A City Sorrow Built
Motions


3.5
great

Review

by Ryan Kroner USER (28 Reviews)
March 11th, 2013 | 28 replies | 2,425 views


Release Date: 02/05/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: swirl swirl fuzz fuzz raah raaaah yahhhh twinkle twinkle

Motions, the sophomore EP from Indonesian collective A City Sorrow Built, is not a forgiving piece of music by any means. While their contemporaries, all playing a similar blend of post-rock infused European-style screamo in the vein of Envy, Raein, and Funeral Diner, share their raw emotion and constant dynamics, where these other acts utilize painstakingly crafted and inhumanly beautiful crescendos, A City Sorrow Built instead prefer to keep things to-the-point, raw, and chaotic. This is not, by any means, to say that the four tracks of Motions lose any of the pure emotion that this band's peers build their music around: indeed, it is utterly apparent to any listener that the musicians of A City Sorrow Built poured their hearts and souls into this record's disappointingly brief fifteen minutes. Rather, while others utilize meticulous and complex structures to paint their own portraits of love, life, and loss, this particular group throws aimless meandering and seamless production to the wind. Everything about Motions, from the production to the song structures to the musicianship, is rough and unpolished, totally lacking any form of needless pretension or aimlessness, and in this its music absolutely thrives. It still includes the obligatory post-rock passages and the necessary heavier climaxes, but the former are kept brief and are without fluff, while the latter are some of the most powerful and real musical displays of pain that can be found in the genre. It's not often that a screamo release comes along that displays this level of pure, unadulterated musical and thematic honestly, and it's even less frequent that one actually succeeds in doing so without sounding careless or overly sloppy, but A City Sorrow Built really have nailed this formula with Motions. All that's left to do is hope that they channel this newfound excellence into a more substantial release soon, because this group is one that is absolutely brimming with potential.



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Ignimbrite
March 11th 2013



5228 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Yeah, yeah, I'll change the summary soon.

Ignimbrite
March 11th 2013



5228 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I am humbled and honored that your first post-ban post is on this review.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
March 11th 2013



3008 Comments


sonictheplumber

1 Comments

the legend begins anew

Good review btw, I haven't done criticism in a while so I'll try to do it here.

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Ignimbrite
March 11th 2013



5228 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Please do: I haven't written in a while so I'm sure I need some criticism.

Also, this is free.

http://acitysorrowbuilt.bandcamp.com/

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
March 11th 2013



3008 Comments


First off, excellent summary. No, seriously. I don't really know if it fits with the rest of your
review yet, but it piques my interest immediately.

While their contemporaries, all playing a similar blend of post-rock infused European-style
screamo in the vein of Envy, Raein, and Funeral Diner, share their raw emotion and constant
dynamics, where these other acts utilize painstakingly crafted and inhumanly beautiful crescendos, A
City Sorrow Built instead prefer to keep things to-the-point, raw, and chaotic.

Run-on, the combination of the extended description of the contemporaries and the "where" part makes
the sentence flow awkwardly.

Also, you should refer to bands as singular entities for future reference - learned that one from
the editor at Muzik Dizcovery. So when you say "the band prefer" that's a no-no.

utterly apparent

Feels just a bit weird

the four tracks of Motions lose any of the pure emotion that this band's peers build their
music around

How can they lose something that they never had in the first place? Something like "lack" would
probably be better.

poured their hearts and souls into this record's disappointingly brief fifteen minutes.

I don't know why, but I like this quite a bit. Good job.

How is "needless aimlessness" rough and unpolished? I'm missing the connection there.

It's not often that a screamo release comes along that displays this level of pure,
unadulterated musical and thematic honestly, and it's even less frequent that one actually succeeds
in doing so without sounding careless or overly sloppy, but A City Sorrow Built really have nailed
this formula with Motions.

Really nice.

Nice work overall with the review, I get the sense that it's so good because it's a post-rock
screamo blend that has some pure, raw emotion in it and you don't waste time with some showy
bullshit in the review's body like I tend to do sometimes. Good job.

Ignimbrite
March 11th 2013



5228 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I've gotta do some shit, but I'll get on all of that as soon as I'm done doing said shit. Thanks a ton for the feedback!

NationalRadio
March 11th 2013



340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I just love this EP. It's so awesome

Tyrael
March 11th 2013



20394 Comments


oh god I need thissss

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 11th 2013



48541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cool

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
March 11th 2013



9470 Comments


Love dat avatar, Ignimbrite

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Eclecticist
March 11th 2013



3863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

meh, was not impressed

BlueW
March 11th 2013



2092 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

whoa cheers for a review man, glad you all dig it

Ignimbrite
March 11th 2013



5228 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

do you really expect me not to push you up against a wall biatch

tragic.details
March 11th 2013



622 Comments


cool review.
I'll check this out


CaptainDooRight
March 11th 2013



26409 Comments


I bet Zedo would dig

nice rev bro what free!!!

On It

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CaptainDooRight
March 11th 2013



26409 Comments



*akhir/Motion#4 03:46

whoa

wacknizzle
March 11th 2013



11909 Comments


good review, this sounds sweet. will check out fa sho

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toxin.
March 11th 2013



11807 Comments


sweet soundoff

tragic.details
March 11th 2013



622 Comments


name yo' price.
http://acitysorrowbuilt.bandcamp.com/album/motions

Ignimbrite
March 12th 2013



5228 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

sweet soundoff


Why write more when more isn't needed?



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