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Yaphet Kotto/This Machine Kills/Envy - split CD (Cover Artwork)

Yaphet Kotto / This Machine Kills / Envy

Yaphet Kotto/This Machine Kills/Envy: split CDsplit CD (2003)
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Valentine's Day 2004. I was alone in my dorm, valentineless as usual, although I could have cared less really. I had heard some hype about this split and being a fan of Japan's own prodigal sons, Envy, I decided to check it out. I listened to it on my way to get some food, in my discman. Fir.

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Valentine's Day 2004. I was alone in my dorm, valentineless as usual, although I could have cared less really. I had heard some hype about this split and being a fan of Japan's own prodigal sons, Envy, I decided to check it out.

I listened to it on my way to get some food, in my discman. First the Yaphet Kotto songs. Some very very well done songs. The Yaphet Kotto tracks on this CD mark a new level of maturity for this band. The guitars sound beefier and more developed, the singer and screamer both clearly progressed a great deal since Syncopated Synthetic Laments for Love. Overall the songs are some of Yaphet Kotto's best work, if not their best.

Then I came to the This Machine Kills songs. This Machine Kills plays a very upbeat, energetic for me dischordant hardcore. The songs maintain a very fast rock type feel with the spirit and intensity of hardcore and some excellent guitar work. They aren't really of the caliber of Yaphet Kotto's material but they certainly bring something exciting to the table and provide a great middle ground between the opening bang of Yaphet Kotto and what was to come next.

I arrived at Envy's tracks. Finally.

I knew what I was in for with Envy. Epic post-hardcore. Nothing could have prepared me for what I heard, however. The first song began with a kind of soft guitar line and then a short cymbal roll ushered in a pounding bass drum line under some starkly powerful guitar riffing and a beautiful guitar melody above it. That line continues through the whole song pretty much, but the riffing changes, at one point hammering out an amazing progression upward and upward that brought tears to my eyes. At one point, the music stops for a spoken word part...IN FUCKING JAPANESE! Yes all their lyrics are in Japanese, kids. In that spoken word part, the talking is quickly interrupted with some powerful riffing which eventually ushers the song back into its original form. About five minutes into the song, the music gets quiet, to the tune of only ambient melodic noise with the vocalist screaming in the background...that continues for about 20 seconds until it's ushered back in by a the searing guitar melody. It's perfect. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. The song ends so wonderfully abruptly, it's hard to even process it.

The next song is just a soft 2 minute interlude that feeds into the next bout of intensely beautiful and epic post-hardcore. More spoken word in Japanese. This band's display of raw composition talent mixed with pure, unadulterated emotion is unlike anything I've ever heard. The singer's screams are so emphatic and the songs are so meticulously written with each part complimenting another and another.

The last track on Envy's side has an outro of a slow industrial drum beat with more spoken word in Japanese (shit never gets old, I swear...Japanese is such a beautiful language) and kind of serves as a breather before the real climax of the whole record: Track 10...A Collaboration Song.

This track fades in with one of the most beautiful "pretty" parts I've ever heard. After a while it becomes apparent that Envy has been hugely influenced by Jimmy Eat World's Clarity. The Collaboration Song comes off as kind of a hardcore version of Goodbye Sky Harbor...but that's not a bad thing at all. It's one of the most epic and amazing songs I can think of. After a few minutes of the pretty part, you start hearing two or three guys doing spoken word, in English this time. The words they speak are not trite at all and pit the music perfectly. Lines like "I got a fresh idea...flowing lines...tailored scripts...new concepts that are bonafide" and "What is real anyway?" and "Secrets are told by thieves" perfectly compliment the ethereal sounds behind them. About five minutes in, the pretty part turns into an incendiary distorted guitar progression and then a few measures later, the singer of Yaphet Kotto hits an incredibly soulful high note which is underlied by powerful screaming by the vocalist of Envy. They continue with this catharsis until about 8 1/2 minutes when the song makes the uncanny transition from Envy's epic grandeur to Yaphet Kotto's swaying post hardcore and ends in a beautiful crash that leaves Envy's singer screaming the line "AGAINST THE WALL!" over and over.

This split is one of the most well done things I've ever laid my eyes or ears on. The tracks are organized like a well-written essay...pulling you in with Yaphet Kotto's energetic melody, then while your guard is down, subjecting you to This Machine Kills's punk rock energy and exhuberance and just when you think you'll "enjoy" this record, you're struck with Envy's beautiful catharsis straight through to the astounding climax of the Collaboration Song. This record is not for the weak of heart, soul, or attention span. It is very epic and not easy to be enjoyed, but if you can appreciate this music, I guarantee it will be some of the best you'll ever hear.

 

 
People who liked this also liked:
Envy - Insomniac DozeHot Cross - CryonicsHot Cross - Fair Trade And FarewellsGraf Orlock - Destination Time YesterdayModern Life Is War - My Love, My WayYaphet Kotto - The Killer Was In The Government BlanketsTaking Back Sunday - Tell All Your FriendsEnvy - AbyssalEnvy - ReissuesThe Number Twelve Looks Like You - An Inch Of Gold For An Inch Of Time

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Anonymous (April 12, 2005)

these guys got it

Anonymous (February 25, 2004)

Way to pick at semantics, loser.

-Derrick

Anonymous (February 25, 2004)

"ends in a beautiful crash that leaves Envy's singer screaming the line "AGAINST THE WALL!" over and over."

that's definitely the guy from yaphet kotto, genius.

Anonymous (February 24, 2004)

"don't think the jimmy eat world thing was too apt though...that puts envy in the wrong light, imo"

I don't think anyone could argue against the claim that the collaboration can very easily be compared to Goodbye Sky Harbor.

-Derrick

jheisel (February 24, 2004)

Hmm, it sounds like this must somehow be procured at my earliest convenience!

Anonymous (February 23, 2004)

envy's what all us hip kids were getting into last year. Play catch up losers.

envy's last two records have been huge brutal progressions. How such a hard hitting band can be so epic and yet accesible and melodic i dont know.

wyzo

Anonymous (February 23, 2004)

i ordered this a long time ago, and still haven't gotten it...but now i'm even more excited than i was.

if you haven't heard envy and even remotely like hardcore (not the immature bullshit) than you're missing out. they've taken it to another level. simply amazing.

don't think the jimmy eat world thing was too apt though...that puts envy in the wrong light, imo.

Anonymous (February 21, 2004)

envy mp3's:

http://www.dimmak.com/mp3s/dm025_04_envy_lefthand.mp3
http://www.dimmak.com/mp3s/dm025_03_envy_lies.mp3

noreply (February 21, 2004)

does anyone know where i could come across some envy mp3's?

REALPUNX4LIFE (February 21, 2004)

I've always been curious in Yaphet Kotto but I never knew quite what they sounded like. I still have no fucking clue and no interest in checking out Envy. What a bummer. Anyone care to tell me how awesome Yaphet Kotto is in some more specific terms?

Anonymous (February 21, 2004)

you know that melodic metalcore band that you like? envy is better than them.

Anonymous (February 21, 2004)

Yaphet Kotto is a fine actor.

Anonymous (February 21, 2004)

HA i highly doubt envy has ever listened to jimmy eat world.

Yeah I got a little carried away there.

yellowtrash (February 21, 2004)

Score goes for both bands because they are amazing. I haven't heard the record though.

Anonymous (February 21, 2004)

Yaphet Kotto!!!!
score is for them.

-greyicewater

Anonymous (February 20, 2004)

HA i highly doubt envy has ever listened to jimmy eat world.

Anonymous (February 20, 2004)

who is this band?

-jason tate.

Anonymous (February 20, 2004)

i just took a massive shit here at the university.

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