Navio Forge
As We Quietly Burn A Hole Into...


4.0
excellent

Review

by SubtleDagger USER (35 Reviews)
October 27th, 2006 | 15 replies | 7,158 views


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A wonderful and forgotten emo gem.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Navio Forge is by no means a big name in music; they played just two shows in their hometown of Gilman St., California and pressed a very, very scarce amount of copies of their LP As We Quietly Burn A Hole Into..., which was self-released as is. At the time (and pretty much to this day) emotional hardcore was in no great demand so this isn't exactly surprising. What is surprising is that a band such as Navio Forge, who does not even register on most any musical fan's radar, wrote material of such an impossibly high calibur for their circumstances. When I heard them initially, I was wondering why this wasn't a milestone in emo, mentioned by every fan of this type of music; the simple answer is that the material in question is in scant amount and the band didn't last long enough to make a huge impression, which is clearly a shame given a listen to their lone record.

As We Quietly Burn A Hole Into... in my mind seems like one of the great representations of emotional hardcore; everything presented within its near half-hour running time feels heartfelt, most noticeably in the desperate, wild vocals but also in the arrangements and instrumental work. Aside from the definitely strong presence of vocalist Sean Lynwood, the clearly noticeable work seems to come from Aaron Arroyo's amazing bass work throughout. The drummer and guitarist are more than adequate at their roles as well, yet Arroyo and Lynwood seemingly are the foundation of Navio; they are what make the ideas important.

While both of them stand out noticeably, Navio shines when it all comes together and simply becomes an experience, which thankfully happens in every track present. The band has an amazing flair for dynamics... they know when to linger on an instrument line, when to draw something out and when to hit you straight in the gut, and they utulize that knowledge to full effect. This is present throughout the album; the start of "Hate Machine" is a perfect lead-in, a rhythmic pounding of low, dissonant bursts driving the entire thing; in "Manufactured Images" Lynwood's moody conjecturing peels away into screaming and back again while the band moves from sullen to driving on a dime; in "Weaponizing" another founding bass line slowly builds to a hoarse, anthemic repeated cry of "stop". The finale "Haloed Eyes" is easily the pinnacle of the record: from Lynwood's scathing cries of "cripple me" and "never move" and his harried and lost wailing that closes the track, to the amazing bass melody that seems to be thrumming over the rest of the band instead of under them, this track is perfect.

The only real negative aspect of this record is obviously the production. Being self-released by a band of such limited resources, one wouldn't expect perfection from such a record's mixing, and the album doesn't hold you to those expectations. The overall sound is able to be ignored with a good dose of volume and an open mind, but the way "Manufactured" is noticeably louder than every other track and "Weaponizing"'s "stop" break fades to a quieter volume even though the song continues undeterred solidify the fact that there is a lot to be desired from the production on a record of such great material. With that in mind, it is still very easy to hear a tremendous amount of talent and promise in Navio Forge's As We Quietly Burn A Hole Into..., and it is almost painful to hear such a good record from such a musical non-entity. However, the mere fact that such an unknown band can have an effect on at least a few listeners after more than a decade says everything about their efforts, however small.



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pixiesfanyo
October 27th 2006



1223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Acutally are pretty well known in the emo community.

(mostly thanks to fourfa)

SubtleDagger
October 27th 2006



737 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well they don't get listened to or mentioned much otherwise
According to Google and last.fm anyway

whiteminority
October 27th 2006



74 Comments


Made me realize I should of checked these guys out by now.

Hatshepsut
October 27th 2006



1997 Comments


omg more emo. Must try to find...

SubtleDagger
October 27th 2006



737 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I found it on slsk easily
Good luck if you want an actual copy

Hatshepsut
October 27th 2006



1997 Comments


Nah screw that. slsk/bittorrent for me.

even though i'm a noob at slsk.This Message Edited On 10.28.06

Matt?
October 28th 2006



12 Comments


one of my favorite albums. I've been trying to grab a copy of this for a while now, but the price keeps goingg up and up.

"WITH THE REITERATION OF THE ME ME ME I MUST APEASE BRICKS AND BOLTS IN FRAMEWORK OF GREED"

best song

SubtleDagger
October 28th 2006



737 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That part rules
Haloed Eyes is still just too ridiculously good for me not to call it the best song

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2006



16072 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Weaponizing and Haloed Eyes are fantastic. Pretty good album.

CheckersOnMyShoesYo
November 7th 2006



215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very good album, Weaponizing is the best song.

Zebra
Moderator
August 11th 2007



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

There's some great stuff on this album, especially "Weaponizing" and "Haloed Eyes." These guys have an awesome bassist.

Intransit
April 23rd 2008



2797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is seriously fucking awesome.

foxblood
November 22nd 2012



6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn the bass player rules

eternium
November 22nd 2012



16213 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I should listen to this more.

It's crazy how important San Diego was to the early emo/screamo scene.

sixdegrees
March 27th 2013



15785 Comments


dat bass totally makes the album

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