Birds in Row
You, Me, and the Violence


4.0
excellent

Review

by Michael Snoxall USER (47 Reviews)
November 26th, 2012 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

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.

Step 2: 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.

Step 3: 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.

Step 4: 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.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
MichaelSnoxall
November 26th 2012


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Didn't need another review here, but wanted to write one up for Wolf and for Media Snobs.

http://mediasnobs.com/music-review/birds-in-row-you-me-the-violence/

MichaelSnoxall
November 26th 2012


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

XingKing

XingKing
November 26th 2012


11078 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

MichaelSnoxall

Acrosstheshield13
November 26th 2012


792 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album kicks ass.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
November 26th 2012


10663 Comments


Saw them live. No idea why I haven't heard this yet.

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XingKing
November 26th 2012


11078 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album needs way more love. It's one of my favorite releases of the year and it's only got 64 ratings.

Evreaia
November 26th 2012


4060 Comments


album rules a fuck a ton.

wacknizzle
November 26th 2012


13696 Comments


Good review, Micheal. I still need to hear this!

Digging: Phobocosm - Deprived

CaptainDooRight
November 26th 2012


30334 Comments


koo rev bro, pos'd

Hep Kat
November 26th 2012


15399 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i dont think so snoxall

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scissorlocked
November 26th 2012


3511 Comments


pos


Digging: Low Roar - Low Roar

InFiction
November 26th 2012


3713 Comments


Sweet review dude, I'll have to check this out. Pos'd.

MichaelSnoxall
November 26th 2012


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks everyone, glad you're all diggin' the review and I agree, this needs more exposure. Defs give this a listen,
BroManCaptGuySirDylan, you'll like/love it.


And Hep, why don't you like this as much as most others?

Xenophanes
Emeritus
December 11th 2012


10663 Comments


still need this


Aids
Contributing Reviewer
December 11th 2012


24098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's not gonna blow your load but it'll give you a semi

Digging: Mitski - bury me at makeout creek

MichaelSnoxall
December 11th 2012


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

What aids said.

MichaelSnoxall
January 7th 2013


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

bump

Hep Kat
January 7th 2013


15399 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0


And Hep, why don't you like this as much as most others?


i dislike the production, especially the way the dude's guitar sounds. i also am not overly enthusiastic about the songwriting, but i do think there's potential here. this is just overproduced deatwish crap.

it was a pretty decent year for french hardcore, i heard several albums i liked better than this. none of them are in this vein though



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