Nuvolascura
As We Suffer From Memory and Imagination


4.0
excellent

Review

by dedex USER (21 Reviews)
July 8th, 2020 | 30 replies


Release Date: 06/19/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Delirious screams cut through the dark

Sometimes I'm in need of sadistic music. Not the kind that shatters you by blasting abominable atonality, but rather the sort that aggressively acknowledges its depressive nature. When such needs arise, few genres match screamo's intense self-hatred. With As We Suffer From Memory and Imagination, LA quartet Nuvolascura propose a concise tale of their venture far down the road of screamo’s catharsis.

This sophomore record represents a more elaborate version of the band's 2019 self-titled effort, with even more tangled madness distilled through each composition. The abrupt shapeshifting songs are tighter than those of the band's rookie LP, the soundscape being broadened by a larger insistence on rambling post-rock and manic mathcore. Opener "As the Mask Begins to Slip" acts as the band's elevator pitch, showing what they are capable of in less than a minute. Bursting discordant aggression through rugged riffs, unstable dynamic shifts, and vocalist Erica Schutlz's desperate cries, this first minute is but a warning about what’s to come: pure ***ing madness. Producer Jack Shirley - who also worked with Deafheaven, State Faults or Loma Prieta - made sure this rawness wouldn't shine through crass production, but rather by how the instruments are played. The bass' crunchiness, the guitars' jolts, and the drums' aridity are all neatly distinguishable, yet cultivate together the frenzied assault unleashed onto the listener's brain. It's not just carnage though, brief atmospheric moments and drony interludes act as welcomed rests amid the predominantly clashing music. Yet these passages represent the album's shortcomings: being only 20 minutes long, the record does stutter in its ubiquitous reliance on interludes, and by how frustrating its shortness can be. Some ideas would have benefited from being extended, but - in a pure screamo tradition - the band's philosophy is to immediately distance themselves from the canvas they have just created. Couple this dizzying capability with the disgusted and disgusting lyrics, and the only feeling you’ll get at the end of the record is how uncanny Nuvolascura’s blend of passion and pandemonium is. They are always walking on the edge of sickness.




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dedex
July 8th 2020


4106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

short one for a short one

tha dexbro flexin' again with his proofread m/

stream: https://nuvolascura.bandcamp.com/album/as-we-suffer-from-memory-and-imagination

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Bedex
July 8th 2020


2094 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

short one for a short one by a short one



jk luv bruh

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Bedex
July 8th 2020


2094 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

also happy 20 revs buddy

dedex
July 8th 2020


4106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

dont spread fake news pls

yayyy 20 revs

parksungjoon
July 8th 2020


21532 Comments


sick

hogan900
July 8th 2020


3171 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This album is pure energy

brainmelter
July 8th 2020


7110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

tight album, might not be enough meat on the bones for me but I like what they were going for

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SteakByrnes
July 8th 2020


20033 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dude dedex dudex nice review my guy, I gotta peep this asap

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JesperL
July 8th 2020


1128 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this sounds dope, sweet review! few possible edits:

edit: fixed

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Pikazilla
July 8th 2020


11473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album

dedex
July 9th 2020


4106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

yo Jesper thx a lot for the feedback! edited

JesperL
July 9th 2020


1128 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yw! :]

SteakByrnes
July 9th 2020


20033 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So yea this owns pretty hard, I love the guitar work on it

Bedex
July 9th 2020


2094 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

bump because this band deserves more attention

deathofasalesman
July 10th 2020


7035 Comments


band is tight, album art is not

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dedex
July 10th 2020


4106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

yeah album art is.... meh

FearThyEvil
July 10th 2020


17277 Comments


album art just looks like when you have an error on a system. Least the music rules

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BallsToTheWall
July 10th 2020


50033 Comments


This slaps.

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Bedex
July 10th 2020


2094 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

honestly I can appreciate the contrast of having vaporwave art on a screamo album, I don't mind it

Taxt
July 10th 2020


1405 Comments


This rips



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