Mass of the Fermenting Dregs
No New World


4.0
excellent

Review

by Kyle Robinson USER (67 Reviews)
August 14th, 2018 | 53 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sadness with a smile.

When Mass Of The Fermenting Dregs called it quits after only one full album, mostly due to health issues for guitarist Chiemi Ishimoto, it felt like one of Japan's best young indie bands was lost. Combining the thunderous assault and matsuri-tinged guitar melodies of Number Girl with Natsuko Miyamoto's bright, accessible demeanor, MOTFD successfully bridged the realms of dense 90s alternative with a poppy accessibility. They seemed poised to crank out one memorable anime theme after the next prior to their untimely demise.

Over the past few years, the band slowly reassembled around new guitarist Naoya Ogura, playing shows in Japan and Canada, and here in 2018, we finally have a new record. It's probably the poppiest MOTFD release yet, but still finds room to experiment on songs like "If Only" and "No New World." the best songs are those that start and end the record. "New Order" and "Asahinagu" are a one-two punch of exciting and immediately charming indie rock. Yet there's an underlying melancholy new to the band's music that lends an additional dimension not heard before. This shows up on the title track but is most conspicuous on album standout "Sugar," a wistfully sad song where Miyamoto reveals a new dimension to her vocals even as the band retains their punchy, dynamic sound.

If this song is the band at their most heartfelt, closer "Slow-Motion Replay" represents their poppier side at its finest, and it's so good that it makes the listener almost forget about the quality songs that preceded it. It also sounds the most like a song that could have been on their previous album, or their self-titled EP. Even here, there's a periphery of melancholy not found in their older work that speaks of a band maturing and incorporating a more diverse range of emotion into their songs.

No New World isn't an entirely satisfying affair, with a midsection that's less memorable than its bookends and a short track or two in the midst that feels like outtake filler. Mass Of The Fermenting Dregs still haven't quite figured out how to make an entire album consistently good, but the best parts of No New World show the band growing in some subtle but important ways - while remaining as endearing as if they've never left.



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Aberf
August 15th 2018


3169 Comments


Hey, welcome back dude.
Cool and informative review as always. The reception for this album is kinda mixed from what it seems. I don't know if it's really a 4 worthy album. I'll give this a visit soon.

DadKungFu
August 15th 2018


808 Comments


Stoked to hear this. Great review

J() Alexander
August 15th 2018


7913 Comments


This one was disappointing to be honest.

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
August 15th 2018


25601 Comments


band name sounds like a Papa Universe-core band

Papa Universe
August 15th 2018


22505 Comments


and yet it isn't

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
August 15th 2018


25601 Comments


shoegaze tag will warrant a 2.5 ya

Aberf
August 15th 2018


3169 Comments


The s/t EP is supreme though. Highly recommended.

J() Alexander
August 15th 2018


7913 Comments


All shoegaze is a 2.5. This is a fact.

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
August 15th 2018


25601 Comments


u should prob stop listening to shoegaze then

J() Alexander
August 15th 2018


7913 Comments


You should probably try to notice obvious jokes then.

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
August 15th 2018


25601 Comments


am I not allowed to play into them?

J() Alexander
August 15th 2018


7913 Comments


Uhhhhhhhh... Well, shit. I guess you are.

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
August 15th 2018


25601 Comments


oh well now u ruined ur own joke

J() Alexander
August 15th 2018


7913 Comments


Damn it, I guess did.

ashcrash9
August 15th 2018


3101 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

album's decent, not their best but I'm glad they're back

Tyler.
August 15th 2018


17967 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Disappointing Tbh. My rating is a little generous

Flugmorph
August 15th 2018


22789 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
August 15th 2018


25601 Comments


what did their first album sound like?

TheSpaceMan
August 15th 2018


12660 Comments


@tyler

ashcrash9
August 15th 2018


3101 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@con jam this, see if you dig: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaTx9unXjLs



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