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The Holy Shroud

The Holy Shroud: Ghost RepeatersGhost Repeaters (2005)
Level Plane Records

Reviewer Rating: 2.5


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Initially, I had Halifax, Canada's the Holy Shroud pegged as another competent player on the latest team of expert At The Drive-In ripoffs, defunct and otherwise (see: Brazil, Despistado). Upon further listening, however, I came to realize that though the band's mid-paced indie rock does carry obvio.
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Initially, I had Halifax, Canada's the Holy Shroud pegged as another competent player on the latest team of expert At The Drive-In ripoffs, defunct and otherwise (see: Brazil, Despistado). Upon further listening, however, I came to realize that though the band's mid-paced indie rock does carry obvious similarities in places, there's a little more going on beyond the surface.

While the Holy Shroud may seem like a misfit on the Level Plane roster because of their screamless nature and consequential dodging of the genre hinted at moments ago, they definitely strive for the same levels of academia in their sound. While they may not reach said levels because of crudely executed vocals, less-than-stellar production, and awkwardly carried tempos, they still pull off a pretty decent act, taking from ATDI's Vaya and a less structured Engine Down to create a mildly interesting sound.

"Sinners And Sailors" is a standout with band members trading off relaxed vocal announcements, like "sink this city, we'll sink this city!" Thanks to its more fast-paced ventures and arguable similarity to ATDI's "Heliotrope," "Calling In Confederate Debts / Untitled" is another noticeable track. But besides these two and a few others in the early goings, the Holy Shroud doesn't do a whole lot to capture your interest. There's too many dragging tempos and lack of good ideas, and it results in tracks mushing together and thus make for some mediocre background noise if not altogether dull moments.

The Holy Shroud feasts on moments of moderation, pulling for the raw versions of mini-epics that never quite reach the point they're climbing towards. I'm sure there's a lot of great things the band is capable of doing, but Ghost Repeaters doesn't quite express that.

 

 
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Anonymous (September 8, 2005)

this reviewer sucks, he probably listens to bands like my chemical romance or some shit

Anonymous (July 15, 2005)

Easily one of the worst reviews I've ever seen in my life.

Whats with this "second-rate" ATDI nonsense? Last time I checked, ATDI didn't invent rock, in general, in fact they were pretty derivitive themselves (Fugazi, Refused, anyone?)

Inspection12e (April 28, 2005)

This cd is nothing short of amazing. My favorite of 2005 so far. I should probably mention I'm a huge fan of the ATDI sound.

Anonymous (April 1, 2005)

Something tells me this record is way more than a third-rate ATDI

logan (March 29, 2005)

This was a brutal review and missed the point entirely.

If you ever get a chance to check out this band, please be sure to check out North of America as well.. you will NOT regret it.

Anonymous (March 29, 2005)

Dude, what do you expect. The kid still thinks Rufio and Fall Out Boy are punk. And don't give some "Look, you can't tell me what punk rock is and isn't" speech full of BS. The fact of the matter is, you like some pretty terrible bands that have nothing but a passing interest in what punk rock is.

By the way, punk rock's not mohawks and chain wallets, either.

Anchors (March 29, 2005)

Primevil, seriously, that's unexcusable.

jamespastepunk (March 29, 2005)

I've never heard any level plane artist. Perhaps I should.

Anonymous (March 29, 2005)

This band is incredible live, but this record doesn't do them justice by any means.

They're far from rip-offs though. Half of this band was in North Of America, one of the most underappreciated band of the last few years.

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