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  • HeavyMetalHamster

    Sounds like an honest review….disappointed though.
    I loved Tidals ….
    For me the best shoe gaze act going right now is Klimt 1918.

    • Name’s Dalton

      I really like this band. I kinda passed on the shoegaze thing back in the day (aside from MBV, Swirlies, and a couple others), but bands like Spotlights and The Life and Times know why they’re doing and they make good songs; it’s not just a pile of effects pedals getting stepped on.

      Also, check out AWMA (and their predecessor Half Film).

      • Master of Muppets

        Spotlights and Swirlies.
        Yes.
        This is the best time of year for all things gazy in the land of Maine and Muppets, everything’s getting colder and dead and all scenic-like, a tad cliche but this season always ushers in a temporary Deftones takeover for me.

        • Name’s Dalton

          Check out Half Film. Entrancing and elegant.

          • Master of Muppets

            I does what I wants. Maybe I’ll check out Half Film, maybe I’ll keep jamming None. Who knows, maybe I’ll do something crazy and go on a Vertical Horizon binge (read: loop the one good album until something metal pulls me back)
            The bottom line: you’re not my supervisor!

          • Septic

            In my younger days I also thoroughly enjoyed VH… Bravo to you for first admitting these sins on hallowed metal ground.

          • Master of Muppets

            Man, I’ve got no shame when it comes to liking music, if I like it I like it. Beyond that, I’ve been pretty open about my rather un-kvlt musical past; I was raised on nineties rock and country radio with classic rock featuring heavily in my early influences as well. The short version is that I got into metal strictly for rebellious purposes, it started with Hate Crew Deathroll and just kinda spiraled from there, but I never stopped liking anything I liked in my Anti Metal Guy days. I’ll jump from Chiral to Matchbox Twenty to Hopsin to Patty Griffin in the same playlist, no one’s gonna make me feel bad about having the best taste in music in the known history of musical preferences.

          • Septic

            Some of my favorite 90’s was Bush, Third Eye Blind, A Perfect Circle, Collective Soul, Foo Fighters, etc etc. My first concert was the Goo Goo Dolls… Still have my ticket stub.

          • Master of Muppets

            GGD were my first favorite band, first cassette purchase as well as first CD purchase, and I truly wish that they had been my first concert just for how much I love them (Rzeznik’s work, that is, could do without 90% of Takac’s material) …
            No, poor me, I 00000bliterated my concert cherry seeing Meshuggah in Jr. High.
            What a long, strange trip it’s been.

          • Name’s Dalton

            Very well then.

          • Name’s Dalton

            Well… What did you decide to do?

          • Master of Muppets

            Ha! In all honesty I went with Dead is Dead after everything. Wildcard, bitches.
            But I’ll check them out after work this morning, if it warranted a follow up I assume it warrants a listen, so Half Film it is.

          • Master of Muppets

            Also: that upcoming Jupiterian album sounds most promising, no? Been eyeing that artwork for a minute, then it popped up in my feed again thanks to you and I finally gave it an exploratory listen. Needless to say, they got my money.

          • Name’s Dalton

            Damn straight. I even went so far as to buy the t-shirt.

          • Master of Muppets

            Gotta represent yo. I did the same with Dead is Dead, I don’t believe I’m legally allowed to turn down vinyl/ T combos.

  • Brutalist_Receptacle

    Coming this fall on AMG, Meet My Hipster Neighbors

    • Mollusc

      Or, Meet My Ventriloquist Neighbour.

      • Brutalist_Receptacle

        NO.

        • Mollusc

          yes

          • Name’s Dalton

            What we have here folks is an old fashioned standoff.

          • Mollusc

            I assumed I’d won!

          • [not a Dr]

            Your assertion lacked boldness.

          • Mollusc

            Which is how I won.

  • Septic

    This is an alternate time-line band photo if SKYNET was taking over. http://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4a7e1cb6cdcda8e9b80130b4344ed32cc3f14f1fe135147682333dde07f7aa3c.jpg

  • Thatguy

    Nothing wrong with this at all, but could I listen to 69 minutes of it? Does anyone care? Why didn’t the Unicorn get to the band photo before Septic? How brutal is the receptacle really?

    So many questions, so little time.

    • Master of Muppets

      You could get through it if you tried, and I care. Septic has been quietly but consistently making moves to dismantle The Unicorn – a path which hopefully ends in blood – and the receptacle is as brutal as they want to be, except for when they aren’t.
      When in doubt, fabricate. You’ll save time and possibly even rise to power along the way.

      • Thatguy

        You know, I think I could and thanks for caring. This feels like interaction and I’m told that is a good thing.

        I too want to witness the showdown between Septic and the Unicorn and I live in fear of the Receptacle like everyone else.

  • HeavyMetalHamster

    Latest Slowdive album is phenomenal btw

    • Name’s Dalton

      Gotta check this out. Thx.

  • Wilhelm

    Lush were a band my friends always laughed at me for liking, but their album “Split” was phenomenal.

    • drug_genosh

      split’s my favorite probably followed by spooky. Live? not so much

    • Name’s Dalton

      Ride and Swervedriver were pretty cool. The Swirlies were far and away my favorite. They bent notes like Sonic Youth, Polvo, et al,, and slammed on the pedals like MBV and Ride to glorious effect.

  • Panagiotis Krokidas

    I enjoyed this as much as their EP.

    Stating they are a heavy shoe-gaze is misleading for the music they make. It’s just one of their influences, in my opinion. A blend of sludge/shoegaze/dreamy/post-metal/rock whatever is what it is for me.

  • Actionjax

    Aaron Harris did production, not Aaron Turner.

    • Mark Z

      thanks, it’s been corrected.

  • Lou Daz

    This album is doing so much more for me than the much gushed-upon Black Dalia Murder. The guitar tone in the embedded track is massive.

  • Def Batface

    This album grew on me. The first couple listens I was more in line with this review regarding length and content but a couple weeks in and this is about a 4/5 for me. I also think the last two tracks are essential now whereas I had the same opinion as the reviewer prior. All I’m saying is give it some time. Maybe it’ll grow on you too.