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Mass Movement of the Moth

Mass Movement of the Moth: OuterspaceOuterspace (2006)
Exotic Fever

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: SirensSirens
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Screamo is starting to become such a clichéd and pretentious genre. I take that back -- it has always been pretentious and is not really a correct genre to begin with. It has become a necessity to have unfitting melodic breakdowns and incoherent guitars with overly dramatic lyrics and singing. Every.
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Screamo is starting to become such a clichéd and pretentious genre. I take that back -- it has always been pretentious and is not really a correct genre to begin with. It has become a necessity to have unfitting melodic breakdowns and incoherent guitars with overly dramatic lyrics and singing. Every band draws influence from the same select few landmark bands, and at the end of the day they walk away with four or five-star reviews for their generic albums. Any listener that is not keen on the genre wonders why such a horrible mess of noise is so praised. Mass Movement of the Moth is not one of those bands and somehow they've been lumped in with the screamo cliché.

Outerspace is a dark, creative, guitar/synth driven punk album that turns corners and skips steps, failing at points but shining more often than not. The album can even be psychedelic even. You could dance to it if you feel like you need to dance. You could get lost in the mystical aura produced by the synth that really brings an eerie, haunting aspect to Outerspace. Such a very fitting album name for a very diverse record. They bring a full sound to the table, fronted by tounge in cheek lyrics spat out in disgust.

Where Mass Movement fails between the salsa shuffles and the carnival-esque breakdowns is the horrible random scratchy, rough vocals they'll throw into the mix every so often. Also the forced off-timing measures that are really uncalled for. They're a talented bunch but they have their heads in the wrong places at times. Production-wise it's a raw and gritty album but hell yeah, that's punk rock. I would like to point out that the guitar work done by the single guitarist is very impressive. Also the female vocals at the end of "Ours We Are" is a true gem.

I don't think I could emphasize how great they pull the awkward influence of disco, salsa, and other music into Outerspace. If this band sticks around they'll stir things up and I guarantee gather a large following. This band is all over the place with this first full-length effort. Check it out, you'll be impressed.

 

 
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That_Band_Changed_My_Life (October 23, 2006)

like fuck! these guys kill it, always. they're incredibly nice, too. i love it.

Anonymous (October 22, 2006)

Stoked this reviews on here! Good Album!

SilentStorms (October 22, 2006)

Those bands are too slow? You've got to be kidding me.

Archangel (October 22, 2006)

Screamo lacks intensity?

Uh... what?

Anonymous (October 21, 2006)

I've never really been able to get into screamo myself, and I'm talking about real screamo bands like Joshua Fit For Battle, Funeral Dinner, and Buried Inside. The genre seems to suffer from a complete lack of intensity (too slow) and melody (ugly screaming).

-Chinatown

Anonymous (October 21, 2006)

how can a genre be pretentious?

that's some sweet personification there.

eyeslikebombs (October 20, 2006)

Not a 'correct' genre...huh....

danperrone (October 20, 2006)

hmmm

i did not really like this album, but i never really loved this kind of music to begin with

but i thought you liked screamo more than THAT, sirens!

theyounginfluential (October 20, 2006)

Definitely one of my favorite releases this year, and they put on one of the LOUDEST live shows I've ever seen. A fantastic band and some great people.

Anonymous (October 20, 2006)

Was it really necessary to attack a genre for an entire paragraph before actually talking about the album?

Otherwise good review for a good band that made a good album.

sirens (October 20, 2006)

all im going to say, because I know this is going to be hated by all you tr00 skr4mz elitists, I listened to 1000 "screamo" bands and they all sounded the exact same. Ignorant? nah, if you want emotion and heartfelt lyrics listen to blues. You wont have the 6' 125lb kids screaming at you, though =(

Anonymous (October 20, 2006)

Ignorant review.

gladimnotemo (October 20, 2006)

Skramz.

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