Punknews.org
The Saddest Landscape - You Will Not Survive (Cover Artwork)

The Saddest Landscape

The Saddest Landscape: You Will Not SurviveYou Will Not Survive (2010)
Cover Your Heart

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
(others by this writer | submit your own)

A few years back, the Saddest Landscape rejoined the fold of present-day bands indebted to an increasingly vintage sound. While interest in such a revival seems pretty high right now, perhaps making the band more "relevant" than ever, you gotta hand it to them for producing a comeback full-length in.
iTunes StoreAmazon


A few years back, the Saddest Landscape rejoined the fold of present-day bands indebted to an increasingly vintage sound. While interest in such a revival seems pretty high right now, perhaps making the band more "relevant" than ever, you gotta hand it to them for producing a comeback full-length in You Will Not Survive that shows they aren't just phoning it in to be a part of it.

The band continue to produce a desolately emotional take on a style of screamo that probably has origins somewhere between the late '90s and early 2000s. You can pick out sure influences like Saetia and Orchid, but TSL are noticeably less abrasive--it's more like these inspirations are spun heavily through a Waiting-era Thursday filter of sorts. That, and a more recent influence of Modern Life Is War (even visually; look at the cover!) rears back any seriously wild tendencies the band otherwise might employ.

Vocalist/guitarist Andy Maddox is probably the star player. He spits out most of his lines in a relatively spastic desperation; his voice barks uncontrollably at the end of opener "Declaring War on Nostalgia" and simply shudders in "Torn, Broken, Beautiful" and the stunted though anthemic "The Shadows I Call Home." His brutal honesty is sometimes poetically challenged, which doesn't do much to keep the album from feeling at least a little dated; knives are given speaking abilities in closer "For All of Those...", and consequently it feels like we're back in a decade-old time when blood, weapons and death ruled certain sects of hardcore and punk to little progressive effect.

Still, you can't deny Maddox's bone-chilling transparency. "I just want to go back to when we didn't have to drink ourselves to sleep," he declares in the aforementioned "Declaring War on Nostalgia," later advising in standout "So Lightly Thrown" (which initially appeared earlier this year on a split 7" with Trophy Scars), "Let's give up, retreat. There is no point in fixing this." Sometimes, those simpler statements just work, and it's usually in this song's case, being followed by a series of intertwining, weeping octaves and mournful, swinging buildups. The band's at their best here, and in this particular mode, parlaying their miserable feel with textural dynamics and spending their collective breath in resultingly compelling crescendos (see the abovementioned "For All of Those...").

You Will Not Survive's title seems aptly fitting--at least for the record itself. The band call it a full-length but give in after only seven songs, having guided the listener through a thoroughly depressing but enlivened experience in several short bursts. Let's hope it's not as self-referential as the Saddest Landscape's foreshadowed songs might otherwise conclude.

STREAM
Declaring War on Nostalgia
Eternity Is Lost on the Dying
So Lightly Thrown

 

 
People who liked this also liked:
The Clash - London CallingAgainst Me! - is Reinventing Axl RoseModern Life Is War - WitnessThe Lawrence Arms - Oh! Calcutta!The Menzingers - A Lesson in the Abuse of Information TechnologyModern Life Is War - Midnight in AmericaLemuria - Get BetterGods Reflex - When It's Down to ThisHave Heart - Songs to Scream at the SunO Pioneers!!! - Neon Creeps

Please login or register to post comments.What are the benefits of having a Punknews.org account?
  • Share your opinion by posting comments on the stories that interest you
  • Rate music and bands and help shape the weekly top ten
  • Let Punknews.org use your ratings to help you find bands and albums you might like
  • Customize features on the site to get the news the way you want.
Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
stingrayirwin (December 17, 2010)

i put out three of their records including the discography.

robalobadob (December 17, 2010)

I don't know, Kodan Armada had their lighter moments... I can't think of specific moments off the top of my head, but I remember the stage banter intervals on A Collection Of Songs being amusing.

eatdogs (December 17, 2010)

i have their old material, so i'm looking forward to this new batch of songs. i love the album cover by the way. oh, and i have no problem with the bleakness that seems to be mentioned quite a bit here. screamo never seemed all that cheerful to me anyway. when i think about it, bands like the kodan armada, yaphet kotto and orchid were serious buisness all the time. at least to me...

Exclusive Streams

Sponsored


Newest Reviews

Punknews.org Team

Other Places to Go