Pianos Become the Teeth
The Lack Long After


4.0
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by Neal Zetek USER (6 Reviews)
March 28th, 2012 | 235 replies | 18,045 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "I'm pleading for one more time with what I know now."

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

The rolling drum fills of Filial that introduced us to Pianos Become The Teeth back in 2009 are absent in the first jangly strums of The Lack Long After. Then the song explodes right back in to the cathartic post-rock swells listeners have come to expect from Pianos. The first thing you’ll notice on this release is that the songs are heavier and that the mix has cleared up. At times Old Pride suffered from a muddy mix, which caused the songs to bleed into each other. This flaw isn’t completely fixed because the band’s songs still tend to blur into one another but the guitars pierce through the cacophony of bombastic drum fills and separate themselves from the vocal tracks better this time around.

The structures of the songs make more sense now. The climaxes are tighter and more elegantly executed. After opener I’ll Be Damned peaks into its feedback screeching drum roll ending, you ask yourself, “how the hell they’re going to top this?” and they do. The disjointed nature of some of the tracks on Old Pride are gone, nosedives in tracks come when they should, build ups are implied and led up to in the instrumentation.

The broken howl of Kyle Durfey sounds as pained as ever but there seems to be a little bit more variance in his screaming, including some really pretty harmonies. There are also some really well done breaks in the songs where the instruments go quiet leaving the screaming alone to carry the song.

One of the stand-out moments on the album comes on Shared Bodies when the drums abruptly come to a halt leaving a mournful post-rock twinkle and the refrain, “But I think I felt more inside you then I would have liked!” that repeats until erupting into really beautiful breakdown. A similarly cathartic moment comes in the slow-burner Liquid Courage that build into repetitive post-rock swelling that peaks higher and higher until exploding out onto the next track Spine with some really manically calculated drumming.

The only thing hurting this album is the same thing that hurt Old Pride, a sense that the songs bleed into each other. Regardless, Pianos have created eight songs that effectively destroy the eight given to us two years ago.



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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 28th 2012



48528 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cool album

Digging: The Hotelier - Home, Like NoPlace Is There

Spec
March 28th 2012



26833 Comments


treb

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 28th 2012



48528 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The singer has long hair and is awesome
So rare in hardcore

RosaParks
March 28th 2012



14592 Comments


one of my favorite screamo albums ever

SCREAMorphine
March 28th 2012



1704 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Listened to a couple of tracks on Youtube when this came out but never got the actual album, maybe I should.

Nice review

Damus
March 28th 2012



379 Comments


be nice and give postive feedback!!!!

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 28th 2012



48528 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's good

MarkTheDead
March 28th 2012



595 Comments


Great review, though it reads like a 4.5 considering the only thing you note to have an issue with is the fact that songs tend to blend well with one-another. xD

TooLateToGoBack
March 28th 2012



1673 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Absolutely love this album.

"Sunsetting" is probably the best song they've ever done.

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
March 28th 2012



8950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album had very minimal staying power just saying

Digging: Phantogram - Voices

sixthgoldenticket
March 28th 2012



1176 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

best wave band.

Apollo
March 28th 2012



10083 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

have not been able to find a decent torrent of this

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
March 28th 2012



20200 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I got a decent download ages ago but it was probably on mediafire and so's probably gone now. I have the CD anyway

Digging: YG - My Krazy Life

Funeralopolis
March 28th 2012



10443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

introduction is so awkward, more so that there isn't one.

Digging: CunninLynguists - Oneirology

RosaParks
March 28th 2012



14592 Comments


"This album had very minimal staying power just saying"
wrong but ok thanks

Funeralopolis
March 29th 2012



10443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Huge step up from Old Pride

RosaParks
March 29th 2012



14592 Comments


album has some of the most depressing lyrics ever written seriously

Alxander19
April 2nd 2012



123 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is pretty much the most emotionally cathartic album I've ever heard.

MarkTheDead
April 3rd 2012



595 Comments


If you think so, do yourself a favor and check out I Wish I Could Stay Here by Basement, so much passion and raw heart in that album. Give it a spin Bro!
:D

SCREAMorphine
April 8th 2012



1704 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Had this at a 3.5 but bumped it up to a solid 4, fantastic album.



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