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Nodes Of Ranvier The Years To Come

01. The Renewal 02. Relentless 03. The Dawning Age 04. Dolores 05. The Years to Come 06. Grave 07. Predisposed 08. Glass Half Nothing 09. What Goes Around... 10. Novocain for No Reason 11. Second Hand Syndrome 12. In Too Deep
2005 Facedown Records
Our score 6


Normally, when I get a CD to review from Facedown Records, I cringe. In my opinion, Christian metal or hardcore could disappear tomorrow, and it wouldn't be a day too soon. However, I'm reluctantly pleased to say that this new Nodes of Ranvier album surpassed my low expectations. I'm not saying that this album is fabulous or anything, but it sure beats the hell (sorry) out of anything else I've heard from this record label. First of all, it sounds immediately like these guys have been living off a steady diet of Lamb of God. Vocals, rhythms, and overall song-writing choices take a big influence from LOG, but that's not the only thing going on The Years to Come. There is a good bit of clean singing throughout the album, but it's better than a band like Atreyu. The sing-song, metal screaming thing has been done to fucking death, but Nodes of Ranvier keep it a bit more interesting. The singing vocals are lower, and remind me of the guitarist/vocalist for Evergreen Terrace. Actually, the third track on here, "The Dawning Age" has some riffs that remind me of Evergreen Terrace also. I'm not a big fan of this, but it's not the worst thing I've ever heard. For the most part, Nodes of Ranvier keep it fairly upbeat and metal. There is actually barely anything hardcore about this whole album. I was enjoying this album, until track six came along and ruined my fucking night. "Grave" is one of the worst songs I've heard in my life. I'm not exaggerating at all. It is such an abrupt and unwelcome change in the flow of the album. This song sounds like Staind or some other mall-metal bullshit. It's so out of place. It's like the first Strife record for Victory Records. Remember It had that track "Slipping" that was some dumb hardcore ballad. Jesus Christ (sorry, again) this song is so terrible. If Nodes of Ranvier do more songs like this, then they need to get the fuck out of metal. After that abysmal low point, the album picks back up to the metal. I am fairly pleased to hear that the use of gratuitous "hardcore" breakdowns is few and far between. The guitar work is quite frantic, and nearly great, but never quite gets there. The overall production is very metal, and I can't complain too much about that. I think the vocals are mixed a bit too high though. The drums don't sound over-compressed, yet still retain all the power. Bottom Line: You know what This is a decent metal record. It's a step above average, but that's all this band is going to get from me. You could listen to Lamb of God and have a better experience, but maybe you need another band to listen to (just skip the sixth track). I'm not sure what is supposed to set this band apart from the rest of the metal underground, but they have the chops. We'll see if they eventually use their abilities to do something really impressive.


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deadwithfear_ 11/9/2005 8:13:36 PM


b_ 11/9/2005 8:17:20 PM

its funny because i can guess the ratings of these reviews before i click the link. lambgoat is that predictable.

anonymous 11/9/2005 8:25:58 PM

I used to like this band but then I heard that Glass Half Nothing song and holy shit, so f*cking bad. I don't know if I even want to bother with the rest of this record.

XOmeletX_ 11/9/2005 8:44:52 PM

That was the most pissed off review I've ever read.

Poopy McPooperson_ 11/9/2005 8:45:14 PM

My favorite reviewer. Always the most entertaining write-ups.

Mudhoney_ 11/9/2005 9:48:45 PM

older nodes is better

Strongarm_ 11/9/2005 9:58:08 PM

"Lost Sense, More.." will always be a masterpiece in and of itself and especially compared to anything Nodes will ever do thus far. If they hadn't had an umpteenth amount of member changes and had kept that original line up from that album, who knows the legendary status they could have been making for themselves by now...

picturesofme_ 11/9/2005 10:01:02 PM

I don't hear a lot of LoG in the 2 tracks available on Purevolume...I do hear a lot of Atreyu, though. better than Atreyu, but that isn't saying much.

xBrendanx_ 11/9/2005 11:40:52 PM

the apologies for the blasphemies is what makes this review rule

grindmyass_ 11/10/2005 12:13:27 AM

"Grave" is actually a butchered version of what was actually a very good instrumental track from one of thier previous albums. The nu-metalish singing on this record is awful. As is the Pantera-ish spoken passages. The screams are pretty infectious, however. Overall this was a disappointing record. I have been following them since the beginning and they have always done things far differently that the other metalcore sheep, but they have lost what made them special. Oh well.

nowicks_ 11/10/2005 12:58:46 AM

lamb of god sux

yeast infection_ 11/10/2005 1:33:14 AM

VICE mag. gave this a 0/10

Strongarm_ 11/10/2005 1:38:15 AM

Anyone just now hearing of or listening to Nodes of Ranvier NOW, disregard this album altogether. Please don't judge them based on what you hear here. This isn't even them anymore. Do yourself a great favor and go pick "Lost Senses, More Innocense" by them to to hear a truley unique, amazing album. You will be impressed.

SkydAnc3R_ 11/10/2005 7:10:27 AM

Lamb of God? uh? where? Lambgoat in latest times sucks, if you hear an "In Flames-riff" you scream at the miracle, but in Europe (and in world music) is oldest, minimun 10 years. Wake up, men! Nodes of Ranvier LOG clones? are you joking?

anonymous 11/10/2005 7:51:54 AM

speak English much?

castitas_ 11/10/2005 9:19:15 AM

"Normally, when I get a CD to review from Facedown Records, I cringe. In my opinion, Christian metal or hardcore could disappear tomorrow, and it wouldn't be a day too soon." one of the most closedminded staments ever made...

truthsayer_ 11/10/2005 10:47:28 AM

Best first paragraph ever.

anonymous 11/10/2005 11:08:46 AM

not a bad cd

kockrock_warlock_ 11/10/2005 11:42:06 AM

First two albums were quality. This is horrible. The vocals are especially what ruins it. I can't believe I slsk wishlisted this shit.

ghetto_paul_ 11/10/2005 12:26:55 PM

number of times the word "metal" is used in this review: 10. 10 is a pretty metal number I guess.

Puppies_ 11/10/2005 12:50:05 PM

but is it metal? Im confused. metal? or no metal?

Puppies_ 11/10/2005 12:50:23 PM


Puppies_ 11/10/2005 12:50:49 PM

this review is very metal

vegigurlie_ 11/10/2005 1:25:18 PM

"lost senses" and "self-titled" were definitely incredible albums. this band created their own niche in an oversaturated genre that has sense been ripped off ridiculously- i love 'the years to come' because the band holds to their sound while stepping into new territory brilliantly

godless_ 11/10/2005 1:34:16 PM

"Normally, when I get a CD to review from Facedown Records, I cringe. In my opinion, Christian metal or hardcore could disappear tomorrow, and it wouldn't be a day too soon." hahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

xdivisivex_ 11/10/2005 2:57:52 PM

I actually liked this album...really melodic, and I love everything that comes off of Facedown.

kockrock_warlock_ 11/10/2005 5:54:35 PM

"really melodic" and "metal" should never ever be used to describe a band, wether by different people or not. Somebody isn't hearing the same thing as the other.

Loyd_ 11/10/2005 6:04:35 PM

Review a record based on its sound, not its viewpoints. Nobody gives Emperor bad reviews because they're retarded satanists. And I disagree with "metal" and "really melodic" not coinciding. You don't know your metal history.

TheWood_ 11/10/2005 6:48:29 PM

Emperor also played a vital role in the development of metal music. These fools just bit Atreyu's style (and why a band would do such is beyond my comprehension).

wes_ 11/10/2005 8:22:36 PM

this review is dumb.. not that I'm a fan of this band either seventh star is cool

ipoopedinyoucloset_ 11/10/2005 8:37:31 PM

I still love all the talk of this style of music being overdone the last few years. If that was the criteria, then thrash, death, black, and numerous other genres would be maligned as well. The problem is that it's the STYLE you don't like, not how many bands play it.

UrbanStrike_ 11/10/2005 8:54:15 PM

Overall this album is good. They have their own sound, catchy songs. It's way better than lost senses. The singer's voice destroy's everything.

Kanye West_ 11/10/2005 9:16:22 PM

George Bush doesn't care about shitty bands like this and/or black people.

slice your face_ 11/11/2005 8:23:47 AM

First, I'll quote from the introduction: Normally, when I get a CD to review from Facedown Records, I cringe. In my opinion, Christian metal or hardcore could disappear tomorrow, and it wouldn't be a day too soon. However, [et cetera et cetera]. To the guy that says this is closed-minded: Obviously, you've got the Lord! Jesus! in your Soul but very little in your head. You aren't able to comprehend the meaning of simple statements! You've missed very simple keywords that tell all; those w

yeah hi me again.. um_ 11/11/2005 8:28:03 AM

Ahem.. "A CLEVER" and not "AN CLEVER".. Just so you can all sleep soundly at night; I'm sure my typos are terrible eyesores to your noble Souls. xGodxBlessx

ipoopedinyourcloset_ 11/11/2005 8:45:55 AM

slice your face: Congrats. You've finally found away to get "vituperator" into a sentence! Haha

har_har_ 11/11/2005 9:08:09 AM

I have the s/t, pretty good stuff as far as modern 'metalcore' goes.

scenepoints_ 11/11/2005 11:15:24 AM

"Nobody gives Emperor bad reviews because they're retarded satanists" - no, people dont give emperor bad reviews because they put out great records, unlike christian metal, which only exists because of a built in market not talent.

b_a_ 11/11/2005 12:16:10 PM

i hate this gay cd

Rocky Dennis_ 11/11/2005 7:07:10 PM

Lost Senses, More Innocents and Self Titled, were quite good..but i got this one...and was HIGHLY dissapointed, compare to their other albums, this is horrible.

Bellusch_ 11/11/2005 11:28:24 PM

Besides looking up statistics of current and retired baseball players, and determining in my mind, whether or not they are Hall Of Fame caliber numbers, I've another new hobby: Reading comments by all you figgy-ass mofos who get really pissed off at the review/reviewer when you don't agree. It's classic, visual entertainment for the minimalist in all of us. Oh, yeah i saw a video for a song on this album and the drummer sings and sounds just like that tall dude from Atreu. (Did you know he's ba

killemokids_ 11/12/2005 6:47:56 PM

it doesn't matter that they're christian,all that matter is that they suck.

Hellaween_ 11/13/2005 5:22:25 PM

LoG- f*cking rules Nodes- way Rad. This Cd is 9/10

shit_poop_ 11/13/2005 9:36:38 PM

shit band shit label

koolaid_ 11/14/2005 4:13:33 AM

I've been listening to metal and hardcore pretty much my whole life, and as a christian, naturally I would like for there to be GOOD heavy bands that have the same beliefs as me...but reluctantly I've found very few..and I'm not sure why that is.

Loyd_ 11/15/2005 11:18:17 AM

scenepoints, I think you missed my point. I agree that musically, Emperor are amazing in both musicianship and creativity. My point is that in their case, and so many other non-religious groups, their works are judged on their merit, not their beliefs, as is the case with Emperor. Personally, I have not even heard the new Nodes record, although I thoroughly enjoyed "Lost Senses, More Innocence." I don't disagree with this review, but anytime someone starts a review with a slam on an entire

sweetdisaster.com_ 11/18/2005 1:02:04 PM

Just wondering how come the band's/their label's Christianity still factors in these reviews? Aren't we past that by now? Isn't any band entitled to have as their focus whatever they want it to be without getting slagged? Just curious.

abscissa_ 11/18/2005 8:38:42 PM

i enjoy the disc

Loyd_ 11/21/2005 1:24:38 PM, thanks for saying what I was trying to get at. Nice site, by the way.

din_ 12/28/2005 10:40:16 PM

this cd is terrible

youreafaggot_ 3/16/2006 7:06:01 AM

if you think this is the best facedown records release, you deserve to be shot.. this is by far the worst nodes of ranvier album and doesnt hold a candle to any facedown record released in the past 3 years. nodes of ranvier arent "in metal" as youd like to claim, so, it would be rather difficult for them to "get the f*ck out" of it. But then again if you relate bands like lamb of fraud to nodes, you really musnt listen to metal yourself in the first place?

grindcore_ 6/25/2006 8:29:10 PM

Please disregard this album completely and check out nodes first two efforts lost senses, more innocence and the self title. Both are incredible albums...This, however, pales in comparison to their previous efforts.