A Place to Bury Strangers
Onwards To The Wall


3.0
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by scissorlocked USER (35 Reviews)
February 7th, 2012 | 12 replies | 3,920 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Onwards to the Fall?

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

When the New York based noise rock trio introduced themselves to the public with their homonymous debut, the torrentous response of the press / media was immediate. Triggering the critics' immeasurable hunger for newfound adjectives, A Place to Bury Strangers was usually parted with several words of bombastic enthusiasm, like cranium-crashing and bull-rushing, tagging the band as "New Yorke's loudest". Now, 5 years after that small triumph, a slightly worse second album and a couple of Eps, the nu-gazers return with Onwards To The Wall, a five-piece Ep that finds the band in less frustration, which seems to inevitably translate as "less inspiration".

Onwards to the Wall kicks in with "I Lost You", a song that resuscitates the cozy, bass driven, frenetic riffing that made A Place to Bury Strangers a ferocious, yet captivating listen. The seething guitar frenzy calms down though, and this becomes evident soon enough, as the familiar abrasiveness paves the way for a mature, post-punk approach in songs like title the track, where the quick paced strumming is replaced with downhearted murmuring melodies. This transition marks a mild downfall, as "Nothing Will Surprise Me" is pretty much a boring track, which several distorted leads can't save, with "Drill it Up" being completely uninteresting and devoid of that seducing fuzz or beat which the Ep promises by its beginning. "So Far Away" though, catches a murky groove which alongside Ackermann's gothy delivery feels wispy and catchy.

Onwards To The Wall neither marks A Place to Bury Strangers' degradation nor finds them evolving their sound. Having lost a load of the stomping power that characterized their previous releases, the band seems to slowly settle in the safer, post-punk environments. And while it is not clear that they have settled for such a direction, it is improbable that their visceral outcries will stop echoing in a future that musically seems to delve deeper and deeper in the noisy territories.



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scissorlocked
February 7th 2012



3509 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hoping for the Lp to be better

Streams here:
http://stereogum.com/937952/stream-a-place-to-bury-strangers-onwards-to-the-wall-ep/mp3s/

enjoy!

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Anthracks
February 7th 2012



3731 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i love this ep...gonna check out their earlier stuff

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scissorlocked
February 7th 2012



3509 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

their earlier stuff is better dude!



gabethepiratesquid
February 7th 2012



4521 Comments


Liked their self-titled, a little too much early 90s/late 80s worship. Haven't checked out anything else from them.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
February 7th 2012



15003 Comments


self titled was terrible, never bothered with anything else

scissorlocked
February 7th 2012



3509 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I am sorry but the self title was monstrous man

you should check it again

BumBum
February 10th 2012



3 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

They can do better

PuddlesPuddles
May 29th 2012



4772 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like making up names to imaginary songs of mid-to-little known bands so people would go crazy searching for that song haha


But regardless, "Feather Girls" is awesome

BallsToTheWall
May 29th 2012



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah ths shit fucking rules so much niggers.

Anthracks
May 30th 2012



3731 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

WHOA the language honeybun

PuddlesPuddles
May 30th 2012



4772 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

http://i49.tinypic.com/bitapg.jpg

Geist
July 1st 2012



371 Comments


LP is so much better.



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