Mozart Season – Nightmares EP
Release Date: July 20, 2010
Record Label: Equal Vision
It seems that, for the past few years, Mozart Season has been on the cusp of truly breaking out in the metalcore scene. The band developed a rabid fan base, which loved the crunchy riffs and violent screams of the self-released Apotheosis EP. Equal Vision quickly scooped up this band, and the Sacramento, CA, quintet re-worked some fan favorites, as well as some new tracks, and released their blistering Equal Vision debut, Nightmares EP, over the summer.
The end result of Nightmares EP is a new sense of maturity, which is displayed in the improved songwriting. Older tracks like “Look Mom, I’m On TV” and “Saint Peter” feature thicker guitar riffs and crisper transitions between the clean and screamed vocals of Nate Richardson, while newer songs, such as “Famous Last Words (You’re Nothing Without Me)” and the self-titled track, fuse aggression and melody much more seamlessly than their older material, while amping up the heaviness.
Mozart Season fields plenty of comparisons to fellow Sacramento act, Dance Gavin Dance. Really, the only valid comparison may be that they both sing and scream and are from the same town. Other than that, DGD is more progressive rock, while Mozart Season rather bash your head in – the intense “Rage Factor 11” being a prime example. After a few lineup shakeup’s, Mozart Season is back on their feet, ready to take the metalcore scene by storm. It’s nothing ground-breaking or original (and some of the lyrics are terribly cliché), but the urgent delivery and execution of their sound places them somewhere among the middle – for now. Expect big things from Mozart Season.
In the last year Closure In Moscow has released "First Temple" so I beg to differ. But you know what he's trying to say with it, DGD is a lot weirder than Mozart Season.
dgd are better musicians sure, but they're not a 'weird band' they're just another heavy, talented post-hardcore band. progressive rock entails a lot of time signature changes, and creative experimentation within realms of sounds that go beyond the boundaries of the 'genre.' as for closure, they're the last remaining hope for EVR as far as I'm concerned, hopefully their next LP will surpass their first. but all these kids who think DGD is 'experimental' need to crawl out of the scene cave once in a while.
My first MS show was with (I believe) the band stutterfly, which should give you an idea of how far back I remember this band. The new EP is good, but if you can dig up the truly old school tunes like Prophecies in Kodak, Midnight Train and Cellar Doors Donnie, you will find when this band truly shined...