On The Might of Princes
Sirens


4.5
superb

Review

by Alex Trinkner CONTRIBUTOR (71 Reviews)
May 19th, 2013 | 19 replies | 2,338 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I awoke to sirens, but all you heard was apologies.

There seems to be some sort of unwritten rule that an emo band is not allowed to have a long prosperous career, or at the very least, bands that identify themselves as “emo” cannot release more than three albums. There are countless examples of bands crawling out of the wood work, releasing one or two critically acclaimed albums before disappearing nearly as quickly as they came about. One such example is the life of On The Might Of Princes, an emotional post-hardcore band out of Long Island, New York, who assembled a dedicated fanbase through passionately personal music around the turn of the century. With their sudden disbanding in 2004 after their first European tour, fans were left with but three albums, the final being 2003’s Sirens.

The album itself starts off with an instrumental track that flows perfectly into the second track, all while perfectly setting the foreboding and angsty mood for the album to follow. A track that finds itself dripping with passion and anger, the appropriately titled “Go *** Yrself” establishes the tone present on the remaining ten tracks, as the song starts and stops, ebbs and flows, until an explosive outro finishes off a truly banner track. On The Might Of Princes are at their best when their songs are allotted the proper amount of time and energy to fully progress and to “breathe”. When songs are allowed to be fully fleshed out, there are few who can hold a flame to the music created by these young men. This maturity beyond their years, while discussing their song writing, is made evident at the end of tracks such as “Cloak and Dagger” or “Spit Survival”, the former employing a stunningly beautiful piano outro, as the rest of the chaotic instrumentation fades to nothing, creating a near transcendental atmosphere.

Emotion is prevalent throughout the entirety of the remainder of the record, an observation that in and of itself is not surprising. But married with the fact that the passion is ever present, is the revelation that On The Might Of Princes do not seem to know how to write a bad song. Intertwining dual guitars are offset by pulsing and driving drums, embellished by gut wrenching screams, gentle whispers and everything else in between on every track. Dull tracks cannot be found anywhere on the entirety of Sirens, a testament to the songwriting capabilities of these Long Island natives. A power struggle between the melodic and chaotic aspect of the band is apparent, a struggle that only leads to more passionate and personal music, as the songs often find an abundance of both melody and chaos. This is palpable in my own personal favorite track, the aforementioned “Spit Survival”, a winding, pervasive, dissonant track, that takes listeners through the best of what On The Might Of Princes have to offer on their swan song.

Sirens is an appropriate final offering, a final offering that any currently defunct band would be proud to lay claim to. An entirely moody affair that leans more towards post-hardcore than emo, this record encapsulates the very essence of the early 00’s emo scene. Although On The Might Of Princes did not survive more than 5 years, Sirens is a record that has already withstood the test of time to a certain extent, and will continue to do so for years to come.



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atrink
Contributing Reviewer
May 19th 2013



2809 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Found this while listening to spotify radio and saw it didn't have a review. Was a pleasant surprise.

bakkermaarten007
May 19th 2013



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

WYAAWYWTB (lol) is so much better. But good review, pos.

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
May 19th 2013



2809 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Woah. A 2.5??

Thanks for the pos though

bakkermaarten007
May 20th 2013



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Yeah, WYAAWYWTB left such an impact on me. It was so personal, little lo-fi, melodic, and honest that when I heard this album I couldn't feel nothing but disappointment. Instead of their former sound I heard shredding post-hardcore music, but I agree I'm a little harsh. Would it have been made by any other band I'd probably have rated it 3-3,5. =)

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
May 20th 2013



2809 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

In all honesty, I don't think I've even listened to that record. If I love this one how will I like it?

bakkermaarten007
May 20th 2013



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Well, that record is a lot more screamo/emo than this one. These three tracks lured me in: For Meg, An Allusion To Italy and Caboose. But there is no bad track on the album. It's also the type of record that lets you discover new things for a long time, it sure was for me =)

PunchforPunch
May 20th 2013



5892 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

great review alex!

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
May 20th 2013



2809 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well thanks man. I thought this album was a little more well known though lol

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2013



2809 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well that's just unfortunate

RIP

bakkermaarten007
August 14th 2013



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Oh damn...
RIP

treeqt.
August 17th 2013



9025 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"WYAAWYWTB (lol) is so much better. But good review, pos."

[1475272]

and rip jason


Understanding
August 25th 2013



16 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I never got around to writing a review to this album. Sirens has a special place in my heart because it was the first OTMOP album i heard. I obsessed over this album. The songs in in WYAAWYWTB are still great, but I still love this album, even if they didn't.

And RIP Jason

laucha1266
October 9th 2013



231 Comments


i cant find any albums of this band on the internet, could anybody tell me where can i find 'em?

treeqt.
October 9th 2013



9025 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

on the internet

Cygnatti
October 10th 2013



21349 Comments


this is rly gud.

Digging: The Avalanches - Since I Left You

treeqt.
October 10th 2013



9025 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

you may think it is but then this guy treeqt comes along and posts this link right here and you listen to it and you're like whoah all i knew was wrong sirens sucks and this is the actual greatest thing on the might of princes has ever done wow what a band #sadboys2001

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Az2mlc1Thtk

you're welcome Cyggy

bakkermaarten007
October 11th 2013



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

^^

Cygnatti
October 11th 2013



21349 Comments


Dat song is rly gud yo

treeqt.
October 11th 2013



9025 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ya



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