Maths - Descent 2009


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    Artist: Maths
    Album: Descent
    Year: 2009

    Ripped: 11/13/2009 Label: Holy Roar
    Retail: 00/00/2009 Source: CDDA
    Genre: Hardcore Type: Normal
    Lang: English Ripper: TEAM FiH

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    Track: Track titles: Length:

    01- Belief In Sorrow 2:29
    02- Culpa 1:25
    03- Wilderness 3:10
    04- Guarded 1:21
    05- From Her Journals 4:10
    06- Boundless 1:47
    07- Sleep Deep 2:57
    08- To Be Frozen 3:13
    09- ... And Left To Die 1:41
    10- This Is Forever 1:11
    11- Branches 2:52
    12- Belief In Hope 4:57


    To date, London indie label Holy Roar have pulled off
    their biggest artistic coups with bands that sit a little
    outside of punk/hardcore convention: the likes of
    electro-grind trio Cutting Pink With Knives, or
    Sheffielders Rolo Tomassi, a frightfully young quintet
    reconfiguring raging hardcore with progressive complexity,
    horror flick stylings and the terrifying roar of vocalist
    Eva Spence.

    The debut album from Norwichs Maths, following up a
    previous split album for Holy Roar with like-minded ragers
    Throats, does not swing for any wild stylistic curveballs.
    Rather, Descent mines a seam of dirge-y, embittered
    screamo hardcore that will be reasonably familiar to
    anyone with their ear to the ground on such matters.

    All the same, Maths distinguish themselves from their more
    lumpen peers with a grasp of subtle dynamics not to
    mention a dramatic, skull-cracking heaviness that places
    this record a good head and shoulders above most of its
    competitors. The ghosts of obscure first-wave screamo
    outfits like Swing Kids, Orchid and Antioch Arrow loom
    large in the likes of Branches and Culpa. Elsewhere,
    Descent brings to mind modern Japanese ensemble Envy,
    whose epic post-hardcore blends melodic prettiness with
    huge tidal waves of sound: hear how Wilderness commences
    with a rolling, slightly sea-sick groove, yearning guitar
    notes segueing with vocalist Zens morose, spoken-word
    delivery, and builds very gradually, the inevitable
    throat-shredding climax held at bay by passages of tangled
    melody and spiralling, dense arrangements.

    There are also moments of startling sensitivity within the
    maelstrom, though. And Left To Die drifts away
    beautifully on a Mogwai-style coda, while the climactic
    Belief in Hope commences with a minute or so of quiet solo
    piano before riffs rise craggily in salute. The result is
    a record that remains firmly within its genre, but one
    that earns its place in the modern canon with grit and

    - bbc.co.uk


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