Time In Malta - A Second Engine (Cover Artwork)

Time In Malta

Time In Malta: A Second EngineA Second Engine (2002)
Equal Vision Records

Reviewer Rating: 4

Contributed by: AubinAubin
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I listen to a fair bit of music; especially stuff in the punk, hardcore and indie vein ?? even the dreaded "emo" on occasion. In recent months, I've noticed a growing and significant movement. No, it's not a new genre, but it's a big push towards crossover acts. You know, mixing punk and emo, emo and hardcore, metal, hardcore and emo, ad nauseum. And while some mediocre bands have received undue attention for combining music, I've heard few bands that have been able to combine genres both successfully and compellingly.

So when I received Time in Malta's latest disc ?? accompanied by the description "indie/hardcore," I half expected it to be one of those boring bands that added a little indie, or hardcore to their hardcore or indie, in the hopes of attracting some attention.

From the opener, "This Is Our Voice", it became increasingly apparent that this wasn't a case where the hardcore ?? or the indie ?? was just thrown in. Unlike the standard hardcore/crossover where there is a specific equation:

1. Screamy Metallicore part
2. Slow Melodic Sad part
3. Screamy Mellallicore breakdown
4. Slow Melodic Ending
5. Repeat for 40 minutes
6. Profit![1]

You know who I'm talking about here

A Second Engine doesn't just forgo this classic structure, it doesn't even acknowledge the existence of it.

The songs do blend indie rock, in the vein of a more melodic Helmet, with some intense, old school hardcore, but the blend, if you can even call it one, is so seamless as not to sound forced. Whether ignoring the classic rule of "breakdown-must-include-screaming" to the almost poppy melodic vocals over rhythmic guitars, A Second Engine really defies expectation, and is always engaging; not to mention that each track is unique and it never drags.

Finally, apparent on the record, is the lack of hardcore/metal production. This sounds like a rock record. And it is, and it does. One of the years best, hands down.

[1] - Yes, this is a South Park joke.


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Kursk (August 4, 2006)

I miss this band a lot, good album

Anonymous (April 23, 2003)

Could you make comparisons between this and Far? Cause I sure do like me some Far.

CallingLondon (March 7, 2003)

he's not talking about thrice, he loves thrice. probably the used or finch or something.

Duk (September 5, 2002)

I can't wait to see this band open for Snapcase/Boy Sets Fire & Atreyu!

Time in Malta are amazing!

Anonymous (August 22, 2002)

OOOOOOOOHHH! Scandalous!!!!

Anonymous (August 22, 2002)

This review makes me want to date Aubin and I'm a male.

travis (August 21, 2002)

the review makes mem want to buy the cd. thanks aubin.

AtomicGarden (August 19, 2002)

People are stupid. This is a good review and it really makes me want to listen to this band.

Anonymous (August 19, 2002)

Blendie-core ROCKS!

Anonymous (August 19, 2002)

What do you guys want? Aubin to spoon feed you the songs? Would you like him to depart from his brief, tell-it-like-it-is style of reviewing? Would you like him to be as pretentious as Scott or even me?

I think not. The review was thorough and concise with enough wit and intelligence ascribed to a band that I would now like to pursue.

In conclusion, yes, I hope this is the common review.


Anonymous (August 19, 2002)

yeah, who are you talking about exactly? I like the sound that is described in the review

Anonymous (August 19, 2002)

Finch? fuck no. THRICE motherfucker (or thursday)

Anonymous (August 18, 2002)

this review talks more about indie/hardcore blends more than the cd. good cd, but not a very good review... go through the songs, be a little more thorough. honestly is this kind of review really common nowadays?

Anonymous (August 18, 2002)

Who are you talking about anyway? Finch?

Anonymous (August 18, 2002)

i like rockin' thee old cock

emptycauses (August 17, 2002)

good cd, good review, could of went threw some songs though

Bryne (August 16, 2002)

Sounds good. Helmet rocks my cock, even though "Aftertaste" wasn't that great...

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