This Will Destroy You
Young Mountain


4.5
superb

Review

by The Katz brothers USER (183 Reviews)
November 11th, 2006 | 64 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


This Will Destroy You are a Post Rock band out of Texas. They have left no way for me to come up with one of my usual (not so) clever introduction paragraphs. Someone has yet to write anything about the band on Wikipedia, their website is damn near bare and their Myspace gives out nothing but the first names of the band members. So instead of delivering the usual boring paragraph about band history or something along those lines, I am forced to jump head first into the review. Young Mountain , the debut recording from This Will Destroy You, has a questionable status. Clocking in at 36 minutes, divided into six songs, it seems both too long to be an EP and too short to be an LP. As compared to many of This Will Destroy You’s contemporaries, something else seems too short. You see This Will Destroy You, unlike other Post Rock artists like Godspeed You! Black Emperor for example, cram all the epic-ness you’d expect from a Post Rock song into half the normal time slot, a la Mogwai. The five minute album opener Quiet is simply put, the most grand five minute track I have ever heard. The guitars shimmer, bass is just the right mix or aggressive and laid back, while the ever pounding drums bring it all together. There are no vocals, though that shouldn’t come as a shock, but still This Will Destroy You make some catchy tunes.

TWDY’s sound is near perfect. Production wise, everything is right where it should be. Tone wise, it doesn’t get much better. The quiet parts are tear jerking. The loud parts, while equally tear jerking, are brutal. A better example of this than The World is Our ____ cannot be found. The first two minutes contain over lapping arpeggios of guitar and bass, whilst a electronic sounding drum beat plays underneath, this part, the “verse” per say, reoccurs later on in the song. The “chorus” could easily be thought of as the chorus to a metal song, it is so heavy. The rhythm guitar is aided by tons of distortion, while the lead is as textured as ever. The bass and drums work to together to create a pummeling beat for which all of this goes down on. I wish I could play drums like they are played on this album. There are no ridiculous fills, no million bpm playing either, just some of the most solid drumming I have ever heard. Even when the only thing being played is a simple ride cymbal pattern, it sounds perfect. The electronica influence only just makes me love the drums more. Every instrument on This Will Destroy You’s sounds perfect, but the drums give off an unspoken radiance. Simple, yet complex when the time comes, they fit in perfectly.

Closing off the album is There Are Some Remedies Worse than the Disease , probably the most ambient track on the CD. Beginning with two interlocking, textured guitar riffs, the song builds up through prominent bass parts and powerful drums into an all too short, violin aided, heavy climax. The album ends with a couple seconds of guitar feedback and leaves you with, despite its short length, a good feeling.

4.5/5

-Dan



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Neoteric
November 11th 2006


3243 Comments


I love short reviews so good work :thumb:

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
November 11th 2006


17945 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Good review. I'm gonna get this.

711
November 11th 2006


1341 Comments


Pretty tight review. I think Ill try to look for this, I really like this band.

AlienEater
November 12th 2006


716 Comments


Sweet review, sounds pretty cool.

Two-Headed Boy
November 13th 2006


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This sounds tight and shit.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2006


17945 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This album is like really awesome.

711
November 13th 2006


1341 Comments


This album is like really awesome.

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Damn, what a 500th comment.This Message Edited On 11.13.06

The Jungler
November 13th 2006


4827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, I needed to raise my rating and stuff.

Quiet is my favorite.

711
November 13th 2006


1341 Comments


I think "Happiness We're All in It Together " is my favorite.

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
November 21st 2006


2806 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Fantastic album. Great recommendation, Jungler.

rhyno
December 10th 2006


28 Comments


This album is really good. They sound kind of like Explosions in the Sky, only way more interesting.

Eliminator
December 11th 2006


2067 Comments


That's impossible.

Two-Headed Boy
December 27th 2006


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Fookin' incredible.

metallicaman8
December 27th 2006


4677 Comments


I've seeen that album art somewhere else before.

Eliminator
December 27th 2006


2067 Comments


The Jungler's avatar.

The Jungler
December 27th 2006


4827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, Liminator is right. I had this an avatar for a month or two.
[quote=THB]Fookin' incredible.[/quote]I knew you'd like this and 4.5 seems to be the popular opinion. Finally this has enough votes to reach 10 on the charts m/.
oh yeah and elim, raise your rating.

Eliminator
December 27th 2006


2067 Comments


Um they're barely better than most generic post rock bands.

this definitely makes the album superbThis Message Edited On 12.27.06

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
January 2nd 2007


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I am craving this due to the feedback and the review. They don't even have this at my "obvious to obscure" record shop Vintage Vinyl.

ett
January 8th 2007


3 Comments


it sounds like explosions in the sky, but still really good

samthebassman
January 9th 2007


2164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I cant seem to find this album anywhere, anybody know of a site where this can be downloaded from????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????


If they sound anything like explosions in the sky the must be farkin sweet!



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