Pg. 99
Document #7


4.0
excellent

Review

by Tyler Fisher EMERITUS
August 27th, 2006 | 80 replies | 28,774 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


A band uses an EP in a few different ways. EPs can be simply to spread the word about an unpopular band, giving a quick summary of the band’s sound rather than a full length album (example: just about any band’s debut EP). An EP can also be used simply as a little treat for their fans while the band works on something bigger and better (example: Muse’s Dead Star/In Your World EP). Lastly, a band uses an EP to explore a new sound and experiment with new ideas. Now, I know little about Pg. 99s other releases, other than knowing that they are supposedly fantastic. However, just from the sound of this EP, Pg. 99 explore and experiment with new things and possess many different types of sounds on the EP.

Musicians are:

Chris Taylor - Vocals
Blake Midgette - Vocals
Mike Taylor - Guitar
Jonny Ward - Drums
Cory Stevenson - Bass
TL Smoot - Bass
George Crum - Guitar
Brandon Evans - Bass
Johnathan Moore - Guitar
Kevin Longendyke - Bass
Mike Casto - Guitar

Document #7 is, obviously, the 7th release from the epic emo band Pg. 99. However, most releases are split 7” with other contemporaries of the band. At the time, Pg. 99 only had one full length album. Document #7 is plain haunting and epic. Epic guitars, powerful drums, and a deep bass sound all set the stage for the intense, powerful screaming. Clean vocals never make an appearance on the album. However, vocals, for the most part, are only used in climatic moments. At each moment, the band looks 2 minutes ahead, knowing exactly where they want to go and how to build to each moment. The intensity sways up and down, a constant pull of emotions. As far as technicality goes, the music is not all that impressive. The guitar riffs never show much virtuosity, trading many notes for long tones and big, crunchy riffs. The bass plays out when needed and simply serves as the root for the guitar at others. For the most part, in the slower, quieter parts, the bass creates just another melody to create a rush of sound. Once reaching the huge, epic sections, the bass plays down and creates a fantastic undercurrent. However, the drumming controls everything in the music. Buildups, tempo changes, and intensity are all up to the drummer and what he wants to do with the song. Jonny Ward happens to be perfect in that aspect.

However, looking at the track lengths, it just isn’t possible for every song to contain epic buildups. Tracks 2 and 4 hardly surpass a minute. Both of those songs are straight up punk songs, taking the intensity given from the end of the more epic songs and continuing off those ideas. Even this EP flows like a full length album. Del Emundo Lleno de Mucio is a rage infused song full of staccato riffing for the first 30 seconds before immersing into a full out drum beat and a 3 against 4 guitar riff. The vocals bring all kinds of intensity. The song quickly changes into an absolutely orgasmic jamout in half-time. One last surge of quick riffing closes out the song, giving 4 different feels in just over 1 minute. Love Goes Tisk Tisk Tisk starts off immediately with intense vocals and blaring drums. The song goes through 3 riffs in the first 20 seconds, an insane amount of feel change. The song just continues for a few seconds over a minute at an insane speed with riffs interchanging within seconds.

However, that’s only 2 and a half minutes of the EP. The real greatness of it comes in the longer songs. Living in the Skeleton of a Happy Memory is a song full of intense buildups and some of the most dissonant and evil chord progressions on the album. The first half of the song mostly revolves around the main guitar riff introduced in the first minute and variations on it. However, after a fake buildup that segues into a real buildup, all that disappears. A Sonnet to both Ugly and Murderous falls along the same vein as far as buildups, however, the song is altogether much more epic. The song starts out with much quieter drums and builds throughout to one of the loudest moments on the album. A quarter note guitar riff takes the stage as the main instrumental riff, but throughout, things become more complex. There is over 3 minutes of buildup going along different chord progressions that leads to that long awaited huge moment. The moment does not disappoint, full of huge double bass kicks and a furied rush of sound. Slowly, everything falls out except for sparse guitar to close out the EP.

Obviously, Pg. 99 throws all kinds of ideas into each song, making for something new to discover upon each listen. Every song on here is intense, powerful, and just flat out excellent. Although not quite as spastic as Circle Takes the Square, the band makes a lot of changes throughout, keeping the listener wondering what comes next. Document #7 is certainly a hidden gem in the world of Pg. 99, deep in the annals of their multiple split releases and albums.

Recommended Tracks:
Living in the Skeleton of a Happy Memory
Del Emundo Lleno de Mucio
A Sonnet to both Ugly and Murderous



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
August 27th 2006



16081 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Most of this review is going blow by blow for two or three songs =/.
And I didn't really find this to be that fantastic. "Living in the Skeleton of a Happy Memory" is one of the best pg. 99 (or pageninetynine lololol) songs, but otherwise I don't think I listen to anything else off of here anymore.

Serpento
August 27th 2006



2351 Comments


I haven\'t listened to Pg. 99 since I was in middle school, always disliked this album. Only Skeleton really caught my ear. Otherwise, nice review even though Iluvatar is right, you only focused on a few songs.

EDIT: Much better.This Message Edited On 08.27.06

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
August 27th 2006



2806 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I fixed that huge paragraph and made it more of a summary. Thanks for telling me, at least. I realized it was but I did so many reviews like that and people didn't mind.

stinkypoptart
August 27th 2006



1169 Comments


i hear all this bad stuff about emo music, i have never really listened to it before. And when i ask the people who bad mouth what are some emo bands thy say fall out boy and MCR an PATD. So is real emo any good? also good job on the review.

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
August 27th 2006



2806 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah that's not emo.

I'm not an expert but good emo= Circle Takes the Square, Hot Cross, Saetia, etc.

stinkypoptart
August 27th 2006



1169 Comments


Thanks, i'll check them out.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
August 27th 2006



16081 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Look at the top albums as voted on by the sputnik users (Document #8 by said pg. 99, Cryonics by Hot Cross, A Retrospective by Saetia, City of Caterpillar\'s s/t) to get a start on it. Usurp Synapse is another band to check out.This Message Edited On 08.27.06

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
August 27th 2006



2806 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Talk to DFelon, he's one of the more informed on the genre.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
August 27th 2006



3995 Comments


It\'s funny that all of a sudden people are reviewing this stuff. I have always found
pageninetynine to be weaker than most other stuff and hugely overhyped.
Whatever.

This review wasn\'t great either. Other than weird diction ("unpopular" etc.) I think it\'s
too hard to write a review on emo until you\'ve heard how similar a lot of it can be.This Message Edited On 08.27.06

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
August 27th 2006



2806 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Eh, that's a fair neg.

I think I need to get back to reviewing in the Alt/Indie section.This Message Edited On 08.27.06

heyseuss
August 27th 2006



384 Comments


Pretty boring review, but it was well-written so ahhhh balances itself out. This album is pretty good. Track four is great.This Message Edited On 08.27.06

pixiesfanyo
August 27th 2006



1222 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is pretty good album.

Doc # 8 owns it thought, as it does all of Pg. 99's disco because most of it is just boring and by the book.

Arrakakaka
August 27th 2006



685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

In the last track their vocalists do such primal and disturbing screams. At 5:47 into the song, that scream sounded like something out of DBZ.

Personally, I find this album to be excellent. Thats coming from a person who loves build-ups and explosions of emotion.

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
August 27th 2006



2806 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^What he said.

Two-Headed Boy
August 27th 2006



4527 Comments


Not a bad review, but you've done better.

Something tells me I'd like this. Good emo is very good.

MisterPilgrim
August 27th 2006



233 Comments


This review is like pancakes. Maybe someone will get the reference.


Okay review, in other words.

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
August 27th 2006



2806 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I know.

stinkypoptart
August 28th 2006



1169 Comments


i tried some emo stuff, and i dont really like it. but i can see whats liked about it.

Coup__D_Etat
September 5th 2006



65 Comments


The last track on this ep is amazing, the vocals are pure emotion

TheMisterBungle
March 11th 2007



861 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

How long is this EP?




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