Envy
Insomniac Doze


3.5
great

Review

by Nick Greer EMERITUS
June 7th, 2006 | 32 replies | 29,453 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Isis for emo kids, now in major keys.

Envy - Insomniac Doze

Recap: Envy is from Japan. They're enjoyed and praised by fans of emo, post-hardcore, metal, indie, whatever. They've got their own thing going on that lies somewhere between Gospel and Welcome the Plague Year, or maybe, Isis and Hopesfall. Either way, they're compelling, and, as of right now, are carving out their own niche in the hardcore realm. I'll be brief on another point too, I have only heard a small portion of their previous release A Dead Sinking Story. I liked what I heard but never bothered checking out the whole album.

Envy, I'm sorry. I was wrong to play you like that. Your albums sound so much better as they run together. I love how you pace your albums to run beautifully through pounding hardcore sections and juxtapose that against lovely softer sections. I'm sorry I assumed you'd just use soft-loud dynamic shifts like Thursday when you really sound more like (old) A Day in Black and White or maybe even Explosions in the Sky. I made all these assumptions before we fell in love like this. Girl, those other post-rock/emo/post-hardcore/metal bands mean nothing to me now.

But on more realistic and less doting note, this album is pretty cool. Like I said, Envy has fostered their own little unique style that distinguishes them from other like bands, and they dig their heels deep into that style. All the band names I've been throwing around are appropriate guideposts for understanding the sound. They have elements of long expansive building songs found in post-rock and metal, but they're really a hardcore band who know the value of a giant crescendo. The end result is familiar yet just off the beaten path enough to feel new and exciting. However the primary way in which they distinguish themselves, by having major key tonality during heavy parts, seems to lead to pros and cons.

This CD is pretty much all diatonic (definitely unlike A Dead Sinking Story, and also excepting the wonderfully surprising "Night in Winter"), and sits a lot on major keys, especially during the larger sounding moments as mentioned earlier. Being in such a static harmonic state allows for a strong foundation for building massive songs with huge booming climaxes, as the song doesn't seem to move anywhere harmonically and instead grows in dynamics, tone, performance intensity, etc. So, this is a trade-off; I like their ability to build huge passages out of simple, slowly repeating chord progressions, but I dislike the plodding feeling of it all. By the end of the album, I wish Envy had taken me to more places and we had seen different things, or at least had a stranger and more unpredictably attractive foundation (think "The Gaze" by A Day in Black and White, which uses the tonally unstable em7-EM7-em7-cm7-em7 chord progression to give an eerie wavering to the whole 5:24). Still, despite this gripe, Envy makes good of what they do have here, which is strong climaxes, and frankly, that's what the music is about. Envy is not making overtly artsy music, or overtly brutal music, or technical or anything of that. They're all about mixing a brighter and sweet tonality with their unyielding, slow-moving power, and they do that better than most current bands (excepting maybe Isis and Deftones).

I have few other gripes with this album other than its harmonic vapidity. I wish the album wasn't so homogeneous and I don't feel like Envy is paving completely new territory with this album. Also, ftw about the album title. Actually, they're forgiven for the language barrier. Though I wish Envy pushed themselves more I have a very positive stance on this album. I love the crushing climaxes. I love the interspersed clean vocals, especially on "Further Ahead of Warp." I love that Envy isn't being touched by imitators right now, and that they're an over-hyped emo (not really) band that didn't break up after like an EP and an overseas tour. They seem sturdy, solid, and confident with their style. Now if only they'd explore some crazy unchartered musical territory, I could really commit to them. Until then I'm going to cheat of them with a few other cool bands. Emos in every area code bitches. Werd.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
The_shotgun_message
June 7th 2006



29 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I cant wait to get this

br3ad_man
Emeritus
June 7th 2006



2125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I'm really interested in this band. Where would be the best place to start?

Dancin' Man
June 7th 2006



719 Comments


Great band but I prefer A Dead Sinking Story.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
June 7th 2006



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

bread, first of all you can listen to the mp3 on the band info page uploaded here on sputnik.

cbmartinez
June 7th 2006



2525 Comments


[quote=br3ad_man]I'm really interested in this band. Where would be the best place to start?[/quote]

A Dead Sinking Story. I can send if you wish.

The_shotgun_message
June 12th 2006



29 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hey man, anychance you could upload a few off of this?

DFelon204409
Emeritus
June 12th 2006



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

IM me tonight.

The_shotgun_message
June 16th 2006



29 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Just got it, amazing!

DFelon204409
Emeritus
September 13th 2006



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This was officially released in the US yesterday. Comment and enjoy, etc.

superfascist
September 13th 2006



118 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

On the Best Buy website it says Envy's genre is "pop" and it's showing the cover for some other album. Best Buy rocks.

cbmartinez
September 13th 2006



2525 Comments


Amazing, amazing album.

Got a chance to see them on August 30th, absolutely mindblowing.

Pete
September 15th 2006



189 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like it. At times a lot, but it gets very repetetive.

livinginafantasy
December 18th 2006



35 Comments


is it just me, or do a couple of the riffs in this album sound like direct rip off's of Rock Action counterparts, Mogwai?

i swear there are at least 2 riffs that sound more or less exact to mogwai riffs.

i really like the musicianship, i generally dont like it when post-rock bands have to scream to sound full and intense. the music should do that itself. having said that, they are creating some top quality tunes.
slightly repetetive though.

superfascist
December 22nd 2006



118 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Envy doesn't "have to scream" to sound full and intense. Listen to their earlier works, like A Dead Sinking Story and All the Footprints You've Ever Left and the Fear Expecting Ahead, which are filled with a lot of very intense and emotive segments of instrumentation, and you can clearly see that Envy isn't just capitalizing on screaming to make a point.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
January 7th 2007



2125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I just got this. It's awesome, would have been one of my favourites of the year if I had heard it in time.

Also, the start of the first song does have a Mogwai riff it. Well, half of the riff from "Helicon 1" anyway.

The Jungler
February 9th 2007



4827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is really awesome, and if A Dead Sinking Story really is better, I have to get that. My only real problems with this CD is that a few of the songs sound sort of samey and The Unknown Glow could stand to be shorter. The singer's voice is pretty great, both when he is screaming and singing/mumbling.

Good review too, not that I would have expected anything less.This Message Edited On 02.09.07

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2007



17914 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

All the Footprints You've Ever Left... is their best.

Intransit
March 27th 2007



2797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Love, Love Love this album. Further Ahead of Warp is basically one of my favorite songs ever.

The last line of your review>life btw

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
June 10th 2007



4925 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think they tried to be a little too big on this album. It's still great stuff.

Two-Headed Boy
July 24th 2007



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Fucking hell this is incredible.



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