Old Gray
Do I Dare Disturb The Universe


4.0
excellent

Review

by facetheslayer666 USER (18 Reviews)
January 3rd, 2015 | 37 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "And every moment I lose without you, fighting interference between my mind and the tip of my tongue, I am lost. Tripping over my words, over insanity, racking my every thought, drowning this conviction behind an apathetic mask." Need I say more?

Let's face it; the term "screamo" is becoming pretty obsolete -- it's either used to describe EVERY form of music containing screaming (from black metal to crunkcore) or used selectively by the more pretentious "skramz" fans. Said fans will rant and rave over the use of the term so loosely; "Suicide Silence is not screamo! Orchid is!" When will a revival take place that shows the mainstream that screamo is not what they think it is? When will the "scene" people realize that Black Veil Brides is NOT screamo? Is screamo's definition changing right before our eyes? No. Screamo is alive and well, and New England-based Old Gray will prove it.

Angry, energetic, inspired and emotional, T. S. Eliot inspired 'Do I Dare Disturb The Universe' is said attempted revival. Did they fail? Pretty much. But this EP is pretty awesome.

First track "Her Tongue Was Tattooed On The Back Of Her Teeth" dives into the poetic activity of the group, yelling constantly at their romantic melancholy. "Can you feel my beating heart? Buried beneath the backyard- the place we used to live, where we stood on our own. We were rooted in this home. Where we exhaled our last breath and watched the summer fade to blackness." Poetry, no? This track fares into "Dying Leaves" quite smoothly, and ends to quickly for me to appreciate very much, decreasing the quality of this EP. "City Orchard", the best track on this album, is a good display of their influences, as the melodies of I Hate Myself and the chaos of Orchid are highly audible, with the vocal qualities of Saetia. "Instrumental" (which isn't actually an instrumental) is a rather depressing end to this bleak emotion, which shows their demanding and aggressive side, with spoken word lyrics as was in the first track.

This album has very high lyrical qualities, obviously. Like I said, the first track is poetry; but that distracts the listener from the music in most cases. It (the music) is quite generic, especially for an emo band -- most of it reminds me of some of Indian Summer's material. Tracks 2 and 3 are pretty derivative of Orchid's "Dance Tonight! Revolution Tomorrow!" And the singers are extremely lacking; they aren't even really screaming, more so yelling, or even shouting; also, the attempts of vocal melodies in the first track are merely shameful. One can tell that not very much work or originality was put into this EP musically. And the production does not help matters very much, as the drums are too loud, drowning out the guitars in some instances.

As you listen to this 11 minute album, realize that Old Gray is amateur at this point, and developing. Skramz fans shall accept them for who they are and what they are trying to do, and while they might not be making the best music at this point, said support will inspire them to become better. Hey, they could cause a screamo revolution! 4/5



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Slut
January 3rd 2015


3177 Comments


Opening paragraph is dumb

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Contributing Reviewer
January 3rd 2015


2670 Comments


yeah first paragraph is kinda unnecessary. and I doubt Old Gray are the catalysts for a 'screamo revolution' lol

the name drops feel pretty random, and you don't really justify this being an 'excellent' album. all you really do is compliment the lyrics as 'poetic', which hinges on copy-pasting them rather than actually explaining what makes them special. aside from that, you make this sound pretty run of the mill. you bash the production, as well as the originality and effort put into it.

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facetheslayer666
January 3rd 2015


65 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I guess there isn't much to say about this album lol

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ShitsofRain
January 4th 2015


6271 Comments


first song best song

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treeqt.
January 4th 2015


13063 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

only relevant song tbh

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treeqt.
January 4th 2015


13063 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

fucking lol

ShitsofRain
January 4th 2015


6271 Comments


top lel

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
January 5th 2015


51133 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

old gray more like average screamo band

ShitsofRain
January 5th 2015


6271 Comments


u dont say

adr
January 5th 2015


4700 Comments


if you think this is average you probably should give it an average rating

tbh

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ShitsofRain
January 5th 2015


6271 Comments


slightly above average then

treeqt.
January 5th 2015


13063 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

average band

above average release



feel me

YakNips
January 5th 2015


14206 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

nah

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treeqt.
January 5th 2015


13063 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

but that one song is literally la dispute at their best

SnakeDelilah
January 5th 2015


10140 Comments


ok

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YakNips
January 5th 2015


14206 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

that one song is better than like a bad la dispute song but its also worse than like a good la dispute song ya feel me

treeqt.
January 5th 2015


13063 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

man this album takes me back to the times when we used to say female-fronted

SnakeDelilah
January 5th 2015


10140 Comments


coventry sounds like a b-side off of somewhere at the bottom

treeqt.
January 5th 2015


13063 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

man there is this one song from this one band from around the time this was released and it's about some fuck boy midwest city and growing up and shit but it's more of a folk song than a bitch ass crybabby song and it's really fucking good and i cant find it because the city is apparently not part of the song title and only in the lyrics and i basically filtered my library for every half relevant american city

treeqt.
January 5th 2015


13063 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

not even sure ti was midwest at this point so yeah FUCK ME



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