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The Esoteric

The Esoteric: With the Sureness of SleepwalkingWith the Sureness of Sleepwalking (2005)
Prosthetic Records

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One of the most overlooked hardcore releases of last year was definitely the debut full-length from Lawrence, KS's the Esoteric, With the Sureness of Sleepwalking. Coming from a city notable for producing math metal pioneers Coalesce, which this band boasts ex-members of, and the fact that this albu.
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One of the most overlooked hardcore releases of last year was definitely the debut full-length from Lawrence, KS's the Esoteric, With the Sureness of Sleepwalking. Coming from a city notable for producing math metal pioneers Coalesce, which this band boasts ex-members of, and the fact that this album was produced by Ed Rose, signals should be set off about the nature of the music. Still, don't mistake these guys for another in the ever-growing wave of imitators.

As previously hinted, much of this band's sound can be traced through scene notables Botch and Coalesce, but even that is pigeon-holing their sound. While many in this style attempt to get as many different riffs, start and stops etc. as possible into each song, the Esoteric take another path. Using subtle electronics and other ambient effects, they attempt to create a dynamic, akin to mid-era Cave In with much success, never losing themselves in a song. Oftentimes these are used in conjunction with each other as in the two instrumental interludes, "Unavoidable Conclusion" and "To Keep Truth to Oneself." Also of note is the strong vocals of Steve Cruz, who forgoes growling for a visceral, yet still intelligible scream.

Standouts on the album include the opener, "Disappearing," which comes out with jackhammer drumming and raging guitars, and "Until the Grave Gives Up the Ghost," one of the final tracks and one of the more "mathy" on the album.

While these days the mere mention of Botch or Coalesce as an influence causes hesitation, the Esoteric avoid all of the pitfalls usually associated with bands in the genre, by remaining intense without sounding like white noise and ambient without being overly wandering, and while there was no shortage of critics lauding bands such as Darkest Hour last year, this album was repeatedly passed over.

 

 
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Anonymous (May 23, 2006)

this album is awesome and I can't see how anyone can just pass it up. It's vocals are not bad but not great but however the drummer and guitarist(s) are the best.

Anonymous (May 12, 2006)

The best hardcore record of 2005 was Lack of Interest's "Never Back Down" LP. Haven't heard of it? Soulseek that shit - it'll blow you away. (or you COULD buy it at www.deepsixrecords.com)

-Ken

Anonymous (May 12, 2006)

Say what you will, but Darkest Hour's record was absolutely badass.

skolarx (May 12, 2006)

the vocals reminded me of snapcase on this cd for some reason. not bad, not great, just something that is there

Anonymous (May 12, 2006)

this is an OK cd. some of my friends have been able to really get into it. its a good listen but nothing i see myself reaching for too often

Anonymous (May 12, 2006)

They're from Lawrence. With a scene as strong as it is from there, it's a bummer to see these guys play there so often. Not my cup of tea at all.

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