We Came Out Like Tigers
Agelessness And Lack


4.0
excellent

Review

by XingKing USER (13 Reviews)
October 29th, 2012 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ambitious and massive in scale, We Came Out Like Tigers prove with their full length debut that they can proudly wear their band name.

Hailing from Liverpool, screamo act We Came Out Like Tigers have had a prolific rate of releasing material since their inception. Their 2011 Self-Titled debut found them playing a generic brand of harsh screamo and their split 7" released that very same year found them introducing post rock and contemporary folk elements. With the 2012 release of their first full length Agelessness and Lack, they have finally become their namesake.

An introduction track expertly titled "An Introduction" opens up Agelessness and Lack with a banjo and violin and it is quickly apparent that there are some new influences at work here. After a wonderful spoken word section complimented by the new folk aspect and looming feedback, a roar belts out in the background and we are introduced to the first real track of the album, Sous Les Pav├ęs La Plage. The overall vibe of this song lets us know this album is decidedly darker and more technical than previous offerings, being highly influenced by black metal and European folk/classical music.

The guitar work switches between aggressive tremolo picking, highly influenced by black metal, to melancholy clean sections with great ease. Many of the tracks open with beautiful clean tones on guitar before exploding into a hardcore fury and style that is reminiscent of fellow genre mates So Hideous, My Love. Much of the heavier guitar work is rhythmic or tremolo picked and serves as a backdrop for the vocals. It is during the clean sections that the guitar finds its more interesting melodies aiding the violin. Complimenting the guitars on the rhythm end are the bass and drums. Typically, the bass will follow the guitars and while it doesn't do anything impressive on its own, the bass is heard clearly and has a crisp tone. Complimenting the low end are the excellent drums. They pound away with fury and showcase skillful talent on tracks suck as Take Pleasure in the Processes ranging from thrashing beats and fills to somber snare hits during the clean sections.

Violins are certainly no stranger to screamo, but they are typically only featured in brief moments such as an outro of a song rather than being full fledged members. Bands often find difficulty using such stringed instruments as the songs quickly become about finding ways to incorporate them and less about forming the best song possible. On Agelessness and Lack, the other instruments are not harmed by the inclusion of this as each instrument is utilized to its fullest potential and the violin adds a very unique and almost haunting atmosphere that is a very welcome addition to the mix. If You Were Frightened, It's Because It Was Frightening showcases the violin at it's absolute most emotional.

Aiding the violin in many of its sections are the vocals. On prior offerings, they were extremely harsh and distorted but would occasionally switch into clean territory with a slight yell. They weren't integral to the mix though and could easily be taken out. On Agelessness and Lack, the vocals find themselves just as crucial to the mix as the other instruments. Desperate and filled with conviction, the vocalist screams every word with the most believable of passion. Often times, there are clean vocals that accompany the softer sections and they simply add to the sorrowful atmosphere. One listen to Remember Why You Are will surely yield repeated listens for the memorable intro and the chanting behind the desperate cries during the bridge.

Featuring unbridled emotion from every instrument, Agelessness and Lack should find itself on any screamo fans end of the year list. With a wide range of influences and the inclusion of unconventional instruments such as banjos, violins and accordions found on tracks such as closer I Sing of Sorrow and Joy, each repeated listen is bound to reveal new details. We Came Out Like Tigers find themselves and this release inspiring in part due to the sheer amount of progression from the year prior and with how beneath the pavement, there lies a beach.



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Brostep
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2012


3455 Comments


An introduction track expertly titled "An Introduction"


haha

although in all seriousness good review, have a pos. the paragraphs seem just a bit short but you do a good job explaining the album.

XingKing
October 28th 2012


10714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Stream: http://wecameoutliketigers.bandcamp.com/album/agelessness-and-lack-3

Second favorite track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51BNGjyinkE

My first favorite, If You Were Frightened, isn't on youtube so be sure to check it out on bandcamp. I could go on and on about this album.

XingKing
October 28th 2012


10714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Holy shit, you read that fast. I'm glad you caught that joke! I wasn't sure if anyone would since it's text.

Do they seem short? I wrote this review really quick while I waited for my girlfriend to come over so I rushed it a bit. I could probably write a novel about this album but that would be boring. Maybe I'll go back and elongate it after thinking it over for a bit.

pmmets07
October 28th 2012


5883 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

coolest fucking artwork. i remember really liking the few tracks i heard from this. nice review dawg

Calc
October 28th 2012


12212 Comments


good shit man i wanna listen to this now which is exactly what reviews are supposed to do. pos

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 28th 2012


19790 Comments


no your reviews aren't too short man.

another good review keep it up pos'd...sounds like something i might like?

Digging: Spectral Lore - III

XingKing
October 28th 2012


10714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^Check out the youtube link I posted. I think you'll like the calmer aspects of the music but it might be too hardcore influenced for your tastes.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2012


3455 Comments


no your reviews aren't too short but it feels like you could merge a few paragraphs here and there. like the 2nd to last and 3rd to last paragraphs could probably go together. i really think you're a good writer though so keep it up!

Rail
October 28th 2012


534 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Waiting for this to arrive from Dog Knights. There's been a fair bit of hype around it, and this review has whetted my appetite.

Good job man.

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Brostep
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2012


3455 Comments


As far as the album goes though I listened to "Frightening" but I just don't like screamo, so it was amazing up until about the 1:50 mark...

XingKing
October 28th 2012


10714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Rail: You haven't listened to it yet? I admire your patience. I hope the hype doesn't kill it for you though.

@Brostep: You're probably right about that. Typically I like giving vocals and lyrics a paragraph. Guitar a paragraph and then bass and drums get their own paragraph. I can understand someone not liking the vocals. Screamo, much like any extreme genre, is an acquired taste. At least you enjoyed that minute and a half, eh? Thanks for the compliments too. I fantasize about being sputnik's hardcore and screamo authority one day.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2012


3455 Comments


Personally, I find it's easier to consolidate a bit. Usually my format goes Intro-General Idea+1 or Two Tracks-More about the album-Negatives/summary, so usually my reviews are 3-4 paragraphs but also pretty long. I feel like bass and drums shouldn't get their own paragraph since you could probably write two or three sentences max about them unless they're unusually interesting, so I'd combine where it seems OK and keep paragraphs at longer than 5 sentences or so. That's just how I'd do it at least

PistolPete
October 28th 2012


3612 Comments


band's name makes even "we came as romans" sound like a cooler name

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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2012


4435 Comments


Good review, never heard this but have a POS.

auberginedreams
October 29th 2012


6034 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good album.

fromtheinside
February 8th 2013


18363 Comments


is this really that good? feel like i'm wasting my time so far to find this based off just a name

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XingKing
February 8th 2013


10714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If you like skramz mixed with strings and black metal, then yes.

fromtheinside
February 8th 2013


18363 Comments


sounds like hope drone. (hint, hint)

anyway yeah this sounds like something i'd like

XingKing
February 8th 2013


10714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Check out If You Were Frightened and Remember Why You Are

XingKing
September 8th 2013


10714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They released the lyric pdf today. Awww yeeaaaaaahhh

http://www.wecameoutliketigers.co.uk/Agelessness.Lack.Lyrics.pdf



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