Too-Tall Grizzly - Dissipation
Record Label: Broken English Records
Release Date: 2012
If you're sick of listening to the big productions and looking for something more like the post-hardcore beggining on the 2000's then this 4-music EP was meant for you. They're not that similar to Glassjaw or Emanuel, but it's considerable that this EP could be one of the many next-steps to punk / hardcore/ metal bands. This EP was not finished to be those "clean and brutal" stuff that almost all bands on the mainstream scene plays. It seems that big productions uses the same formula for all bands: guitars sound too fat, breakdowns on the verse of the songs, a brutal guttural for screaming and girly auto-tuned vocals for melodic singing, lack of imagination on riffs, loud bass, electronic melodies in many bands... if you think these were wrong steps for post-hardcore, don't be concerned.
Jared is a screamer that could shake the big productions bases with his drives. His screaming is not brutal or low; it's intense and very powerful. There aren't any melodic singing on this EP. You won't be disappointing by the vocals and lyrics. On the song "Vulture Culture", right after the opening, you'll be astonished with the way he shouts with his esophagus. In this song is where I found their dirtiest main riff. They've chosen a great guitar distortion: as I said, don't expect fat guitar, they use dirty distortions which matches perfectly with all riffs. All songs are very creative in all perspectives. "Specially Up The Gut". This one is very addicting.
"Up the Gut" sounds modern and old-school at the same time, being the only song obeying the old formula versus-chorus-versus-bridge-solo-chorus. The bridge is a breakdown alternating Jared's drives with another members guttural that falls on a cool guitar solo.
"Jurassic Thunder" (comes in the name Lames Dean when downloaded from their Facebook page) is a strong and energetic song. The drummers hammering on the beginning will leave you with no choice but to head-bang. Jesse is very good with details and of course, you need a very skilled drummer if you want the punk energy in your band, he does the work greatly.
Debauchery is the most modern sounding music they've got. Jared screams on this song like if he was leading a mad, mad crowd of pissed people about to destroy something or someone until it ends in an awesome breakdown.
Their breakdowns are not like the modern ones with loose strings and an invented picking rhythm. Watch out! They're not afraid to use their creativity on the two thickest strings of the guitar. So, in short, Too-Tall Grizzly is for people who missed some old aspects of punk / metal / hardcore, but, of course, wants to see the evolution. Dissipation is a perfect example that the post-hardcore / punk metal evolution is better on the Underground scene than it is on the mainstream. The only problem in this EP is that you'll demand more songs like this.