esazlesa
Společnost psů


4.0
excellent

Review

by Arche USER (95 Reviews)
March 12th, 2017 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While Esazlesa may lack some of the bludgeoning, throat-tearing histrionics present in their contemporaries, Společnost psů is a stunning screamo record by its own terms.

Czech quintet Esazlesa initially seem happy to play with the oft-ventured components of screamo, pushing the boat out only so far as to inject a little ambition into its otherwise recognisable parameters. Perhaps best seen during its eponymous second track, Společnost psů’s first few tracks are pieces of contrast, merging both the developmental soundscapes of post-rock and the erratic moods of emotive hardcore wonderfully. While it’s been done before, the execution is nigh-on flawless, striking the necessary balance between lush and brittle – something the Czechs will manage to maintain throughout Společnost psů 61-minute run time.

Approaching its mid-point, however, is where the surprises come rolling in. Jazzy tinges are abundant. The opening of ‘V dobrém i zlém’ rests on a laid-back beat, embroidered with beautiful twinkling guitars that lead into its classic rock-fuelled guitar line; similarly, the side-stick led drums during ‘Bloudici mestem’’s interlude adds a Latin touch, creating unexpected splashes of colour before exploding into a stunning swell of post-rock gorgeousness. On the brasher end of the spectrum, ’Egerland’ is a rollicking trip circumnavigating the unlikely waters between screamo and stoner metal, featuring dirty, bluesy solos alongside Lukáš Bouška’s faltering shouts. They even manage to pull off an 8 minute instrumental closer, built around mesmerising layers of gorgeous melodies, thumping tom play, and ever-increasing swathes of distortion washing over, like waves onto a fishing vessel.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Společnost psů then, if viewed from a purely clinical level, is how the Czechs manage to maintain a positive sense of homogeneity throughout – it feels natural, flowing even. Of course, however, this is only half of why it’s so easy to listen to – after all, it’s difficult to get away with upwards of an hour of music on technicality alone (though many have tried). As it happens, Esazlesa’s bridging of a polished sound with screamo’s idiosyncratic imperfections is its defining element, making it both (reasonably) easy to listen to and still affecting, without coming across as ham-fisted. The result is an album that’s teeming with ideas, musically inviting, yet still anchored to the feeling of honesty (language barrier be damned) that, ultimately, needs to be its intrinsic focus.



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Archelirion
March 12th 2017


6594 Comments


Pretty confident I'm the last of the new promotions to have something written - my apologies ;-;
Anyway, this is wonderful. I've not heard a lot of 2017 screamo yet, but I'll wager this'll be among the best by the end of the year. Any comments, corrections, suggestions etc. as always welcomed :]
Stream/NYP download here - https://esazlesa.bandcamp.com/album/spole-nost-ps

FullOfSounds
March 12th 2017


15821 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This sounds awesome, nice job on the review. Gonna check this later!

Archelirion
March 12th 2017


6594 Comments


Ta my dear, hope you get on with it :]

Artuma
March 12th 2017


32779 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

duuuude hell yeah this thing rocks, i have such a soft spot for this kinda skramz



really gorgeous review man, mind pos

Archelirion
March 12th 2017


6594 Comments


Yeah man, can't get enough of the variety on this. Thanks for the mind pos dude :]
Do you know of any decent skramz that's come out this year? All I can think of is the new Shizune, which is pretty great.

Artuma
March 12th 2017


32779 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sorry, i haven't been checking out a lot of new stuff this year. there's this canadian skramz band called commuovere who released a pretty sick ep but other than that i've been really lagging behind with all the new stuff. haven't even checked the new shizune yet but i'm pretty sure i'll dig it

Archelirion
March 12th 2017


6594 Comments


I really wish that Commuovere EP was longer, the vocal performance on it is horrifying/incredible

Snake.
March 12th 2017


25297 Comments


how do you pronounce that

Archelirion
March 12th 2017


6594 Comments


Spol-ech-nost psoo, with the 'oo' like you're saying 'stool'

Snake.
March 12th 2017


25297 Comments


what about the band name tho

Archelirion
March 13th 2017


6594 Comments


Pretty sure it's more or less as it's spelled ^ ^

kascetcadettt
March 25th 2017


1602 Comments


heaven in her arms dropped new shit a few days ago

hesperus
April 3rd 2017


1465 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is pretty tight

Archelirion
April 3rd 2017


6594 Comments


Yeah man, it's great. Egerland into V dobrém i zlém in particular is fantastic - really love the kinda desert vibes I get from it

Artuma
April 3rd 2017


32779 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"I really wish that Commuovere EP was longer, the vocal performance on it is horrifying/incredible"



agreed man. and i checked that new shizune as well and it was quite a lot what i expected, nothing groundbreaking but very solid shit

someone
Contributing Reviewer
September 10th 2020


6758 Comments


No new ratings since 2017 smh



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