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Author's Rating
Vocals 5.25
Musicianship 3
Lyrics 3.5
Production 3.75
Creativity 4.5
Lasting Value 4
Reviewer Tilt 4.5
Final Verdict: 41%
Member Ratings
Vocals 8
Musicianship 8.5
Lyrics 8.25
Production 8.75
Creativity 8.5
Lasting Value 10
Reviewer Tilt 10
Average: 89%

My Heart to Joy at the Same Tone - Heavenly Bodies

Reviewed by: DI Pistola (02/22/08)
My Heart to Joy at the Same Tone - Heavenly Bodies
Record Label: Triumph of Life
Release Date: July 27, 2007


I would imagine that to an uninitiated listener or anyone in Sunday school, screamo done right probably sounds much like screamo done horribly wrong. While its fans may appreciate the scathing vocals, supercharged riffs, and carefully layered guitars, conversely, a detractor may be able to listen to the same music and simply equate it to strained vocals looped over drums and guitar amps perpetually crashing up and down the stairs in MC Escher's apartment.

Therein lies the problem with Heavenly Bodies, the debut EP from Connecticut quartet My Heart to Joy at the Same Tone. Even to a trained ear, it's still thirteen disorganized minutes on those stairs. While "Can You Feel It, Captain Compost!?" stabs in the right melodic direction at an actual song structure, the rest of the EP feels far too haphazard for its own good. Gang vocals and frenzied guitar on the title track "Ethics" have decent potential to work as an interlude, an album bookend, or a chaotic transition tightly woven opening, but instead, the track ends prematurely at the fifty second mark, serving simply as a sneak preview of sorts: "Long staircase ahead."

Even in screamo, 'chaotic' is a distinction, or a descriptive gimmick that a record can only employ so far before the listener begins to suspect the songs were just thrown together at last minute, and rushed to the studio without even a passing thought. Even screamo needs some semblance of musical structure, and Heavenly Bodies is proof of this.

Track Listing01. Ethics
02. That Ungodly Arch-Villian Voltaire is Dead
03. I Think You Woke the Dead
04. Sirens
05. Can You Feel It, Captain Compost!?
06. True Levellers

Recommended if You Like:Drive Like Jehu, thrashing without rhyme or reason, throwing expensive music equipment down the stairs
 
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08:25 PM on 02/26/08
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Adrian Villagomez
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I'm enjoying your reviews.
09:43 PM on 02/26/08
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DI Pistola
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I'm enjoying your reviews.

Many thanks
08:26 AM on 04/07/08
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SickOfStars
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this isn't even chaotic. The argument sounds kind of odd after hearing the EP.
08:29 AM on 07/05/08
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xjewxcorex
rad. yo
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more cabs!
04:48 PM on 12/22/08
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lew_1987
The desperation's gone.
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Good band, I'm getting into them quite a bit at the moment.
05:45 PM on 09/14/09
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Rxbandit22
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Terrible score, great review.
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