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The Fierce & The Dead


Post Rock/Math rock

3.50 | 4 ratings

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3 stars Half an hour of a live blast!

I've been following TFATD music for some years, mainly due to my knowledge of Matt Steven's music, and it has been a band I've always enjoyed and would love to see live someday soon. I attended to the Ramblin Man Fair 2014 and remember it was a wonderful experience with such a formidable audience, I mention this because I imagine they hit hard on stage at that fest where this live album was recorded.

The music they bring has touches of heavy prog, some Crimsonian elements and of course, post-rock atmospheres. Despite it is short, you will surely enjoy what the quartet can offer with only six songs and less than 30 minutes. Starting with "Magnet in Your Face", a two-minute blast of energy that has both the heavy prog and the post rock sides of music. "Ark" starts with a raw bass sound that later is complemented (and maybe contrasted) by delicate guitar sound and an always accurate drums play. There are some heavier and powerful slices that make the music explode, however, they slow down themselves with softer passages.

"Dancing Robots" is a piece I didn't know, I assume is a non-album (or soon-to-be) track. It has a post-rockish start but later it becomes rockier, with a sound that is easy to remember and enjoy. After two minutes the chaos appear! The four musicians create a heavy prog atmosphere (far from metal, just to clarify) that will make you shake your head. "Verbose" has a very nice interplay between bass and guitar, while drums and the other (post-rockish) guitar work together as background. It is a nice track that can be easily enjoyable, catchy for a festival audience.

"Palm Trees" could be my favorite track here, I like it a lot and would love to listen to it in concert, I would get excited. Though the rock and the heavy hints are present, the post-rock term works here wonderfully, in a very emotional song that in the end becomes so powerful. The performance finishes with "666?6" which is a very good track to finish a cool performance. Raw bass and delicate repetitive guitars creating wonderful rock atmospheres that I assure left the audience wanting for more.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 3/5 |


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