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Staff Review

A Moments Loss

A Moments Loss: The Forgetting

The Forgetting (2004)

self-released


0.5
I told Brian that my reviews were all going to be concise and well-thought out. I said I would quit bashing bands unabashedly. I figured that I had gotten to a point where it was just ineffective. People knew what to expect. I was going to wow everyone with reviews that were not inflammatory. Well, ...

I told Brian that my reviews were all going to be concise and well-thought out. I said I would quit bashing bands unabashedly. I figured that I had gotten to a point where it was just ineffective. People knew what to expect. I was going to wow everyone with reviews that were not inflammatory. Well, let me tell you: no band has ever made me want to go back on my statement more than A Moments Loss. They're a group that "is heavy without resorting to drop tuning or pummeling double bass drumming and emotional with(sic) falling into the post-Thursday cliches that are so prevalent today." I can only guess they meant to say "without falling into," but the way they stated it just fits better than anything I could have written myself in the old days. But a new Jesse has come around. I will not make fun of this band. Well, besides the fact that they claim they create "effects laden soundscapes reminiscent of Sigur Ros or Pink Floyd." I mean, come on. That's just laughable.

But I resist! I shall do my best to review this without gimmick! The songwriting is simplistic beyond belief. Three or four chords. Pre-pubescent drum fills that are snare heavy and not always on time. Guitar chords that just scream Thursday. Off-key vocals. Pathetic background screaming. If I had to guess the age of the band, I'd place them in their mid-teens. Song titles like "Big (Empty) Sky," "Agony And Ecstacy(sic)," and "Shed My Cries" just points the band in the direction of kids trying to be emo. I guess they've been around for five years now. Kind of a shame that this is the extent of five years of songwriting. I know a band back in Minnesota with an average age of 16 that writes better shitty screamo, and they've only been around for three months.

I guess the worst part about this band is that they claim to be different, and acknowledge the fact that there are too many screamo clich├ęs, yet they are at the forefront of all of them. Anyway, the new "No Score" feature on Punknews should be allowed to be used in reviews so I can truly express how I feel about this band without having to spell it out.