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Envy: A Dead Sinking StoryA Dead Sinking Story (2003)
Level Plane Records

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I recently remarked to a friend that passion is the reason I love music so much. Rock and roll has, for me, always been a story of danger and adventure. It's kind of like pirates, but with a few more guitars. Anyways, technical proficiency and complicated poetry can only get a band so far. I can cer.
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I recently remarked to a friend that passion is the reason I love music so much. Rock and roll has, for me, always been a story of danger and adventure. It's kind of like pirates, but with a few more guitars. Anyways, technical proficiency and complicated poetry can only get a band so far. I can certainly dig rockin' solos and artful wordplays, but if the artist doesn't get out there and rock it from the soul, then I won't see anything but a guilty pleasure or worse. This passion is precisely why I love bands like Envy. They have soul like none other, and they rock it hardcore.

A Dead Sinking Story is a fit of intensity. It is epic in design and brutal in delivery. The downpour of emotion is accented throughout the album by poetically moving stretches. The long passages of building up or cooling down give an almost tangible weight to the fury of the harder moments. The reconciling of ambition with passion is what gives character to Envy's music.

Tetsuya Fukagawa's vocal outbursts bring both honesty and pain to the music, no matter the language (it is worth noting that all of the lyrics are translated into English in the booklet). The screaming is often devastating when combined with the wonderful precision of the rhythm section and rambling guitar work. Although his lack of diversity begins to shine through on some of the longer passages, long sections of spoken word and ambient feedback inject variety in sound throughout the hour. Some may say that these long, quiet interludes tend to drag on too long, but I find them to be a wonderful contrast to the intense moments, both as juxtaposition and as a compliment.

If you're a fan of American groups like Taken, City Of Caterpillar, and Shai Hulud, you really owe it to yourself to pick this album up. Even casual fans of hardcore should at least give this album a listen; it rocks on every level, hard to soft. If you aren't accustomed to the genre, you may not be ready for how much visceral power there is in the music, but it's the perfect start to see the beautiful side of rock and roll passion.

[originally reviewed for keikaku.net]

 

 
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thesubtleknife (December 23, 2006)

beautifu and intense album. Love this cd so much

Anonymous (April 3, 2005)

Fucking intense

FortyMinutesWest (April 2, 2005)

Amazing record.

Anonymous (April 1, 2005)

I really got obsessed with the record before this, and this one is more of the same.

amazing amazing amazing band.

the language barrier adds in a strange way, kind of how iron chef america just doesn't have that same charm as Iron Chef Japan.

wyzo

Anonymous (April 1, 2005)

amazing.
proves language is no barrier for pure unadulterated emotion.

Anonymous (April 1, 2005)

Marvelous band, and - without a doubt - a great record. Hopefully their recent US tour went well, so they'll be encourage to come back in the near future.

-ObeyYourParents

Anonymous (April 1, 2005)

this band is fucking boring. snooze! not to completely discredit them, they do some cool stuff, but overall their parts are way repetitive and boring. listen to city of caterpillar.

Inspection12e (April 1, 2005)

I really like this CD.

Anonymous (April 1, 2005)

this band slays, along with malady and most of the rest of level plane.

Anchors (April 1, 2005)

Score's for Envy, pirates, and Level Plane in general.

bizzlebrizzle (April 1, 2005)

Reminds me a shitload of old Cave In.

They are utterly breath-taking live though.

(BTW, just cuz a band is on Levelplane and tours with screamo bands does not make them screamo)

Kenjamin (April 1, 2005)

Some of the atmospheric and subdued moments are absolutely hypnotic and the Japanese spoken word parts are beautiful. This record is pretty long and gets repetitive but overall really worth it. And yes the screams are tiring but definitely soulful and honest.

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