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Crib45
Marching Through the Borderlines


4.5
superb

Review

by controlled USER (7 Reviews)
March 14th, 2015 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2014 | Tracklist


It is a record that swallows you whole almost immediately. Oh those drums. This right here is demanding you understand it’s big. Not since, maybe, Precambrian, has an album tried so goddamn hard. Seriously. Crib445998877 understands this though. They play a hefty hand with their intro and are so able to capitalize on it, it makes you wonder where they’ve been all along. And then a tantalizing doom romp before the album begins anything worth standing up about introducing a rather brutal affair. The music is demented with dark twisted riffs and hides no sense of the word dense.This may be the most important band to follow ISIS. Big words. I know. Get over it.

Cribs most impressive feature is in their handling of the reins. Betweens shifts in atmosphere and heavy metallic passages the band has a knack for sticking to what it knows best. Coming in loud, “Fading Hope”, and staying there. This is never even a minor complaint when it comes to to Marching Through the Borderlines, as Crib5912 are so adept in making “post” metal move fast enough within their grooves. Considering how swiftly the album moves for the first half of its seventy-five minute length is a testament to how structured the album actually is. Nothing feels repeated; and every fucking time Teemu Mäntynen’s vocals kick in, it indeed feels like a kick.

But let’s start from the beginning. “Gathering the Storms” is a very defiant opener. It’s loud. No, seriously it’s loud. And it means so only to introduce the notion that the band is heavy. I’m not sure there was a more devastating, and I use that word devastating intentionally, way to open an album and then to maneuver from it so smoothly. Its bleak cover suggesting a heavy clearance - a wipe out - feels mirrored in how progressively dark the album feels. By the time “Into the Abyss” enters ones not entirely sure if they’re listening to the same album. Much like the album it inhabits this song feeds to fester. This isn’t to suggest the albums turns rotten. No. This album has a bite around a corner you weren’t even aware you were taking.

The brilliance here is containing these moments. To discuss them would ruin them. You have to hear that fucking scream in “Into the Abyss”.They’re deep. They crack. But more importantly they deliver this albums intention of a void. No deliverance. Consider Panopticon and how there always was a light touch to their depression. Crib98° crushes that. They build beautifully with a melody in hand that rivals their predecessors but this band is not concerned with delivering a merry ending. It’s more Fall of Efrafra. Everything eventually crumbles and you feel it. “Into the Abyss” builds into such a fantastic conclusion that it’s easy to forget the world may be ending in their world.

I suppose it would be natural to say this all culminates and, I mean the last track is called “Transcending”...



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Comments:Add a Comment 
controlled
March 14th 2015


660 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

"I mean the last track is called “Transcending”..."



controlled
March 14th 2015


660 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

"Catharsis" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5h1l8C_k-eo

Relinquished
March 14th 2015


48710 Comments


fti this is you isn't it

Thibs
March 14th 2015


2986 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is pretty good but has some boring sections. feels long

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 15th 2015


32289 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

This does feel like a fti review. That unedited, spew-of-consciousness "do you know what I mean when I talk about the feels maaaaan" kind of writing

SomeGuyDude
March 15th 2015


377 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The band name and album title had me expecting a soft and spacey Explosions in the Sky kind of post-rock, holy crap this album crushes.



Awesome review. Yeah it's not what I'd call "focused", but there's a charm to it that interested me enough to check the album out and I'm damn glad I did.

RogueNine
March 15th 2015


5533 Comments


Especially since Precambrian is mentioned in the first few sentences.

CrimsonLies
March 16th 2015


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fantastic album

PistolPete
April 23rd 2015


5304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is alright. It outstays its welcome though pretty fast. After the first four songs it really loses its luster. It's good enough but if you're gonna make most of the final tracks over ten minutes, you gotta be pulling out some damn good tricks to keep a listeners interest and this band doesn't know how to do that. It just feels like "let's make a long song cuz that's what epic post-metal songs are like". Meh...



Good review though

PistolPete
October 28th 2016


5304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

One year later....completely reversed my opinion about this album. Wow, how wrong I was. This is why I like post-metal. It grows on you and isn't so easy to pin down right away.

Orb
April 11th 2017


9341 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album is immensely awesome. The sax and electronic bits really complete it

fromtheinside
June 25th 2017


397 Comments


keep this band alive guys.

PistolPete
June 25th 2017


5304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I wrote my last two reviews about these guys. So damn good

Orb
October 2nd 2017


9341 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yep. still fresh

Orb
October 25th 2018


9341 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

bump

PistolPete
October 25th 2018


5304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I always have time in my calendar for some Crib



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