The Moirai
Bury Yourself


4.5
superb

Review

by Futures USER (11 Reviews)
September 25th, 2017 | 31 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A poignant goodbye.

Simply put, Penfold were one of the best bands of all time. They perfected the quiet-loud technique first introduced by genre pioneers Christie Front Drive and Mineral. They had the short, succinct, and poetic lyrics that elevated them beyond their contemporaries. They were everything wonderful and meaningful about 90’s midwestern emo wrapped up in a beautiful bow. All good things eventually come to an end, and like most bands from the era, they were just a two album flash in the pan.

Bury Yourself picks up right where Penfold left off. The Moirai were Penfold minus original bassist Stephan Jones so it’s easy to see why. It has everything you want in a midwestern emo album in a time the genre was fading headfirst into obscurity. The glorious and emotion-soaked builds and artful lyrics were still there and done masterfully. There is real craftsmanship here. Vocalist Brian Carley is one of the best of the genre and he continues to showcase his talents here. He is what makes these bands all click together, and had he been a lesser vocalist, I’m not sure how good these bands could have been. He has the ability and range to make you feel his heartfelt lyrics. You experience the sweeping emotion he pours into every word, rivaling even the legend that is Chris Simpson of Mineral.

These are some of the best lyrics ever penned on an emo album, a genre that can often come across as cheesy and on the nose. Not many have the ability to write about love, loss and relationships the way Carley does. “Last Year for Halloween I was a Ghost” is a gut wrenching track about a past relationship where his lyrics shine through. On it, Carley cries out, “If you’re still in love is it criminal to let our ghosts dance in the park alone”, an artful and thoughtful line about his past love. He has a tremendous range for an emo vocalist which fluctuates a lot depending on where the song goes. This is where the magic happens. He goes from his soft, delicate crooning to impassioned yells when the builds start to peak and that is where he shines. Carley also has a soothing falsetto, which shouldn’t really work on this, but it absolutely hits the mark. It’s a mesmerizing, virtuosic performance that will leave you speechless, a landmark of the genre.

The vocals are definitely not all that’s special on this album though, with the layered, complex guitarwork that is also up to the lofty standards Penfold set. This is a band absolutely firing on all cylinders and features some of the best songwriting they’ve ever done. The same haunting, atmospheric and melancholic melodies are executed beautifully like true masters of their craft; the ones that lull you to sleep only to later explode into dazzling and gratifying crescendos. It’s an incredibly potent combination when paired with Carley’s vocal performance. The guitarwork couldn’t matchup better and help create an emotional atmosphere. On the closer “Empathy for the Enemy/Hostile to the Helpless” is where this is most apparent and the guitar does most of the talking. The first 4 minutes are a sprawling post-rock esque epic with a slow moving build erupting into cascading drums and gorgeous melodies topped off with a scream. The last 4 minutes smoothly transition into a more traditional emo song capped off with Carley’s passionate wailing of a lost love. The perfect end to a near perfect album as it slowly fades to black.

This was the last we heard from the guys from Penfold. Bury Yourself was one of the last breathes of a dying genre that would regroup years later but never sound quite the same as it once was. It was the passing of the torch that never shined as bright: the end of an era.



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Futures
September 25th 2017


9977 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

hey all i wrote a little something. thanks to arcade for the proofread. really happy with how this turned out. hope you enjoy, let me know what you think.

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
September 25th 2017


18632 Comments


the man, the myth....the jags fan

well done

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MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
September 25th 2017


8943 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You've improved for sure over the years. If anything, I thought the conclusion was too brief, but this was a very appropriate review given the subject matter. Pos



On another note, got a streaming link for this?

Toad
September 25th 2017


2006 Comments


nice review, man. succinct and sufficiently descriptive.

Futures
September 25th 2017


9977 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks all! mars you can find it on spotify.

TheSpaceMan
September 25th 2017


11950 Comments


Glad you started writing again bro posd

Futures
September 25th 2017


9977 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

appreciate that man!

TheSpaceMan
September 25th 2017


11950 Comments


44-7 tho

SteakByrnes
September 25th 2017


14751 Comments


Ayyy nice review Futures, I'll have to check this sometime

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ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
September 25th 2017


11688 Comments


Great writing man, flows really nicely.

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Futures
September 25th 2017


9977 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks all really appreciative of all the nice words. i hope some people check this.

verdant
Staff Reviewer
September 25th 2017


2409 Comments


good review, really clear and concise ")

edit: i think "breathes" in the last paragraph should be 'breaths'??? other than that, well done!

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
September 25th 2017


24639 Comments


you have a way writing so bluntly yet still so humanly idk it's nice, forgot what your writing was like man. there's a couple tense issues in the beginning but thats p nitpicky. pos from me man

Snake.
September 25th 2017


21663 Comments


pretty good

Futures
September 25th 2017


9977 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

once again thanks all! seriously listen to this tho it's amazing

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
September 26th 2017


56615 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Penfold is perfect

will check this

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BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
September 26th 2017


2876 Comments


Nice review, mate, this looks interesting.

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Futures
September 26th 2017


9977 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

must check if you dig emo at all

DurzoBlint
September 27th 2017


1391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is underappreciated. Good review, makes me happy to see it get attention l.

hal1ax
October 1st 2017


13621 Comments


nice review bro. pos



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