Envy
The Fallen Crimson


4.5
superb

Review

by Scheumke USER (21 Reviews)
February 11th, 2020 | 14 replies


Release Date: 02/07/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: That random act of kindness

In our modern world of consumerism and social media, I’ve noticed more and more that art is becoming a simulacrum for even the most basal of human emotions. Whether it’s through film, video games, novels or indeed music, we feel a stronger need to feel emotions that are absent in our day to day lives of routine and predictability. The reality is that compassion has been dumbed down to a short comment on Facebook wishing someone the strength to cope with the loss of a loved one. Empathy only goes so far as to the point where we start to feel uncomfortable. It is in most of our natures to want to help people, but an overabundance of comfort has made it so that we’re only willing so far as it’s convenient within our own schedules and self-imposed boundaries. Poke through all the hurry and rush, and you’ll notice people are always busy going nowhere, doing nothing.

And yet, for all of this (or maybe because of this), how often has the slightest of gestures made someone’s day? A gentle hand on the shoulder, a good work “comment” from your manager, a smile from that cute co-worker. It costs the giver little to nothing, but can bring about huge change, especially now that these random acts of kindness are getting more and more infrequent. This is exactly what makes good art so important. It is that tap on the shoulder, that little comfort that can completely make your day, and It is the picture that Envy’s The Fallen Crimson manages to convey perfectly.

To me, The Fallen Crimson is emotion. From the opening minutes of ‘Statement of Freedom’, the diverse music (from shoegaze to screamo to post-metal) revels in its duality. It layers conflicting feelings together to form a bond that serves as a particularly comforting experience. It paints empathy through hurt, compassion through hopelessness and strength through vulnerability. Note that I specifically say that it paints, not preaches. Contrary to the album- and song titles, Envy performs its music solely in Japanese. The fact that it’s all done in a language I don’t understand is freeing to me, since I don’t feel forced into a specific emotion that the creator is forcing upon me through lyrics. It opens me up for my own interpretation and internal maelstroms, making my personal connection with the album all the stronger for it.

Thank Steven Erikson for my current obsession into the human state and psyche, but I feel I’m getting more and more selective in my consuming of ‘escapist’ art. There is too much media out there trying to sell us fake emotions. One quickly notices how much of it is hollow. It’s not conveying anything genuine, but is made surely for the purpose of handing us short-term emotion on a silver platter. The real reason is singular: entertainment. Envy is the opposite of this; every scream, every softly sung word and every musical passage feels sincere and therefore important. ‘Dawn and Gaze’ for example, lulls you into a false sense of security with a soft melody, before bursting open in a musical outcry of hope. The following distorted and spoken word vocals are only the interlude to the incoming screams, with Fukagawa’s tortured wails crying out in dread and almost dripping with pain.

You might’ve noticed that I’m refraining from diving too deep into the musical aspects and songs themselves. There are two reasons for this; the first is that by dissecting the variant compositions, flow, production etc. I might lose some of the magic and sensations that come to me while listening to The Fallen Crimson. The other is that my purpose is to get you to give this album a listen. With music such as this, I will not convince you by going into detail about the specific musical aspects that make this a great record. I might however, by telling you this hits home when you let it.

That is not to say that The Fallen Crimson is for everybody. For a record loaded with emotion, 54 minutes can be on the long side and I know that to me it is quite a draining experience, if a wholly satisfying one. The vocals are also something I can completely understand people running away from. Even though it moves me, I can see people calling it hysterical or over-the-top. It is not an effortless listen, but it is one where you get out of it what you put in. If you want it to, it can open up to become a black pearl of atmosphere and sentiments, and can be that random act of kindness that lifts your spirits.




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Scheumke
February 11th 2020


1773 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What a great record this is, and the first real gem of the year. Let's keep the discussion on Brady's review since its a great one. If you have any comments about this review, please let me know! Shout out to Nocte for helping me piecing this together!

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2020


12681 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wouldn't worry about that early neg. I'm on board with a lot of your thoughts here. Not quite as glowing for sure - but there's a lot to work with here.

Scheumke
February 11th 2020


1773 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"I wouldn't worry about that early neg." I'm not dw ;). Always curious to know if they disagree with my viewpoints or with the writing itself. Always like to improve, so gimme dem feedback if you neg it folks.

dedex
February 11th 2020


3551 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Extremely good rev Scheumke. I think the dude that neg'd didn't agree with you, because this is absolutely not badly written.

In fact your review perfectly complements hogan's, as his review delves into the musical aspect of the record while you take a more personal approach.

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sizeofanocean
February 11th 2020


1896 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good album indeed, their best since ADSS for me. I was suprised to hear how heavy the first two tracks were, given how soft they have gotten overall since Insomniac Doze. They were reminiscent of All The Footprints even. I kind of wished they threw in some heavier elements after that though - ADSS was just the right mix, and even All The Footprints, which i was so so on, grew on me a lot after listening to their later albums

Pikazilla
February 11th 2020


11303 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Potential early aoty candidate right here fellas



Nice review, Scheumke, pos'd

DDDeftoneDDD
February 11th 2020


12476 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Beautiful album...not enough blast beats though...

Beautiful rev.

TKS Sput for setting me up to Japanese screamo...I mean wtf...



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DDDeftoneDDD
February 11th 2020


12476 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Yeah I get a lot of post vibes from bands such as Alcest f.e.

Pre good and genuine stuff

sizeofanocean
February 11th 2020


1896 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

DDD they pretty much predated some parts of that sound. Deafheaven was directly influenced by them, just go listen to Unrepairable Gentleness and you will see what i mean

SteakByrnes
February 11th 2020


19448 Comments


Gotta check

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Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2020


20198 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You are getting really good at this brother. Nice write-up.

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Scheumke
February 11th 2020


1773 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the kind words guys! Loving all the love this record is getting.

SowingSeason
Moderator
February 11th 2020


34932 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

And yet another great review for this album! I agree with Dewinged's remarks - you've become a very strong writer! I'm making this album a priority at some point during the week, never even heard any of the band's material to date.

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Trifolium
February 12th 2020


16519 Comments


Agreed with the others. Great review Mr Scheumke. Perhaps I shall even check this although they're not my genres at all.



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