Comity
The Journey is Over Now


4.5
superb

Review

by MrElmo USER (2 Reviews)
July 9th, 2012 | 33 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hats down for Comity , let it be for their generosity and most importantly for "The Journey is over now" and it's perfectly calculated chaos.

First I should start with the presentations, the comity are a mathcore band currently with the throatruiner label located in France, their first real sucess was within "The Deus Ex-Machina As A Forgotten Genius" wich made it possible for them to tour with Dillinger, Converge, Breach, Cave in, and other bands in the same vein, They will then have many problems with record companies, broken projects and labels wich will make them stop temporarily after releasing their second LP "As Everything Is A Tragedy" in 2006. Finally when they found their current label they decided to go back to the studio and make one of their most experimental records yet: "The journey is Over Now" wich added many different new influences to their original mathcore sound.

These influences can be heard through the whole album, let it be for the swamp riff or droning on Part III, the sludgy bass highlighted in Part I, the Black metal influenced vocals showcased in Part I and II (because yes there is at moments a play with multiple vocalists, the lead one's voice reminds a lot of the black metal shrieks, but they never feel inappropriate and are incorporated well in the music) , and also the chaotic atmosphere wich also reminds black metal, the lyrics are inspired from a book written by Philip José Farmer called "To Your Scattered Bodies Go", they relate the story of a journey in search of answers and absolute that will end with nothing; A final influence from progressive can be felt in the whole record, especially in the entire disposition of the record wich is as you can see divided into 4 parts.

The first part with a lenght of 11 minutes 40 secondes showcases Comity's mathcore sound with its fast-paced riffing, little to no song structure and their more than competent drummer; The track in itself starts with multiple vocalists shouting out their joy about the journey that has begun, distorded guitars will drone along until an onslought of guitar and drums is unleashed with a small and subtle sludge to it; Then to add to the impression of chaos, a major contrast is set with a calm bridge of acoustic guitars and droning, the atmospheric bridge is then torn apart by both guitars who deliver multiple crescendos to then slowly delve into a slow and very sludgy playing rendered possible by our friend bass (the production being top-notch, we almost never loose the sludge-maying bass in the mix), after a while guitars will shriek in an almost botch-esque way, preparing yourself for the acceleration that is part II.

The second part is also the shortest with a lenght of only 8 minutes 22 seconds, it is also the most fast-paced track on the album, the few existing bridges are short and violently knocked down by the instruments, the vocalists are back and seem to be facing their own soundscape, the journey seems to have become tougher too since the main vocalist feels like this trip is crushing him down. From then on the rythm (if you want to call it that way) will accelerate at an almost frantic point, with the only calmer moments being destroyed. The atmosphere here is dense and heavy, although the speed and power of the instrumental will instantly cease after an amazingly powerful drumming, the last 5 seconds are calm and relaxed, wich will announce Part III.

The third part, set at a lenght of 9 minutes, starts with an acoustic guitar playing, a subtle electronic note accompanies it, peace seems to have returned.
The guitar then stops, and starts again with the drums playing; The drummer here shows that not only he can hold the band together and demonstrate raw power as seen in the precedent parts, but he can also accompany this instrumental track in a way that prevents it from ever becoming boring, later on a second guitar (electric this time) comes droning alongside the electric note, the atmosphere has changed into a mix of beautiful peace and opressing tension, a sort of calm before the storm, the said storm being part IV.

The fourth and final part, towering at an almost intimidating 22 minutes is very hard to put into words, the heavy math riffing is slowly returning as well as the vocalists, they seem angry as if the journey had turned up being useless, the said anger is transposed into the sound of the guitar, battery and bass, the sludgy playing has returned and becomes slower and thicker, the guitars intensify themselves and the drumming stands out with more relaxed playing than the other instruments. The sound will then calm down and drone before going back into it's insanity with the botch-esque guitar playing it's shrieks and the drumming showcasing more of it's power. After a while the instruments will calm down again, more than before this time, as if the adventurers were getting tired; So tired that sometimes the only instrument playing will be the drums, the journey almost seems over, the guitars go from distorsion to a more classic rock playing style. The vocalist screams once more that he is being crushed down, he will try and give some strengh back to the guitars that are building multiple crescendos, their resistance is vain for the calm will come back in a bridge. The bridge will then see our lead vocalist whispering amongst a battery trying to build back it's power and a droning from the guitars. After a while the men give a final musical attack and end up singing together, gladly affirming that they are living to then conclude their absurd journey with the drummer giving his final notes to part IV, one word comes in mind at the end of the part :Epic!

In the end "The Journey is Over Now" is one hell of a ride; It is incredibly dense and each new listen will reward you with new sounds and details that might have escaped you before. It has insane riffs,great drumming,many different influences, atmosphere and a subtle placing of the chaos that it generates, creating emotion and intensity without collapsing in itself either wich isn't an easy task. I just want to say Hats down.

Now that my review has ended, I'd like to ask you a favor; Would You Kindly forget every single word I just wrote, and then go pay your respects to this Comity of artists who have decided to share a years worth of work to You, for less than a Penny.......


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MrElmo
July 9th 2012


1955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

First review.



here's the link for the entire LP for free : http://music.throatruinerrecords.com/album/the-journey-is-over-now



I can now move on with my life

Colliiiin
July 9th 2012


683 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's awesome you reviewed this, I got this the other day and almost couldnt believe how good this shit is. Could easily be one of the best "metalcore" albums I've heard, probably need to spin this more then twice though.

MrElmo
July 9th 2012


1955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this was also such a surprise for me , I wasn't excpecting much at all

got the limited double vinyl edition for 15 euros (that's what I call a deal)

Really happy that someone commented my first review , this is the shit!

BirthRite
July 9th 2012


1318 Comments


what do we have here, gotta here this and thanks for the free link!!!!!!!

wacknizzle
July 9th 2012


14516 Comments


Hmm, Ill have to give this another chance. I really enjoy their other album The Deus Ex-Machina As a Forgotten Genius and I heard a bit of this album but I didn't like it that much.

MrElmo
July 9th 2012


1955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Birth Rite: cheers to you for reading!

Wacknizzle : same for me at the begining , then I decided to listen to it entirely and loved it , but yeah it is pretty different

to the deus ex-machimina

Colliiiin
July 9th 2012


683 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Didnt even notice this was your first, good job dude.



Yeah, you really gotta listen through this for it to leave an impression.



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MrElmo
July 9th 2012


1955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ho well I got negged

wacknizzle
July 9th 2012


14516 Comments


I know it's your first but you didn't do to much to describe the actual sound at all and you kept jumping back and forth between parts I through IV. The review is very difficult to read.

MrElmo
July 9th 2012


1955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yep I understand , describing the sound as a whole was pretty complicated though due to the chaotic nature of it , as well as its lenght , I might have took a shortcut , what would you recommend?

By the way , how do yoy re-edit a review , maybe I could change that

wacknizzle
July 9th 2012


14516 Comments


You should have described the overall sound more and maybe some standout parts, then take out all the track jumping clutter.

To edit your review go to your profile and on the left hand side you should see a link that says Edit My Reviews.

MrElmo
July 9th 2012


1955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

mmh , i'll go and re-edit then , can't see at what place I could describe the overall sound but i'll manage , also what does track jumping clutter mean?

wacknizzle
July 9th 2012


14516 Comments


Talk about one part of the album at a time, that 4th paragraph is a pain to read, it's all over the place. Also that first paragraph is entirely unnecessary.

MrElmo
July 9th 2012


1955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

oh great review bloke , will I deserve thy pos if the review gets better ?

wacknizzle
July 9th 2012


14516 Comments


Negs don't really matter but possibly if I remember and the review gets better.

MrElmo
July 9th 2012


1955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

well you probably are going to be the only other person who's going to comment so I might as well get that golden pos

wacknizzle
July 9th 2012


14516 Comments


I don't know why your concerned with a pos if no one is gonna read it anyway. Maybe no one is reading this because it's cluttered, make your review better and maybe people will read it.

ZedO
July 9th 2012


1096 Comments


good album, also good review. pos. but i think you should not space those commas and other
punctuation, for instance;

...has many secrets to uncover , and just like most humans , the album will grow , and grow , and
then slowly die but not without a fight .


has many secrets to uncover, and just like most humans, the album will grow, and grow, and then slowly
die but not without a fight.



MrElmo
July 9th 2012


1955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah cheers for pointing that out , that has always been one of my bad habbits , review isn't good enough for me , I'me going to do a massive re-editing , just listened to the album again and they are things I fucked up a bit ^^'

MrElmo
July 9th 2012


1955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wacknizzle I was being Ironic , I will take your advice about my review lad , my objective is to give an album that I like a good review, so that people might be interested after , no need to be like that bro....



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