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Internet Killed The Audio Star


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by XingKing USER (12 Reviews)
August 21st, 2013 | 19 replies | 915 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The ambitious nature of Internet Killed the Audio Star can at times hinder the quality, but there is no denying the phenomenal song writing skills and musicianship on display

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Debut albums can be tricky things. The artist has no expectations on how long it should or should not take them to write the album thus leaving them with an endless amount of time to craft exactly the album they desire. Sometimes the debut will fall flat, lacking focus that the band will later define several albums into their career. Occasionally, a band will release a debut and it will be so awe inspiring that it is hailed as an instant classic. Introduce the trio that is the New Approach for Martyr's Expressions, or N.A.M.E. for short. Where exactly does N.A.M.E. fall in the spectrum?

"Comparing photos. Then and now, now and then. Wondering what all went wrong. Baby, you're a hard act to follow."

"Killer Whales, Man" kicks off the album and a few things are immediately apparent; First, the band has some pretty nifty song titles such as "My Sweetheart, the Whore", "Empathic Communicator" and "You'll Never Die in This Town Again". They certainly have a penchant for the intriguing and the lyrics follow suit. Secondly, the band clearly loves the Dillinger Escape plan and other mathcore bands. They wear their influences on their sleeves and that's not necessarily a bad thing because they keep things fresh by adding melodic elements to the mix. Vocalist/Guitarist Wes Fareas transitions from manic screams, to low growls and clean vocals with ease while bassist Jeremy Fareas (brothers!) and drummer Bobby Gibbs lay down some absolutely astounding bass and drum work to compliment Wes' chaotic and plodding riffs. Lastly, an unimaginable amount of things occur within the first track. And that, my friends, is the defining factor of Internet Killed the Audio Star; An onslaught of ideas.

The album largely stays within the realm of mathcore with complex noodle riffing, dissonance and polyrhythms but the band introduces plenty of jazz, progressive metal, dancey and droning moments to keep you on your toes. You'll find southern grooves and chugs in "Killer Whales, Man" and "Mare". You'll find jazz in "My Sweetheart, the Whore", "The Sycophant, the Saint & the Gamefox" and closing track "Charmer" and that dancey breakdown in"Dave Mustaine" is almost irresistible to jam to. "It's Mr. Nasty Time!". Sometimes the ideas don't mesh as well as you'd hope or the transitions aren't exactly smooth, but the efforts are admirable and when they succeed, damn do they succeed.

"This is my life now... Yet I hope to never wake up."

The mid-album four part series "Empathic Communicator", meant to be viewed as one track, is where the album really takes you on a wild journey and it's here where the band finds itself at their strongest. Their ambitious nature is perfectly on display yielding amazing results as the series traverses a plethora of genres and tempos. Hitting hard with their mathcore roots in "Homage to the Hunters" and "Bee Bee" introducing progressive elements and a bit of hardcore before slowing things down with "Your Sun Machine..." and "How to Murder the Earth" introducing post-metal elements. Had the album entirely consisted of these four tracks, this album would easily be hailed as a classic by most fans in the genre.

So what exactly holds back the ambitious Internet Killed the Audio Star? Well, ambition and structure. The album isn't exactly easy to digest in all of it's 77 minute nature. Had some ideas been trimmed or refined, the album would be easier to take in as a whole and better for it. It is also extremely obvious that the bookends, while good in their own right, just aren't as strong as the middle portion that is the "Empathic Communicator" series. This causes the album to sort of sputter out a bit when the last tracks come around simply due to the high quality prior, though each track certainly features it's own highlights.

So where does N.A.M.E. fall on that failed debut or awe inspiring classic debut status? Somewhere towards the classic status thanks to some obscenely high quality tracks but falling short due to a lack of focus and proper trimming. Still, this is one hell of a debut and if they continue the quality found in the middle portion of the album for their next release, they should certainly find themselves as one of the forerunners of their scene.

"If there's anyone foolish enough to want this world the way it is, then let him have it..."



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XingKing
August 20th 2013



10329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Empathic Communicator in all of it's glory:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgrPNpNcAMU

Also, I fucked up the html so I'll fix that before anyone mentions it

wacknizzle
August 20th 2013



12896 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fuck yeah, I'm really glad you reviewed this. Album needs more attention, and yeah I need to jam it more

Digging: Racebannon - Satan's Kickin' Yr Dick In

XingKing
August 20th 2013



10329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hell yeah. I've loved these guys since the demo version of this album. Shame it doesn't have more loving

Relinquished
August 20th 2013



24879 Comments


too much bold

XingKing
August 20th 2013



10329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I agree but it's how I like to do my reviews and it just so happened that I grouped all of the song titles together in one little blob. I'll take it out.


Looks pretty naked now

Cygnatti
August 21st 2013



21349 Comments


Hmm.

RobbaqPL
August 21st 2013



158 Comments


Judging by the name of the band, the album and the songs, this is either the most pretentious thing ever, or the most annoyingly unfunny thing ever. But maybe it's just me.

Cygnatti
August 21st 2013



21349 Comments


people throw around that word so needlessly.

CaptainDooRight
August 22nd 2013



28755 Comments


"The artist has no expectations on how long it should or should not take them to write the album thus leaving them with an endless amount of time to craft exactly the album they desire."

- Yeah this is why a lot of debuts are so solid because there's expected 'crunch time' to get something done. Things don't feel so rushed.

"First, the band has some pretty nifty song titles. "My Sweetheart, the Whore", "Empathic Communicator", "You'll Never Die in This Town Again"."

- Should there be a period after 'titles'?

"And that, my friends, is the defining factor of Internet Killed the Audio Star. An onslaught of ideas."

- Before 'an', shouldn't there be a comma or semi-colon rather than a period?

--Overall this review is well balanced and I enjoyed the read. Have a pos.

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XingKing
August 22nd 2013



10329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Woah, you got unbanned? WOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

Also, you're right about the semi-colon and titles

CaptainDooRight
August 22nd 2013



28755 Comments


;] Yes sir

Cygnatti
August 22nd 2013



21349 Comments


Ugh I suck at semi colons.

XingKing
August 22nd 2013



10329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

They can be tricky bastards

wacknizzle
August 22nd 2013



12896 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Goddamn this album is insane, and fucking brutal

XingKing
August 22nd 2013



10329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I actually found out about these guys back before this record was released and they were doing a little tour and they came to my house and partied with my sister and some friends and told me their band name. I never forgot

CaptainDooRight
August 22nd 2013



28755 Comments


Checked some of the above link and I enjoyed a lot of the musical aspects. There were some pretty cool passages I didn't listen to the whole thing but I immediately noticed how high the vocals sit in the mix and that was a bit off-putting to me.

Ecnalzen
July 4th 2014



6494 Comments


The transition from the heavy section in Mare up to the 1 40 mark is pretty fucking cool. I did not see that coming.

XingKing
July 5th 2014



10329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The mix of genres here is insane, I tell ya

Ecnalzen
July 5th 2014



6494 Comments


Parts of the Mare song reminded me a bit of Precambrian by The Ocean. It might have mostly been the harsh vox, but it's hard to pin point.



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