As We Draw
Mirages


4.0
excellent

Review

by Henry M. USER (21 Reviews)
October 5th, 2014 | 20 replies


Release Date: 10/04/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: ominous, ferocious

Right from the beginning, As We Draw's second full-length is entrancing. The opening track, "The Window," is undoubtedly the best song on the album. It encapsulates everything great about As We Draw, with a winding, desolate song structure, dark, looming riffs, and sporadic post-hardcore vocals. However, it lacks a soft, introductory passage to the album or the song that is commonplace for such a long track. It simply bursts into a repetitive riff that immediately engrosses the listener. It ebbs and flows incredibly smoothly, despite the fact that there's no real repetition or hook. At about six and a half minutes in until the end, all of the fantastic elements the song has already introduced meld into an absolute beast of a crescendo. It begins with a surprisingly uncomplicated chugging riff and culminates with tortured screams across a backdrop of gloom and despair. The song builds and builds to an extraordinary climax and slowly unravels itself in a sea of noise and distortion, giving the listener a second to catch their breath before the follow-up track.

As it inevitably would, "The Window" does overshadow every single other song on Mirages. With such an incredibly powerful opener that is far and away the band's best work, the album unavoidably weakens as it progresses. That's not to say the rest of the album is bad--in fact it's quite the opposite. Even though it is fairly far above the rest of the album, it still would have been great without the song. Some of the other best songs include the second track "Losing Ground," harsh and unforgiving, yet turns into a more accessible outing with strong melodic lead guitar work. "Fata Bromosa" is perhaps the best song save the opener, with dissonant off-kilter riffs that are more original than the other material on the album. It perfects the more post-hardcore oriented sound that As we Draw strives for and also has an excellent feedback-laden coda. Another highlight is the slow and clamorous "Panic," as well as the fantastic, foreboding closer "Limbo." It's a bleak dirge with swirling guitar tones and soft chords that never really peaks as you'd expect it to, yet it's even better for it. "Limbo" tiptoes around the cacophonous climax it seems to beg but instead continues on sparsely, finishing off the album with such an austere tone.

Overall, there's a lot to like with the sophomore effort from As We Draw--powerful lead guitar, fierce vocals, and an excellent sinister tone. However even with a number of strong tracks, some of them wallow in post-hardcore familiarity, accentuated by the cluster of similar songs. Songs like "Blackmail" and "Fata Morgana" are decent on their own, yet back-to-back lose their potency. A nice concise break from this is the dark instrumental "Acceptance," complete with great wavering guitar. Despite the lesser songs, As We Draw has created a stellar sludgy post-metal infused punk album that's made great by the centerpiece and one of the best songs of 2014, "The Window."



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Ryus
October 5th 2014


3121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

awesome stuff, one of my favorites from this year

Digging: As We Draw - Mirages

JohnnyOnTheSpot
October 5th 2014


1150 Comments


nice, listened to this a little while ago and enjoyed it. pos

Digging: Clive Brooks - Ambient I: Blue Aegean

Ryus
October 5th 2014


3121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks dude! trying to get more into the reviewing game, any feedback is appreciated

JohnnyOnTheSpot
October 5th 2014


1150 Comments


you say 'encapsulates' twice in the opening paragraph

you spend a bit too much time on "the window" and how it's better than the rest of the album, yet the whole thing is still a 4/5?

Ryus
October 5th 2014


3121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oops yeah i'll edit that out

and yeah i wanted to show how it pretty much makes the album a lot better than it would have been even though it still would have been great but ill try to do something about that

Veldin
October 5th 2014


1349 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review and really enjoyable album

Digging: Kayo Dot - Coffins On Io

Veldin
October 5th 2014


1349 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bubbles! Conky! Patrick Swayze you're so fucking sexy in Roadhouse!

Ryus
October 5th 2014


3121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

holy fuck boys!

JohnnyOnTheSpot
October 5th 2014


1150 Comments


Gut Cassidy and the Sundance Cheeseburger

ExplosiveOranges
October 5th 2014


3134 Comments


Ryus review? Pos.

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Ryus
October 5th 2014


3121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you basketball eatin walrus ass muthafucka

@ExplosiveOranges :') love u

JohnnyOnTheSpot
October 5th 2014


1150 Comments


Safety: always off

Ryus
October 5th 2014


3121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cyrus is fantastic

wacknizzle
October 5th 2014


13464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review, glad this eventually got one

Digging: This Gift Is A Curse - I, Gvilt Bearer

djunior
October 5th 2014


799 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pos

love this lots

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Ryus
October 5th 2014


3121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah diggin so hard

thanks :]

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
October 6th 2014


7095 Comments


Nice review Henry, this is a pretty solid record, glad it earned a review. Keep up the good work.

Ryus
October 6th 2014


3121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man, I appreciate it! Will try to review new releases more often

tacos N stuff
October 10th 2014


376 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

throatruiner has all the best bands

Ryus
October 11th 2014


3121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i haven't listened to any other bands on this label, should probably check them out though



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