Sohns
Ripe/Rot


4.0
excellent

Review

by Brent Stephenson USER (67 Reviews)
July 20th, 2012 | 6 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With the release of Ripe/Rot, Sohns has proven themselves much more than just another faceless "band to watch" in the coming year.

Whether you loved it or hated it, you'd be hard pressed to argue that Sohns' debut full length, To Ward It Off And Drown It Out was forgettable. Fitting somewhere in between the intricacy and overblown chaos of 90's era screamo and the basic intensity of modern hardcore, the manic energy, tight musicianship, and fluid songwriting found on To Ward It Off..., alongside vocalist Alex Mendez's arresting shrieking, made for a wholly unique debut, albeit one that was potentially hard to digest. Now over a year and a half separated from their debut, Sohns is arguably more focused and purpose driven than before, in spite of (or maybe because of) rotations in both the guitar and bass departments.

From the moment that the pummeling groove of opener "Soul Train Blues of the Broken Skull" sets in, it's immediately apparent that Ripe/Rot is almost an entirely different animal than their debut. Where To Ward It Off... had a slight tendency to get tripped up over its own perpetual forward momentum before catching up to itself, nearly every musical step that Sohns takes on Ripe/Rot feels purposive and deliberate without seeming contrived or overwrought. However, that's not to say that Ripe/Rot lacks any of the intensity of their debut. The aggressive guitar and bass work, courtesy of new additions Jc Rodriguez and Luis Trevino, come together to produce a consistently crushing wall of sound while still retaining a sense of mobility, evidenced by the shift from the explosive melodicism of "Abomination" to the discordant bursts of closer "Soul Salvation", all the while being held together by drumwork that maintains impressive technicality while staying on point. Also, detractors of previous Sohns outings will (maybe) be happy to note that Mendez's vocal work has undergone a great deal of change, displaying a number of mid ranged roars to balance out the howling.

In just under 10 minutes, Sohns manages to simultaneously cover more musical ground than they did on their debut, and remain more focused and deliberate in the midst of it. If Ripe/Rot is any indication of things to come, Sohns may very well find themselves spearheading the next wave of bands to explode out of the burgeoning post-hardcore scene. What's more, Sohns may just have what it takes to withstand this recent cycle of almost instantaneous popularity and swift decline and become a mainstay of the modern realm of punk music. Only time will tell.



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marksellsuswallets
July 20th 2012


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Free digital copy comes with preorder, which can be found at http://flannelgurl.bigcartel.com/product/sohns-ripe-rot-7

This absolutely crushes.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
July 21st 2012


10288 Comments


Nice review, man. I like your backstory of the band, and how it ties in to your review.

I saw one sentence that's a bit longer than you probably imagine - it could probably use some editing.

"Fitting somewhere in between the intricacy and overblown chaos of 90's era screamo and the basic intensity of modern hardcore, the manic energy, tight musicianship, and fluid songwriting found on To Ward It Off..., alongside vocalist Alex Mendez's arresting shrieking, made for a wholly unique debut, albeit one that was potentially hard to digest."

I used to write the longest sentences. One thing that I've learned over time is that people care more about what you write if you present it to them in smaller doses. :] and this isn't a common problem for you at all, seeing as that's the only longer sentence I happened to notice.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
July 21st 2012


4950 Comments


welcome back vendor of fine wallets

marksellsuswallets
July 21st 2012


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Danke! Couldn't stay away from this cesspool for too long =)

marksellsuswallets
July 21st 2012


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wasn't really happy with the summary so I switched it up a bit.

Seriously though people, don't screw up and sleep on this. You're all going to miss your chance to be that asshole who listened to these dudes before they blew up.

marksellsuswallets
July 21st 2012


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah they're going on tour with The Reptilian next month. The rest of the bands on Flannel Gurl are all pretty twinkly but they're super rad. It's kind of odd to me that these dudes always get lumped in the twinkly stuff since they're so abrasive/heavy but I guess it makes sense.



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