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Ceremony Still Nothing Moves You


01. Dead Moon California (Midnight In Solitude)/The Difference Between Looking and Seeing 02. Eraser Making Its Way Its Only Job 03. He-god-Has Favored Our Undertakings 04. A Blight on Mental Health 05. Plutocratic Swine Rake 06. Vagrant 07. Twenty Four Hour Fever Watch 08. Entropy: No Meaning Is Also An Answer 09. Carrying Flowers 10. In Facile 11. Overcast 12. Birth. Conspire. Be. Upset. 13. Uneven Pavement 14. Fading Sounds Of Your Life 15. Learn/Without
2008 Bridge Nine Records
Our score 8

by Cory
8/13/2008

Ceremony's 2006 album Violence Violence quickly established the band's reputation for short fast bursts of true hardcore aggression in keeping with the genre's long tradition, calling to mind everyone from Bad Brains to Negative Approach. The group's latest, Still Nothing Moves You, is a more varied experiment that floats back and forth across its fifteen tracks between the rawest hardcore this side of Tragedy and sludgy instrumental segues. Still Nothing Moves You begins with a two minute post-rock drone that sets the tone for everything to come. The urgency in these songs is palpable but the band's restraint makes it much more potent. There's a line in the track "Eraser Making Its Way Its Only Job" about negative space, a concept Ceremony seem to have mastered on this album. In the disc's twenty-one minutes there is probably fifteen minutes of actual hardcore and the rest is filled out with sparse, trudging instrumentals that make the entire listening experience that much bleaker. Vocalist Ross Farrar has a style and tone all his own that really stands out against the oppressive backdrop that Ceremony lays out. Lyrics railing against society's ills might be nothing new but Farrar sells it as well as any of the competition. Blacklisted's George Hirsch makes a brief appearance, as does Cody Sullivan of California cohorts Life Long Tragedy and Sabertooth Zombie. While their contributions are minimal, they definitely make sense in the context of the record. While the disc's structure and tone are surprising and unique, the production seems to make everything work even better. The bass guitar drives every track and the guitars are relegated to second fiddle status as fuzzed out buzz-saws squeezing their two cents in. The drums sound like a maniac pounding away on a dozen trash cans. Dan Rathbun, who has worked His Hero Is Gone, Artimus Pyle, Tragedy, World Burns To Death and From Ashes Rise (as well as being a member of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum) turns in another distinctive disc here and really knows how to make this all sound effortless and natural. Bottom Line: Ceremony's Still Nothing Moves You is one of the most captivating hardcore releases of 2008 and also a convincing argument for the genre's continuing relevance. Fans of Prank Records hardcore and generally compelling music should definitely take note. This Bay Area hardcore band's star should only continue to rise with the release of this record.

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SeaSnake_ 8/13/2008 4:49:25 PM

decent band, decent review, decent album, good stuff


love_dripping_cum_ 8/13/2008 6:19:35 PM

i likes to pleasure my man lover to this album


anonymous 8/13/2008 7:09:54 PM

Some of the wording in this review is hilarious; it's like every description of the music possible without describing anything about the music..."fans of generally compelling music should take note..."?!


david_ 8/13/2008 7:38:37 PM

when i first joined this website, i never understood why so many people hated cory. now i know why, his rigid opinions suck ass.


theaxis_ 8/13/2008 8:37:59 PM

record of the year. straight up.


tower_ 8/14/2008 6:20:48 AM

"when i first joined this website, i never understood why so many people hated cory. now i know why, his rigid opinions suck ass." ^^^^^^


SCRAGG_ 8/14/2008 8:03:52 AM

COMPLETE SHIT REVIEW FROM THE MOST COMPLETE SHIT REVIEWER OF ALL TIME. HE MUSTA SUCKED DOG dckS FOR 13 YEAR AND LET ALL THE c-m BUILD UP IN HIS STOMACHE TO PUKE OUT THIS SHIT ON THE WORLD. gay NEEDS DEATH NOW X 1000000000000000000000


anonymous 8/14/2008 4:28:22 PM

jesus christ, what's so bad about this review? take a deep breath and calm the f*ck down.


TheReapersSon_ 8/16/2008 6:01:32 AM

People just see one negative comment and then decide it's okay to jump on the hate bandwagon because it's the cool thing to do.


anonymous 8/16/2008 11:34:42 AM

Definitely a great album. One of the best of this year, in my opinion.


Will_ 8/16/2008 2:52:58 PM

No, people see one negative comment and are upset because they weren't the first to point out what a complete f*cking gay Cory is.


xCHOCOLATE THUNDERx_ 8/17/2008 2:04:21 PM

this is a great band and a great album and yeah teh guy words things wierd but its because he knows that if he makes one f*cking slip-up the lambgoat wolve will tear him apart lamgoat is ridiculous am i the only one on here who likes reading all the incredibly negative comments that the lamgoat populus leaves?? but whatever ceremony is amazing


anonymous 8/17/2008 2:05:37 PM

oh and sorry for the "teh"s that i may have sprinkled throughout my comments typos


Vari_ 8/18/2008 6:37:14 AM

This. Is. Awesome.


samx_ 8/18/2008 8:25:41 AM

can't wait til these guys come to aus


the truth_ 8/21/2008 10:38:44 PM

hipster power violence way to go gays, how many dcks did that cross dresser have to suck to get on a label?


xbumpx_ 8/22/2008 3:21:30 AM

not an 8


dustybutt_ 8/23/2008 1:18:42 PM

hipster power violence way to go gays, how many dcks did that cross dresser have to suck to get on a label?...............................ouch


THROWING_BRICKS_ 9/13/2008 4:58:54 PM

awesome music, even better live performance.