Elitist
Reshape Reason


4.0
excellent

Review

by Kronzo USER (43 Reviews)
November 21st, 2012 | 35 replies | 8,371 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist


8 of 8 thought this review was well written

Elitist is a newer 4-piece Progressive Metalcore act that just released their début album, Reshape | Reason, this year. So far in their career, they have also put out a pair of EPs in the last few years. Their first EP, Caves, was well-received by fans of the genre, despite the fact that some detractors wrote them off as a bastardized version of August Burns Red. The second release, Earth, saw the band replace vocalists and take on a new sound that was more influenced by the growing djent movement that was popularized and pioneered by Meshuggah, SikTh, and Periphery. The fresh vocal talent on Earth was rather bland due all the monotone screams, and the music seemed a bit lazier and less energetic than Caves.

Now, in 2012, Elitist have replaced their vocalist for a second time and dropped one of their guitarists, thus becoming a 4-piece group. The music of Reshape | Reason falls somewhere in between the metalcore sound of Caves and the djent influence on Earth. Fortunately, Elitist manages to take the best of both avenues and compile it into an extremely hard-hitting slab of metal on their début record.

The vocal performance is definitely an improvement over Earth. While the passion is not quite at the level of Caves, the new vocalist has much more command with his screams. There are even some clean vocal sections in “Equinox” and “Scared Geometry” which aren't overly amazing, but are adequate and also provide some variety.

While Elitist is not an overly technical band, all of the musicians in the band are exceptionally talented at crafting songs that keep the attention of both musicians and causal listeners. Album opener “Unto the Sun”, whilst sounding eerily similar to Earth’s opener “Pulse” in the beginning, is a great way to be introduced to the new record. It opens with a fast-paced syncopated riff with an ambient lead over top, which shifts into an extremely catchy harmonized hammer-on/pull-off section with the drummer constantly playing with high energy. There are a lot of strong moments in the same vein to be found on the record. The tracks on Reshape | Reason are filled with wild tempo-changes and complicatedly structured riffs.

The only real issue with Elitist’s début full length is that sometimes it can be hard to differentiate the songs in the first few listens if you aren't giving the music the attention it demands. There are a handful of ambient leads on some of the tracks that manage to blend together. However, there is some decent variety to be found on the record such as the soft sections in “Transmutation” and “Scared Geometry” (one of my favourite tracks on the record), the clean vocals sprinkled across the album, and the occasional breakdowns that are actually welcome for once since they are well-executed and in all the right places.

I would definitely recommend this album to fans of metal and also the musician crowd. Elitist is a band that uses its technicality in the form of a cohesive unit instead of just showing off individually in the typical wank-festivals found on a lot of technical and/or progressive metal records.



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bloc
November 21st 2012



34735 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Totally forgot about this album. It wasn't bad initially though.

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Lambda
November 21st 2012



2417 Comments


Noice review. I should check this out.

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Spec
November 21st 2012



27102 Comments


Ill check it.

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Kronzo
November 21st 2012



991 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

thanks!

HighandDriving
November 21st 2012



3269 Comments


How djent is this?

foxblood
November 21st 2012



6797 Comments


a metalcore band named elitist

Detritivore
November 21st 2012



270 Comments


when I read metalcore I could not continue reading

Candi
November 21st 2012



6 Comments


It's super muthafuckin djent

Kronzo
November 21st 2012



991 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

eh there's a few djenty riffz but I wouldn't call it a djent album or anything

DANcore
November 21st 2012



203 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"a metalcore band named elitist" ahahaha

I dig the title track but i cant listen to this all the way through. Too monotonous.

DANcore
November 21st 2012



203 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"uses its technicality in the form of a cohesive unit instead of just showing off individually in the typical wank-festivals found on a lot of technical and/or progressive metal records." btbam

Kronzo
November 22nd 2012



991 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

did I ever say that first quote? I don't think I did. Solid BTBAM reference though it really hit home with everybody.

sspedding
November 22nd 2012



4752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah this is pretty great.

DANcore
November 22nd 2012



203 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I dont think you said that either. Actually, someone else did in the comments above me. Its irony-the sputnik elists hate metalcore, and this metalcore band is called Elitist. It is haha funny. And i dont think I'll address whatever else you said because honestly i dont get what it means. Dont be so quick to take the offensive dude. I thought yer review was good. In fact, i even positived it.

AtomicShane
November 22nd 2012



1764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cd rapes

Kronzo
November 22nd 2012



991 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

hahahahah sorry DANcore I was drunk sputnik-ing when I read/wrote that, I understand what you are saying a lot better now.

Evreaia
November 22nd 2012



4008 Comments


pretty bad

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DANcore
November 22nd 2012



203 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Haha no worries

JeetJeet
November 28th 2012



719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

awesome shit

DotEight
December 17th 2012



5482 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I haven't even listened to this whole album all the way through yet.



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