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Irepress Sol Eye Sea I


01. Diaspora 02. Rhintu 03. Barrageo 04. Daniel Sen 05. Cyette Phiur 06. Fletchie 07. Adelugé 08. Billy 09. Entanglement
2009 Translation Loss Records
Our score 7

by Nick
2/17/2009

After a strong Translation Loss debut in 2007, Massachusetts' Irepress is back with Sol Eye Sea I, another offering with an equally perplexing title for fans of instrumental metal and post-rock. From an objective standpoint, the band hasn't significantly modified their musical foundation, as staccato bass lines, warm tremolo guitar melodies, and off-time, jarring metalcore riffs still anchor the band's songwriting approach. The addition of a keyboardist and a sprinkling of vocals give Sol Eye Sea I a few extra dimensions to work with, but overall, it's not a far cry from Samus Octology. But that's not a bad thing at all. Irepress has crafted a fairly unique sound within the instrumental world, and it would a shame if they suddenly ditched it on only their second proper release. "Cyette Phiur" is the album's centerpiece and standout track, thriving on a blend of female vocals, colorful guitar lines, and a healthy helping of abrasive, hardcore chugging in the song's midsection. "Adelugé" also succeeds by refusing to shy away from heavier elements, frequently relying on Misery Signals/7 Angels 7 Plagues-esque breakdowns to provide dynamic swells. And "Entanglement" has an early showcase of catchy start-and-stop rhythms held together by memorable drumming before it fluidly progresses into an electronics-tinged passage and additional bouts of metallic riffing. Sol Eye Sea I definitely has enough of the band's brand of rhythmically engaging instrumental songwriting to be a worthy successor to Samus Octology. However, Irepress' infrequent inclusion of vocals feels like a missed opportunity. The vocals, ranging from gang shouting to screams to a weird attempt at a falsetto in "Barrageo," occur too rarely to justify their wide range. If the vocals had a larger role in the record, the different styles would have been acceptable. Or if they had merely stuck with one style in small quantities, it would have made more sense. But in their current dose, the vocals feel like they were by far the final step in the songwriting process, and their inconsistency prevents them from meshing with the rest of the band's elements. Is it enough to wreck Sol Eye Sea I Absolutely not. But it does suggest that a small but carefully calculated dose of a strong vocalist is the missing piece of Irepress' puzzle. Bottom Line: Sol Eye Sea I is an easy sell for fans of instrumental rock and metal. Irepress continues to impress with a blend of off-time melodies, innovative song structures, and metalcore outbursts, but they inadvertently showed a weakness by fumbling the vocals. It might be a small complaint, but it's the one main factor between this album and complete praise.

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zack_ 2/17/2009 3:39:05 PM

Solid release. Guitars are actually in tune this record too.

Philly 5 Fingers_ 2/17/2009 4:00:18 PM

Great album, Nick was right on the money. Minus the few vocal missteps, this def. holds up to Samus Octology. Somebody tell me again why people give a crap about Emmure but not this band?

cantfakethepunk_ 2/17/2009 4:05:31 PM

i love to suck c-ck

james_ 2/17/2009 4:07:35 PM

instrumental metal and postrock...anyone else sick as f*ck of hearing about this bullshit, even as written critical convention?

notalentassclown_ 2/17/2009 6:16:06 PM

this review is pretty much spot on

cantfakethepunk_ 2/17/2009 7:44:54 PM

album cover is gayer than me.

jayrod_ 2/17/2009 9:56:01 PM

loved the first album but this one sucks the big one

sacha from intronaut_ 2/17/2009 9:56:21 PM

This band is horrible. They asked our drummer danny walker if they could tour with us and he laughed in their face

xote_ 2/18/2009 12:49:29 AM

i dig these guys. Haven't heard this yet though.

tits_or_gtfo_ 2/18/2009 9:18:04 AM

Good album, good review

Brett__ 2/18/2009 11:02:28 AM

Intronaut gimmick getting old.....

cantfakethepunx_ 2/18/2009 12:28:32 PM

oh great, more obscure shit for you pussies to jack to. here's some advice, get dead. this album is almost as bad as jakartah

patton oswalt_ 2/18/2009 3:58:25 PM

your hairy bingle-bangle is going to look like a rat in a rainstorm when i'm all done with my love paints!

woop woop_ 2/18/2009 7:43:09 PM

i saw these f*cks once and a couple of the members could pass for terrorists.. its disgusting and i hope they all burn. sol i sea i what the f*ck does that mean... kill all white people. These dot heads gotta go man!

chimplips_ 2/18/2009 7:44:48 PM

these dudes rule! the f*cking broad on that one track bums me the shit out but everything else is solid! great dudes. great music. huge wieners.

pink means pussy_ 2/18/2009 7:46:11 PM

this is the lamest artwork for any release i have ever seen. whoever drew that bullshit should just lay in traffic.

to the racist guy_ 2/19/2009 1:03:19 AM

wooooow. there is no need for racism. people who post on here are human scum.

cantfakethepunk_ 2/19/2009 1:41:26 PM

i cant stress to tell you guys about how much c-m i swallow. gallons and gallons get poured down my little girlish throat

anonymous 2/19/2009 2:10:23 PM

the artwork is as gay as yiffing....i feel like im contracting HIV just looking at that gay shit!

cantfakethepunk_ 2/20/2009 2:27:49 AM

this is the worst band in existence. it should get atleast lower than a 1

haloxxxmoshcore_ 2/20/2009 2:16:51 PM

shut the f*ck up gay ass cantfakethepunk, dont you know that everyone hates you on here.

anonymous 2/20/2009 4:53:04 PM

everyone hates you too, you f*cking gay.

tower_ 2/21/2009 12:55:16 AM

i dig these guys. Haven't heard this yet though. posted by xote () on 2/18/2009 12:49:29 AM

cantfakethepunk_ 2/21/2009 3:25:53 PM

shut the f*ck up gay ass cantfakethepunk, dont you know that everyone hates you on here. posted by haloxxxmoshcore () on 2/20/2009 2:16:51 PM okay. coming from the gay who got banned from this site. f*ck you

Godfather_ 2/21/2009 4:36:03 PM

ALLO DAR GUVUNUH THIS SHIT IS SO BLIMEY BLOODY f*ckIN' HELL CHERRIO CHAP

haloxxxmoshcore_ 2/21/2009 10:35:40 PM

come fight me if you feel otherwise cantfakeyourgayasswillgetbeatthef*ckup

DaveClinch_ 2/22/2009 9:20:26 PM

Great album, Nick was right on the money. Minus the few vocal missteps, this def. holds up to Samus Octology. Somebody tell me again why people give a crap about Emmure but not this band? posted by Philly 5 Fingers () on 2/17/2009 4:00:18 PM....Indeed. I love this band, and this album is amazing. Its mindblowing to me how band like these guys, Junius ect can come and go unnoticed while other bands with not even a percent of the creative power of the before mentioned. Crimes against humanity.

DaveClinch_ 2/22/2009 9:22:36 PM

The cover of this album looks like the god of homosexuality, if there really is such a thing..

God of Homosexuality_ 2/23/2009 1:23:21 AM

Who me?

ailc_ 2/26/2009 7:48:55 PM

shit sucks.

cantfakethepunk_ 3/1/2009 6:06:51 PM

come fight me if you feel otherwise cantfakeyourgayasswillgetbeatthef*ckup posted by haloxxxmoshcore () on 2/21/2009 10:35:40 PM haha! you are a child compared to me. if you want to get your ass handed to you, then i suggest you shut the f*ck up

cantfakethepunk_ 3/1/2009 9:33:51 PM

and by have your ass handed to you, i mean im gonna fist you in your tight ass.

serious_ 3/13/2009 6:35:23 PM

irepress is the f*cking band. support quality music.

castro_ 3/16/2009 5:43:49 PM

this shit is the jam. Love the record, love the dudes. GO SEE THEM LIVE. a relatively accurate review as well.

observer_ 6/4/2009 9:34:06 PM

this site is a joke because of people like you. anyways. the album seems pretty good so far, i'll have to give a solid listen.

mikeee_ 7/3/2009 1:53:14 AM

I saw them with this other band called battlefields. Thanks to the terrible live show of battlefields, irepress shined. How did battlefields get on a tour with a good band like this? I personally think that they are the worst band ive ever seen live. Irepress made them look like little kids.