NK
Nothing To Be Gained Here


3.5
great

Review

by fish CONTRIBUTOR (43 Reviews)
August 23rd, 2013 | 39 replies


Release Date: 05/21/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: North Korea tackle the leap into full-lengths with their funky post hardcore. It's just a shame it feels a little disposable.

Despite their roots in Envy On The Coast and The Dillinger Escape Plan, North Korea (technically now simply known as 'NK') have maintained a low-key DIY aesthetic since their quiet inception three years ago. Free EPs Basement Tapes Vol.1 & 2 offered glimpses into a brand of energetic, rhythmic post hardcore - but one which wasn't afraid to experiment musically or dabble in melody, and one which wasn't too worried about taking itself that seriously. In refusing to get stuck in the rigidity of a particular sound or austere concept they created something catchy but lively, gritty and interesting; a sound which was diverse and dynamic but didn't fall under its own weight because, most importantly of all, it was fun.

Nothing To Be Gained Here carries more or less straight on from the EPs. The likes of "Confessional", "Customer" and "Shoulder Gorilla" are the bass heavy numbers featuring Ryan Hunter spitting out his Mike Patton-esque vocals over a layer of fuzzy guitar riffs, all spinning out on separate tangents and licks. "Memo", "Vacation Days" and "X It Out" are slower and quieter, developing complex vocal melodies over a colder and tenser instrumental base. "Set A Fire"'s catchy chorus and explosive ending are album highlights, as is "Customer's" bridge, led by Hunter's soaring vocal melody, and "Confessional"'s thunderous two-note riff. North Korea's funk-driven sound has therefore transferred well onto their début LP, losing none of its spark in avoiding over-stretching itself on the longer format. With such a unique and punchy sound, it's subsequently a bit of a disappointment (and a surprise) that the mark it leaves doesn't seem to last that long.



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fish.
Contributing Reviewer
August 23rd 2013


22004 Comments


Stream: http://www.revolvermag.com/news/exclusive-album-premiere-nk-nothing-to-be-gained-here.html

EP downloads: http://facebook.com/officialNKmusic?v=feed&refid=17


Digging: Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream

loveisamixtape
August 23rd 2013


6088 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review! the similar artists/recommended albums have me interested

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 23rd 2013


19916 Comments


nice review. I liked the vocalist of envy on the coast so i'll have to check this out

Digging: Dornenreich - Freiheit

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
August 23rd 2013


22004 Comments


Yeah it's the same guy.

the similar artists/recommended albums have me interested


Best way I could describe this is imagine Mike Patton fronted Glassjaw.

Myrkur
August 23rd 2013


164 Comments


All of this band's albums are equal

Myrkur
August 23rd 2013


164 Comments


They are also revolutionary

Myrkur
August 23rd 2013


164 Comments


And I bet the band members are comrades

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
August 23rd 2013


22004 Comments


they melted and changed their name

pussies

Calc
August 23rd 2013


12249 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sounds like something I'd review/like.

will listen.

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loveisamixtape
August 23rd 2013


6088 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

rly weird sound so far but i dig it i think

loveisamixtape
August 23rd 2013


6088 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

second half blows the first half out of the water but this is like a 3.3

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
August 23rd 2013


22004 Comments


Two sides are about equal imo

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
August 23rd 2013


10271 Comments


Sounds awesome. What a good review, too.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
August 23rd 2013


22004 Comments


thank you for all the kind words

greg84
Staff Reviewer
August 23rd 2013


7417 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6

I really like their EPs, but this didn't really click with me for some reason.

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fish.
Contributing Reviewer
August 23rd 2013


22004 Comments


I wasn't expecting to like this as much as I did cos I didn't particularly enjoy vol.2

DrHouseSchuldiner
August 23rd 2013


5643 Comments


>south korea

greg84
Staff Reviewer
August 23rd 2013


7417 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6

I don't think this is very similar to their EPs. This has more electronic/experimental vibe to it from what I remember. I need to give this another chance.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
August 23rd 2013


10271 Comments


These guys should cover "The Threat Posed by Nuclear Weapons."

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
August 23rd 2013


22004 Comments


This doesn't have much electronic stuff going on (can't think of anything outside of Sweetness)
and I don't find it that much more experimental



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