Polyphia
New Levels New Devils


4.5
superb

Review

by TundraL5Z USER (13 Reviews)
October 12th, 2018 | 255 replies


Release Date: 10/12/2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Groove based rhythms and ear candy galore

Polyphia is quite a difficult band to discuss confined within one singular review, as regardless of what you think of them, they are undeniably complex and construct their craft with the utmost of precision. Works such as Muse and Renaissance really displayed the band in an astounding light (for lack of a better word), the songwriting was exquisitely well written on both efforts (even though stylistically they are quite different from each other), this is no exception in regards to New Levels New Devils even though the band has drastically shifted in styles since this release.

The first single released entitled "G.O.A.T" displayed a vast array of styles never before seen in other Polyphia albums. The song portrayed some incredible groove sections, and great drumming from beginning to end. Guitar prodigy duo Scott LePage and Tim Henson really upped their game within the riffs department above anything else, hybrid picking, harmonics, swift interval slides only scratches the surface of the abundance of technique used within this one song.

Fast forward to the album's release, songs such as Bad, Yas, and O.D. feature similar technique to what G.O.A.T initially portrayed. Yas has a very catchy riff and inclusion of Mario & Erick from CHON was a great addition, this track, in particular, was a kind of a breath of fresh air in my eyes because it just feels really relaxed and laid back (that's not to say that the rest of the record does not display this quality but this track, in particular, I find is the standout within this realm of relaxation/catchiness). Bad is also a standout to me as it has a really snarling tone to it in the guitars, and the verses backed up with the endlessly intricate drum and bass combo courtesy of Clay Gober and Clay Aeschliman (the fact that they have the same name will never not crack me up). Although the bridge of Bad is definitely the highlight of the track for me, it sounds like a kid's little carousel toy with those very distinct harmonics also exquisitely played may I add.

I can see criticism of this album seeing that perhaps the tracks blend together, but I would have to politely disagree, each song portrays a groove that helps the track flow like a fine wine on a Saturday afternoon. For example, the track Nasty and the track Rich Kids are not similar in the slightest, in my opinion. Both tracks may seem similar on the surface level, but once you hone in the grooves and the overall vibe of both tracks you may notice a little more beneath the surface once you peel back the layers.

Only minor complaints separate this from being a perfect score, the lack of variation could indeed be an issue for some, but I feel the positives far outweigh the cons on this release. Overall I see this as a very strong addition to Polyphia's catalog and I'm excited for what they bring to the table in their next effort.



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TundraL5Z
October 12th 2018


3367 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Fin.

Get Low
October 12th 2018


6885 Comments


This is, without a doubt, their best work thus far.

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
October 12th 2018


11196 Comments


Holy shit, I thought you were joking about the seventh paragraph. xD Good review, even though I generally dislike this band.

supremejelly
October 12th 2018


1146 Comments


Never previously liked any solo stuff from Richardson. Buttt I actually liked the second half of his feature here

SteakByrnes
October 12th 2018


16225 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Wow half of this was unnecessary and this shit’s way too long. Not gonna neg tho



Album owns, definitely their best and I am very tempted to 5 it

Get Low
October 12th 2018


6885 Comments


Yeah, I wasn't going to say anything, but the first half of the review is quite unnecessary.

TundraL5Z
October 12th 2018


3367 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Cry me a river

artiswar
October 12th 2018


9850 Comments


i didn't mind the lengthy exposition. but you repeatedly use 'where' instead of 'were' in the review. can't wait to check this album tonight.

ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
October 12th 2018


3562 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

“The latter portion of the track where the trap beat comes in at full volume makes me wet, and I'm not even a girl, perhaps an attack helicopter... anyways this tracks slays and a great use of the vocal, not overpowering the track by any stretch of the imagination.”



keep doing what ur doing brother

- hh

bloc
October 12th 2018


58876 Comments


Might check that song with Mateus Asato, but otherwise I'll be skipping this

Digging: The Cleaners From Venus - Blow Away Your Troubles

TundraL5Z
October 12th 2018


3367 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

More of a legacy review than just an album review, I can see how people won't like the format

JayEnder
October 12th 2018


6010 Comments


These guys can shred but fuck those song titles are cringy

ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
October 12th 2018


3562 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Legacy reviews are fine if they are well written.

Get Low
October 12th 2018


6885 Comments


Ouch.

TundraL5Z
October 12th 2018


3367 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is a review that I wanted to write, and not necessarily to impress anyone

TundraL5Z
October 12th 2018


3367 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Also idc what you think ramon. you really seem like a genuine dickhead

SteakByrnes
October 12th 2018


16225 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

ramon is the fuck man

supremejelly
October 12th 2018


1146 Comments


This was sometimes a fun listen, but GOAT sounds so disjointed. Something about these guys puts me off too.

Just checked their instagram. Man these guys sure have an obnoxious online presence..

bloc
October 12th 2018


58876 Comments


Trap weebs

clavier
Staff Reviewer
October 12th 2018


1077 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i always say that polyphia are the boy band of instrumental prog

that being said, they've really weaponized their image in that all the "haterz" inevitably contribute to their popularity, and i respect them for that and that alone

Digging: Vi Som Alskade Varandra Sa Mycket - Det Onda. Det Goda. Det Vackra. Det Fula.



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