Comity
...As Everything Is A Tragedy


5.0
classic

Review

by JokineAugustus USER (7 Reviews)
February 17th, 2015 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Comity takes a wide range of influences, and molds them together to create one of the best metalcore albums ever.

Comity is a Metalcore/Post metal band from France. The first thing you will notice upon listening to this album is the extreme proficiency of each instrumentalist. My first full listen through this beast left me speechless. One minute they will play a neck breaking riff that is similar to something bands like Knut or Converge play, then they will transition to a slower sludgy Neurosis influenced section.

As Everything opens with Part 1. The album is supposedly split into 99 miniature songs, but when downloaded from their bandcamp, it is combined into 4 parts. This makes much more sense upon digging deeper into the album. Right off the bat, Comity hits you with full force, opening with a mid paced heavily distorted guitar riff, but it doesn’t last for long. Right after that it transitions to a much faster riff, and is very reminiscent of early Dillinger Escape Plan. The song continues on like this for some time, constantly switching between neck breaking speed, and mid tempo riffs meant to crush anything in their path. The real high point of the song happens just after the 4 minute mark. They take a break from the chaos and focus on a more melodic interlude, in the vein of Cult of Luna. Even though it doesn’t happen for very long, the transition doesn’t feel forced, and when the pace quickens once more, you are left reflecting on it.

When you reach part 2, the tempo slows down again. The song is much sludgier and as such, the atmosphere is much darker. This goes on for some time, and near the midsection, the tension starts to build up and you realize something big is coming. The bass is at max at this moment, and it makes the build up that much more intense for the listener. When it finally hits you, you are unprepared for the madness, and are forced to give in to the lightening fast melodies of the guitarist and the pummelling of drums. It doesn’t stop there though. The speed continues to increase until a transition near the end, that is a basically just a quick room to take a breath. The song then builds even further, adding more melody, with every instrument playing a key role, and the vocalist shouting a repeated line to conclude the song.

The production on this album is my favourite thing about it. Whereas Deus Ex’s production was a bit rawer, and a bit grittier, As Everything’s has been cleaned up and polished to near perfection. The bass is even quite audible in most parts, which is a nice change from most metalcore albums that tend to hide the bass in the mix. The drums come through nice and clean, with the kick sounding very thick, and the symbols crashing, as if you were right in the room with the drummer.

If there is one thing people might not enjoy as much, it would be the vocals. His vocals are very similar to the vocalist of Knut for the most part, but he also goes to a more deathcore kind of style occasionally. Though usually this is rare, one might find it grating to hear those somewhat generic vocals on first listen. It is also very difficult to understand anything he is screaming. Just remember that the vocals are not the key focus of the album, and it should make a bit more sense. Give it some time, and it will grow on you if you are interested in this type of music.

Whether they are playing a lightning fast riff, or slowing it down and focusing on their melodic side, Comity manages to keep everything fresh and interesting.



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JokineAugustus
February 17th 2015


8734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Well finally wrote this review. Thought I did alright, but any advice is appreciated. Been a long time since I reviewed anything.

JohnnyoftheWell
Contributing Reviewer
February 17th 2015


13606 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I should listen to this a few more times; the first track is killer but the first few minutes of the second killed it for me.



"in the vein of Cult of Luna"



I'd say Celestial-era Isis, but whatever. Nice review dude, pos'd.

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Veldin
February 17th 2015


3839 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fuck yes. Pos'd. I've been teetering on a rating for months. It could be a 5, but I just don't know... D=

asaf
February 17th 2015


948 Comments


tbh I didn't even know these assholes had anything else out aside from dues ex machina. was an interesting band during the rise of bands like dead to fall and walls of jericho. check out paria. I remember listening to them around the same time. oh, and another band called training for utopia.

FearThyEvil
February 17th 2015


16784 Comments


need to check these guys out.

mordvynn
February 17th 2015


160 Comments


Getting this now, haven't heard this Comity album yet

JustinKing
February 18th 2015


1412 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review, Nate! Nice to see this album getting a review. Been listening to it a little more often lately.

JokineAugustus
February 19th 2015


8734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Sweet! And how awesome is that last track? Probably my favourite of them all. I should of mentioned it in the review probably. The ending melody makes it such a perfect closer

demigod!
February 19th 2015


49295 Comments


damn this one certainly takes off with a bang or two

Lethean
February 19th 2015


1487 Comments


probably should listen to this

JokineAugustus
February 22nd 2015


8734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Ya dude. You might find something to like here based on your ratings.

JohnnyoftheWell
Contributing Reviewer
May 27th 2015


13606 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Revisited IV earlier, and I've gotta say that it's some powerful shit

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
October 17th 2015


14239 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this some crazy shiet

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JokineAugustus
October 17th 2015


8734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Dude I know right. It's so overlooked too.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
October 17th 2015


14239 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh damn i forgot to rate aswell



ill be checking the rest of their stuff in the coming week, this really impressed me



so much good core is overlooked man, metalcore as a scene reps too much shit

wacknizzle
October 17th 2015


14521 Comments


Their debut is amazing, still need to jam this and their newest release

JokineAugustus
October 17th 2015


8734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Ya true dat mort. Core buddies 4 lyfe

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
October 17th 2015


14239 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ill c u in the pit of god my friend

Tyler.
April 2nd 2018


16668 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
May 25th 2018


14239 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i forgot how good this is



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