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The Saddest Landscape - Lift Your Burdens High, For This Is Where We Cross (Cover Artwork)

The Saddest Landscape

The Saddest Landscape: Lift Your Burdens High, For This Is Where We CrossLift Your Burdens High, For This Is Where We Cross (2004)
Alone Records

Reviewer Rating: 2


Contributed by: JesseJesse
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I'm beginning to realize that Noreaster Media writes the worst press sheets ever. Note to Alone Records: get someone else to do your press sheets. I dunno man, it's not half-bad, but it's not very groundbreaking. The band name and CD name and CD art is lame, but it sounds more like Rites of Spr.


I'm beginning to realize that Noreaster Media writes the worst press sheets ever. Note to Alone Records: get someone else to do your press sheets.

I dunno man, it's not half-bad, but it's not very groundbreaking. The band name and CD name and CD art is lame, but it sounds more like Rites of Spring than this newfangled shit we've been getting from screamo bands these days. The screaming isn't overdone, it's not forced out; i.e. they haven't been studying up on their favorite metalcore acts to brush up their style.

That being said, it's still a CD full of the male perspective of a breakup. I think the last thing I need is more guys screaming about how their heart was broken. Yeah, dude, we've all been dumped before, so we don't need to hear about it all the time. I mean, do we really live in this sappy of a culture? Every time a guy gets his heartbroken, he goes out, gets a guitar, and starts a band. And I'm just tired of it. It's a concept so overdone.

There are really only three allright tracks on this seven tracked EP. The first one is decent, and the last three are the best. These are the fast tracks that are high energy and somewhat interesting, but to tell you the truth, they don't really hold my attention. If I want to listen to something fast, I would rather break out Bad Brains or Minor Threat. This stuff isn't for me. It might be for you. But whatever. Listen to it, see if you like it, if you don't fine, if you do, fine. What do I care?

 

 
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treos (February 19, 2007)

This cd rips, i wont call u an dumbass jesse but u really should have takes more time to listen to this release, its emotional but more like the 90's emo that this site praises so highly, the riffs are well done and the vocals are emotional and intense
great release

Anonymous (March 7, 2005)

good god. too under-rated. great great GREAT nineties styled emo/screamo. the artwork is the shit, pretty sparse and autumnel. great guitar work, drumming and the singer has a kick ass voice. yah. check out the pine too, hooray for alone records

FortyMinutesWest (November 19, 2004)

This isn't one of those bands.

Anonymous (November 18, 2004)

Good band or not.....Im getting tired of knowing that a band will sound like this jsut based on the title of the CD

DUSK SETS ONTO THE BLOODY RUINS OF OUR LOVE

FortyMinutesWest (November 16, 2004)

I dig this, hell, I like pretty everything Alone has released. Although Of Death is pretty iffy.

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

"I know, "London Calling" absolutely sucks. No toneless solos, no mindless lyricisms... Fuck that band, the Clash. All of their songs used chords that went together. Fuck that. I want my white noise so I can say I listen to the most unlistenable shit ever. And most of the songs sound different, like these so-called "musicians" wanted to branch into different territory! That's totally lame!

And dude, they like didn't come after Pavement. And Pavement are the only band that mattered.

Rock on.

-BSD"

I agree that Pavement has some faily obscure lyrics, but every other claim you make is bogus. Go listen to "In the Mouth a Desert" and "Gold Soundz" and tell me that they're toneless and unlistenable. They're not.

-Chinatown

xmidipunkbastardx (November 15, 2004)

seriously, i'd like to know how many people who congratulate you on your screamo-reviews have ever heard a yaphet kotto record....

xmidipunkbastardx (November 15, 2004)

cause the majority of the readers have no fucking clue what kind of music you are talking about and will file in it the same category like the other crap you give one star because they don't deserve more.

Jesse (November 15, 2004)

The only people who defend it as a genre are you and one other person. I think my opinion represents the majority of readers.

Anchors (November 15, 2004)

Jesse, let's be honest here, Screamo might not be your taste specifically, but you make it seem like the absolute worst music around.

There's so much terrible music branched off hardcore, metalcore and tough-guy specifically, screamo actually has some substance to it.

True, most of the bands that did it so well (Indian Summer, Saetia, Jerome's Dream, You And I) are broken up, but bands like this, Yaphet Kotto, and a few others are still trying to keep it alive.

I agree with the other kid, that you should just stop doing screamo reviews. I know you get sent stuff, and are obligated, and blah blah, but kids get such a jaded view of how good screamo can be by somebody who never enjoyed it in the first place.

Anonymous (November 14, 2004)

This score is for BSD's comments
"BSD YOU GO GIRL!"

Jesse (November 14, 2004)

Because maintaining a website by yourself isn't DIY? If you want to break down into the actual ethos of it all...

Geocities is owned by Yahoo! so if you use it, you're in fact not using a DIY system, but perpetuating money for Yahoo! through it's use of advertising. Geocities sites, indeed, do perpetuate corporate conglomerates.

On the other hand, maintaining your own site with your own money, now THAT would be DIY. Everyone and their Grandma knows how to maintain a basic website, or at least knows someone who does.

So your argument is moot.

Anonymous (November 14, 2004)

jesse...i give up on you...i have nothing left to say unless you wanna respond to the all the things i presented you with in the Funeral Diner review...all i have to say is "haha their official website is a geocities site"...yeah it's hilarious when bands do things themselves (see: DIY) rather than having a nice spiffy, flashy official website with lots of cool flash animation and graphics...douche...

Anonymous (November 13, 2004)

i agree with BSD (

Anonymous (November 13, 2004)

I know, "London Calling" absolutely sucks. No toneless solos, no mindless lyricisms... Fuck that band, the Clash. All of their songs used chords that went together. Fuck that. I want my white noise so I can say I listen to the most unlistenable shit ever. And most of the songs sound different, like these so-called "musicians" wanted to branch into different territory! That's totally lame!

And dude, they like didn't come after Pavement. And Pavement are the only band that mattered.

Rock on.

-BSD

xmidipunkbastardx (November 13, 2004)

"That's why it's important for a reviewer to have a body of work, so you can go through and see if you agree with my tastes or no"

that's another interesting thing: i agree with a whole damn lot of your tastes... except your (it seems so) animosity towards screamo.
still: your taste. but it's sad when kids who would have maybe enjoyed funeral diner decide to not check them out because of a one star review.
my point is.... ahem, there is no point. i just like saddest landscape. and hüsker dü. did i mention that they wrote the best records ever?

xmidipunkbastardx (November 13, 2004)

"You really like this band, so you can write your own review if you want to. That's what's beautiful about Punknews being sort of a social forum. Anyone can get published."

i write a lot of reviews. in german, my mother tongue. my english's probably not good enough to last for a review. still i'd like to but i'm a lazy fuck

Anonymous (November 13, 2004)

correct me if i'm wrong, but doesn't this band have members of indian summer? i think it does. they are no run of the mill band if so. i haven't heard this this new release from them but i like what i've heard from them in the past very much..... the score is for indian summer.

-greyicewater

Jesse (November 13, 2004)

Good, do it. It was a terrible record.

Anonymous (November 13, 2004)

I'm going to review "London Calling" and give it a 2. Because that's how I really feel about it.

-Chinatown

Jesse (November 13, 2004)

Hey man, CDs aren't always meant to be reviewed by people who love them or love the genre. That's why it's important for a reviewer to have a body of work, so you can go through and see if you agree with my tastes or not. You really like this band, so you can write your own review if you want to. That's what's beautiful about Punknews being sort of a social forum. Anyone can get published.

xmidipunkbastardx (November 13, 2004)

jesse.
you write some of the most amazing reviews on the site.
and you brought me to MORE MATERIAL a few seconds ago.
but please: don't write reviews about screamo anymore.
next time you get funeral diner, saddest landscape, wolves or anything like that, please pass it on to someone who can appreciate it.

ad band: the saddest landscape (and the last forty seconds) are so amazing it's not even funny

Anonymous (November 12, 2004)

That tree on the cover reminds of the one in a music video by some mid-90s grundge rock band..."Days of the New" I think. Hahaha.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (November 12, 2004)

good band

good record

Anonymous (November 12, 2004)

See! Bad name, bad band!

mikeshitter (November 12, 2004)

Listen to it, see if you like it, if you don't fine, if you do, fine. What do I care?

Nice attitude.

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