Apathean
Eve


4.0
excellent

Review

by Adam Thomas STAFF
September 14th, 2013 | 20 replies | 2,278 views


Release Date: 06/15/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Unhinged.

Most people don't realize just how big Los Angeles is. Its urban sprawl spreads over five county lines from the cool shores of the pacific, over one hundred miles inland into the sun scorched desert. The latter has affectionately been dubbed the Inland Empire, which is somewhat fitting for its austere rows of track housing and dust brown backdrops. Apathean are the sonic embodiment of this real estate limbo; grinding and lumbering across a vast soundscape of harsh, unforgiving noise. Combining fits of late 90's mathcore rage with towering hulks of droney sludge, their newest release Eve, is a frightening exercise in unbridled intensity. Further complimenting their monolithic down-tempo excursions, many times throughout the record Apathean indulge their musical chops with twisted wisps of warped and winding jazz scales and off tempo cleans. It is unhinged, it is ugly, and god dammit it is downright captivating. Eve nimbly traverses this unbridled and unnerving musical landscape, constantly heightening the anticipation in each twist and turn until it reaches the eerily calm interlude of “Annabell”. Its foreboding music box melody and haunting vocals are down right unsettling. It soon fades into the album's final track and opus “Jezebel”. A visceral cacophony of No Heroes-esque brutality and massive, doom flavored riffs, it seethes with contempt as it bludgeons its way through five gnarled minutes.

What Apathean have created here on Eve is nothing short of astounding for the young band. They combine a myriad of influences from across the heavy music spectrum into a violent fury that is truly its own. Not only that, but Eve single-handedly places Apathean near the top of the crowded and competitive hardcore scene of Southern California's inland expanse.



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Athom
Staff Reviewer
September 13th 2013



17204 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Apparently the site doesn't like the jpg I have for the album art.
http://f0.bcbits.com/img/a0607839047_10.jpg

Winsomniac
September 13th 2013



7960 Comments


Yeah I was thinking the "no art" art is just a little too hip

Athom
Staff Reviewer
September 13th 2013



17204 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://apathean.bandcamp.com/ if anyone wants to check them out

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 13th 2013



31047 Comments


Fixed it Red

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Athom
Staff Reviewer
September 13th 2013



17204 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thx boo.

Winsomniac
September 13th 2013



7960 Comments


Jezebel was cool. Dunno if I'd personally make a habit of listening to it regularly, but it was really cool.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
September 13th 2013



3408 Comments


just rejoin staff already, they need it what with you writing more than half the "active" writers

Crawl
September 14th 2013



1576 Comments


Your reviews will soon be 2 lines long. I don't care as long as they're this good, though.

KyleSloths
September 14th 2013



1 Comments


This band rules! They are amazing live too, got to play with them twice on tour and they kill it!!!

Winsomniac
September 14th 2013



7960 Comments


Adam's are the premature ejaculations of reviews. They don't last very long, but they really make your pants messy.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
September 14th 2013



17204 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@brostep don't worry. it's in the works.
@kylesloths hell yeah they are. I felt so unprepared having to follow them when my band played with them back in june. it was like hey um we're nowhere near that good. also the new Sloths record rules. I'm bummed I missed your show when you rolled through Lancaster.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
September 14th 2013



3408 Comments


hell yeah

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
September 16th 2013



21763 Comments


you're staff again. nice

kingsoby1
Emeritus
September 16th 2013



4950 Comments


hai

Athom
Staff Reviewer
September 16th 2013



17204 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

omgomgomgomgomgomgomg



Imma sellout

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
September 16th 2013



3408 Comments


HEY ADAM

Athom
Staff Reviewer
September 16th 2013



17204 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sup

klap
Staff Reviewer
September 17th 2013



10304 Comments


if this actually sounded like the inland empire it'd be a solid 2.0

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Irving
Staff Reviewer
September 17th 2013



7163 Comments


Welcome back redsky!!



figure337
September 17th 2013



420 Comments


As someone from the inland empire, this band sure knows how to make you feel at home.



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