Narrows
Painted


4.0
excellent

Review

by Elijah K. STAFF
March 4th, 2012 | 35 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An album that can and should boost Narrows up to the heights they so rightfully deserve.

There are at least two constants with metalcore band, Narrows, of which have been both detrimental and exceptional towards the group’s success. The first constant is the egregious ties to the legacy of Botch. Yes, while being tied to such a legendary band has its perks, it’s created a looming shadow over the fledgling band; a shadow of large expectations that gives the men of Narrows some rather large shoes to fill. Sharing vocalist Dave Verellen has certainly drawn a decent amount of attention, but even his presence pales to the second constant: Narrows consistently make some of the most captivating music in the genre today.

Painted, for all intents and purposes, will go largely unnoticed by the musical listening populace. While the genre’s heavy-weights hog the spotlight with familiar riffs and screams, Narrows shy away and produce their own brand of metalcore, with spectacular results. In all actuality, the band does share a fair amount with Botch, as meticulously structured songwriting and dense atmospheres take precedence over sheer sonic assault. That isn’t to say that Painted is not a heavy album, not in the least. Songs such as “TB Positive,” and “Final Mass” are short oppressive burst of enveloping chaos, as Verellen’s low hollers match the sludgy bass and chugging guitar lines perfectly. But rather than plow their way through the record’s eight songs, Narrows spice things up with a more textured comportment. “Greenland,” the album’s longest track, bisects the album as a massive and ambiguous entity that effectively acts as a “slow cooker.” Filled with bizarre sounds and anguished screams, the songs takes its time building up to an explosive and cathartic finish. While its inclusion initially seems odd, it acts as a somewhat beautiful reprieve from the madness and cacophony that fills the rest of the album.

Narrows have crafted another impressive recording that displays their musical prowess, as well as promise. Within its 26 minutes lies an amicable amount of intensity, passion, and palpable creativity, portraying a fresh sound that absolutely begs to be heard.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
March 4th 2012


4472 Comments


^The awkward moment when someone else uploads the same exact review as you. I enjoyed the read, though you call them "metalcore", i think theyre more "mathcore. but whatever. I pos'd

Samizdat
March 4th 2012


301 Comments


if i ever listen to this, i will think of nothing but crock pots when i listen to greenland

positive

Tyrael
March 4th 2012


20996 Comments


No

but good review

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
March 4th 2012


10482 Comments


Clicked on this expecting more indie wizardry because of the nifty artwork

Was wrong

Really though, great review. Never been a big metalcore fan, but there are a few exceptions I give chances to :]

Irving
Staff Reviewer
March 4th 2012


7375 Comments


Went with a shorter review this time, hope it's good ;3

It is =)

HaloDude442
March 4th 2012


711 Comments


this is real good, i like the raw metalcore sound

DoubtGin
March 4th 2012


6764 Comments


zzzzzzzzz

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Emeritus
March 4th 2012


6101 Comments


It seems like this band and Grimes switched album covers

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
March 4th 2012


3649 Comments


Great and to the point review Xeno, however, doesn't "slow cooker" sound better as slow burner ? This way it seems a bit out of place

Digging: High on Fire - Luminiferous

fish.
March 4th 2012


22382 Comments


been hearing about this. I'll check it out

fish.
March 4th 2012


22382 Comments


Deathwish posted this on their FB page

sixthgoldenticket
March 4th 2012


1176 Comments


maybe seeing these guys on wednesday with citycop and native, I checked them out and wasn't too into them before but I'll give it another shot. good review.

Ponton
Staff Reviewer
March 4th 2012


6010 Comments


yeah man here we go. cant stand much yelling this month but im sure this brings the well played raws

deathofasalesman
March 4th 2012


5883 Comments


https://twitter.com/#!/deathwishinc/status/176397009580867584

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
March 4th 2012


7506 Comments


Hmm this sounds interesting, do you think that I'd enjoy this?

eternium
March 4th 2012


16352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This edges out Ex Lives.

keyboardxmosh
March 5th 2012


1007 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This edges out Ex Lives.


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GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
March 5th 2012


6312 Comments


Dave Verellen's the shit and all but holy god this artwork is disgusting

fromtheinside
March 5th 2012


20197 Comments


new distances' was great for me at first and then it slacked off a bit for me. i'm still intrigued by this though

iamthenightmare
March 5th 2012


754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Greenland and Face Paint are ridiculously good



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