Sianvar
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4.5
superb

Review

by Joeman82 USER (9 Reviews)
February 5th, 2017 | 59 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A talented, star-studded lineup delivers on their debut LP.

There has been an interesting phenomenon within the past five or so years in post-hardcore, the sub-genre has almost split into two seperate sub-genres. Bands like At The Drive-In, Glassjaw, and letlive. possess a more traditional, vitriolic, and cathartic sound, in contrast recent bands in the genre like Dance Gavin Dance and A Lot Like Birds utilize a more calculated, technical, and melodic style. Ever since Dance Gavin Dance solidified themselves as a modern giant within the genre, more similar sounding bands are increasing in numbers. The all encompassing element of these two ideologies were that they both screamed. What if the screaming was completely taken out of the equation, and there was bigger emphasis ever before on dream-like, technical instrumentals" Would it be good" Would it even be post-hardcore" That's where Sianvar enters. Sianvar's line up is one to behold, it is as close to a modern "super-group" as the genre can get. The band is comprised of Hail the Sun singer Donovan Melero, Dance Gavin Dance guitarist Will Swan, Stolas guitar player Sergio Medina, A Lot Like Birds bassist Michael Littlefield and A Lot Like Birds drummer Joe Arrington.

The biggest surprise is not Sianvar's gargantuan lineup, it's the style of which the band plays. Lyrically Sianvar is morose, with many lyrics dealing with grief, drug addiction, and stale relationships, mostly stale relationships. On the contrary, instrumentals during verses ooze with dreamlike and whimsical sound congruent with soft and soothing vocals, this is demonstrated in the songs most obviously in the songs "Omniphobic", "Psychosis Succumbing" and "Foxholes and Deities". However in an instant, the songs can increase in tempo and energy rapidly. Whether it's the spastic blur of a bridge within "Anticoagulant" or the daunting, larger than life crescendo at the end of "Stay Scared" every moment that is filled to the brim with energy is truly impactful. Guitar riffs that range from soaring to subdued yet intricate, vocals that are modulated, belted, even on rare occasions screamed, and absolutely prodigious drumming comprise the exceptional musicianship Sianvar possesses.

Technicality is accentuated more than just raw vitality. Sianvar is not a car that blindly races at 100 mph rarely slowing down, instead it is a car that knows when to accelerate to 100 mph the right moment. In that sense, Sianvar has every right to be considered a post-hardcore band. They may not be the prototype, but Sianvar released one of the best post-hardcore albums of 2016, and one of the best albums in general with its exquisite blend of exceptional musicianship and the perfect blend of tempos.



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Joeman82
February 5th 2017


936 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, I know this album came out mid-2016, but there is no other reviews about it. It's also one of my albums from 2016.

Digging: Secret Band - LP2

Artuma
February 6th 2017


30365 Comments


"The band is comprised of Hail the Sun singer Donovan Melero, Dance Gavin Dance guitarist Will Swan, Stolas guitar player Sergio Medina, A Lot Like Birds bassist Michael Littlefield and A Lot Like Birds drummer Joe Arrington"

in other words, this album is really awful

nice review though

Digging: Low - Double Negative

Joeman82
February 6th 2017


936 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I respect your opinion, post-hardcore is devisive.

Artuma
February 6th 2017


30365 Comments


oh don't get me wrong, i like post-hardcore a lot

Snake.
February 6th 2017


21582 Comments


I respect your opinion


in other words you hurt my feelings but i'm gonna use the internet to hide them

Joeman82
February 6th 2017


936 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

No?

No feelings were hurt because I understand music is subjective.

pepster50
March 5th 2017


418 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album has been growing on me



Joeman82
March 6th 2017


936 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It grew on me as well. At first there were only a handful of songs I enjoyed, but I warmed up to the album's "different" feel.

electrickeye
April 13th 2017


18 Comments


I'm really digging this.

DeadPoe
May 4th 2017


82 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is Superb.

DatBeefPudding
May 7th 2017


1909 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wow some of you are acting like a bunch of antagonizing cunts to the reviewer, grow the fuck up

SteakByrnes
May 20th 2017


14578 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Omniphobia is such a banger

suppatime
June 16th 2017


1403 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is better than the new hail the sun, stolas and a lot like birds lol

SteakByrnes
June 16th 2017


14578 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Agreed, this is such a killer album

suppatime
June 16th 2017


1403 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah i hope for the next one they don't as "by the books" so to speak because everyone in this band is really talented and they could do some crazy shit. not that this is bad by any means.

clavier
Staff Reviewer
June 16th 2017


866 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album has one of the best guitar tones I've heard

Joeman82
June 17th 2017


936 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The new Stolas and Hail the Sun are good for what they're worth, but this is practically a post-hardcore supergroup.

suppatime
June 19th 2017


1403 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i dug the new hail the sun but i liked wake a whole lot more. new stolas didn't do anything for me, i thought it was really boring and samey, especially when compared to allomaternal

Joeman82
June 19th 2017


936 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wake might be Hail the Sun at their peak, and I like the new Stolas because I'm a huge The Mars Volta fan and the new album sound a lot like The Mars Volta

SteakByrnes
June 19th 2017


14578 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's hard to listen to the new A Lot Like Birds, Stolas, or Hail The Sun without turning back to this because of how much better it is. I'd even take this over Mothership



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