Review Summary: Dissonance and clarity; the destruction of their disparity.Step 1:
Light the match.
French hardcore trio, Birds In Row, have brought something special to the table with their debut album, and it’s just You, Me & the Violence
. Tying together the vocal ferocity not unlike that of an angry lion, the deep, sludgy riffing that pumps your own heart for you, and an array of other styles, influences and sounds, You, Me & the Violence
is thirty-six minutes of pure aggression. It’s passion, ire, melody, dissonance, clarity and the destruction of their disparity. It’s not hard to see why Birds In Row are quickly becoming more popular in the hardcore scene.
Put the match out, grab a new one, douse it in kerosene- light it.
You, Me & the Violence
is the weird guy that follows you around trying to be your friend and lashes out at you at absurd times, but even when he’s attempting to be subdued he’s about as convincing as a rock tumbler wrapped in a towel. It’s edgy, it’s erractic- the thick, rumbling bass lines pound alongside the monstrous riffs and chaotic vocals. Well, it’s all a standard hardcore knockout so far. Where You, Me & the Violence
sticks out is with its surprisingly clean and beautiful melodic sections, usually in the form of a little riff towering over the dissonance layered below, or behind.
Hospital visit for third degree burns. Note to self:
Kerosene soaked matches do not take kindly to close proximity.
Birds In Row prove to be quite experimental with this record, with almost post-metal tendencies at times, akin to bands like Fall of Efrafa or Downfall of Gaia in their blend of hardcore and post-metal/post-rock/sludge. While not as grand or epic in scope as these two bands, Birds In Row do a good job of incorporating the atmosphere and ethereal draw-in that makes it so interesting. Even at times you can hear the band teasing at the idea of black metal, with the riffing style explored in songs like ‘The Illusionist’ and ‘Police & Thieves’.
And while it's not too
terribly experimental, out of the box or groundbreaking and innovative, You, Me & the Violence
is a demo of extreme potential of what this band is capable of. More than just a mere hardcore outing now, we see. Even with the song ‘Last Last Chance,’ we see the band taking the time to break the mould and cast out an ill-sounding dissonant arrangement of guitar with shaky vocals crooning over, exploiting the vocalist’s still broken, but more gentle ‘clean’ vocal style.
On second thought, let’s just stay in and order a pizza.
The album closes with a twelve-minute track that drones along at a snail’s pace. The vocals are so distant and the music has died down to nothing but a whisper. As it grows, the cacophonous riffs pop back and become as unclear as ever, eventually drawing into a sludge of thick reverb and feedback in closing.
For a debut album, Birds In Row couldn’t have hoped to leap out of obscurity with anything better. Although, with so many ideas at play, the band is ultimately let down by their curiosity to explore so many sounds, but then again, they almost do it so well that you can forgive them for their eagerness. You, Me & the Violence
is a remarkably inconsistent album, but that’s all part of the allure. It wants to leave you confused. Just You, Me & the Violence