Skycamefalling
10.21


4.5
superb

Review

by steveconygre USER (7 Reviews)
July 22nd, 2007 | 140 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Overlooked but fantastic post-hardcore album

Every once in a while a band will write a record that either defines them, or saves them a special place in the history of a genre, possibly even music itself. Most modern “-core” music fans might cite The Opposite of December, by Poison the Well, Calculating Infinity by The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Satellite years by Hopesfall or Full Collapse by Thursday. Of course if they wanted to go back further it might be bands like Botch, Far or Minor Threat.

Skycamefalling never really had the same impact of the above bands, but 10.21 probably deserves to be in the same league as those other modern bands. This is a wonderfully crafted, finely textured post hardcore album with angry, larynx shredding vocals and a strong musical and lyrical theme running through the tracks.

The lyrical theme, somewhat unsurprisingly, ties into the title; “10.21”. I have to admit it confused me at first, decimals not being the most common of descriptive tools. But I soon realised it was my crazy English date system making me miss the point; this is a date, a period in time that means a lot, the start of the end, or possibly the end itself. The emo influence of the album is most felt in the lyrics, which are almost completely about the breakdown of a relationship. The eyeliner jokes don’t have to start just yet though, as this is a very well written album. “November’s neverending” is about the dark of winter and how it never seems to end, and is compared to the initial feelings of loss and the struggle to move on. “The nothing” is about a relationship ultimately leading to nothing, and hints at what he wants to hear:

‘So where were you when one heart became two"
When three words became more than you could chew"’

The fear, anger and shock at no longer hearing “I love you” back wouldn’t be the same without Chris Tzompanakis’ vocals, which are screamed from his lungs and given their gravely edge by his throat, rather than the deep metal roars that come from the stomach like some other bands like between the buried and me for example. If you’re already into the bands mentioned in the first paragraph this shouldn’t really be a problem, as his voice never falters, and is as angry and emotive as the genre can be. Cameron Keym adds a melodic counterpart to Chris, but he rarely sings, mostly using spoken word, but when he does sing he is more than capable.

He is also a more than capable guitarist and pianist and probably the reason why this album slots together so well. This album contains three instrumental parts; an introduction, a short instrumental, and the title track, a nine minute epic featuring swirling, lightly picked clean and acoustic guitars and pianos that have eastern influences and lightly rolling drums with percussion, that crescendo to a finish. This is a true breath of fresh air, and they all have the same musical theme, which really sticks the album together and is a great concept for a genre that can often lack creativity.

The eastern influences venture into the “main” songs, but often it is about crushing guitar riffs that constantly shift from one passage of the song to the next, choruses don’t live on this album. The songs are all very well arranged and I can’t say that there is a bad song on this album; the interaction between the two guitars is wonderful when they are playing complementary riffs or playing the same lines for emphasis.

The drumming is also a highlight, with varied fills and rhythm sections, which you would expect from a band that like to vary time signatures and move the song forward how they like rather than sticking to a 4:4 because it leads to a good chorus. If all this sounds good to you and you like the bands above I highly recommend you listen to “The Nothing”, “With Paper Promises” and “10.21” because they cover everything about the band. Then once you’ve decided it’s worth your pennies download/buy the CD and add it to your life and save a place in history for it, even if it just your personal history.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Fort23
July 22nd 2007


2968 Comments


Very good review, album is also very good.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
July 22nd 2007


4939 Comments


zing!

Fort23
July 22nd 2007


2968 Comments


Iluvatar, can you at least show respect, and comment on the album, or the review?This Message Edited On 07.22.07

descendents1
July 22nd 2007


702 Comments


C'mon Iluv, Fort has rated four Garth Brooks albums at 2 or below, and you're telling me he hasn't heard them all?

unretrovertigofied
July 24th 2007


232 Comments


some of the softer songs on this album are truly moving. Probably the best 'core' band i've heard since Converge.

LifeInABox
January 6th 2008


3709 Comments


This isn't post hardcore....

i am the robots
January 6th 2008


1027 Comments


Yeah, definitely epic oldschool metalcore. One of the best albums of all time? I'd say so.

cfbassist
August 6th 2008


351 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

can somebody please up this? or send it to me on AIM? my cd got scratched



sn: DKL 217





in return i can send you to forever embrace the sun (their EP from 98)

SpoonerMcgee
August 9th 2008


91 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I wholeheartedly agree with the writer. This cd is very well crafted and was genre defining for me. From start to finish,theres alot to enjoy.

Good album.

kaospilot
August 18th 2008


53 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

finally i've got tis

McP3000
September 28th 2008


3984 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

why does the summary have post hardcore?

SnackaryBinx
September 28th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

because you're fatThis Message Edited On 09.28.08

joshuatree
Emeritus
September 28th 2008


3741 Comments


Album's good, definitely metalcore though.

thomasj12e34
October 26th 2008


195 Comments


one of the best metalcore albums

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
January 11th 2009


3900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Totally digging this right now, along with Unbroken's Love.Life.Regret

Digging: Glassjaw - Material Control

SmurkinGherkin
June 1st 2009


1809 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'll suppose i'll add this the extremerly long list of albums that i have to listen to since joining sputnik... nvm cant find it



YouAreMySilence
June 6th 2009


3727 Comments


Listening and not really finding the brilliance.

Gore
August 24th 2009


339 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wow, listened to a few songs and they were beautiful

Digging: King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Nonagon Infinity

Roach
August 24th 2009


2148 Comments


Ya, this is great.

witchxrapist
October 16th 2009


11117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

One of the best albums in the Metalcore genre srsly.



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