Octaves
Greener Pastures


4.5
superb

Review

by fromtheinside USER (130 Reviews)
February 13th, 2013 | 26 replies


Release Date: 01/01/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: you guys wanted good metalcore?

I’m gonna skip the absurdly thin intro that’s been used at least two million times. Ever notice how most of those reviews seem tagged with a band swimming fastest with the weight? Let’s get something straight then, the genre is dead to those who don’t dig. Buried beneath the shitfest of Killswitch Engagae imitators are bands with life that demand being recognized. Octaves are a group dirty with the bands they took influence from; those same bands that everyone cries for everyday to revive their hopes buried with them. Octaves rip riffs like Botch, stretch time like glassjaw and start a riot like Trophy Scars. It’s hard to distinguish at times - what’s going on that is, where the melody just came from, and how sharp the tongue of their lead singer truly is, but these sings culminate for something worth stalking about (this sentence was originally intended to end with me saying the band were worth talking about, now, yes I could have edited this but after seeing what that mistake leant to the importance of the review I decided it worked even better. If you take anything from this review it is to stalk Octaves with an extreme dedication).

Moving on.

Octaves deliver on all expectations of how a genre everyone says is withering away still has substantial roots to continue evolving. Immediately the band combine a spastic, yet spunky, riff that lays groundwork to what’s to be expected throughout Greener Pastures entirety affiliating themselves with the more certified crowd of a genre, that’s again, deteriorating. They’re in good company. The band are tact with their bite letting loose only after they’ve loosened your bones with a clever groove; so often Octaves are leading false belief to a true punk track before cutting short the wish and erupting with catchy anger bottled in dissonance and the untraceable source of panic pumping through the noise- “Be Angry At the Sun…” the prime suspect in this case. The best aspect of this bands attack however is the thirst left to be quenched afterward. The aforementioned track would not feel complete, however, without its companion “I’ve Got Boxes Full Pepe”; stringing it’s madness along for a ride that breaks the convention of interludes and springing for necessity, Octaves introduce a story that feels alive despite the contrary.

It doesn’t matter what the band is doing they’re constantly in sync with one another. The breakdown that escapes frantically on “I Am He Who Is Called I Am” is a perfect example of this shifting from a time sensitive band to one that plays with rhythm more and took note of the groove. Here is where Octaves stand tallest. Amongst their most frustrating moments are those that flow so well with the intoxicating wave that came before it. On “I’m Just Going To the Corner…” they avoid complete inaccessibility by incorporating a danceable bass line underneath the chaos cementing how well they mesh their influences. This seems to come to fruition on “Shmohawk”, coincidentally the shortest track here, the song tries the many faces the band display at the drop of a dime with fluidity that affirms their nods to their idols. Also it’s good to note that you always trust a band that tells you they’re sweating bullets and shitting bricks, that’s just not something you say to anybody.



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fromtheinside
February 13th 2013


18717 Comments


http://topshelfrecords.bandcamp.com/album/greener-pastures

mmhmm. very good

Digging: Devin Townsend Project - Z2

MrElmo
February 13th 2013


1955 Comments


heard a few tracks, this is pretty cool

CK
February 13th 2013


4930 Comments


Not so much a fan of this, but the album art is sweet

Digging: Death - Human

fromtheinside
February 13th 2013


18717 Comments


i just wanted to take the time to remind everyone this is awesome

smallz362
February 13th 2013


85 Comments


I enjoy this a lot

wacknizzle
February 13th 2013


13478 Comments


Good metalcore in this day and age fuck yeah I'll check this out

Digging: This Gift Is A Curse - I, Gvilt Bearer

wacknizzle
February 13th 2013


13478 Comments


and good review, pos'd.

wacknizzle
February 13th 2013


13478 Comments


On round 2 now, I'm really starting to dig this. It's pretty Botchy as expected but the experimental Breather Resist parts coped with the botch n'roll vibe make for a really fun listen.

FearThyEvil
February 13th 2013


12627 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This is awesome and I almost guarantee it goes under the radar.

bloc
February 13th 2013


34925 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This is boring

fromtheinside
February 13th 2013


18717 Comments


what are you on about?

ILJ
February 18th 2013


6710 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This fucking rules agreed.

djunior
March 1st 2013


803 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This definitely came out in 2010. Topshelf just released it on vinyl this year.

Digging: Pharmakon - Bestial Burden

fromtheinside
March 4th 2013


18717 Comments


fear bro we need to keep octaves alive man fuck sputnik always sucks

Kman418
June 24th 2013


10747 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is aaaawesoooome

Digging: Teebs - E S T A R A

fromtheinside
June 24th 2013


18717 Comments


yea i know. hello search more of my reviews, i don't lead astray those who want tru musik!!!

Kman418
October 5th 2013


10747 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i've been coming back to this a lot recently

Kman418
October 18th 2013


10747 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

why wont anyone jam this it's so good

like be angry at the sun for setting

holy FUCK

Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 18th 2013


17222 Comments


My band played their two southern california shows on their spring tour this year. best dudes.

Kman418
October 18th 2013


10747 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

they seem like they would be fun live



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