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A Textbook Tragedy - A Partial Dialogue Between Ghost and Priest (Cover Artwork)

A Textbook Tragedy

A Textbook Tragedy: A Partial Dialogue Between Ghost and PriestA Partial Dialogue Between Ghost and Priest (2005)
self-released

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


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Vancouver, BC's A Textbook Tragedy and their album A Partial Dialogue Between Ghost and Priest sounds like what happened when a bunch of kids thought Calculating Infinity was the most awesome thing ever and decided to get together and try to recreate it, but making sure to try and give it their own .
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Vancouver, BC's A Textbook Tragedy and their album A Partial Dialogue Between Ghost and Priest sounds like what happened when a bunch of kids thought Calculating Infinity was the most awesome thing ever and decided to get together and try to recreate it, but making sure to try and give it their own unique spin on it. That being said, A Dialogue is a pretty impressive debut (and even more impressive realizing this is a DIY effort), and promises something even bigger.

The band opens the album with a light, billowy post-hardcore/post-rock instrumental -- a style of which is performed admirably for the majority of album closer "The Ghost. The Priest. The End." -- in "Appearances/Accuracies" before diving into the disjointed rhythms and ever-changing dynamics of "Enjoying the Company of Bears." And like the Dillinger Escape Plan, ATT employ throat-searing, screamed, "freaking out" vocals, tech-metal ravaging, sprinkles of grindcore, and quickly executed jazz parts. It's in this track as well as many others you hear the creative talent of their drummer Nick Yacyshyn, flailing at the bass and kick for the fast moments and skittering along the snare during the slow jazz interludes. "Stay Classy, San Diego" isn't just an obvious Anchorman reference, it's also a standout with manically screamed gang vocals and an "easy listening"-style midsection. We get these same gang chants in "...A Cadaver" and "Dorsia Reservation: Bateman/Allen" and for once on a record, the gang really does sound just like that: A gang, walking down the streets with fists pumped and 2x4s in hand.

The record is also certainly full of tongue-in-cheek vigor (I would assume). Kai Turmann's scream sometimes comes across in the form of feminine wailing (think Folly or the Fall of Troy), while the 17-second "Flatlining on Foreign Soil" contains random, bloodcurdling screams of a girl who sounds like she's being murdered. "The Surgeons At Dawn" ends with Turmann growling a few words death metal style, deep from the trenches of his throat, only to painfully cough from the strain on his chords.

A Textbook Tragedy somehow manage to whip up a creative full-length debut all the whilst wearing their influences proudly on their sleeves. A Partial Dialogue Between Ghost and Priest isn't revolutionary, but it does borrow directly from the revolution, and hints at one they could initiate themselves.

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Enjoying the Company of Bears
Confessions of a Teenage Grammar Queen
Flatlining on Foreign Soil
Cynthia: A Mistress...

Dorsia Reservation: Bateman/Allen

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Cynthia: A Mistress...

 

 
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Anonymous (June 14, 2006)

"trend following fruitbaskets"

WHAT!!! How can you say that. This band originally started playing blink-182 covers among other things similiar in the pop punk sound and just totally turned around and fucking thrash. and if they were following trends, they'd be playing emo now. These guys rock. This album has been on repeat since I picked it up a few months ago. Fucking RAWK!!

Anonymous (May 5, 2006)

I love this disk. My brother got it at their toronto show a few weeks ago. Solid!

Anonymous (December 3, 2005)

totally wack band. trend following fruitbaskets. in another three years they'll be playing emo since they seem to be 7 years behind the genre they're swinging off the nuts of.

Anonymous (November 30, 2005)

I like their sound! They dont sound like dillinger to me, they sound like a mathy metal/hardcore band doing their own thing. It says on their bio they are only 19? That's fucking wicked. Best of luck to these guys.

Anonymous (November 29, 2005)

what revolution?

skaboom (November 29, 2005)

The bridge to Enjoying the Company of Bears sounds almost exactly like 43% Burnt. It's pretty good stuff, but I'm not feeling the vocals too much. I'd really prefer if bands like this didn't use vocals at all. DEP I can handle, since Puciato actually has a good range and can sing at times (Same for Patton, not so much for Dimitri), but this style of screaming makes me cringe a little.

Anonymous (November 29, 2005)

good review, i'll have to check this out

theundergroundscene (November 29, 2005)

i like the sound of that

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