Dry Satire
Demo


3.0
good

Review

by Brendan Schroer USER (179 Reviews)
February 2nd, 2014 | 131 replies


Release Date: 01/30/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "We didn't know what was there, but we knew something was there."

There are musical occasions in which the qualities that some people would hate about a record are what other people like or love about it. Remember Ulver's infamous black metal record Nattens Madrigal? To some, it was unlistenable dreck because of its sound quality and perceived repetition, and yet others found those very qualities mesmerizing and incredibly interesting to listen to. Well, the same thing could be said for the first demo by up-and-coming hardcore/emoviolence/metalcore act Dry Satire, comprised of fellow Sputnikmusic users Jacob Scheppler, William Crawford, and Alex Cunningham. The demo will definitely end up being polarizing to listeners (whether into hardcore/metalcore or not) because of its production quality and extremely raw overall sound and vibe. However, there's just enough here for me to recommend it.

Curiously, only two out of the four songs are consistently loud and intense, the first song primarily being an intro from the drummer of Jerome's Dream in an interview style and the last song being a solely guitar-based experiment. The two songs that are sandwiched in the middle are face-meltingly distorted and brutal, sacrificing complexity and melody to deliver a proverbial swift kick to the nuts. The lyrics are usually pretty inaudible because of the muddled quality of the screamed vocals, but it's not a heavy loss given the audible passion of said screaming and how the music picks up the slack. Thing is, if you like your music clean and polished, this will do nothing for you. That is, except for the final track, that "guitar-based experiment" that was mentioned. Presented in a much cleaner fashion than the rest of the experience, "Squestered" is a somber number filled with variations on notes from the D-minor scale. The lack of drumming and the hollower guitar tone really end up setting a uniquely lonely and "murky" vibe that sets it apart from the other songs. The biggest issue with the demo is that one of the eight minutes is spent with that aforementioned introductory commentary and while it's nice to at least have an intro, it would have been nice to have the rest of the song (the actual music segment) play out a little bit longer. Nonetheless, Dry Satire's demo is quite an entertaining and intense experience. It does sound a bit embryonic by this point (particularly because of the production quality and obviously the lack of songs) but it's just a demo; there's plenty of room for the trio to keep improving and expanding upon this glorious rawness. For being such a short musical trip, this is a really promising experience. Just be warned: it's incredibly noisy (for the most part) and not for the faint of heart.



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FiveLeavesLeft
February 2nd 2014


9838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

sup

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 2nd 2014


50355 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn an actual review

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Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
February 2nd 2014


5784 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thank you so much for writing this, Brendan. It wasn't fair that they only had the only review the album had before was a 1. Have an imaginary pos, dude. : ]

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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 2nd 2014


21053 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

comparing this to nattens madrigal actually hurt me inside

good writing tho

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laughingman22
February 2nd 2014


1662 Comments


pos

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 2nd 2014


50355 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That one part in Dead Limbs is very Orchid

YoYoMancuso
February 2nd 2014


11080 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

if this had proper production man the possibilities

also Sequestered could use a rather giant crescendo at the end of it

FiveLeavesLeft
February 2nd 2014


9838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Thanks guys.

@Fripp: I'll get to the Rush discog again sometime. I'm sorta on a hiatus in terms of that right now :P

MeatSalad
February 2nd 2014


14528 Comments


can this thread be as good as the other one?

FiveLeavesLeft
February 2nd 2014


9838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I guess time will tell

itchybutthole
February 2nd 2014


2491 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Can we all be friends now? Yeah a 3 is way more appropriate

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CalculatingInfinity
February 2nd 2014


1606 Comments


I may have to check this, after all Demi, Clim and Yak are Plug bros.

FourthReich
February 2nd 2014


17543 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

smoke weed

Rowan5215
February 2nd 2014


26233 Comments


smoke de erb

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MeatSalad
February 2nd 2014


14528 Comments


thought that was me that commented im getting our avs mixed up now

Ryus
February 2nd 2014


2451 Comments


Yay

FiveLeavesLeft
February 2nd 2014


9838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

\m/

Mort.
February 2nd 2014


3598 Comments


go and be a carrot in your garden

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FiveLeavesLeft
February 2nd 2014


9838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Those days are behind me......

hopefully

YakNips
February 2nd 2014


10681 Comments


Thank you so much!

Also, may I point out the interview is from the drummer of Jeromes Dream, which while not this band was my main inspiration for writing on this demo

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