Bane
The Note


4.0
excellent

Review

by Berserker! USER (4 Reviews)
June 25th, 2005 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


After classic LP Give Blood, fans of Boston hardcore outfit Bane must have been wondering what exactly could they do next" The Note, that's what. Even the most casual follower of modern hardcore clamoured to pick this up on its release, and it showed, remaining a top seller in a number of music stores and websites for several weeks.

This record sees some progression from Bane's previous albums. Don't worry, they haven't sold out to sell all those records, that's for sure, although The Note is recognisably softer in areas, such as the piano used in Pot Committed and the slower nature of the fifth and final tracks.

So, I put this CD into my walkman and had my breath taken away from me in the first few seconds of listening with Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda's intense opening, reminiscent of Speechless on Give Blood. The track that everyone should have heard by now somewhere, Pot Committed, is next and keeps the momentum going with a pounding rhythm and group shouts.

One of the best things about Bane is the distinctive nature of the vocals, truly breaking the mold in modern hardcore without sounding weird. Whilst taking a bit of time getting used to, it provides a certain edge to their records. The lyrics really cash in on Aaron Bedard's unique voice, the latter ranging from blistering wails to furious, rapid yells. There is not a single track on this album that does not exhibit the extraordinary musicianship of this band, which backed up by The Note's clean production.

End With An Ellipsis, the 5th track, shows a large change from what Bane fans are used to, with a melancholic, sluggish tribute to a dead friend of the band's. You couldn't call this song hardcore and it splits the album a bit. It's a letdown for the rest of the LP, although full pace is regained when My Therapy rolls around the corner, followed by anthemic Don't Go. Ripping vocals and drumming propel this album to an end with Wasted On The Young, which begins with an ear splitting riff and slows down as it approaches the final song on the album, Swan Song. Perhaps the best track on The Note, it is very similar to Ali Vs. Frazier, the final track on Give Blood. Both the songs are just as epic and suited to a last track on a great album.

Overall, this is another excellent Bane release, although I feel that Give Blood is still their best. A departure from their older stuff is definitely seen here with End With An Ellipsis and such. However, it's still better than most stuff out there and certainly lived up to its expectations. A great LP although it would have had to have been something special to top Give Blood.

Standout tracks

Pot Committed
Wasted On The Young
Swan Song


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masada
June 25th 2005


2733 Comments


Very good review.

I saw a commercial for this, but I don't really think I would like this band, or album, that much.

RCVA
June 26th 2005


19 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You should write more reviews. Much better than other reviews i have read

Electric Ocean
June 26th 2005


16 Comments


Nice review. I downloaded this album a while ago but haven't really got around to listening to it much, I think I'll give it a spin now though. From what I've heard so far I preferred Give Blood though.

Let's Chop Cats!
June 28th 2005


142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome album, Swan Song effing rips.

Fabz
October 22nd 2005


136 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Excellent album, Swan Song is simply awesome, I also really like My Therapy and Pot Committed.



Great review

Berserker!
December 27th 2005


73 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Who are you?

Fabz
December 27th 2005


136 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

LOL

Berserker!
December 27th 2005


73 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh, sorry Fabian. There was some post below yours by some guy I couldn't see the name of but it got deleted.

Fabz
December 27th 2005


136 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

no prob

xFor Shadowsx
February 4th 2006


14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Amazing album, Swan Song and Pot Commited are my favorites.



Excellent review.

Bane312
February 10th 2006


2 Comments


this review is one of the better ones i have read. Im suprised this Album dint get a higher rating.

Dancin' Man
March 13th 2006


719 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Changed my mind. I like it way more now. I am starting to hear emotion more clearly these days.

thereisnohappyhere16
August 16th 2006


63 Comments


f'ucking amazing band. nice review.

Justanothernimrod
August 19th 2006


478 Comments


nice review, but probably Bane's weakest. 'Give Blood' is incredible though.

Firecracker
November 14th 2007


107 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Awesome review.

Awesome album.

HOODS UP!

Spec
December 5th 2011


35633 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just realized my torrent doesn't have 'Pot Committed.' I gotta hear this.

random
September 25th 2016


2711 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This next song is for the Dunkin' Donuts coffee drinkers..."FUCK WHAT YOU HEARD!"

Digging: Dashboard Confessional - The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most

random
October 23rd 2016


2711 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Boston's finest hardcore band.



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