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Sakes Alive!!

Sakes Alive!!: Act II [7 inch]Act II [7 inch] (2009)
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Reviewer Rating: 3.5


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Sakes Alive!! has deliberately been releasing trios of tracks with each passing year. Act II is the band's latest, and it's a solid fit. While it still isn't as hook-filled as the band's "Presents" demo, and missing the epic atmospheres of last year's Act I 7", it's got a more caustic, somewhat expe.
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Sakes Alive!! has deliberately been releasing trios of tracks with each passing year. Act II is the band's latest, and it's a solid fit. While it still isn't as hook-filled as the band's "Presents" demo, and missing the epic atmospheres of last year's Act I 7", it's got a more caustic, somewhat experimental rage that would lead me to rank it second among the band's three releases thus far.

"The Open Maw" opens with that deceiving lo-fi trick before exploding through speakers in a fury of Chris Vandeviver's scratchy yowling and big, filthy guitars. There's a bit of a rock 'n' roll vibe at hand, but not to the level that I'd say it sounds like the Bronx, a comparison I've heard getting oddly tossed around. Like I mentioned in my Act I review, the band isn't as readily comparable to Glass and Ashes or Challenger, but it leans closer to that territory, since this is still ambitious, glass shard-ridden punk/post-hardcore.

Distinct lead guitars are one of the EP's strongest points, and they're ever-present in all three cuts, but especially effective in the slightly erratic push-pull of closer "Image of Modern Man." There's a "chorus" in this one where it shifts moods rather suddenly, seemingly to build some tension, and you can't help but get psyched; but unfortunately, the song doesn't hit that emotional climax you expect it to. Maybe the band will find it on later songs.

While there's a certain something missing that remains to be heard, Act II is another very good entry in Sakes Alive!!'s teasing catalogue.

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hayman (November 17, 2009)

This is a sweet band but this 3 track shit is annoying. Just put out a full length already.

14theroad (November 17, 2009)

These guys are some of the best people I've ever met. And It doesn't hurt that their music is great too.

lostandclowned (November 17, 2009)

This band makes good music.

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