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VIEW FROM HERE

3nd

 

Post Rock/Math rock

3.00 | 2 ratings

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Horizons
3 stars A view worthy of visits.

As an introduction to the wonderful world of Japanese Math-Rock, 3nd is an admirable quartet that shows strong potential and plenty of room for improvement with their EP, View From Here.

Dual guitars surrender tapping and looping for powerful rhythm methods and glossing interplay. The bass titan Yuuma Hiraizumi is a force to reckon with, having dark tones revolve around the band create complimentary lines. The drums, though not up to typical math standards, never seem pretentious and keep tight. You find post-rock influences here as well to ensure balance and appeasement.

First half of the six track EP begins with Clockworker. A strong piece that incorporates a graceful acoustic guitar in the background adding some earthy moods whenever it emerges. The introductory bassline commands attention for the rest of the track along with some of the best drum work on the album. Though after Clockworker, Auguestline and Season server as a serious handicap. Auguestline has some guitar chords that really get old fast with some more boring drum accompaniment and typical bass. Season is better but is lackluster overall. The post-rock climax is good but again, nothing special.

After those tracks we get some hope with Haruoto and Into the Water. Haruoto has a spirited intro that locks in until 3nd breaks into an imperious dominance until the beginning theme reappears. In the Water has the band tap into their second best work, along with Clockworker. With divine guitar soundscapes and Geddy Lee-like bass contrasts, it makes you wish they honed on this style.

Not quite as unique and technical as other Japanese Math Bands like Lite, Toe, or Nuito.. 3nd still makes an admirable debut with both monotonous boredom and proficient highlights.

Horizons | 3/5 |

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