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The Carrier - Blind To What Is Right

joe vena   (35 reviews)

Posted: 12/23/2010 | Comments: 3 | Rate:

Out of the highly abundant different brands and genres and types or whatever you want to call it present nowadays of the ever-changing and ever-elusive music called hardcore, the best and most interesting brand rearing its head, in my not-so-humble opinion, is melodic hardcore. And not just any melodic hardcore, a style that houses all too many bands that throw some finger-pointing slogans and overdone octave leads over a Black Flag chord progression and call it a day, but that certain dark, desolate, gloomy and unrelentingly heavy melodic hardcore that’s blowing up from all four corners of the States and shipping over in large exports from the UK. Some bands try their hand at it, failing miserably and offering up only whiny, contrived drivel, but some bands, like Dead Swans, Killing the Dream, Carpathian and our group in review, The Carrier, nail it, producing scathing yet dreary albums that sound like what Bauhaus would if they were a hardcore band. Heavy on introspective lyrics, dark interludes, and dissonant yet harmonious chords and riffing coupled with severely downtuned breaks, The Carrier’s new full-length album, “Blind to What is Right,” is everything that’s right about the darkest corner of hardcore, touting all of the best qualities of their marque of music yet bringing new sounds to the table, such as inventive soloing, texturing with a no-wave flair and slow fluxes of post-hardcore influence. Dropping in January, the appropriately cold and disconsolate atmosphere of the depths of winter, its artistic and pretty versus crushing and depressing duality makes for what is sure to be a devastating start to the new year.

“Blind to What is Right” kicks in with its swiftly moving title track, displaying what presumably made The Carrier big in the first place, which is a super-fast yet intensely melodic signature sound that bounces back and forth between conventional hardcore stomps and an unorthodox writing style. However, they seem to have only gotten heavier and darker in between releases. You can hear the despair and uncertainty in their vocalist’s voice, which cracks and wavers with what is definitely very real passion and pain, something that is disappearing in hardcore and often very hard to detect. The instruments mirror that anguish musically, following every high and low with peaks and valleys of intensity and calmness. Also, I seriously must find out the setups that their guitarists use, because The Carrier manages to get the cleanest, brightest tone I’ve ever heard in their musical kinship. Octave leads and noodling shine luminously through cracks in their ultra-heavy foundation, never drifting underneath or meshing into it to make a muddy, unappealing wall of sound; creating a musical equivalent to the disparity between sunlight and moonlight. Standout tracks include the sludgy and slow “A Stranger to Myself,” the intro of which sounds like it was recorded in a decrepit boiler room, and the high gain descant of “Hollow Pain” and “Downstream”, but second track “Everyone Who I Knew and Loved is Gone,” which the lyrical content of is easy to guess, is outstanding in that could be the day-to-day soundtrack of an angry, disillusioned young man. And that’s exactly how I would describe “Blind to What is Right” to someone who may be interested in hearing it: music for the angry and the disillusioned, those who are fed up with their lives or perhaps the world, who also have sensitive and artistic merits for expressing their disdain. Hardcore has always been angry, but in its newest decade, shouting political slogans and swear words no longer holds the water it used to – The Carrier is expressing sonically real emotion that many are feeling in the current world’s climate.

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19,190 Posts
good review. its a tight disk, love this band.
12,352 Posts
good band/good record.
Means to an end
13,569 Posts
Still listening to this regularly.

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