Remeo
Gravity Bursts


4.0
excellent

Review

by Pennywise_M USER (13 Reviews)
December 20th, 2015 | 15 replies


Release Date: 12/06/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One short year after the debut EP Laying Siege To My Own Home, Remeo is back to deliver a full-length album to be remembered for.

Remeo is the name chosen by Marcelo Melo for his solo project. His first showcase arrived back in 2014, with the release of the mammoth EP Laying Siege To My Own Home. One year had hardly gone by and Marcelo already had news of a new release, a full-length album that would be dropping throughout December. Gravity Bursts clocks at a generous 54 minutes and is the product of one full year of hard work.
My first listen of Gravity Bursts felt both interesting and perplexing. Where LStMOH was relatively easy to catalog, GB feels capable of challenging any pre-built conceptions. The album starts off with a strong Metalcore oriented section that lengthens up to the fourth track. “I: Showtime” displays amazing guitar work, and a bit towards the end, even the bass is already given some space to shine. “IV: Cluster Pit” is the most dissonant, technically elaborated and peculiar track of said sequence, assaulting the senses with an insane range of styles in its approach, without ever compromising the overall structure of the song. Then there’s “II: Drowning Shell”, easily one of my favorite songs in Gravity Bursts. While sparing no quality on the riffs, with this song Remeo manages to pull one of the most wistful moments of the album. All of this inevitably leads me to another one of the many strengths Remeo displays: the clean sung choruses (hooks, for short). “Drowning Shell” has possibly the best (and most beautiful) hook in this section, but the other songs don’t fall short on quality hooks either. I swear I could go with an album full of songs like these, but in this case Remeo had a much wider vision for his first long length creation.

Just ahead of a great opening section comes the slower and, perhaps, most polarizing phase of the album. At this stage, what was seemingly a relatively candid Metalcore album, branches out to clench a new perspective from the listener. Thankfully, Remeo isn’t one to let go of a solid act just to randomly explore something new in his sound. “VI: Soulfinder” sees Remeo push the envelope towards a more radio ready Post-Rock/Soul sound, while still remaining unpredictable and defying as ever. This track is truly the most polarizing piece in GB, to me. The voice progression in this song sounds a bit odd at times and the drums are brought above the mix just enough to notice some lesser work on the hi-hats, but it works. The effects at the beginning set up a soothing mood, the bass cues in beautifully and there’s a constant feeling that everything is in its perfectly selected place, that nothing is there just for the sake of it. By about halfway, you’d think you would’ve seen everything Remeo has to offer, but some of the best moments come within the sequence initiated by “VIII: Pangaea’s Song”, a sedative kiss in the form of sound that keeps taking me back to my childhood days playing Final Fantasy games. Yes, you’ve just read that.
And then it happens. You’ll have to hear it for yourself and I wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise, but I will say that “IX: Unheeding Explorer” is the instant classic that puts some of Sikth’s wackiest jams to shame. I still can’t get over the amount of genius put into this track, let alone the fact that somehow, Remeo makes this track fit in seamlessly with the rest of the album. By this point you may also come to understand that it would be a good idea to grab a peek at the lyrics for Gravity Bursts and give yourself the pleasure to sink within the narrative Marcelo directs throughout the album.

Past “X: Golden Halo”, one of the heaviest song in the album, comes another one of my 3 definite favorite moments in the album. “XI: Timeburner” is by far the most heart wrenching song in GB. Here Marcelo steps up to deliver the best clean vocals in the entire album, crossing mournful spoken/sung verses with great harmonizing and some wonderful guitar licks. Lyrically, it’s also one of the songs that feels more conclusive, acting like a window to some of the deepest feelings expressed throughout the entire album. This song feels deeply personal and rooted on greater feelings, good or bad, perhaps both. Bittersweet seems like a good word to describe what it passes on to me. Coming last, “XII: Showdown” is specially straightforward and catchy. Some of the most effective influences of Remeo seem to come up quite a lot here. Names like Converge, The Fall of Troy and Protest The Hero come to mind, and not just for his performance on this song. The song ends the album with the final sweet natured string section, the kind that Remeo delivers beautifully throughout the album.

Some albums aren’t meant to be understood immediately. Some aren’t pretty, agreeable at first. Gravity Bursts insists in being rough around the edges, and it may defy you to like its minor unbalances. That’s what gives GB its own distinct punk character, as I soon came to understand. That being said, it still feels like Gravity Bursts falls only slightly behind its predecessor on 2 aspects: one is the drums. This time around, while the guitars gained a whole new dimension in the hands of Marcelo, and the bass became an even stronger presence in Remeo’s music, the drums seem to have lost some punch and character. In all case, they don’t feel like a prevalent part of GB and this aspect is only slightly noticeable at most times. The other aspect is largely relative and can be quite ambiguous – it’s how the clean vocals take the foreground in the mix of even some of the most riff rich parts. My perception varied depending on where I was listening to the album, but I remember struggling just slightly at keeping track of the guitars a handful of times. This hindrance eventually wore out and soon into listening to GB, it seized to be a nuisance at all. Like I said, distinct character. Production-wise, Marcelo still nailed it once again, from within the comfort of his room.

There was no possible way to expect Gravity Bursts. Where Laying Siege to My Own Home was a short yet powerful and objective sentence, Gravity Bursts is an uncut statement in form of prose poetry. GB is solid and peaks constantly, offering something for everyone much regardless of taste. Marcelo Melo is an unique individual with a plethora of unique ideas, and a genius. Unlike what his lyrics say, he is in fact new, not just out of the blue, which also means he still has an enormous amount of potential to realize. With that in mind, genius is a title he’s likely to expand upon in the future.



Recent reviews by this author
Remeo Laying Siege to My Own HomeMandroid Echostar Mandroid Echostar
Polyphia InspireWithin Our Gates Kingdom Of Mind
Circle of Contempt Entwine the ThreadsTrace Your Steps Between You & I
user ratings (5)
Chart.
3.6
great

Comments:Add a Comment 
Boyproblems
December 20th 2015


238 Comments


Great review man, never heard of this tho haha

Pennywise_M
December 20th 2015


7467 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Remeo is the solo project of sputnik user "Dolving999", aka Marcelo Melo. We first met here by the time my project released its first EP, when he approached me to talk about it. From there on we've arranged to hang out at shows when there was a chance to, and that's how I actually met the man. I nourish a big esteem and admiration for him, and since Remeo's first release, which I more than loved, I'd been hoping he would release something I could genuinely like. I know how hard he works to make something like this come together. I wouldn't want to give him a negative opinion after so much effort, but I was indeed convinced he would release something proper. Now, if Gravity Bursts wasn't the great album it is, I would have told him so. I would even, perhaps, refrain from reviewing it since I wouldn't have great things to say about it and a shitty rate to go with it. Today, I proudly post this review with the notion that I couldn't have been any more unbiased. I've been trying to get back with reviewing, and eventually get better at it too, be more objective and such, so at first I didn't mean to make such a big review for this but the music is so good I just couldn't help myself.



This was my way of trying to honor Gravity Bursts, now you do your part, go to Remeo's bandcamp and download his LP for free:

https://remeocivitas.bandcamp.com/



Also, go give old Dolving a shout, will'ya?



Constructive criticism is always welcome, of course.

Pennywise_M
December 20th 2015


7467 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you... Decaying? c:



It's really cool stuff, i can see you like this tbh!

Boyproblems
December 20th 2015


238 Comments


Yeah man haha

Pennywise_M
December 20th 2015


7467 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Those Craig David + Grimes ratings gave it away hard, haha

torts
December 20th 2015


4300 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I never reviewed this lol

good review, if the vocals on this were more polished, I would be in love with it 100%. bit alas

Pennywise_M
December 20th 2015


7467 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers torts! I get you, but for me the vocals work very well as is. That's not to say there isn't room for improvement, but there are even some stellar moments on the vocals! Timeburner man. Jam for ages

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2015


13359 Comments


Moreira are you still in a core band?

Digging: Slint - Spiderland

Dolving999
December 20th 2015


1765 Comments


My god, he's done it again.

No amount of words can describe how grateful I am for the time you spent listening to these weird sounds made by a random dude and even go as far as liking it and reviewing it haha

And yes Mort, Moreira is still half of the best Sputcore band that ever lived, Elision of Animus.
Plus, you know, they released the EP of the year some time ago!



Pennywise_M
December 20th 2015


7467 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Mort, What Dolving said, haha



Cheers man, it's all good. Happy to be able to try to honor your work!

Ebola
December 20th 2015


2872 Comments


Sounds like something I would dig. Great review too, pos

Dolving999
December 21st 2015


1765 Comments


"Unlike what his lyrics say, he is in fact new, not just out of the blue, which also means he still has an enormous amount of potential to realize."

Made my day. You're a fucking poet Moreira.

Pennywise_M
December 21st 2015


7467 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Go ahead and look it up Ebola!



Haha, not really though!

Good music and musicians deserve recognition. You did something big here. Wish more people would give it a chance!

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
December 21st 2015


13359 Comments


ah ok i meant to listen to your band for ages then forgot what you were called

will check this and your band Moreira

Pennywise_M
December 21st 2015


7467 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh nice, thanks man! Btw it's Elision of Animus.



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2017 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy