Weston Super Maim
See You Tomorrow Baby


3.8
excellent

Review

by Mike Kaplan STAFF
March 22nd, 2024 | 23 replies


Release Date: 03/15/2024 | Tracklist

Review Summary: We bein’ cacophonous out here.

I have tried to write a review for this album what feels like twelve thousand times and I couldn’t seem to put anything together that is coherent or logical. The main reason is that See You Tomorrow Baby is an album that sounds like I should like it way more than I do, and I can’t put my finger on exactly why. In fact, I’m having such trouble with it that I can’t even seem to write about it without second-guessing myself. I keep running into spots where I feel like the album is a soullessly technical breakdown-fest that has no meaning, only for Weston Super Maim to throw in some epic atmosphere, or turn the song into an angry acid trip, or slip in a legitimately nasty guitar solo or two—and I can’t help but feel like I’m thoroughly enjoying myself. Yeah I know, I don’t get it either, but let’s give this a go anyway.

Weston Super Maim promote themselves as a hyper-technical metal duo and while technicality is cool and all, it only goes so far. What that technicality actually translates to is a variety of breakdowns in a variety of time signatures, some of which are a blast to listen to (more on that shortly) and others of which are irritatingly boring (listen to “Johnny Menomic” to understand what I’m talking about). The whole “let’s do lots of breakdowns” thing has been successfully done by other bands, but at times it feels like Weston Super Maim’s production or execution lacks the same sort of verve those bands have been able to harness. There are stretches of See You Tomorrow Baby that feel lifeless and it puts an unnecessary damper on the whole experience.

Reversely though, there is a lot to like about this album (both technically and otherwise). Weston Super Maim are at their best when they write blistering segments of cacophonous insanity a la the beginning of the title track opener or almost the entirety of “Brute Fact,” or when they take a deep breath and add some depth to their breakdown-heavy sound. The end of “Slow Hell,” as an example, showcases one of the best breakdowns on the entire record—where Weston Super Maim add some space and atmosphere to the experience and create an atmosphere that feels like looking at the night sky or staring into the ocean deep. Another example is the end of “Kryptonite Renegade” which slowly morphs itself from a breakdown into something a little more insane.

Furthermore, while Weston Super Maim don’t do a whole lot of melody, there are moments where it certainly proves that they know how. The end of the opening track breaks into spacious synths before diving back into the batsh*t craziness it starts with. “Slow Hell” and “The Bare Maximum” both feature soulful guitar solos (with the latter being provided by Ian Wayne of Soreption) that provide a welcome contrast to the machinelike technicality of the vast majority of the record. The closing track, “Perfect Meadows in Every Direction,” is an eight minute odyssey that—despite its length—manages to be one of the most cohesive and engaging songs on the record and skillfully blends the strengths of Weston Super Maim’s songwriting into a winding epic.

I want to talk about the vocals, production and so forth but I feel like they are good enough not to warrant further discussion, as they are factually secondary to the points I’ve outlined above. The guest spots are also excellent, but don’t do much to change my overall view. There is no lack of skill or technical ability in See You Tomorrow Baby, but a good portion of that skill is wasted on technicality for technicality’s sake. When Weston Super Maim actually sit back and make music that sounds like it was intended for artistic expression though, it is not only interesting but can be anywhere from strikingly engaging to unrestrained fun. I don’t know if you’ll listen to this album more than once, but you’re more than likely to have a good time listening to it.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Manatea
Staff Reviewer
March 22nd 2024


1941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

This is Mike—Staff Reviewer at Sputnikmusic. I specialize in zit popping boy-disastercore so here you go.



Srsly though, first staff review. I’m pumped. Thanks for the promotion

MunsuLight
March 22nd 2024


719 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review. Gratz on the promotion



I just struggle to rate this album so much. The non breakdown heavy parts are well written and when it comes to the chugging, at least it is tolerable, but I just feel like this album is all over the place . If i could do decimal it would probably be 3.7 . Last track is massive and really a culmination of what the band can do

trilo
March 22nd 2024


6308 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fun album

Pikazilla
March 22nd 2024


29816 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

the similar bands section is far from flattering



do I dare

Slex
March 22nd 2024


16615 Comments


Probably not

Uzumaki
March 22nd 2024


4509 Comments


Fun band; forgot they released this this year. Will check, and pos for the review!

bloc
March 22nd 2024


70237 Comments


Album is excellent, definitely one of my favourite metal ones this year

JesperL
Staff Reviewer
March 22nd 2024


5480 Comments


fuck yeah staff reviewer manatea!!
album seems like something i'd hate tho rip

Pikazilla
March 22nd 2024


29816 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

yeah this is dogshit lmao



chug chug chug chug



this type of metalcore needs to die

Sinternet
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2024


26593 Comments


amazingly shit ban name haha

Manatea
Staff Reviewer
March 23rd 2024


1941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

@jesper yes you would hate this

@pika I mean you were warned my friend



Also hey everyone thanks for stopping by

Relinquished
March 23rd 2024


48755 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I fuck with the name, we have a place in Miami called Weston



I fuck with the band, since their EP they ruled

SmurkinGherkin
March 23rd 2024


2170 Comments


Are these lads brits?

Relinquished
March 23rd 2024


48755 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

One of them is I think

neekafat
Staff Reviewer
March 23rd 2024


26218 Comments


Congrats on first staff rev!!! Will def not be checking ty (:

Sinternet
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2024


26593 Comments


"I fuck with the name, we have a place in Miami called Weston"

its a dumb pun on weston-super-mare which is an english town

it is not very creative

Relinquished
March 24th 2024


48755 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

don’t care dude just stating why I like it even if it doesn’t relate

bloc
March 24th 2024


70237 Comments


"its a dumb pun on weston-super-mare which is an english town"

Ah, kinda like Two Door Cinema Club

Purpl3Spartan
March 24th 2024


8643 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Will check

davesthesay
March 24th 2024


91 Comments


For musical geography context, Weston Super Mare is next to Portishead.



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