Pg. 99
Document #12


4.0
excellent

Review

by Xenophanes STAFF
November 13th, 2010 | 69 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With an abundance of intensity and creativity, Document #12 is simply a fantastic split through and through.

Document #12 is kind of a big deal. As far removed from the knowledge of the general public Pg. 99 and Majority Rule are, both bands have gained some pretty impressive reputations, each being described as prolific and influential. And even through this obscurity, these bands are famous in their own right, shaping many acts that would proceed them, and blazing many trails along the way.

However, without a doubt, Pg. 99’s reputation far outdoes that of Majority Rule, and it’s not difficult to see why. Pg. 99 are accredited with pushing the screamo genre to new heights, making it a viable form of musical expression. That being said, on Document #12 the band obsolutely delivers. They seem much darker than in earlier works, with a much more menacing undertone. It’s still just as angry and concise as before, but the change in sound is an intriguing shift, making the split a fascinating listen throughout. The selections are truly varied, with more multifariousness in five songs than most bands have in entire albums. It really is the most impressive aspect of the split, as Pg. 99 keep things incredibly interesting and fresh throughout. “Friendship” opens up with the well known spastic and frenetic nature of the band, and quickly leads into a subdued but intense section, erupting into frenzied screams and concise guitar. This then heads into “Tantrum,” a very subdued, and almost calm, instrumental piece. The duality of the two pieces is fantastic, and goes a long way into making the first half of Document #12 such a jovial experience. “Richmond Is A Hole” is unlike the rest of the band’s material on the split, as it opens up with a peculiar, yet somewhat fun guitar part. The track never really erupts into bouts of fury or chaos, instead opting for a more experimental sound. Tracks like these really show that Pg. 99 really put a lot into Document #12, and the split is helped exponentially because of it.

Unfortunately, Majority Rule doesn’t exactly meet the expectations met by Pg. 99. However, that isn’t to say that their four selections are bad, rather, they lack the balls-to-the-wall fantastic songwriting that Pg. 99 achieved. Regardless, they do an incredibly amiable job, making the last half of Document #12 a real treat to listen to. To be quite honest, I’ve never really been exposed to Majority Rule aside from a few songs from their debut. Needless to say, I was impressed by what they brought to the table with Document #12. They really are great songwriters, and it does show. Their first selection, “Not in My Name” is fast paced, with a few placid moments strewn about. And that’s really what defines these songs, very angry and frenetic, but often times very subdued and experimental. It’s a great sound overall, as they achieve a fantastic mood with it. The pseudo-ambient segments slapped in the middle of “These Hands” divides the song into heavy bass laden sections of singing, and hectic and chaotic bouts of screaming. Its got a great feel, and the pace is truly something to be admired. “Packaged Prison” wraps up Majority Rule’s section, and the album as a whole. It’s an interesting choice for a closer, as the last couple of minutes are rather creepy, with some spacey and menacing guitars play over some distant effeminate vocals. It was a good fit, as it allows the album to kind of “drift off” to its end.

To say Document #12 is an impressive split would be an understatement, as it completely melds the styles of the two bands perfectly. The two bands sound wonderful on one disc, making the transition from song five to song six virtually seamless. That isn’t to say that the split is homogeneous, not in the least, as there is an abundant amount of variation and creativity throughout. With all of its frenzied chaos and beauty Document #12 is a wonderful experience.



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Heysatan
November 14th 2010


276 Comments


legendary split. nice review too.

pizzamachine
November 14th 2010


13898 Comments


Great review! By the way, I noticed that you use the word "truly" a lot in your reviews.

pizzamachine
November 14th 2010


13898 Comments


Haha my best one is: "A Dark Halo is a band that brings to mind many memories. Memories of the time I drove a horse-drawn carriage with square wheels over a road made of glass that was also covered in screaming cockroaches."

Irving
Staff Reviewer
November 14th 2010


7504 Comments


Solid review Xeno, as always =)

Feels like you're struggling a bit though, especially towards the mid-section. But that may just be me reading too hard into the review LOL. That said, it's not really a problem, and actually helps dictate flow a little - make it more regimented, if that makes sense?

Also, enlighten me - so these guys are continually releasing "Documents", which are actually full-length albums?

Irving
Staff Reviewer
November 14th 2010


7504 Comments


LOL, that's still four more than I have dude ;)

That said, what do these folks sound like? Can you name a similar band? By trying to suss out the sound described here (and bearing their concept in mind), I'll guess at Coheed & Cambria - is that wild shot accurate?

Realm
November 14th 2010


2482 Comments


this totally sounds like coheed and cambria

Digging: This needs a feature, fuck me; this is revolutionary! - This needs a feature, fuck me; this is revolutiona

ShadowRemains
November 14th 2010


24990 Comments


lol

Irving
Staff Reviewer
November 14th 2010


7504 Comments


It was a wild guess, really - so yeah my bad. A shot in the dark is a shot in the dark by any other name. And no it doesn't reflect on your writing ability Xeno. More accurately, it is a representation of how unschooled I am in the many varied forms that punk music + concept albums can take.

Thanks for giving me a reminder of that fact guys. Hopefully in time I'll be able to make more educated guesses.

Edit: SERIOUSLY Xeno, don't take it as a reflection on your writing capability. I'm really just poorly varied in terms of musical taste + experiences. It should also be noted that I missed several key words in my reading over of your review - I completely missed the word "ambient" for one, which would have totally changed the nature of my guess. Haha.

Also, I don't know who/what Orchid is.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
November 14th 2010


7504 Comments


Slight comment edit up there *points above*

Irving
Staff Reviewer
November 14th 2010


7504 Comments


I guess I'll just have to pick them up and try them for myself then =)

Also, any news on your Contrib application? Have you heard anything about it at all? Have you and Sowing fought an epic battle to the death already? Did he use a sharpened spoon as a weapon?

deathofasalesman
November 14th 2010


6070 Comments


This split is fantastic.

Irving, you should definitely check out these guys pg. 99, they're a perfect start. Orchid you might have to save for later if you enjoy these guys.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
November 14th 2010


7504 Comments


@deathofasalesman: Will do. Thanks for helping me expand my musical pallette!

@ Xeno: Yeah, he's pretty good at spoon combat, I hear.

deathofasalesman
November 14th 2010


6070 Comments


Document #8 is accessible?

Enotron
November 14th 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

album's not all that great

SlightlyEpic
November 14th 2010


5807 Comments


What but this rules

get a new pair of ears eno~*~

Enotron
November 14th 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i'll try it again : (



but it just sounded like pg. 99 but less intense and kind of brrrrrrmawsdf

SlightlyEpic
November 14th 2010


5807 Comments


the lyrics to richmond is a hole are pretty fucked up, i love it

idk all pg.99 rules buttface

and so does majority rule

sooooo

Enotron
November 14th 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i'll try it again



i like the first two songs for what it's worth

alachlahol
November 14th 2010


7593 Comments


when you feel the need to review a great album please dont do it all of your reviews are the same shit

Gyromania
November 14th 2010


26100 Comments


shaping many acts that would precede them

I think you mean 'proceed'. Great review though, this was much needed, however, you should capitalize the band name whenever you use it. Pos'd.



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