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4.0
excellent

Review

by Matt Wolfe EMERITUS
January 3rd, 2009 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Four guys from Japan which have a knack for creating ball-bustingly loud post rock really, really well.

As a reviewer, I can quite easily admit that I wouldn’t be anywhere without my trusty thesaurus. Ask any other reviewer and they’ll tell you the same thing. If they deny it, they’re, quite simply, filthy rotten liars. We’ve all succumbed to the shameful act of dipping one’s hands into the cookie jar of synonyms, frenziedly devouring the words only to regurgitate them for the benefit of the reader (or to make ourselves seem smart). Some are at it more than others (the capacity of human intelligence seems to limit the capabilities to expand upon any possible creative aptitudes), some just can’t quite grasp the concept of not overdoing it (the capacity of human intelligence seems to limit the capabilities to expand upon any possible creative aptitudes), and some simply enjoy it a little too much (you get the idea). I could sit here forever and mull over each and every alternative word for what Te’ (or Té) essentially is. But that would be pointless. The instrumental four-peice are best described in three simple words, no dictionary required. Really. Fucking. Loud.

It Be The Thinking… is the sophomore effort for the Japanese post rockers after releasing If That Is What’s Being Thought… to minimal reception. I can’t really comment on their debut as I haven’t heard it, but I can say that with their second album the band have truly nailed down what it means to contain a phenomenal amount of volume and energy with unwavering control and flair. First track ‘Nonexistent Intelligence’ explodes out of the blocks with a relentless, breakneck drum roll, smashing into thunderous guitars, creating a huge canyon of raw aggressive noise. There is very little time for breath as a small melodic interlude breaks up the onslaught but the intention to destroy your eardrums with a beautiful rage is made clear from the start. ‘Person Who It Plays’ starts in similar fashion, with racing drums and gritty guitars ripping away any space for pause before eventually slowing their relent to allow some melody to seep through. The result of this assault of controlled noise on the listener is a tremendous surge in adrenaline and emotion. The band have often been compared to hardcore bands and its not hard to see the comparisons. They have an aggressively raw and emotively unrefined style but also possess extremely tight musicianship skills, which they exploit with a phenomenal amount of energy and passion to create some killer melodies and unyieldingly powerful noise walls with interplay which fascinates as it melts the face.

The album isn’t entirely composed of demonstrations in how to make as much noise as humanly possible however. Tracks like ‘Done and Maintain’ may rip a riff from the silence and impose it on a crashing drum line, but it is done in a way which has the head nodding instead of banging. The track ventures into more barren sections with the pile up of instruments miles away, but always eventually returns to the flagged riff. The drumming on each of these tracks is pretty great I should say, with the skinsman always keep things fresh and interesting with frantic, forever-rolling beats. ‘Heart Be The Made’ also slows things down, with an entire track composed of one solid drum section repeated playing underneath a humble guitar riff repeated with subtle alternations. The track eventually picks up a little with the other guitarist throwing his hat into the ring, but on the whole the song is a little boring. What can be said though is that Te’ either have absolutely no idea about the traditional quiet-loud formula of post rock or they, quite rightly, have decided to abandon that idea because of how much it has been exhausted by other bands.

If a criticism can be levelled against Te’, it is that they are much, much better at being loud than they are at being quiet. Their melodies are great, but a lot of the tracks are steeped in tedium thanks to an inability to mix them up all that much. They may be a simple meat-and-potatoes line-up, but a tad more variation in their delivery can’t be too difficult to achieve. Also, the album seems to lack any killer track. Despite how awe-inspiring their unique style of post rock is, there’s no real track as an entirety which takes the breath away. For now, Te’ are one of the best bands around for delivering skull-destroying, ear-splitting post rock, but here’s hoping they can add a few more weapons to their arsenal next time around.



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JokesorInsults
January 3rd 2009


244 Comments


good review, pos'd

if you had to compare them to other post-rock bands, who would be the most similar

HUMGUY009
January 3rd 2009


35 Comments


This is good! I dont understand how they're post rock. Where can I get this album???????

gaslightanthem
January 3rd 2009


5209 Comments


really good review, pos'd
err idk if you know but when swearing rather than making one letter italic you can you do [size=2*] u [/size*]

without the *'s ofc
it's no biggy but it would make the review that little bit tidier. although most wouldn't spot it anyway so whatever lol

Minus The Flair
Emeritus
January 3rd 2009


870 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I know this sounds like rubbish JOI, but I really wouldn't know who to compare them to. As old as it sounds, they don't really sound like many other bands. Their melodies remind me of Tenebre, but their loud sections remind me more of a sgt. in the way that the drummer plays really fast and the guitarists swerve around him with agressive, drawn out riffs.



But I'm probably talking bull shit.



http://pachuparitiflitico.blogspot.com/2008/11/t-discography.html



Their discography is there. I'm not sure of where you can buy it.

Minus The Flair
Emeritus
January 3rd 2009


870 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And gaslight, yeah, I usually do that, but for some reason it wouldn't work and I have no idea why...



Ok, I got it. Don't know why it wasn't working before. Also, I can't remember if I read this, are you Bleak?This Message Edited On 01.03.09

Athom
Emeritus
January 3rd 2009


17240 Comments


their debut is just as good. nice to see these guys finally get reviewed.

Minus The Flair
Emeritus
January 3rd 2009


870 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I've had this for about a year now, got their new one too, but for some reason never got their debut. Got it now though, will listen to it tomorrow.

gaslightanthem
January 3rd 2009


5209 Comments


Ok, I got it. Don't know why it wasn't working before. Also, I can't remember if I read this, are you Bleak?

i was bleak yes but alas! no more


Minus The Flair
Emeritus
January 3rd 2009


870 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Banhammer come down too heavy?

gaslightanthem
January 3rd 2009


5209 Comments


nah it was more i basically disagreed with all my ratings and because i had just under a thousand idk it got on my nerves i guess ahaha - so i thought i'd be cool and start again you know

Minus The Flair
Emeritus
January 3rd 2009


870 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh, fair enough. I've been here for two and a half years and I've less than 200 ratings haha. I'm such a lazy scamp.



Really need to get reviewing more again, as soon as my headphones come through I'll become a fucking machine. Honour my contributor status and that, especially as other reviewers without the title have been spitting quality reviews out all over the place. I just don't like reviewing music I can't appreciate to the full extent.

Reeke
January 3rd 2009


61 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

love this album, although its loud i find it very relaxing.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
January 4th 2009


4970 Comments


dont worry about putting out a ton of stuff; 2 per month seems like a good rule of thumb for most of the staffers. daveyboy and rasputin are just crackheads.

JizzInMyPants
January 4th 2009


2859 Comments


nah it was more i basically disagreed with all my ratings and because i had just under a thousand idk it got on my nerves i guess ahaha so i thought i'd be cool and start again you know


oh stop actin like u musically diverse the only thing you listen to is METAL and thats bout it ADMIT IT

botb
January 4th 2009


11896 Comments


this sounds really cool. need to check it out.

oh stop actin like u musically diverse the only thing you listen to is METAL and thats bout it ADMIT IT

you are such a douche :rolleyes:

gaslightanthem
January 4th 2009


5209 Comments


hahahahahahhaa

gaslightanthem
January 4th 2009


5209 Comments


http://www.last.fm/user/FeverMirror

HUMGUY009
January 4th 2009


35 Comments


Hey Minus The Flair

I downloaded the album but it won't open with my itunes. I also tried saving it then dragging into itunes but It won't work either. Could you give me some help please?

Minus The Flair
Emeritus
January 4th 2009


870 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's a rar file so you need to open it with software like Rarzilla. Go to google, type in rarzilla and download the software. Then download the Te' file, saving it, and you should just be able to double click that file and the files contained within will be extracted. Then just drag those files into iTunes and, hopefully, you're set.This Message Edited On 01.04.09

HUMGUY009
January 4th 2009


35 Comments


Thanks! It worked.



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