Sianvar
Sianvar


2.5
average

Review

by rufinthefury USER (22 Reviews)
July 9th, 2014 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: United we fall, divided we stand.

At first glance Sianvar would appear to be a supergroup of post-hardcore in the same vein as Isles and Glaciers. It’s got members of Dance Gavin Dance, Stolas, A Lot Like Birds, and most exciting to me, the lead singer of Hail the Sun. All four of those bands are currently active in both recording and touring and are basically the faces of modern post-hardcore.

With that in mind, one would expect Sianvar to be exceptionally talented. And so the band is. Unfortunately, all the talent and intricacies of the instrument playing is somewhat lost because the songs never become all that interesting. The songs simply are not cohesive. I distinctly remember listening to “Chest Pressure” and going “Oh, that’s just like that riff from Downtown Battle Mountain.” The only track I heard and enjoyed throughout as its own unique track was “Virtual Vain.” The other four songs just sound like parts from Dance Gavin Dance and Stolas mixed together at random. While the technique and the sound is good, the flow is not.

However, Donovan Melero actually sings exceptionally well on this album. The beginning of “Virtual Vain” actually has him barking overtop an very speedy riff and it sounds fantastic. His screams on “Your Tongue Ties” are pretty spiffy as well. The problem is the lyrics. Similar to the song “Testostyrannosaurus” off Hail the Sun’s Elephantitis EP he just comes across as preachy or whiney the entire time; not unlike a post-hardcore version of Hopsin. Individual lines are fun and creative. But then he’ll just stop with the allusions and metaphors and straight up tell you what’s on his mind. “Virtual Vanity” starts as a really cool play on how social media controls our lives (“Tensions are building inside of the vacant warehouse. Idealism is changing and what's importants really not. *** what I'm saying. The masses are busy getting off.”) but then he’ll drop all the pretenses (“Filter: everything just looks so boring without. Posting your diet like we want to see. Outfits can show just what we care about”) and the imagery dies. The hilarious one liners (“But when you open up your mouth we all wish you’d stop breathing”) almost make up for it. Almost.

With all that said, the EP isn’t necessarily bad. With the exception of “Sick Machine” I enjoyed at least parts of every song. But with all the talent that this band has, all the incredibly cutting-edge bands that make up this project, you’d expect some experimentation beyond the basics. Instead it’s just a basic modern post-hardcore album that just lacks in almost every aspect.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
rufinthefury
July 9th 2014


3109 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Got it for free on their bandcamp yesterday. Ran through it 3 times. Unimpressive.

XingKing
July 9th 2014


15099 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The review doesn't really say anything the others don't but I support it anyway

rufinthefury
July 9th 2014


3109 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Well I just got the album and I wanted to write a negative review for once. All my other reviews are super positive to the max.



Now I just need to find an album that I completely hate so I can make a spiteful review!

Slut
July 9th 2014


4255 Comments


Wish this was as cool as the cover is

TwigTW
July 9th 2014


3827 Comments


I thought this was good, but I understand why you say it should be better.

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
July 31st 2014


15092 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

4

got

about

this

Digging: Nina Simone - I Put a Spell on You

ADanceReturns
January 12th 2015


365 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Tensions are building inside of the vacant warehouse

ADanceReturns
January 12th 2015


365 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

SMASH THE FUCKING HEAD

DatBeefPudding
September 9th 2015


1933 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i think this is awesome -_-

rufinthefury
September 9th 2015


3109 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It grew on me, I won't lie. I absolutely adore Your Tongue Ties and I'm okay with the other songs now, even Sick Machine, but they still aren't great. I stand by my rating.

DatBeefPudding
September 10th 2015


1933 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i would change it solely due to the fact that this is above average music as a whole and for the genre

rufinthefury
September 10th 2015


3109 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nahhhhhhhh. It's on par with what their individual bands are doing. There are songs on "Wake" and "Instant Gratification" that are both more progressive and energetic than the tracks on here. The rest are just the norm for Blue Swan style post-hardcore.

Hell, even Adventurer has better stuff than this and those are just some young dudes with only 1 album under their belt.

rufinthefury
September 10th 2015


3109 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Swancore reppin

DatBeefPudding
September 10th 2015


1933 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i disagree

rufinthefury
September 11th 2015


3109 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

IM VERY GOOD

XingKing
September 11th 2015


15099 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This is most certainly not above average for the genre. Why you lyin', Spike?

Mort.
September 11th 2015


14840 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

appropriate ratings itt

DatBeefPudding
September 12th 2015


1933 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

pft the hate

DatBeefPudding
September 12th 2015


1933 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

you mean an optimist?

Mort.
September 12th 2015


14840 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

no he meant are you an Optometrist?



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