Elemantra
To Know Better


4.0
excellent

Review

by tyman128 USER (35 Reviews)
September 8th, 2018 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Alternative, progressive shoegaze, or something, guess I need to know better.

A list. A user list asking for someone to review their band’s newest album coming out in a few days. It was something new, so I thought I would give it a try. What was the result" An album I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish. Elemantra’s blend of the alternative stylings of The Smashing Pumpkins, Isis’ progression, along with the inclusion of influence from a handful of shoegaze bands results in an album full of different dynamics and diversity throughout its duration. Utilizing a loud-quiet method, To Know Better is full of both blasting riffs and progressions and note picking coated with effects. What ties in all of these dynamics is the prevalent band chemistry.

From the very first song, Elemantra’s fluid songwriting and performance is spectacular. Ranging from hard-hitting riffing to soft melodies, with an occasional solo sprinkled about, the guitars really give To Know Better its distinctive alternative feel. Justin and Brent take advantage of multiple different effects like delay, reverb, and distortion to give the album an extra punch of diversity. Complementing such guitars, Nick’s bass composition drives along each song, providing an underlaying base that brings out the tone of every track. Although never taking any complex grooves, the bass simply (yet effectively) supports Justin and Brent in holding onto the beautiful harmonies of music. Accompanying the strings, the impressive and original drum beats of Jonah intertwine all of the rhythms together into varying and changing tempos of every song, jumping back and forth between powerful choruses to slow, fluid verses almost effortlessly. Topping off the already impressive sound of To Know Better, Justin’s Smashing Pumpkins-esque vocals only improve Elemantra’s work. Scaling multiple different notes, Justin’s vocal ability is quite impressive, yet slightly “same-y” after a while.

Venturing away from the overall sound, the small, yet important, intricacies of the album are well worth noting. In a few songs, saxophone plays alongside the guitar, almost like a duet, giving them a jazzy feel that is quiet refreshing to hear among a predominantly alternative album. To further diversify the album, different key effects are implanted throughout to provide a shoegaze-like ambiance that gives To Know Better a full atmosphere.

Combining all of the components, both subtle and obvious alike, Elemantra creates an album of maturity in the alternative genre and a refreshing take on the already established sound. Although the initial playthrough is quite entertaining, the following replays reveal more and more about the album’s subtleties, providing a new experience to the songs each time. To Know Better is a must-listen for those fans of the genre as well as a great introduction to the style of bands of the like, as it was for me.



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tyman128
September 8th 2018


1376 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Short write up for an impressive album. I was kind of surprised by how much I enjoyed this, I've jammed it quite a bit recently. Love "A Good Man" because of the funky vibe it gives off, a fun song to jam out to.

Papa Universe
September 8th 2018


21024 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh this band again? Yeah, I'll bite.

elemantra - to POS better

Digging: Rammstein - Rammstein

BMDrummer
September 8th 2018


14518 Comments


my best friends

oWhoadYo
September 8th 2018


2220 Comments


awesome review, thank you! Glad you liked the saxophone, we were really happy we were able to get that in there.

Let's get this review on the front page again ;)

oWhoadYo
September 8th 2018


2220 Comments


and, yes my very best friend

tyman128
September 8th 2018


1376 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

front page feature would be nice haha

glad to hear you enjoyed the review, loved digging in and analyzing the album. Great job guys

oWhoadYo
September 8th 2018


2220 Comments


Our Foreign Breath review somehow made it to the front page! it was wild.

I'm really happy you like the album

oneups
September 9th 2018


86 Comments


New Elemantra? That's actually dope. I really enjoy the previous stuff I've heard. Nice write-up, however if you don't mind me mentioning there seems to be a floating quotation mark in the first paragraph. That aside, an easy pos. Thanks for getting these guys some more recognition.

tyman128
September 9th 2018


1376 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, the quotation mark is because there is some glitch with the question marks

Thanks for the pos though!

oWhoadYo
September 16th 2018


2220 Comments


It's so odd that YFBAY is rated higher than this and Foreign Breath on here. There's no way at all that it is better

oWhoadYo
October 29th 2018


2220 Comments


if anyone cares, I've put up 3 music videos on YouTube for 3 songs on this album, with 2 more on the way.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVzYZEY86R0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09UqtYsumEE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGhVoB5usmA



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