F0REVER iMMORTAL H0STS iS PR0UD T0 PRESENTArtist: MathsAlbum: DescentYear: 2009GENERAL RELEASE iNFORipped: 11/13/2009 Label: Holy RoarRetail: 00/00/2009 Source: CDDAGenre: Hardcore Type: NormalLang: English Ripper: TEAM FiHEncoder LAME 3.97 -V2 --vbr-newGrabber Exact Audio Copy V0.95 beta 4TRACK LiSTiNGTrack: Track titles: Length:01- Belief In Sorrow 2:2902- Culpa 1:2503- Wilderness 3:1004- Guarded 1:2105- From Her Journals 4:1006- Boundless 1:4707- Sleep Deep 2:5708- To Be Frozen 3:1309- ... And Left To Die 1:4110- This Is Forever 1:1111- Branches 2:5212- Belief In Hope 4:57-------0:31:13206kbps/44.1kHzRELEASE NOTESTo date, London indie label Holy Roar have pulled offtheir biggest artistic coups with bands that sit a littleoutside of punk/hardcore convention: the likes ofelectro-grind trio Cutting Pink With Knives, orSheffielders Rolo Tomassi, a frightfully young quintetreconfiguring raging hardcore with progressive complexity,horror flick stylings and the terrifying roar of vocalistEva Spence.The debut album from Norwichs Maths, following up aprevious split album for Holy Roar with like-minded ragersThroats, does not swing for any wild stylistic curveballs.Rather, Descent mines a seam of dirge-y, embitteredscreamo hardcore that will be reasonably familiar toanyone with their ear to the ground on such matters.All the same, Maths distinguish themselves from their morelumpen peers with a grasp of subtle dynamics not tomention a dramatic, skull-cracking heaviness that placesthis record a good head and shoulders above most of itscompetitors. The ghosts of obscure first-wave screamooutfits like Swing Kids, Orchid and Antioch Arrow loomlarge in the likes of Branches and Culpa. Elsewhere,Descent brings to mind modern Japanese ensemble Envy,whose epic post-hardcore blends melodic prettiness withhuge tidal waves of sound: hear how Wilderness commenceswith a rolling, slightly sea-sick groove, yearning guitarnotes segueing with vocalist Zens morose, spoken-worddelivery, and builds very gradually, the inevitablethroat-shredding climax held at bay by passages of tangledmelody and spiralling, dense arrangements.There are also moments of startling sensitivity within themaelstrom, though. And Left To Die drifts awaybeautifully on a Mogwai-style coda, while the climacticBelief in Hope commences with a minute or so of quiet solopiano before riffs rise craggily in salute. The result isa record that remains firmly within its genre, but onethat earns its place in the modern canon with grit andresolve.- bbc.co.uk
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