Ampere
All Our Tomorrows End Today


4.0
excellent

Review

by Claire Q. STAFF
July 10th, 2017 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: must we die to live?

The universe came into being with an almost unfathomable amount of density. In an infinitesimally small fraction of a second, it would begin to expand and cool in a process that continues to this very day. All Our Tomorrows End Today exists in the Planck epoch, in that very brief moment of time before the universe grew.

It was 11 minutes, it was a picosecond - the notes are so condensed in time that they cannot even be separated as individual particles. The four fundamental forces of guitar, bass, drum and voice are consolidated into one by the extreme temperatures. The beginning is very much the end for a work that foresees its death during its birth - every breath is a furious gasp, either that of a willful newborn or that of a dying man. During the inhale - a relative silence of static, a fleeting pause before the storm, a thread of melodicism peaking through. And during the exhale - the violent release of every single molecule of air from the lungs, the chest collapsing into the void.

The neck of All Our Tomorrows End Today is strained forward, witnessing demise in its myriad of forms. It’s as inconsequential as wilting flowers on “Our Adventures Incomplete”, but the same song also speaks of writing names in the sand for someone who is presumably dead. Isn’t that so painfully futile as a form of memorialization? But that might be the point.

Ampere are creators, but they know they are not gods. All Our Tomorrows End Today, born from the ashes of Orchid, should also thank the gods that it was not created by them. Only beings pursued by loss could possibly comprehend suffering so intimately - a capering forest god, however eloquent of a poet, would have made something rather maudlin were it told to tackle the topics of imminent doom and despair. And however melodramatic such themes seem in themselves, someone’s got to talk about them eventually. Ampere suppress bitter laughter as they confess their self-awareness: “in this song, we'll interrupt ourselves & never come to an end.”

They're proud, though, they really are. “Against Automaton” is a rallying cry for their chaos, a knowing look at an audience with “young hearts [that] don’t always beat to standard verse & chorus; we’ll deviate from [their] script & fake our own deaths tonight”. Ampere have equivocated their stop-start hardcore onslaught with utter genuineness, and who’s to deny them that? They’re oddly liberated by primitive fears: “we knew there would be no future; that was our greatest freedom.” And All Our Tomorrows End Today, Ampere might want to say, is just a freshly ripped-out amygdala presented with intelligent discourse. “Choose a point you've made and destroy it, or critique the critiques; destroy the ironclad,” they declare on “The Jailors Speak Of Freedom”, and you can see how this form of encouraging scepticism is more effective than saying “f*ck the system”.

I don’t want to co-opt Ampere’s message for the sake of my own rambling. I may have initially based things on a cosmic scale, but All Our Tomorrows End Today actively pits its zoomed-in snapshots against the scope of the universe’s workings. A drop in the ocean is still one drop more. The universe might be scrambling towards its heat death, but something, however briefly, was once here.



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FullOfSounds
July 10th 2017


15772 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great review as always. I see the Heat Death comparisons now >.>

calmrose
July 10th 2017


5382 Comments


cool this has a review now, album rules

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clavier
Staff Reviewer
July 10th 2017


1079 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good thing is that if I were to write about Heat Death, 50% of my review would focus on the jazz aspects

ianblxdsoe
July 10th 2017


1916 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that was fast lol, really interesting concept you took with this one, with phenomenal execution. def becoming one of my fav reviewers on the site, pos'

clavier
Staff Reviewer
July 10th 2017


1079 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thank you ian, that's very high praise

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
July 10th 2017


11764 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Cool and unusual review man, pos'd. Don't quite get the hype for these guys, but it appears I'm in the minority.

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Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
July 10th 2017


14745 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the old world is behind us was always my fav off this

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verdant
Staff Reviewer
July 10th 2017


2426 Comments


ye this is excellent. i don't know why it is, but i feel like you've improved on what was already a great skill since you've started. i feel like the way you imbue your reviews with a more personal tone is beginning to feel a lot more natural. lovely work

BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
July 10th 2017


3150 Comments


Oh man, fantastic work, Claire... I adore the last paragraph. You pull off the concept well, and the whole write-up feels so, so natural. Great review. I might listen to this for the emo tag.

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clavier
Staff Reviewer
July 10th 2017


1079 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks everyone, lots of love for you all

Artuma
July 10th 2017


31390 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

love this review, pos'd



this actually reminds me a lot of robertsona's heat death review, which is possibly my favorite review on the site

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BMDrummer
July 11th 2017


14647 Comments


fuck yes finally

need to jam this again, my boss keeps pestering me

butcherboy
July 11th 2017


9464 Comments


album name makes me think of VU's All Tomorrow's Parties.. beautiful review!

brainmelter
March 23rd 2018


6783 Comments


ayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

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Hawks
March 23rd 2018


73729 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fucking great bump. m/

Hawks
July 27th 2018


73729 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

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XingKing
July 27th 2018


15066 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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Confessed2005
July 20th 2019


5137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Had to bump this to 4.5. Exquisitely wonderful screamo.

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