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Achilles: The Dark HorseThe Dark Horse (2005)
Hex Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


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With The Dark Horse, Rochester's Achilles has taken the necessary steps to grow a bit beyond the blatant unoriginality and otherwise horribly disjointed moments that plagued their self-titled 2004 EP. It's a debut full-length that manages to capture the almost arty, epic feel only a small handful of.
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With The Dark Horse, Rochester's Achilles has taken the necessary steps to grow a bit beyond the blatant unoriginality and otherwise horribly disjointed moments that plagued their self-titled 2004 EP. It's a debut full-length that manages to capture the almost arty, epic feel only a small handful of metalcore acts manage to attain, and it's stated in under a half-hour.

The Dark Horse shows that Achilles has let up a bit on the Every Time I Die aping, now opting for slightly more heavier and still somehow relatively angular metalcore depictions; if anything, the band now draws from the Last Night In Town era, with Rory Vangrol definitely giving off an early Keith Buckley inflection at times. "Ivory" also carries deathly similar themes to "The Logic Of Crocodiles" in its condemnation of corporate tactics, though perhaps not as eloquently stated. The part early in the song where the guitar fades out to leave Vangrol screaming panic-like over bass and drums makes for an early record standout moment, though.

Instead of treading the beaten path of tough guy territory, the album usually finds Achilles preferring more mathy terrains, especially for their genre. The experience of producer and Breather Resist guitarist Evan Patterson -- who also does guitar work at some point on the disc -- shines through here; he seems to bring out similarly heavy traits in Achilles, with accurate press release comparisons to Botch as well. "Over Our Heads" has a dizzying bass line in its bridge commanding a strange time signature, and its original tone carries over into the intro of the followup title track. The band's sound manages to flawlessly interchange between wall-of-sound destruction and a guitar tone that the band could one day trademark. The guitars in "In Lights" excellently pitch echoing soundscapes mid-track, and the breakdown of "Wake Me When It Thunders" conveys an eerie feel with its epic finish.

The Dark Horse only features 27 minutes of controlled chaos, but it showcases an ambitious attempt at breathing life into a genre usually disreputable thanks to some. It's void of pointlessly melodic singing and flows perfectly with spot-on cohesiveness, and despite its length, is more than enough of a testament to the band's talents and knack for artfully-driven hardcore/metal that matches up to similarly-minded acts.

MP3
Every Hour Wounds, The Last One Kills

 

 
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Anonymous (May 30, 2005)

this record is fucking incredable. i dont really get all the "botch rip off" shit this band catches, as they are really thier own thing. if you get the chance to see this band live, i suggest you do it. they put on a great show and are loud as shit.

fuck yes.

Anonymous (May 26, 2005)

this is not hardcore its shitcore...fuck all o you fuckers

Anonymous (May 26, 2005)

fuck all y'all

Icapped2pac (May 25, 2005)

No, more fuck you. Apocalypse is your daddy, bitch.

Archangel (May 25, 2005)

more heavier?

Anonymous (May 25, 2005)

artsy fartsy pseudo hardcore...piss off you bunch of wankers

Anonymous (May 25, 2005)

this is so crappy

inagreendase (May 24, 2005)

I've listened to every thing this band has put out, and again, they've gotten less derivative over time, but if you've heard Last Night In Town, the first comparison that's probably going to come to mind with these guys is ETID, easy. I can't be the only one that hears it.

thefineprint (May 24, 2005)

This band is excellent. Some of the most honest and passionate hardcore I've heard in a long time. And they put on a damn good show too.

astrovince (May 24, 2005)

This band and the movie Troy have something in common. They both suck.

Nietzsche (May 24, 2005)

I definitely wouldn't compare them to ETID..but they're a really good Botch rip-off.

Anonymous (May 24, 2005)

decent review, although i don't agree with your ETID comparisons. one of the most sincere and passionate bands going, i love these dudes. make sure to go see them this summer if they come to your area. the dark horse rules!

Anonymous (May 24, 2005)

great band.

Anonymous (May 24, 2005)

metalcore and mathcore suck...so suck my ass you sucking sucker with your sucking metal and math shit

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