On The Might Of Princes - Sirens (Cover Artwork)

On The Might Of Princes

On The Might Of Princes: SirensSirens (2003)
Revelation Records

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Contributed by: maverickScott
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How has On The Might Of Princes stayed off my radar until now? This is the big question that I keep posing to myself after each subsequent listen of Sirens, OTMOP's third LP and first on Revelation Records. The music this New York quartet brings to the table is wholly fresh and original, but still.
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How has On The Might Of Princes stayed off my radar until now? This is the big question that I keep posing to myself after each subsequent listen of Sirens, OTMOP's third LP and first on Revelation Records. The music this New York quartet brings to the table is wholly fresh and original, but still in touch with it's roots. And I'm digging it, big time.

The band's sound is an obvious post-hardcore one, but with more twists and turns than your typical group. The band seems to have two personalities musically, each representing one of their singers. One singer spends most of his songs screaming and/or muttering ala Conor Oberst, and there's a big Gainesville sound influence on these tracks - maybe not as spastic as Twelve Hour Turn or I Hate Myself, but not as melodic as Hot Water Music. OTMOP treads that middle ground with pride, and it definitely keeps my ears open.

The other singer takes a more melodic route, especially in songs like "The Swell And The Breaking" and "They Have Teeth," both of which have a much more midwestern mid-nineties post-hardcore sound, ala that of early Braid [with vocals somwhere in between Ted and Tim of Cursive]. If one were to make a comparison to posthumous labelmates Texas Is The Reason, one wouldn't be too far off track, although TITR's songs seemed more focused on straightforward arrangements, whereas OTMOP's songs seem to shoot off into left field at random points, going into dancy drumbreaks and gutteral breakdowns galore.

The production on the record is just lo-fi enough, with a real raw quality making most of the songs shine. I can really get a feel for this band's live show off this recording, and I believe that's a good sign. The lyrics are as obtuse as you'd expect a band like this to be, but not to the point of pretentiousness. I find myself turning to the lyric sheet numerous times to check my lyric memorization, as this stuff does get stuck in your head.

All in all, Revelation has a solid winner on their hands, better than anything else they've put out this year. Recommended.

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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.
paris_in_flames (November 2, 2007)

I just busted this out the other day. Its good stuff.

Anonymous (October 29, 2005)

Eu sunt Marius frate ! Din radauti !! Bv ai facut treaba buna ;)

Anonymous (September 24, 2004)

funny that the guy below me should say that they're gonna break up...

because they did. and that really sucks.

Anonymous (July 22, 2004)

This is going to be my favourite CD!!!!

Anonymous (June 2, 2004)

i love this band and i love this album, great songs on here all though not as consistent as the "where you are and where you want to be" album.

Anonymous (December 6, 2003)

Shai still owns. TWBIT is still the best CD Revelation released this year.

Minor Threat

501 (November 26, 2003)

seems that way, good band.

Anonymous (November 1, 2003)

Great album...just like their previous stuff. I like the music when your just not knowing what to expect. Shitty thing is, they're on revelation...so they'll probably break up soon...just like shai hulud and elliott and drowningman and will haven and in my eyes....cursed??? you know i've got a fucking point - Coldjuly.

Anonymous (October 5, 2003)

"on the might of princes is the best band on long island. period."

NO. MDC is...

(I'll have an interview with the one and only Dave Dictor up somewhere soon...)

Anonymous (October 2, 2003)

its my guess that theres only one guy who doesnt like this band who keeps posting a whole bunch of crap. hes not to bright.

this band rock. here comes the sirens is an awesome song.

-boba fett

Anonymous (October 2, 2003)

anyone who enjoys this band should be shot in the face

sickofmodernart (October 2, 2003)

it's fucking brilliant. start to finish, and then including the hidden track. yeah. a great cd.

Anonymous (October 2, 2003)

Twelve Hour Turn > jesus

Anonymous (October 1, 2003)

hey, homophobia is cool.

Anonymous (October 1, 2003)

these faggots should go back to hell where they belong.

sickofmodernart (October 1, 2003)

this cd is fucking great.

Anonymous (October 1, 2003)

Open up wide...this band is brilliant...


dignin (October 1, 2003)

this score is for the two ingenius posters below me, so creative...

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

nice cover fags. fuck this band

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

fuck this band

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

the album is okay but certainly not as good as their last one, which is 10 times better than this record.

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

i may have to disagree with your last line. since by man is the best rev record of this year. this isn't so bad. pop-rock in an aggressive manner is what i heard in my ears.


Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

Scott...how you can dislike the new shai hulud album is beyond me. That album is so terribly underated. Still the best release of the year.

-bryan styles

MikeRiot (September 30, 2003)

Sirens is a solid record, but not as good as "where you are and where you want to be".

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

these guys are easily one of the worst bands i've ever listened to. boring, boring music.

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

These guys totally ripped off Dead moon rising on a Burning Sun in December. But then again they are better than Ashes Rise in Autumn to the Stars.

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

When I open the "here come the sirens" mp3, Windows media player says it's Master P (Ghetto Dope) I Miss my homies. I thought that was funny.

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

on the might of princes is the best band on long island. period.

inagreendase (September 30, 2003)


inagreendase (September 30, 2003)

I wasn't a fan of their older stuff much at all but I guess I'll consider checking out some of this. They bored me when I saw them at this house-show; halfway through the first song I shook my head in disappointment and sat outside. It's those winded instruments that just kill it sometimes...

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

About time someone else other than I hear the Twelve Hour Turn influence in this band, and that is not a bad thing. I have to say this is the best album of the year, that is just my opinion.

maverick (September 30, 2003)

Definitely better than Since By Man, it's just as intense but more diverse musically.

As for Hulud, I didn't like that album much at all.


hungryjoe (September 30, 2003)

Better than Since By Man?

boldredletters (September 30, 2003)

i dunno, better than the new hulud? =/

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