156/Silence
Irrational Pull


3.5
great

Review

by Jesper L. USER (32 Reviews)
June 16th, 2020 | 8 replies


Release Date: 06/05/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Competently complacent

Irrational Pull wastes no time introducing itself. The entirety of 156/Silence’s sophomore full length can be understood by listening to the opening track, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. ‘High Dive in a Low Well’ is a sludgy affair of metallic hardcore, featuring a pleasantly audible bass, solid vocals and mildly awkward lyricism (‘I can’t blame myself for your *** ups / You’re ***ed up and selfish as *** for all the things you’ve done’). While it doesn’t showcase extraordinary songwriting, Irrational Pull is a masterclass in creating a hardcore record that sounds heavy, feels angry and may get some listeners to bang their heads (or, eh, tap their feet). Upon accomplishment of this simplistic-but-effective goal, the band gets the hell out, making the album a concise, satisfying listen.

However, as technically ‘good’ as most aspects of Irrational Pull are, with decent performances from every member and highly appropriate production, there are very few original ideas to be found. The likes of Vein, Stray From The Path, Terror, and many other bands have been treading this same ground for years, with 156/Silence falling somewhere in the middle quality-wise. As a result, the album feels somewhat restricted by design: on the one hand, one might avoid this record in favour of similar, better ones. On the other hand, Irrational Pull is highly competent, meaning that fans of this brand of hardcore are likely to get a lot out of it… even if they are the only ones who do so.

Occasionally, 156/Silence distinguishes itself from its peers for brief, satisfying moments. The final half of ‘Conflict of Interest’, for example, is a genuinely haunting passage fully accomplishing evoking the unsettling feeling it is clearly aiming for. Similarly, ‘Problem Addict’s breakdown is an expertly crafted, madness-inducing minute. Hopefully, the band is able to tap into these moments more expansively on future projects, seeing as these moments elevate the album slightly above being merely ‘good’. Simply put, Irrational Pull is an effective, competently written and performed album that won’t shatter any expectations but definitely makes for a satisfying half-hour long experience.




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Comments:Add a Comment 
JesperL
June 16th 2020


1133 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

short rev for a decent album, these guys have a ton of potential

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tyman128
June 16th 2020


2171 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice little write up! I was actually just about to sit down and get a review out for this since there wasn't one yet, but glad to see someone else took it up!

Pretty much agree with the stuff here, but since I haven't listened to the bands you listed that they take influence from, I can't really speak much on their originality per se, I just enjoyed the album

JesperL
June 16th 2020


1133 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks! you should still review it tho, curious to hear your thoughts too :]



if you haven't heard vein yet, get on that right now haha

tyman128
June 16th 2020


2171 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, they've been on my list for quite a while, just haven't gotten around to them

bigweinerdon
June 16th 2020


726 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

by a thread is great, favourite song off here for sure

SteakByrnes
June 16th 2020


20079 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice write up man, thought this was a fun one for sure. Shout out to the Terror mention, saw them live with Stick To Your Guns in some dude's apartment lol shit was wild

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JesperL
June 16th 2020


1133 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thank you! that sounds insane, would kill to go to a show rn

AsleepInTheBack
Contributing Reviewer
June 17th 2020


6543 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

entirely agreed with your write up. these guys are working with great ideas, it's just that I've heard them all before, with more energy and with more bells and whistles. hella potential though for sure.



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