Birds Of Tokyo
March Fires


3.5
great

Review

by Drummerboy123 USER (1 Reviews)
February 23rd, 2013 | 109 replies


Release Date: 03/01/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "March Fires" see's the Bird's leaving their "rockier" side for a more quaint and pop focused one, yet still retaining a sense of potency and beauty throughout.

2013 is proving to be quite a big year for Ian Kenny, lead vocalist of "Birds Of Tokyo" and his progressive-rock oriented band "Karnivool". With both bands scheduled for an album release this year, all eyes point to see whether or not Ian Kenny and co. can live up to the expectations given to them. This brings us to the Birds' fourth studio album "March Fires”.

The album title itself gives a hint at the style of music which can be found here, apart from the album being released at the beginning of March; the album consists of elevating keyboard work from Glenn Sarangapany, rapid climaxes that include the combining of heavy hard hitting beats and yet beautiful riffs from both guitarist Adam Spark and drummer Adam Weston, as well as gang-vocals to give off a unifying and uplifting message. From the basic and subtle intro of “Liquid Arms” to the chaotic peak in “White Leaves”, it’s almost impossible to not feel some sort of emotion when listening to this record. The tracks flow seamlessly well together from the work of sampled keys and interludes to give off a fiery energy in the tracks and an all-around powerful payoff for most songs found here. The best example of this would be the song “When the Night Falls Quiet”, this track sums up the album perfectly with its chanted and rocky chorus to its more laid back and simplistic verse, and by blending both of these mechanics it creates a far more immersed and emotional impact on the listener.

This “simple, but powerful” mind-set found within the music can be both a positive and a negative depending on the type of listener that embarks upon this journey. If you find yourself to be someone who can play an album and sink into the music easily then you will love it, however if you demand action instantly then you may find this to be repetitive and boring throughout most tracks. This is the main issue that seems to plague this album, especially during its final moments. Tracks such as; “This Fire” and “Sirin” showcase this with their uninteresting structure and bland lyricism. The “You’re not an animal” and “This fire, we let it all burn” chants endure for far too long than is necessary and left me with a face of disappointment considering the sheer large amount of quality that the rest of the tracks contain. The Bird’s decide to end the album with “Hounds” a more softer track that finishes the album on a slower pace than the tracks preceding it, this may be a disappointment for some but personally I feel that the whole idea of “ending on a bang” has started to become quite cliché in rock music today and so this closer gives the listener a chance to reflect on the journey they have embarked on.

To conclude, “Birds Of Tokyo” have created a “feel good” record that mainly consists of varying amount of emotion and soul by being simplistic yet potent, though it is disappointing that some tracks on here drag on for far too long and some of them are already on previous releases, but nevertheless this is a record that will spark a fire within you.

Recommended tracks:

Liquid Arms
When the Night Falls Quiet
White Leaves


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Pistol Pete (3.5)
A solid feel-good album that could have done with that little extra bit of variety to lift it to esc...


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Drummerboy123
February 22nd 2013


2390 Comments


First review, be gentle. May do more in the future, always wanted to do a BoT one though.

Stream - http://www.birdsoftokyo.com/2013/02/listen-to-birds-of-tokyos-new-album-on-itunes-now/

Digging: Devin Townsend Project - Z2

WhiteNoise
February 22nd 2013


3224 Comments


This should be good, I enjoyed the previous two records

Rowan5215
February 22nd 2013


27234 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review man. Great album also, loving White Leaves so hard.

Drummerboy123
February 22nd 2013


2390 Comments


Had this on repeat all day, lovin' it!

Album picture won't upload for some wierd reason, which is messin' with my OCD hahaha.

{EDIT} Fixed!

Cipieron
February 22nd 2013


3508 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i didn't think This Fire and Boy were going to be on here considering they were on the This Fire EP.

Rowan5215
February 22nd 2013


27234 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^ I was frustrated as hell that they put This Fire on here when it's easily the worst song off the EP. If they'd had Glowing In The Streets or the Lake in its place, this would be a 5.

Drummerboy123
February 22nd 2013


2390 Comments


Some songs on here just feel like they were put there to fill up space.

There are moments where this album is amazing (ending of White Leaves), and moments where it sucks.
But those moments are far and few between for me.

PistolPete
February 22nd 2013


3631 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cannot wait to hear this, if anyone finds a stream that isn't aus/nz only plz show meeee!

Digging: O'Brother - Garden Window

Calc
February 23rd 2013


12254 Comments


good job man but one thing

The album title itself gives a hint at the style of music which can be found here, apart from the album being released at the beginning of March; the album consists of elevating keyboard work from Glenn Sarangapany, rapid climaxes that include the combining of heavy hard hitting beats and yet beautiful riffs from both guitarist Adam Spark and drummer Adam Weston, as well as gang-vocals to give off a unifying and uplifting message.


this is what we call a run on sentence, try and eliminate these.

pos.

tommygun
February 23rd 2013


24992 Comments


only heard plans and this fire and lanterns and they were all incredibly boring do these dudes rock out more on the other songs?

tempest--
February 23rd 2013


14006 Comments


Tommy, check out their album Universes it's a lot rockier.

iswimfast
February 23rd 2013


1336 Comments


this isnt fair at all. stupid itunes. stupid australia.

tempest--
February 23rd 2013


14006 Comments


By the way, I thought this was a nice read, you have potential and I look forward to future reviews if you intend to do them.

tommygun
February 23rd 2013


24992 Comments


thanks lloyd will add to my list

oh yeah good review drummerboy congrats on your first

pos

Vooligan
February 23rd 2013


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I fucking hate Lanterns and This Fire.

Rest of the album is good though, Liquid Arms is my favourite.

foxblood
February 23rd 2013


6797 Comments


legit album cover

Captain North
February 23rd 2013


6791 Comments


Hmm, well you've succeeded in pursuading me to try it, Billy. I thought both of those songs sucked as well

Drummerboy123
February 23rd 2013


2390 Comments


"this is what we call a run on sentence, try and eliminate these."

I got this a lot when I did English in school hahaha. I tend to just drift on with sentences. I'll try better if I do another review.

PistolPete
February 23rd 2013


3631 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"I fucking hate Lanterns and This Fire.

Rest of the album is good though, Liquid Arms is my favourite."

This is good news, although I like "This Fire", "Lanterns" was a bit too safe a song for my liking.

Jethro42
February 23rd 2013


12492 Comments


I'm interested in hearing that album.



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