Performer – Andreas Tylden, Erlend Mokkelbost, Håkon Mella, Kenneth Lamond, Petter Snekkestad. Photography By – Jørgen T. Gomnæs. Photography By – Marianne Nilsen. Producer – Mike Hartung. Recorded By – Mike Hartung. Recorded By, Mellotron – Kåre Chr. Vestrheim. Recorded By – Don Dons. Maelstrom (CD, Album). Maelstrom (CDr, Album, Promo).
JR Ewing might say it to shrug off the fact that right at the point where their old songs would come to a lurching halt, their new ones pick back up with a bloated acoustic guitar break, followed by a guitar solo. Even more pounds show on songs like "Take a Hint", which throws a barbershop quartet into the background. Tylden's sneering wail has become, on Maelstrom, Mike Patton's falsetto, while the guitars are now hopelessly charged with filling up the space their riffs were originally designed to elide. Personality over fury, as on "Nihilistic Elitist", which wastes perfectly good Hot Snakes guitars on a slow-motion dragger, is an understandable choice but also a dead end.
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The Norway based JR Ewing unleashes a full attack on angular guitars and relentless riffs reminiscent of Drive Like Jehu, The Hot Snakes, At The Drive-In, and Refused. With tightly wound guitars and a thrashy intensity, "Maelstrom" serves to sweep the dust out and revitalize the stale hardcore genre. Fresh off the road from a European tour with Coheed And Cambria, the band plans to tour throughout the year, bringing their explosive and inspiring show stateside. This is an exceptionally cool album from a band that sounds like the bastard child of Smashing Pumpkins and Fugazi.
Of course, all of those elements may not be present on every post-hardcore album, but they're all over the place on the latest from Norway's JR Ewing. The math rock kicks in early with the alternating four/four and six/four intro to "Change Is Nothing (Everything Is)" but then it fades to the background and keeps a low profile for most of the program, until it shows up again near the end on "I'm Sorry, You're Sorry, We're All Sorry.
JR Ewing - Pitch Black Blonde 03:48. JR Ewing - Nihilistic Elitist 02:16. JR Ewing - Insect Intercourse 03:11. JR Ewing - Change Is Nothing 03:43. JR Ewing - Fucking & Champagne 03:40. JR Ewing - I'm Sorry, You're Sorry, We're All Sorry 02:15. JR Ewing - Floodlight 04:59. JR Ewing - Here I Vanish 03:14. JR Ewing - For We Are Dead 03:21.