Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra
Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything


4.5
superb

Review

by Elijah Andrew STAFF
January 5th, 2014 | 477 replies


Release Date: 01/24/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: For the first time, in arguably ever, Thee Silver Mount Zion have fully realized the vision they've been striving for. "Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything" is a triumph.

Thee Silver Mount Zion have always approached their music with a very “punk rock” ethos, something that becomes readily apparent within the opening moments of their latest album, Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything. Any semblance of lingering post-rock aesthetics have all but disappeared, and really, they were hardly present to begin with. While typically utilizing a heavily instrumental sound, TSMZ have traditionally relied on a haphazard and rough feeling throughout their music. Lush stings and waning guitars would make way for harsh diatribes and cacophonous bouts of dismantling instruments. This reflects the band’s idea of their niche, bucking the tag of “post-rock” whilst wholly accepting damn near every other descriptor. With Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything, Thee Silver Mount Zion have come into their own, offering up the most fully realized work in their long and perplexing discography.

Not but a minute into "Fuck Off Get Free (For The Island Of Montreal” are we introduced to the wailing of Efrum Menuck and the refined intensity of the rest of the band. The track features a lot of the bold sounds heard on the rest of the album, and is in a sense everything that embodies the band’s seventh full length. However, it moves with an undeniable purpose -- charging headlong with a palpable intensity, rarely losing composure. Ending much more mildly than it entered, the song is one of the more straightforward pieces the band has ever concocted, and it’s all the more captivating for it. “Austerity Blues” on the other hand, is another beast entirely. With the skeleton of a post-rock tune (build, climax, etc) the 14 minute behemoth is anything but ordinary. Keeping the same punk ethos as the preceding song, it ebbs and flows with a much less contained energy, making the perfect melding of TSMZ’s past and present. At its climax Efrum is lost amongst the swirling strings and cacophonous percussion, all the while still remaining unfailingly intense. The lengthy resolution that follows is sobering and beautiful, as the band ever so subtly picks up the pieces that were lovingly dismantled.

If Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything has one major failing, it is that the rest of the album is distractingly disproportionate. Starting things off with a bang, the band really went for broke and the final three songs have a hard time matching the explosive energy. Capping off the first half of the record is “Take Away These Early Grave Blues” which is by far the most musically demanding piece of all. It lacks the constricting structure of the first two songs, while cranking the energy up quite a bit. It’s wonderful to hear the band let loose, especially when “Little Ones Run” follows up with an achingly beautiful (almost lullaby-like) song. The showcase of the record, however, comes in the form of “What We Loved Was Not Enough,” featuring an anthem-like finale that borders on infectious. It’s a lengthy and haunting exercise that ends somewhat tragically. Strained and pleading vocals soar over a solemn chorus crooning the final dying words “And the day’s come when we no longer feel.” Few moments in music feel as stunningly perfect.

Despite the superfluous hyperbole, Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything is Thee Silver Mount Zion’s magnum opus. With each release the band has always been just out of reach of achieving their vision; almost always falling just a tad short of some sense of greatness. Yet here we have something profound, something brave and challenging that has exceeded every single piece within TSMZ’s 14 year career. Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything is a massive, emotive, and intense experience that demands to be heard.



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Xenophanes
Staff Reviewer
January 4th 2014


10746 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I did not proofread. I apologize.

oltnabrick
January 4th 2014


33006 Comments


who'd a thunk a Capital Steez tribute

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Relinquished
January 4th 2014


28314 Comments


the � are back

Digging: Chelsea Wolfe - Abyss

Athom
Emeritus
January 4th 2014


17240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

shit. time to hit up what.cd.

demigod!
January 4th 2014


47003 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

im probably way off but i feel like the album title is a criticism/comment towards people who pirate music. that said i am going to pirate this



good review

Athom
Emeritus
January 4th 2014


17240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

holy shit. this is intense.

aircycle
January 4th 2014


1071 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cool review



only listened once but i found the first track kinda underwhelming, almost like 13 blues but less hard

hitting or somethin





Calc
January 4th 2014


12690 Comments


gahdamm the song i heard from this was boring....i dun think my mind will change but i have to give this another shot

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aircycle
January 4th 2014


1071 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

is anyone else annoyed by the fact that although they've released albums under like 8 different iterations of their name, it's never been "thee silver mount zion"

Electric City
Emeritus
January 4th 2014


15744 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol youre drunk



but the review is good and i like the record okay

Veldin
January 4th 2014


2278 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

An immensely satisfying album. I'm hoping this review will get more people to check out this album. Undoubtedly, my favorite Thee Silver Mt. Zion album and a post-rock album that can stand among the giants. /hype

Polyethylene
January 4th 2014


3294 Comments


Sweet av, Moneybags is a cunt

This band is where it's at, keep your empty Godspeed bullshite

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treeqt.
January 4th 2014


13856 Comments


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Best movies ever, and best movie soundtrack ever. Seriously, how much closer to perfect can you get?

heh

Polyethylene
January 4th 2014


3294 Comments


The LOTR soundtracks are 5s yes, what's that got to do with anything?

aircycle
January 5th 2014


1071 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

they're notably lacking in 11 year old asian girls

Polyethylene
January 5th 2014


3294 Comments


zing

treeqt.
January 5th 2014


13856 Comments


_notably_

ShitsofRain
January 5th 2014


6502 Comments


i thought everybody was kidding with their high ratings

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
January 5th 2014


6978 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow, so glad to hear this album turned out to be so good! Will have to judge for myself but now I can't wait to hear this!

Crawl
January 5th 2014


1707 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This, indeed, is intense as hell



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