Vaka
Kappa Delta Phi


4.0
excellent

Review

by Crimson USER (60 Reviews)
March 19th, 2009 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sludgy post-metal with a piano. What more could you want?

It’s hard to make or listen to music nowadays without worrying about originality. It happens in pretty much every genre. Whenever you listen to a band, if it sounds like a hundred other bands then it’s hard to really enjoy the record than you otherwise would. When listening to Vaka, you really don’t have that problem.

Something about the production, the piano and the dynamics of the record make it different from your other Post-Metal bands. On “Kappa Delta Phi” the sound is ethereal yet personal, sorrowful but nevertheless full of power – it’s a sound that can draw you in and blow you away, or just flood over you like an ocean. It’s full of beautiful melodies (piano led or otherwise), primordial and bombastic drumming, and gorgeous soundscapes throughout. Post-Metal bands often sound predictable, enjoyable at first but when put in context alongside releases such as this just inadequate. It’s not necessarily a case of pushing boundaries or breaking exciting new ground, it’s just making yourself sound different from all the other bands out there.

Vaka do this, and they do it with aplomb. The piano is an essential touch. Whereas the guitars give off a heavy, dominating vibe, the piano plays around this in many subtle ways. Either with brooding and dark chords in the background (“Born To Secrecy”) or leading the song with beautiful and sorrowful melodies (“At The Hands Of Loss”) the instrument is vital for the sound Vaka produce. What’s key is that it doesn’t become monotonous, a lesser band could have had piano in their sound no problem, but Vaka make sure that it is constantly doing something new. Either leading a song or just as a subtle part of the ever changing rhythmic background.

Combining this ever present piano with some amazing electronics (“Like An Astronomer” in particular) and an extremely forceful drum display gives the album its identity, and bringing back the original point, it’s originality. While the vocals aren’t brilliantly original, their presence alongside this more unique Post-Metal sound is brilliant, and melodies that would otherwise be forgettable are made stunning thanks to other elements that play around them. The best songs on this come when the piano melodies come to the forefront, like the simply stunning “At The Hands Of Loss” and the haunting “Stalemate”, but there’s little to complain about with this album. It’s a unique, personal and atmospheric album that reveals itself more and more over time without being overbearing, some of the most interesting stuff I’ve heard in this genre for a long time.



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Crimson
March 19th 2009


1937 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh hi guys

Metalstyles
Emeritus
March 19th 2009


8570 Comments


ok, i read the first two paragraphs and don't need to read anymore, you already sold me. great review.

Willie
Moderator
March 19th 2009


17608 Comments


welcome back... maybe you weren't missing but I haven't seen you in awhile. There's very little post-metal I can get into, but maybe this will be different. Nice review.

Metalstyles
Emeritus
March 19th 2009


8570 Comments


btw sorrowful metal rules!

Crimson
March 19th 2009


1937 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

first paragraph is really generic and i'm not really sure what i was thinking of when i wrote it, oh well.



and cheers willie, i've been lurking for a while but not posting much but meh



This Message Edited On 03.19.09

fireaboveicebelow
March 19th 2009


6832 Comments


Sludgy post-metal with a piano. What more could you want?
post-metal with no relevance to a frat house

Crimson
March 19th 2009


1937 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

:D



nice.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
March 19th 2009


4970 Comments


sounds interesting... but come on write a review for a less-than-4-star album

Willie
Moderator
March 19th 2009


17608 Comments


I'm liking the Myspace songs a lot. Good call. As for reviewing less than stellar albums, they're fun to read but I'd rather find
something new so keep it up (Just throwing out the opposing opinion)...

This Message Edited On 03.19.09

Crimson
March 19th 2009


1937 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sounds interesting... but come on write a review for a less-than-4-star album


i can never find inspiration for that, seems pointless reviewing something that people won't want to listen to

jrowa001
March 19th 2009


8752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice review, but you should mention that most of the vocals are done by the vocalist from Ghost Brigade.

gaslightanthem
March 19th 2009


5209 Comments


you should mention

NortherlyNanook
March 19th 2009


1285 Comments


^ ^ oh hey that's pretty funny you left some words out


i heard about this about a month ago and was unsure about downloading. i may have to do so now

KYZAR
March 19th 2009


513 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

o yea getting this

BallsToTheWall
March 19th 2009


48690 Comments


Good review. Sounds maybe maybe. I like Grayceon who play post metal with a cello so with a piano, I'm curious.

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Wizard
March 19th 2009


20186 Comments


You never go wrong with your taste in post metal Crimson. Gonna be checking this out. Review was fine as usual!

kingsoby1
Emeritus
March 19th 2009


4970 Comments


im just saying, there's so many hyped albums in the blogosphere, it'd be cool to get an opinion from someone that has generally good taste.

willfellmarsy
March 20th 2009


3848 Comments


review was done with aplomb...



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