State Faults
Clairvoyant


5.0
classic

Review

by Trebor. STAFF
June 25th, 2019 | 452 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Beautiful Discord

I’ve been with State Faults since day one. And I’m not trying to flex or humblebrag, I just want to illustrate my connection with the band. State Faults used to be called Brother Bear. They put out a dreamy and ethereal EP called Head in The Clouds. Then they changed their name to State Faults and put out two exceptional post-hardcore records. And then they took a break, and I never expected them to put out another record. I was content with their body of work, screamo bands tend to be short-lived and I viewed those two records and EP as a blessing. State Faults were one of my favorite bands. And until Clairvoyant, I and others used to have to bug people to "please check out this band and take my word for it that they’re great." I'd tell people "Hey, the music is really tight, it’s harsh but weirdly soothing at the same time, and the singer’s voice is unreal!" This plea was usually effective - you can gander at the averages for State Faults’ previous work on this very site to see the proof - but it always took some nudging and convincing. Presently State Faults has proved it’s great. I don’t have to bug anymore, this album is blowing up on its own, and that’s a testament to just how fantastic it is. 6/20/19 is day one of a new era for State Faults - an era of soaking up new fans like a sponge. After years of toiling in the underground, two records, a break, touring, and sleeping on floors State Faults have broken through, all on the strength of this record. I’ve been here since day one, but right now is the best time to be a State Faults' fan.

State Faults are a band at the top of their game. This is none the more present than on the drum kit. State Faults play fast, they play hard, and they have a lot of beat changes. An average drummer would sink a record like Clairvoyant, but State Faults’ drummer Jared Wallace destroys the kit, constantly switching through complex beats and gliding between blasts and fills with the grace of a butterfly. Even more impressive is that State Faults are somehow doing more with less, as they're down to a three-piece. The one-man guitar show Johnny Calvert-Andrew flexes his muscles - every chord crashes like a wave, every riff is expertly paced, and there are tons of little details that are only appreciated over multiple listens. Like the dual guitars in the opening of "Dreamcatcher Pt. 2," both guitars are playing the same part, but there are points where the strumming pattern is altered for one of the guitars, and it creates this subtle sense of harmony even though the notes are the same. Jonny doubles as the band’s vocalist and his screams are bone chilling. For years I’ve wondered how he manages to scream so high. He does this incredible thing where the tail end of a scream will modulate up or down and it adds an extra layer to the melody of the track. The meat of State Faults’ music is the constant presence of melody. "Moon Sign Gemini" is heavy as ***, "Clairvoyant" is doom-esque, "Funeral Teeth" is chaotic, but every single track has a strong melody as a backbone. Only expert level songwriters could pack a 50-second punch-in the-face like "Moon Sign Gemini" with multiple memorable hooks. Even the more dark, haunting stuff like the title track is catchy - this combination can only be described as beautiful discord.

Clairvoyant is one of those rare albums that transcends genre. I hesitate to even call it screamo, or post-hardcore or even rock because in doing so I would be placing it into a box in which it does not fit. Something so heavy yet so beautiful should cater to any music fan as long as they can stomach harsh vocals. The songwriting is so pure - existing only to evoke emotion and channel passion - that any genre trapping one might pick up on is incidental. Clairvoyant is thunder and lightning, it’s felt before it’s understood, it’s a force of nature that burrows into the skull and makes you all the better for it. State Faults isn't merely one of the best hardcore bands in North America, they’re one of the best bands in the world, period. And Clairvoyant is their masterpiece - every note rings true, every chord is exactly where it needs to be, it’s passion, talent, and hard work distilled into a 36-minute record that can only be understood through experiencing it. For an album to truly be a masterpiece it has to be unique to the artist creating it, and Clairvoyant fits that to a tee, it’s the product of everything the band has done and been through and it’s made at 100% efficiency. It’s daring and exhilarating, and crushing and cathartic, and a whole horde of other adjectives that can’t do it justice. Clairvoyant is pure State Faults from Head in The Clouds through Resonate/Desperate, and it encapsulates everything the band has to say. I wrote before that Clairvoyant has to be heard to be understood, that was an understatement, it’s not until one hears the catharsis achieved at the end of the record circle back into the opener on a subsequent listen when everything clicks and makes sense, and the listener and the record become one. When it’s felt inside your bones, that’s when it hits like a ton of bricks.



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Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
June 24th 2019


56821 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Big ups to Slex for his killer review and interview.



This review is dedicated to Athom for getting me into State Faults

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Slex
Contributing Reviewer
June 24th 2019


7407 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Hell yeah dude this is such a good review

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Gyromania
June 24th 2019


27980 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lol

Slex
Contributing Reviewer
June 24th 2019


7407 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

What y’all don’t know is that this is the beginning of a wave of Staff/Contrib 5 reviews the likes of which to rival Age of Adz

Buckle up

luci
June 24th 2019


11322 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

first para is major yikes

Gyromania
June 24th 2019


27980 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I know you think I'm a dick or w.e Treb, but your output lately has been so devoid of any passion.



"They put out a dreamy and ethereal EP called Head in The Clouds. Then they changed their name to State Faults and put out two exceptional post-hardcore records. And then they took a break, and I never expected them to put out another record. I was content with their body of work, screamo bands tend to be short-lived and I viewed those two records and EP as a blessing. State Faults were one of my favorite bands."



This is such uninspired writing. It's like "This is a screamo/post hardcore band. They made 2 good albums. I love these guys". It's like you're just rattling off points with little to no effort whatsoever regarding reader engagement. And so many full stops, it's so weirdly structured. I'm all for conversational writing but your reviews are way too lax considering you're a staffer. It just comes across as lazy. Sorry if I'm sounding like a dick, I'm just being honest.

Winesburgohio
Staff Reviewer
June 24th 2019


2595 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

the fault in our states

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Slex
Contributing Reviewer
June 24th 2019


7407 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Dang y’all

I dunno I’ll politely disagree and see my way out

kris.
June 24th 2019


15196 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hello i have returned from my deep deep slumber to agree that this is very good

calmrose
June 24th 2019


5047 Comments


nice

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Gyromania
June 24th 2019


27980 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was trying to be constructive lol

clavier
Staff Reviewer
June 24th 2019


954 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7 | Sound Off

wines i'll have you know i came up with that pun yesterday

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Slex
Contributing Reviewer
June 24th 2019


7407 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

No I know not really directed at you Matt



I say ‘yall’ in like every sentence

SowingSeason
Moderator
June 24th 2019


31507 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It always cracks me up when people come out with torches for a volunteer writer. There's a couple little things in this review I'd correct (chiefly "their down to a three-piece") but I thought it read well otherwise.

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Winesburgohio
Staff Reviewer
June 24th 2019


2595 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i'm not sure if this is a "great minds think alike" or "fools seldom differ" situation but either way i feel strangely honoured???



anyway, as regards the album, initial assessment: it's good but is best when it sounds like something else (Wolves in the Throne Room, Deafheaven) than when it does its own thing. will persevere and keep you all posted. had potato and leek soup for lunch! delicious.

Slex
Contributing Reviewer
June 24th 2019


7407 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Always a pleasure when you check in Wines

Gyromania
June 24th 2019


27980 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sowing: Sputnik is a source of professional music criticism though, or so it purports to be. When these reviews are featured on metacritic and Wikipedia and potentially read by many, I think they should be somewhat professional. People work damn hard for promotions on this site. I know they don't get paid but that shouldn't affect the quality of their output if they're aspiring writers. Just my two cents. I have nothing against Treb I just think he can do better than this.

hal1ax
June 24th 2019


13880 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"it's good but is best when it sounds like something else (Wolves in the Throne Room, Deafheaven) than when it does its own thing."



ehhh i want to disagree with this but not sure if i can

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
June 24th 2019


56821 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Well I feel like shit now

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
June 24th 2019


24903 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

its ok treb i didnt read this but i assume it's good



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