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Damiera M(US)IC

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01. Immure 02. Lessons 03. M(US)IC 04. Via Invested 05. I Am Pulse 06. Ember Eason 07. Departure 08. Flora: Yield 09. Broken Hands 10. Obsessions
2007 Equal Vision Records
Our score 7

by Nick
2/2/2007

There's a strong chance that M(US)IC, the debut album by Buffalo prog-emo-rockers Damiera, is going to surprise quite a few people in the new year. Although it will probably be dumped into the guilty pleasure category of many heavy music fans, there really isn't anything necessarily "guilty" about this disc.Whether Damiera is in the middle of laying down technically proficient guitar lines, syncopated rhythms, or spacey interludes, these guys clearly display that they're not at all lacking in innovation and talent, all while combining these aspects into some truly catchy rock songs. It isn't really necessary to look much further than Equal Vision label mates Circa Survive and The Fall of Troy for musical comparisons. Damiera somehow manages to land somewhere in between the two, shying away from the heavier moments that The Fall of Troy boasts, and taking a more up-tempo approach than the guys of Circa Survive. But the similarities are there, and sections of M(US)IC are very comparable to both bands, such as the intense, Doppelganger-esque conclusion of "Via Invested," and the slower, swirling guitars of the bass driven "Ember Eason" that would feel right at home on Juturna. The delay-heavy instrumental track "Departure" could also draw similarities to the space rock leanings of bands like Hopesfall and Cave In. However, the aspect of M(US)IC that is going to limit its exposure to new audiences is the vocal style. Just like in the instrumentation, Damiera also draws similarities to Circa Survive and The Fall of Troy in the vocal department. Although the vocal performance is not quite as impressive as that of Anthony Green's on Juturna, the vocalist does refrain from screaming, which is a definite plus for the style of music. Yet, the high-pitch style of vocals can be a bit grating at times, and will forever plague the band with the often mocked emo-rock label. It is unfortunate that vocals carry so much weight in the genre-labeling music world, because this disc has much more substance to it than the standard emo-rock offering. Still, I can't help but admit the vocals are the low point of the CD. Bottom Line: Damiera's debut album is a pleasant surprise in the emo-rock world. Progressive song writing and technical aptitude make M(US)IC a very respectable disc, while up-tempo approaches and catchy melodies make it easy to get hooked on. This album is a definite buy for fans secure enough to admit that they have enjoyed past releases from Circa Survive and The Fall of Troy. It may not be for everyone, but it's definitely worthy of a chance.

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CuntSnot_ 2/2/2007 9:18:28 AM

read the first line, and I had already stopped caring


bigego_ 2/2/2007 10:02:56 AM

first, first


BDGNR_ 2/2/2007 10:32:51 AM

if cory would have reviewed this record, it would have gotten an 9/10.


din_ 2/2/2007 10:45:51 AM

sounds nifty. will probably download it


anonymous 2/2/2007 12:23:08 PM

I hear a pretty big boysnightout influence in there too...


bro_punch_ 2/2/2007 1:57:50 PM

this band is pretty rad, the only negative is that there are so many sweet, technical riffs that if you listen for a long time, it starts to sound the same. but other than that, this band is pretty rad.


drewcifer_ 2/2/2007 2:20:42 PM

awesome, i was actually going to review this if i didnt see it come up soon. great band.


anonymous 2/2/2007 2:31:47 PM

this band wants to be Coheed and Cambria


hxcobd_ 2/2/2007 2:39:11 PM

The vocals are a LOW point?! The singer has a f*cking incredible range, I hate the reviewer. Anyway, awesome album, glad LG doesn't hate it as much as I expected


hxcobd_ 2/2/2007 2:39:57 PM

Also, this band sounds absolutely nothing like Coheed and Cambria in any way, and you're a f*cking douchebag


lord_gold_ 2/2/2007 4:08:52 PM

f*cking awesome album


AVastCollectionOfAssholes_ 2/2/2007 5:03:39 PM

Seen them tons of times live, not once have I been as impressed as others seem to be.


Konstrix_ 2/2/2007 6:10:37 PM

great record, but i think a 7/10 is fair. these guys really have a better sound than the mentioned bands in the review (circa survive, fall of troy) and i look forward to the next stuff they put it out. live, theyre pretty awesome, too. lots of energy. glad to see a review.


HAR_ 2/3/2007 7:47:56 PM

sounds pretty f*cking gay


punksuckgo_ 2/7/2007 5:34:31 PM

good album, good band. pretty decent review though i wouldnt say the vocals are a low point.


whatswrongwithme_ 2/20/2007 8:29:23 AM

great record and even better live... great band 9/10