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THE FALL OF MATH

65DaysOfStatic

Post Rock/Math rock


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chamberry
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4 stars The first thing it came to my mind when hearing 65daysofstatic was raw, loud and energetic as hell! If you like this atributes then this band is right for you mixing electronic noises and glitches with incredible drumming, heavy guitar and still pull of the amazing emotions post-rock bands are known for mostly thanks to the piano work wich is at times burried in the wall of sheer powerful noise, but still manages to move you and at times takes the leading role in some songs.

One of the main things I noticed from the band, aside from the things I mentioned earlier, is that they rarely follow the soft-loud-soft-loud style of Mogwai or the cresendos of Godspeed... Instead they get right to the point and they do it fast. So if you don't have the patience to listen to post-rock bands then there's no problem with listening to 65daysofstatic either. They also have their soft spots and play soft and calming like in "The last home recording" and also in parts of songs to create those beautiful soundscapes like GoldenSpiral said in his review.

All in all this is a very young promising band that breaks from the normal post-rock sound. It's hard, emotional, noisy and overall very powerful. I can see fans of progressive metal getting into this band quite easily since it has some resemblance with the genre (mostly because of the drums playing and heavy sound).

Not to be missed if you're fans of all the things mentioned. Solid 4 stars.

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Posted Tuesday, August 01, 2006 | Review Permalink
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3 stars Wasn't sure if this band was here, but after the last review, I see that it is, and kudos to the site for having them.

One of my favorites in the genre of "math rock" or "post rock" 65 days offers a lot of different noisy soundscapes. The album has less "widdling" and more substance than other bands of the genre, namely Godspeed. As the first review mentioned, if you are really energetic, this album and this band will fit very well with you. It's not a relaxing album like Sigur Ros's () at all. This is energetic and dare I say "fun" as heck to listen to.

It's not mind blowing amazing, but it is an awesome album and definitely worth having.

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Posted Wednesday, August 02, 2006 | Review Permalink
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4 stars Great!

This is an album that i have been listening to lately, i know in some reviews i have said the same thing, but actually when i listen to simething several times and i get it deeper, i feel the need of review the album, not always, but i usually do that. Now it`s time of this "new" band dedicated to create heavy emotions in ourselves, i wont speak for all, but im sure im not the only one who think that. The Fall of Math is an album which since the first song make notice the grand orientation to electronic things, im not saying that the whole album has only that stuff, not at all, it would be completely horrible, but those electronic sounds, mixed with their superb drum playing and their heavy guitar sounds, makes it so powerful and emotional.

Let me tell you that as well as the majority of the Post Rock bands and albums, this is an instrrmental album, actually you can hear some voices somewhere, but only talking, not singing, this is not the melancholic and sad style of Sigur Ros or A Silver Mt. Zion, but also dont go to the other side with bands like Pelican or Isis which are heavier and follow the same standars in their music.

The Fall of Math has great songs, and within them, great changes, for example the second song starts with those electronic elements, and a beautiful sound of piano, which little by little is progressing, guitars incorporate and drums make a great song, but my personal favorite song here is "Retreat! Retreat!", excellent song full of emotion it could make me cry someday, again it starts with a softer sound, but suddenly after a few voice`s words it becomes heavier, but believe me the drum playing is absolutely brilliant, if i have to choose my favorite instrument in this album, i would choose drums, but guitars are also essential, and why not, the sound of keyboard in some of the songs is also excellent.

"I swallowed heart, like i understood" is in my opinion the best song of the album, not my favorite, but is excellent, piano work is repetitive but great, electronic sound, and those heavy guitars makes it better, im not fan of metal or heavy things, but this is so enjoyable to me, i can listen to it so many times and nothign bothers me. "Hole" is the other song that i adore , not so different, the same usual things, but again an excellent sound.

Not many weak points, the self titled song is not so good, i think is an abuse of electronic sound Fix the Sky a Little simply has not clicked with me yet, maybe one day, those 2 songs are the weakest here, but as a whole i think is an excellent album, if you like the heavy side of Post Rock, then you should try this thing, and also you better listen to it with good headphones and find those "hidden2 sounds... 4 stars for me!

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Posted Thursday, September 28, 2006 | Review Permalink
TRoTZ
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5 stars 65DaysOfStatic would make a solid contribute to the post-rock underground movement with their debut, "The Fall of Math". The machine syncopated drums, owing more to drum'n'bass and industrial than to math-rock, and the electronic textures, a brood Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails symbiosis, created both a impetuous background atmosphere where the band's dynamic post-rock inter-crusade of guitars, bass and piano moved along. The result is creative and intriguing, flowing with memorable instrumental passages and some solemn atmospheres, whilst the band preferring to move their music from contrast to contrast, between very balanced nuances, than using the genre's more traditional haunting crescendos. Plus, the music achieves to recreate emotionally their foreseen vision of a ideological catastrophe, elicited in the album's first track, being elegantly majestic or disturbing at incisive moments.

The effective formula owed post-rock an exasperating energy, the breakbeat which seemed to be the antithesis to the genre general feeling, but here glowing conceivably well in the band's haphazard layered music. 65 Days of Static's existential anguish, quite different from the other post-rock bands, explodes and dances around, subdued to the general feeling of strange happiness, even moist activeness, in the bear cold.

One of the most gratifying surprises in post-rock genre, and music in general, in these few years. Should deserve more attention. 4,5 stars.

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Posted Monday, May 14, 2007 | Review Permalink
Prog-jester
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3 stars 65DAYSOFSTATIC is another side of Post-Rock. Quirky, biting, electronic and raging, it reminds of TORTOISE mixed with PRODIGY! But wait, there are great riffs and hooks, some tracks are melancholic almost in GYBE vein, some are lyrical like SIGYR ROS ones, but they are always groovy and powerful. Filled with samples and looped drums, 65’s music may not be your cup of tea (I’ve grown to like it in few weeks actually). Just forget about MOGWAI/GYBE/SIGYR ROS tripod and listen to it with your minds open. 3.5 stars for these electronic post-techno maniacs! :)

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Posted Thursday, May 17, 2007 | Review Permalink
Easy Livin
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2 stars Charged up Steelmen

Formed in Sheffield, UK in 2001, 65Daysofstatic are a band very much rooted in the post rock genre. While an EP was released in 2003, it took until 2004 for this their first album to appear. Subsequent releases are more instrumentally adventurous, this album focusing almost entirely on lead guitar and thumping drums.

After the brief scene setter "Another code against the gone", which consists of distorted feedback guitar and some spoken word, the first track proper is the even more strangely named "Install A Beak In The Heart That Clucks Time In Arabic". At around 5 minutes the song is one of the longest on the album, and thus in post rock terms noticeably brief. While the drumming here is slightly more imaginative than that normally encountered with post rock, it can also be more intrusive, the track including what is virtually a drum solo.

That track sets the mould for the album as a whole, the lighter introductions to the tracks being followed by some pretty traditional post rock sounds. The electronic effects of Paul Wolinski do offer some welcome distractions, but it is the driving lead guitar riffs of said Wolinski together with JoeFro which prevail throughout.

Some tracks are a bit more melodious than others, "I Swallowed Hard, Like I Understood" being an example. Here, the sound has mild oriental overtones. The title track includes the guest violin of Luke Shrewsbury, but the song as a whole is less satisfactory and rather muddled.

In all, not really an album to appeal to those in search of the more traditional forms of prog, indeed it is questionable whether there is much in the way of prog here at all. For those who enjoy their post rock on the raw side though, this may just work.

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Posted Sunday, June 29, 2008 | Review Permalink
Warthur
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4 stars A solid post-rock debut from 65daysofstatic, The Fall of Math doesn't really sound like math rock that has collapsed in on itself but the band do seem to be one of the more technically capable and math rock-leaning outfits on the post-rock scene. Not afraid to edge towards near- metallic territory now and then, 65daysofstatic create pulsating, pounding, energetic compositions which veer away from the more lethargic territory a lot of post-rock bands tend to wallow in. On the whole, they sound original enough to be worth a listen whilst sufficiently in tune with the mainline post-rock bands of the Mogwai/Godspeed You Black Emperor variety to be of interest to most people who enjoy the genre.

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