Nodes of Ranvier
Nodes of Ranvier


5.0
classic

Review

by Stubborn USER (1 Reviews)
September 17th, 2006 | 15 replies | 3,771 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Nodes Of Ranvier's self-titled album is one of the best albums I have ever picked up. I will definitely still be listening to it many years from now. I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who likes avant-gardistic and intelligent music.

1 of 2 thought this review was well written

You might think that I have overrated this album, and how can a record released only 3 years ago be considered a classic. Well, on a scale of 1 to 5 I would rate this album at 500, it’s one of my all time favorites but I’ll try to stay objective.

In a genre that most see as stagnant and plagiaristic Nodes Of Ranvier have come out with an album like none I have ever heard, before or since. The musicianship of the band is proved by the way they have blended many simple parts in a complex and interesting way. While there are no highly technical parts on this album (guitar solos are something you won’t find), most of the riffs being simple, it is the unique and dubious combination of melodic and heavy, of slow chugging and very fast parts that make this album so great. The drumming is great; I love how it explodes from the background into some really energetic parts. Throw in the amazing vocal work, which varies from clean singing parts (which are actually all right), to death-metal like growls and demented screaming and you’ve got a masterpiece. The way these guys managed to combine so many very different elements is absolutely impressive. It is the fact that this album is, at the same time, simple and complex, catchy and original, heavy and harmonic that makes it so fantastic.

Lyrically this band is above most. Their lyrics are short, strange, but full of depth. The atmosphere they create is gloomy, but they promote a positive message of knowing your self and learning from past mistakes. I especially love those on Don’t Blink (Or We May Miss It) and Faith In The Faux.

As I said, the album is brilliant from start to finish, but if I have to name a few highlight tracks they would be: Don’t Blink (Or We May Miss It), it embodies every aspect I love about the album, the unique combination of melodic and heavy, fast and slow parts; Kyrie, a great and very catchy song; Faith In The Faux, it is the song that got me into Nodes Of Ranvier, and metalcore in general, an incredible track with an unique feel.

Pros
- very original
- great combination of different elements
- excellent lyrics
- you can listen to it over and over again
Cons
- short, only 34:17 minutes
- some parts are repetitive

Well this about wraps it up, this is my first review so I would really appreciate some opinions, tips and stuff.


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Kage
September 17th 2006



1173 Comments


I don't buy the bit about avante-garde, mainly because their combination of different elements, based on your description, has been done at least ten gajillion times before.

loathed
September 17th 2006



174 Comments


i might give this a listen, but i doubt i can find it anyway, anyone has their songs?

and why is the track listing not there?This Message Edited On 09.17.06

FEARBEFORECONQUER
September 17th 2006



8 Comments


Just gave these guys a listen, pretty coool man. Don't Blink is a cool song for the do0d above me.

Stubborn
September 18th 2006



2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah, well the avant-garde part is more complicated
Had no idea that the short summary was this short, it was supposed to be "especially those who like avant-gardistic and intelligent music", also I never said that no one has ever tried to combine heavy and melodic, I said that the way they combined eerie harmonies with heavy parts is original. By the way, please name some of the bands that did this ten gajillion times, would love to give'em a listen.

About, the track listing, the album was added without it before I did the review, anyway these are the tracks:
1. A Clean Head And A Clear Conscience
2. Eight Weeks Of Privilege, No Time For Regret
3. Butcher The Baker And The Candlestick Maker
4. Number Four
5. Don't Blink (Or We May Miss It)
6. Oh Yeah, Well My Daddy Died With A Needle In His Arm
7. New York City, 1963
8. Kyrie
9. Faith In The Faux
10. The EndThis Message Edited On 09.18.06

Kage
September 18th 2006



1173 Comments


Well, that explains it. I just meant that there have been a ton of bands who combine heavy, chugging riffs with melody. You can't argue that. Still, it was a good review.

Tyler
Emeritus
September 18th 2006



7925 Comments


You can edit the tracklisting yourself. Just go into "My Profile" and edit the review.

jrowa001
September 18th 2006



8749 Comments


i have their newest album and i really want to hear what this ones sounds like. is it similar?

Stubborn
September 19th 2006



2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Not really, actually the albums sound like they are by different bands, must be because of the line-up changes. Anyway they're both brilliant, but personally I like Nodes Of Ranvier more, it has a very specific feel, like nothing else I've ever heard, The Years To Come is a little bit more conventional. You should get Nodes of Ranvier though, I doubt you'll regret it

Cairnexus
September 19th 2006



11 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This bands pretty decent, I really like The Dawning Age on there myspace.

whatsgrimace
September 20th 2006



47 Comments


I like this album but I wouldn't have given it a 5.

canadapantsman
September 20th 2006



236 Comments


well what would you give it?

jrowa001
January 11th 2007



8749 Comments


finally found this album....pretty good but i like their new one more. but Dont Blink is now my fav song theyve done

BroRape
March 19th 2008



803 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i swear this is the most underrated album of all time. i listened to it this morning. it's amazing.

InsertTacosHere
April 28th 2008



153 Comments


This album deserves a solid 4, and one of those points comes from starting the album with a Jimmy Page quote. Hard to believe the same guys who put out a hardcore classic like this could go on to make such a sorry excuse for an album as Defined By Struggle.

BroRape
April 29th 2008



803 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is almost a classic for me.



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