Yotsuya Kaidan
Four Writings To An Elf


4.5
superb

Review

by Paul Quinones USER (8 Reviews)
August 9th, 2022 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Screamo's next darling.

Yotsuya Kaidan is a Ukrainian 5-piece skramz/post-hardcore band with stories to tell. With releases dating back to 2014, YK are no newcomers to the screamo scene. Early releases represent the band as a raw, energetic juggernaut and by the time they hit their landmark first LP titled Tiny Comet, YK had established themselves as an internationally recognized emotional hardcore/punk act. Spanning four tracks, 'Four Writings To An Elf' careens and jolts the listener to and fro with outbursts of raw emotion and for only being seven minutes, the EP packs a dynamic punch. Recorded in the Ukraine and sent for mixing and mastering to Jack Shirley who best known for working with acts such as Loma Prieta, Deafheaven, State Faults and many more, the release's production is a top tier effort. Much like previous releases, YK maintains their trademark quirks that set them apart from most other bands in their scene right now, one of which being vocal style. It's not quite a whine as it is a painful yell and while some listeners may not speak the same language, the excruciating quality to the singer's yelling make a connection to the audience. To the contrary of their first LP, their newest effort shows far less patience. Sections of brutality quickly turn over and drain the song's energy down through the floor, only to toss over once again into something entirely different without much repeating throughout the record. This is the mantra of a band in their element. They are unafraid to take creative steps that keep their songs alive for so much longer than a simple track length, giving 'Four Writings To An Elf' a distinct staying power that makes it feel far longer than it is. Yotsuya Kaidan has become a great force in international screamo and the future certainly looks exciting for modern skramz with them in the fold.



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pjquinones747
August 9th 2022


4219 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Long time no review. Hope it's not too painfully bad.



Some I've heard (along with their Sput page) say that these guys have a black metal influence to them. I kinda hear it on the LP but not so much on this EP, so I didn't bother to include it. That LP is certainly worth a listen though.



Bandcamp: https://yotsuyakaidan.bandcamp.com/music

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yotsuyakaidanband/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yotsuyakaidan/



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DadKungFu
Contributing Reviewer
August 9th 2022


4531 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Your review makes me want to check this out but that album art is telling me otherwise

pizzamachine
August 9th 2022


26484 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty dece

pjquinones747
August 9th 2022


4219 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@DadKungFu I had the same reaction when I first saw it. I pretend I do not see it.

DadKungFu
Contributing Reviewer
August 9th 2022


4531 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's pretty good, a lot of energy but not a lot else that makes this stand out from other skramz imo

pjquinones747
August 9th 2022


4219 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fair enough!

ChoccyPhilly
August 9th 2022


13615 Comments


damn this sounds good from the review. gonna have to bookmark it

pjquinones747
August 9th 2022


4219 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lemme know what you think when you get to it!

tyman128
Staff Reviewer
August 10th 2022


4439 Comments


I need to check this for sure! dig the short review my guy

pjquinones747
August 10th 2022


4219 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks man, I think I may do more like this in the near future. Got to bring a whole bunch more skramz to light for the fine folks of Sputnik's betterment and get my writing chops back.

MarsKid
Staff Reviewer
August 10th 2022


20927 Comments


Cover art [3] but I will keep this in mind, do love me some good skramz

pjquinones747
August 10th 2022


4219 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm running the official hype train, hop aboard.

Zac124
August 10th 2022


2311 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Really good review! Not sure if it will be my thing but I will give it a go.

Zac124
August 10th 2022


2311 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Just listened to it. It's alright but I am not sure if it is something that I would listen to again.

pjquinones747
August 11th 2022


4219 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm glad you gave it a shot and that you like the review! It's definitely not a style for everybody.

pjquinones747
September 9th 2022


4219 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sent the band my review and today they read it and dug it, so bump



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