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Author's Rating
Vocals 7.25
Musicianship 7.25
Lyrics 5.5
Production 7
Creativity 6
Lasting Value 6.25
Reviewer Tilt 7
Final Verdict: 66%
Member Ratings
Vocals 6.25
Musicianship 6.42
Lyrics 6.33
Production 6.5
Creativity 5.83
Lasting Value 5.92
Reviewer Tilt 6.75
Average: 63%
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Mozart Season - Nightmares EP

Reviewed by: Drew Beringer (09/22/10)
Mozart SeasonNightmares 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.

Additional InformationTrack Listing:
1. Famous Last Words (You're Nothing Without Me)
2. Look Mom, I'm On TV
3. Rage Factor 11
4. Saint Peter
5. Ankle Deep Ocean
6. Nightmares

Mozart Season is:
Nate Richardson - vocals
Benton Christensen - guitar
Sam Trux - guitar
Troy Cooper - bass
Luke Allen - drums

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10:20 AM on 09/22/10
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Doesn't Jon Mess even make an appearance on the EP?
10:21 AM on 09/22/10
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Doesn't Jon Mess even make an appearance on the EP?
I know he did on the first EP, I dunno if he does so on that same track here.
10:38 AM on 09/22/10
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I'm so glad to see this band get signed and finally put out material. I've known about this band since 2005. Crazy.
10:39 AM on 09/22/10
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I know he did on the first EP, I dunno if he does so on that same track here.
Ahh, I'll have to check out the version on the new EP then.
10:42 AM on 09/22/10
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Doesn't Jon Mess even make an appearance on the EP?

I know he did on the first EP, I dunno if he does so on that same track here.

I'm pretty sure he does on this EP too.

I liked the EP, but as you said, it's nothing groundbreaking.
11:29 AM on 09/22/10
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evr has gotten so much worse in the last year. this band does nothing to fix that unfortunately. and DGD, 'progressive rock?' where do you come up with this stuff?
11:45 AM on 09/22/10
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my friens used to be in this band a long, long time ago.

/siq brag.
11:52 AM on 09/22/10
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evr has gotten so much worse in the last year. this band does nothing to fix that unfortunately. and DGD, 'progressive rock?' where do you come up with this stuff?

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.
12:05 PM on 09/22/10
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They're older material (pre-break up and revision) involves some of my favorite screaming tunes of all time.

Streetlight Contagious is in my top 10 favorite songs...hands down.

That being said, after Apotheosis I've just been a casual listener.
12:05 PM on 09/22/10
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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.
12:54 PM on 09/22/10
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Doesn't Jon Mess even make an appearance on the EP?

I know he did on the first EP, I dunno if he does so on that same track here.

Yes, he's in "Look Mom, I'm On TV"

They're older material (pre-break up and revision) involves some of my favorite screaming tunes of all time.

Streetlight Contagious is in my top 10 favorite songs...hands down.

That being said, after Apotheosis I've just been a casual listener.


I was so heartbroken when they broke up as they were in intro into the genre. It's unfortunate they don't have the old clean vocalist, who's name escapes me at the moment.

"Midnight Train To Bellevue" is my personal favorite by them.
01:31 PM on 09/22/10
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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...
01:42 PM on 09/22/10
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Good review. I enjoyed this back in July, may have to break it out again.
06:13 PM on 09/22/10
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"they both sign and scream"
"displayed in the improve songwriting"

Got a few errors there.

I used to like this band but they are incredibly generic.
May give this a shot though.
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