Birds in Row
You, Me, and the Violence


4.0
excellent

Review

by XingKing USER (13 Reviews)
October 9th, 2012 | 115 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: French newcomers Birds in Row prove with their first full length that they are a force to be reckoned with.

With two EPs under their belt that were praised but went mostly unnoticed, a recent signing to Deathwish Inc. and one hell of a live show, Birds in Row have certainly been making a name for themselves. If there's one thing people have come to expect from a Deathwish release, it is a raw and full frontal assault on your ear drums. Much like the album's title, this is truly you, the band and a bit of violence with no kind of limitations.

On previous offering, Cottbuss, Birds in Row played a brand of hardcore that while not unique, was energetic and brimming with untapped potential. Opener, "Pilori" kicks off with short feedback before descending into pure aggression and it is immediately apparent that this is not the same band as before. The untapped potential has finally been realized with vocalist/guitarist, Bart who shows he has changed. The guitar work does not take on the simplistic sound out of their EPs, but instead is loaded with feedback, dissonance, off minor chords and is seething with anger. The vocals are filled with pain and hatred and on the first half of the two parter self titled track, "Last Last Chance" , Bart breaks things up by showing that while he doesn't have the most beautiful of voices, he certainly has a passionate and emotion filled one. Birds in Row have always had quite mature lyrics, and this album is no different. It has a deep seated feeling of apathy and an abundance of lyrical genius such as tracks "There is Only One Chair in This Room" where Bart desperately pleads "When nothing seems clear through the cleanest window, the obvious would say the problem's not in and the doors will stay closed for all strangers. May my building burn and I will surely burn into it." and "Guillotine" where he laments "I’m condemned to lose something I cherish. And to let it all go in a mutual contentment, watching the floor getting closer to my face."

On the rhythm side of things, the drums and bass hold things down just fine. Ditow's bass, while nothing overly impressive, compliments the guitar work quite well and has an absolutely crushing and beautifully dirty tone. The man behind the drum kit, Timmy, is very much the same. On previous EPs, he used some rather odd drum beats that were catchy and complimented the musical wonderfully. Here, he goes for your more typical hardcore/screamo drumming but is more solid than ever.

The first third of this album will find you being assaulted quite violently until middle track "Last Last Chance" , breaks things up with a slow and passionate atmosphere akin to the outro of Cottbus, featuring only guitar and vocals. It is here that the album takes a much slower and more melodic approach, while being no less intense. "Gray Hair" and "Cold War Everyday" follow suit until "The Illusionist" and "Police & Thieves" find the album revving up the aggression once more. The absolutely monstrous 13 minute closer "Lovers Have Their Say" , has Birds in Row slowing it down one final time and leans toward their more subdued screamo tendencies in an unpredictable song where Bart anguishes in the background about faith and loss before crashing into beautiful dissonance.

In the end, you will find that it is the dynamics between the vocals and the heavy hitting instrumentation that bring this record together to create absolutely beautiful violence. It might not hit you at once, but with repeated listens, it is sure to reveal its many layers. With no real rivaling bands, it is easy to see why Birds in Row are quickly making a name for themselves and will surely be finding themselves on many hardcore fans end of the year lists.

"Something is missing when no more candles could light the dark, when no more roses could add some colors." - "Lovers Have Their Say"



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Comments:Add a Comment 
XingKing
October 9th 2012


11069 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First review, bit sketchy. Constructive criticism is absolutely welcome.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
October 9th 2012


7459 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Some corrections:

Replace "EP's" with "EPs"

Change "Bart, showing just how he has changed" with "Bart who shows he has changed"

"off of" should really be "out of"

" until middle track "Last Last Chance" , breaks things up with a slow and passionate track " - change the word track with sth else, perhaps "vibe"

"The Illusionist" and "Police & Thieves" finds - get rid if an 's'

"the heavy hitting instrumentals" - I guess you meant 'instrumentation'

"it's many layers" - drop the apostrophe and drop "a" from the last sentence

XingKing
October 9th 2012


11069 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Noted and changed. Thanks.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
October 9th 2012


7459 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cool. The album really needed a review. Good write-up!

XingKing
October 9th 2012


11069 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, man. I am honestly surprised this album didn't have a review prior so I figured I'd pop my cherry to it.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2012


16124 Comments


I like your writing style the thing reads quite well but just a suggestion on the quotes. Try and
incorporate them into the review and dont just list them.

Like
On Guillotine (insert singer name) laments 'I'm condemned to lose something blah blah blah...'
would read better.

Just my opinion, take it or leave it ;]

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2012


20154 Comments


James Franco writing reviews now? Pos'd good first review I agree about the quotes but still good job man.

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HenchmanOfSanta
October 9th 2012


1922 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Another grammar nitpick: don't put a comma after "newcomers" in the summary. That's one of my biggest pet peeves as an editor and I don't know why it's done so often.

ChuckyTruant
October 9th 2012


15725 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good first review.

Album slays

XingKing
October 9th 2012


11069 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Alright, I tried to fix the quotes thing as best as I could with 30 seconds of thought. I also took out the commas, although I placed them there because I type the same way I speak so the commas were there to put emphasis on a slight pause. Added a few words here and there and what I believe is a clever nod to one of the tracks in some of my wording.

@Atari: Thanks man. I wrote this review in my head all day at work and decided I would finally write one down so I could post it. Glad you guys like my style and most of all... This album fucking kills. I have another review coming, though I'll wait to post that up tomorrow. It's not as good as this one though.

StagnantWords
October 9th 2012


318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Very good review, especially for a first. I was going to review this as my second but it leaked way before it's released and honestly forgot to do it, glad you did.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2012


16124 Comments


Ye reads a lot better now Xing, first review man pos'd hard

XingKing
October 9th 2012


11069 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Review it anyway, man. Do it in a few days or something that way people will see this band keeps popping up and they have to take notice. These guys deserve it.

Thanks Menawati!

Hep Kat
October 9th 2012


15362 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

not that good

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Nikkolae
October 9th 2012


4870 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i was honestly thinking about reviewing this yesterday.

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XingKing
October 9th 2012


11069 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Victory is mine.

FelixCulpa
October 9th 2012


1240 Comments


Nice to see a review for this! Great album.

Ecnalzen
October 9th 2012


6816 Comments


Awesome first review, King of Xing.

GringoSuave89
October 9th 2012


1055 Comments


Their first two EPs were great, but forgettable. How does this release hold up so far?

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Evreaia
October 9th 2012


4060 Comments


indeed, it's pretty boss



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