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Nine Eleven - City of Quartz [12 inch] (Cover Artwork)

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Nine Eleven: City of Quartz [12 inch]City of Quartz [12 inch] (2009)
Europe

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


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Obnoxiously attention-whoring name aside (claimed to be chiefly referencing the 1973 C.I.A. overthrow in Chile), Nine Eleven's City of Quartz is one of the year's best new-school hardcore full-lengths. While bands like Bane and Paint It Black spent 2009 releasing EPs and singles, City of Quartz.
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Obnoxiously attention-whoring name aside (claimed to be chiefly referencing the 1973 C.I.A. overthrow in Chile), Nine Eleven's City of Quartz is one of the year's best new-school hardcore full-lengths.

While bands like Bane and Paint It Black spent 2009 releasing EPs and singles, City of Quartz draws from the aforementioned alongside Verse, Have Heart and Modern Life Is War. From the hammering onslaught laid forth by "The New Shame of Punk to Come" to the head-bobbing opening of "White Trash Kids = Redneck Geeks," Nine Eleven holds little back, if any at all. The French quintet tackles 10 songs plus an untitled bonus song on City of Quartz, which bounds between the 22-second "The Story of Our Life" and the nearly six-minute "The Quik and the Dead."

Throughout, there's a surprising proficiency of English, demonstrated for example in the balls-out barn-burner "Take to Remake": "Mirages flower to the beat of hearts / Stirred by the thousand-paged modern tragedy that is hope to which we are leashed like a dog / The epilogue and prologue are united where new names and faces draw the well-built lines of the labyrinth / Sheltering windmills at the feet of which we once laid down our arms." A bit stilted perhaps, but powerful nonetheless. The five-minute "Sen" opens with a layer of meandering notes, somewhere between Integrity and MLIW before lead vocalist Romain shouts Neil Young's infamous Cobain-inspiring declaration, "It's better to burn out than to fade away!"

City of Quartz has all the formulaic makings of a great hardcore record, from its measured buildups of potential energy to its thundering kinetic bursts of aggression. But more than just having the right parts, Nine Eleven channels the passion and vigor it takes to create a memorable album with the sincerity that hardcore fans demand.

 

 
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usversusthem (December 3, 2009)

Well, this album fucking rules. Surprise last-minute addition to my '09 top 10. Good thing I read this damn review. What's really impressive is how far they've come from 2007's Use Your Disillusion, which is nowhere near as good.

usversusthem (November 30, 2009)

Based on the review and the songs on their myspace, I'm liking what I see/hear. I am definitely going to do some research on this band.

Hey_Asshole (November 29, 2009)

this was my favourite puncanoes comment yet

johndz (November 28, 2009)

This band sounds cool in theory, but WTF do a bunch of french kids know about rednecks and white trash? And their name kind of makes me want to kick them in their collective balls

puncanoes (November 28, 2009)

i should check these guys out. rudy giuliani raves about them nonstop.

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