Polterguise
Eurydice


2.5
average

Review

by Mike K. USER (26 Reviews)
January 23rd, 2023 | 37 replies


Release Date: 01/20/2023 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The mid-2000s “swancore” revival that nobody really needs or wants is upon us…

I have a strong distaste for the term “swancore.” Aside from the fact that it sounds corny, it represents a bloated carcass of what used to be a new and original approach to post-hardcore, now littered with rehashing and questionable moral values.

But there was a time back when I was a young lad when that “style” was actually cool. It could be as equally aggressive as it was beautiful, and was undeniably fun. So while it is fortunate for Polterguise that their sophomore record, Eurydice, channels that brand of “swancore” rather than what passes for it today, it certainly detracts from any other positive aspects of this album.

The instrumentals are of a professional standard if fairly unoriginal. The guitars noodle, the bass slaps, and the drumming is out of control in a good way. There are tightly arranged breakdowns, and some pretty fun cookie-cutter type riffs that are churned out relentlessly. The vocals are less acceptable, with the clean vocals sounding like a slightly less annoying Sean Milke (of Alesana) and the harsh vocals downright sounding like Jon Mess most of the time.

The band does do a commendable job of harnessing the combination of aggressive and melodic in the style of early Dance Gavin Dance. The focus is clearly on the “hardcore” part of post-hardcore and the band doesn’t stray far from that formula. There are points, such as in the song “Bleachbather,” where Polterguise eschew the whole “swancore” thing for a more straightforward metalcore aesthetic. It is these moments that save this record from being tossed aside as wholly boring.

Beyond that, though, the record is about as unmemorable as they come. It isn’t exactly bad by any stretch, but it as easily listened to as it is forgotten. If you’re into this sort of thing, it may be worth a spin. If not, well… yeah, don’t bother.



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Manatea
January 23rd 2023


857 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I know I said I was done for January but I couldn’t help myself. Album is meh.

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
January 23rd 2023


17517 Comments


This album's on my list of stuff to get through this week. I really hope I can find something above that 2.5 range.

Manatea
January 23rd 2023


857 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

You probably will. It wasn’t totally my thing but I’ve been known to be completely wrong 😑

Calc
January 23rd 2023


17029 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this ain't a 2.5 but it's not amazing either. the lead singer sounds like he has a sinus infection though, the nasal is strong in this one.

OwMySnauze
January 23rd 2023


2463 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Instrumentally it’s pretty good, the vocals are weird off and on.

Eons
January 23rd 2023


3702 Comments


the genre post-hardcore is a bit bizarre to me. some of the bands labeled that aren't even similar in sound.

Manatea
January 23rd 2023


857 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

@calc yes he is very nasally. Drinking too much Milke.

@Ow true

@Eons the umbrella of “post-hardcore” is quite large.

xlev
January 23rd 2023


40 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This is offensively generic

Vinnymcscoop
January 23rd 2023


739 Comments


Finding a good progressive post-hardcore band today is like trying to find an available Coconut Laffy Taffy box (The best Laffy Taffy).

Bands like Body Thief and Dwellings use the formula in the most disgraceful way, and spoils my taste in it

It's a good thing I'm reasonably into DGD, so I'll give it a spin soon.

OwMySnauze
January 23rd 2023


2463 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

In Angles and AnimalJam are the only bands doing it right these days

Vinnymcscoop
January 23rd 2023


739 Comments


True, I like Animaljam
Resillia and I Met A Yeti are good bands too
Angles seem cool, I better check them out


OwMySnauze
January 23rd 2023


2463 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Can’t get into Resillia, I Met a Yeti have decent tunes but they seem to be changing their sound to more poppy stuff

Vinnymcscoop
January 23rd 2023


739 Comments


How about Pulses, that band gots some good tunes. I mean, not every track, but they got some good stuff.
Four of those bands get me pumped every time I see them
Also, were you checking out new Resillia, because Gambit/Royal Flush is their best stuff.

Purpl3Spartan
January 23rd 2023


4701 Comments


Nice writeup this sounds stinky. The list of swancore bands still producing quality music continues to shrink

tyman128
Contributing Reviewer
January 23rd 2023


3940 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

instrumentally, pretty fun, love some of the guitarwork

but don't ask me anything other than that, rest of it was in one ear and out the other



great review tho 😤

OwMySnauze
January 23rd 2023


2463 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

@vinny can’t remember, the singles I heard had a crocodile on the album art

Eons
January 24th 2023


3702 Comments


what is swancore? are glassjaw swancore? they are post-hardcore apparently

Purpl3Spartan
January 24th 2023


4701 Comments


Nah think dance gavin dance. The name is based of the guitarist's name, Will Swan. It's due to his noodly style of guitar playing that he popularized

Vinnymcscoop
January 24th 2023


739 Comments


@owmysnauze they all have a crockydilla on them

Manatea
January 24th 2023


857 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Hey thanks for the kind words everyone!



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