Adventure the Great
Adventure the Great


3.5
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Review

by deathschool USER (8 Reviews)
July 29th, 2014 | 12 replies | 358 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An EP with the ambitions of a concept album, for better or worse.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Folk is a genre of music that has begun to permeate too many other genres to accurately keep up with. It makes sense though. All folk really amounts to at the end of the day is a regional flavor, so it stands to reason that adding it to whichever style of music you decide to play will give said style an air of originality. As music as an art form marches relentlessly onward with no sympathy for those that cannot keep up, saying that originality is important is ridiculous in its redundancy. Music’s evolution has found a key weapon in folk.

Adventure the Great discovered a Darwinian combination of Classical and folk that is only somewhat underdeveloped here on their debut self-titled EP. Adventure the Great has ambitions larger than some albums three times its length. Every song on the EP contains a texture and style all its own, but they also work together as a whole for the most part. It is at its core singer/songwriter tinged folk music, but its backdrop of symphonic strings uplift it to a level that exists beyond that. Its style and feel is an unusual experience, and its originality should be heralded. There are times throughout, however, that might showcase a band that is a little too aware of this fact. Songs can drag here and there, because they want you to revel in their beauty perhaps a bit too long.

Lyrically, the album shines. Most of the songs are based on a season. The singer cycles through Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring. What keeps it interesting though, is his reversed view of their typical cliches. Where most people see Summer as the pinnacle of life, here it is portrayed as miserable and exhausting; its corresponding song’s chorus even revolves around the threat of a murder/suicide. Spring is not seen as a time of new beginnings, but as something to fear and even steer clear of. Autumn is not seen as the beginning of the end, but rather as a relief and a stairway to a much anticipated Winter. And “Bold as Winter” tops out this role reversal by being the most uplifting song on the album. It portrays a time that keeps you moving because it is cold and inspires with its minimalist beauty.

Adventure the Great were off to a formidable start with this debut’s release. They have a sound that is easily distinguishable from the ever growing landscape of their musical competition. If they use this as a stepping stone to hone their skills and move forward to even more experimental soundscapes, then there is no telling how far it will take their art.

Death Recz:

Ides of March
Autumn, Autumn, Autumn
The Dawn
The Old Man of the Mountain



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deathschool
July 29th 2014



6753 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Stream:

http://adventurethegreat.bandcamp.com/releases

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oldsoul
July 29th 2014



79 Comments


Dude, I know these guys. I didn't know they had gotten much exposure outside of Auburn - really cool that you reviewed this (and well done on the review, also).

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deathschool
July 29th 2014



6753 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That's awesome, man! Yeah. I like these guys a lot. Their live shows are a shitload of fun. I think they've got a bright future if they keep at it. I wish they'd release some new material.

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
July 29th 2014



5243 Comments


Damn, Death is on a reviewing streak! Here's a nice little pos to encourage you to keep em coming.

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deathschool
July 29th 2014



6753 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Writing another one right now, Judio! ; )

And your support is appreciated.

OverSlyZed
July 29th 2014



125 Comments


Is it me or the violins are always out of tune?....

deathschool
July 29th 2014



6753 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't think they're ever out of tune, but one thing I didn't mention in this review is that the production on this is kind of spotty. Sometimes the strings are way too high in the mix, other times too low. I could see how when it's overbearing that it might sound as if something is amiss.

Calc
July 29th 2014



12111 Comments


i like that you actually include a stream with the review, something a lot of people should learn to do.

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cacatookyman
July 29th 2014



6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love it and the band

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OverSlyZed
July 30th 2014



125 Comments


Well the violin solo at the end of the first song is just painful to hear....

VaxXi
July 30th 2014



274 Comments


Love it when we get reviews of unkown albums out to people, really helps people discover new music :3

Great review, have a Pos'd. Ill have to check this out later.

deathschool
July 30th 2014



6753 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haha, painful sounds like a bit of an exaggeration no matter which way you slice it, but to each their own I guess.

Thanks, Vaxxi! Let us know what you think when you do.



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