for this post-hardcore stuff that mixes mood and atmosphere-even though tons of bands do it.

as always nice review adam im gonna check this out

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Ignimbrite
December 16th 2011


5384 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This looks interesting, and good review.

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mvood
December 16th 2011


818 Comments


i cant find anywhere to download this

Ignimbrite
December 16th 2011


5384 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's not released until the 20th.

mvood
December 16th 2011


818 Comments


oh, right

Tikicobra
December 16th 2011


573 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Who gave this a 1?

Yazz_Flute
December 16th 2011


18810 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sounds interesting.

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toolpeth182
December 16th 2011


190 Comments


Whenever someone says something is a "promising start" in a review, I never think of it getting over 3.5 out of 5 for a rating. Just something that irks me lol. Good review other than that. This sounds good.

Svedankae
December 16th 2011


50 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

55 seconds in to "in blight and boast" i decided to pre-order this disc. shit's amazing.

Acanthus
December 16th 2011


9543 Comments


This looks awesome, listening now.

Edit: Those cleans kill it for me : (

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Irving
Staff Reviewer
December 16th 2011


7311 Comments


I don't listen to enough post-hardcore. Something tells me I would like this lots though.

Also, Adam, you haven't posted a "Best of 2011" list yet, have you? Get on it!

Tikicobra
December 17th 2011


573 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love the clean vocals.

Arron
December 17th 2011


57 Comments


It's a shame the harsh vocals ruin it for me... too thin.

Blaizend
December 17th 2011


647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Heard a few tracks off this and it sounds like it's gonna be legit awesome.

Can't wait to get hold of the full LP. Sick vocals.

Eko
December 18th 2011


2119 Comments


recommended by reviewer
As Cities Burn Come Now Sleep

where do I sign up

KotoFtw
December 18th 2011


1077 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My old band is playing their CD release and I'm playing drums. I'm pretty stoked.

nowitzness559
December 19th 2011


23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great band. Good review buddy.

Macros
December 20th 2011


153 Comments


Just listened to a few tracks on their facebook. Sounds really good. Reading the comments made them seem like really genuine guys too, which may actually convince me to get this in itself.

Sharkboyyy
December 20th 2011


16 Comments


I'm so excited to see all of the comments here. Interested or not, it means a lot to see people taking the time to listen to music I've played an active part in.

We're actually streaming the entire album on Bandcamp now, so if you're interested, please take the time to listen! I really hope you enjoy it.

http://barrowband.bandcamp.com

Thanks!

iamSeraph
December 20th 2011


865 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

despite of the cleans I find this to be magnificent. especially for a 'newcomer' band like them.
also a fine read - as always, redsky.



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