The Victor Ship
Contes De Fees


4.0
excellent

Review

by Adam Thomas STAFF
May 31st, 2012 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Memories

Do you ever wish that sometime before their hiatus announcement that Thrice had upped and said to hell with their roots rock revivalist influences that consumed their last two albums (well, two and a half considering the Earth disc of The Alchemy Index) and instead combined their spacier affections with the aggressive but oh so catchy moments of their first few records? Well, luckily for that bit of nostalgia trimmed pipe dreamer in every post-hardcore fan The Victor Ship's newest EP Contes De Fees is exactly that – the sound of everything worth remembering from 2000's post-hardcore rolled into one tightly wound package. It's hard to pinpoint just one direct influence, as they are worn a little loosely on their sleeves, but it runs the gamut from The Receiving End of Siren's club sized stadium antics, Circa Survive's intricate spiderweb cadences, and Jupiter-era Cave In's space odyssey ambiance. Driven in equal part by the churning sonicscapes that cascade and collide in beautiful bursts and the dual vocal approach of guitarist Matt Battaglia and drummer Chris Buongiorno Contes De Fees is a delicate and delectable crescendo of shimmer radiance with just a touch of brute force. Take for example the opening track “Why Do You Hoard?”, with it's angular riffing sucking you in and the closing vocal harmonies spitting you back out in a massive sing-a-long chant that, while familiar, is downright enchanting. These connections of moments and memories spiral through the near 30 minute EP, unfolding like a map of a genre past but still holding on to the unique feeling as if it was heard for the first time.

With the popular wing of post-hardcore devolving into a indistinguishable mush of neon, it's a great sight that The Victor Ship have taken the banner left by some of the genre's most beloved acts and have progressed it into a new decade.



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Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2012


17231 Comments


http://thevictorship.bandcamp.com/album/contes-de-f-es

balcaen
May 31st 2012


3183 Comments


Those are some tall order comparisons, Adam. I am mega skeptic whenever anything gets compared to CS.

The review for the debut album sounds like it would just be garden variety post-hardcore... Hm.

Tyrael
May 31st 2012


20978 Comments


Great review resident staff hipster!

Doesn't sound like something I'd like tho

SnipeCity
May 31st 2012


160 Comments


sounds pretty cool I'll check it out

Knott-
Emeritus
May 31st 2012


10198 Comments


This sounds like it might definitely be my kind of thing.

Knott-
Emeritus
May 31st 2012


10198 Comments


this is pretty great. can't wait to blast it through some better quality speakers.

Kiran
Emeritus
May 31st 2012


6002 Comments


i like the charlie chaplin sample, classic

Digging: D'Angelo - Black Messiah

henryChinaski
June 1st 2012


2850 Comments


Nice review. Checking this out now. I loved In Somnis Veritas.

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Wolfhorde
June 1st 2012


13690 Comments


Fuck yeah for the Great Dictator sample.

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Storm In A Teacup
June 2nd 2012


13228 Comments


hi =)

Storm In A Teacup
June 2nd 2012


13228 Comments


I'm listening to the LP now and falling in love

Storm In A Teacup
June 2nd 2012


13228 Comments


I really love the sounds they make like the vocals and the atmosphere and the guitars and all of it

Storm In A Teacup
June 2nd 2012


13228 Comments


aww dude you're missing out

Storm In A Teacup
June 2nd 2012


13228 Comments


I haven't listened to any EP.

Storm In A Teacup
June 2nd 2012


13228 Comments


who's hot cross

Storm In A Teacup
June 2nd 2012


13228 Comments


lol okay if I can find it is it free?

jdennis31
June 4th 2012


6511 Comments


'the sound of everything worth remembering from 2000's post-hardcore rolled into one tightly wound package.' only listened to first song so far but this

jdennis31
June 4th 2012


6511 Comments


i have cryonics if you need it and can't find it storm. great album

henryChinaski
June 9th 2012


2850 Comments


So who is that supposed to be sonic?

EaglesBecomeVultures
January 2nd 2013


5278 Comments


Checking this now

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