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This Will Destroy You

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4.13 | 26 ratings | 4 reviews | 31% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Quiet (4:53)
2. The World Is Our... (7:07)
3. I Believe in Your Victory (6:32)
4. Grandfather Clock (2:37)
5. Happiness: We're in This Together (8:36)
6. There Are Some Remedies Worse Than the Disease (6:18)

Total Time 36:00

Line-up / Musicians

- Chris King / guitar
- Jeremy Galindo / guitar
- Raymond Brown / bass, keyboard
- Andrew Miller / drums

Releases information

Magic Bullet Records

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THIS WILL DESTROY YOU Young Mountain ratings distribution

(26 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(31%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(50%)
Good, but non-essential (15%)
Collectors/fans only (4%)
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Review by TCat
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4 stars Even though this is an E.P, it clocks in at 36 minutes of beautiful, blissful post-rock instrumentals. This was the band's debut recording and it was self-promoted and self-produced. However, the E.P. was getting a lot of buzz and great reviews, which, for a beginning band, were well deserved. They were soon signed on by a label and this E.P. was re-released by the label. The production is superb and sounds nothing like a debut album.

The band hails from the same place as the post-rock band "Explosions in the Sky", but to me the sound of this album is so much richer and varied then EitS. They do tend to follow the basic post- rock formula on this album, but I find it is more emotive and beautiful, especially in the softer sections. Probably more closer to Mogwai than EitS, they are also not afraid to use digital percussion at times, or, at least, that is what it sounds like.

The first track is "Quiet" and it sounds very much like a typical post-rock song. But "The World is Our _____" is so much better, with that pretty build up that climaxes a few times, and the build up isn't overly long. Again, the sound is so well textured that every sound is heard and the music isn't as dense and hard to access as it is in another post-rock band called "Pelican". This music is so much more penetrable and that works to a definite advantage. "I Believe in Your Victory" is another one similar to the 1st track except the climaxes are not as dense and the guitars have a nice ringing, chiming sound. On the second build up, there is a very strange percussion pattern that is definitely original, kind of a start/stop beat that helps to build tension.

The intermediate, short track called "Grandfather Clock" is a very nostalgic feeling song which doesn't have a build up, but it lovely nonetheless. It breaks up the formulaic feeling before it gets too repetitive and is well placed on the album. "Happiness" comes next and this one is an example of a post-rock symphony, so well layered and beautiful. Again the climaxes aren't overly dense but are lighter sounding than a lot of Post-rock music and that is what is so attractive to me. Such a well thought-out song with a lot of real emotion pouring out of the instruments. Very nice. Last but not least is the multi-part "There Are Some Remedies..." which is a little more harsh, but still not impenetrable. When the second build up comes in, the rhythm's change and build up to a very explosive climax this time which suddenly ends leaving you suspended in the middle of some special effects by the guitars. The ending is a little quick and even though the suspension at the end is a effective ending, it would have been nice to be allowed to shimmer a little longer. But that is a minor complaint really.

Overall, this is a vary good debut recording by the band and definitely leaves you wanting to explore more of their music. There really isn't anything ground breaking, but it definitely is post- rock that rises above the norm even with the formulaic structure. The emotion level is much higher than what I have heard in most cookie-cutter post-rock bands. I feel there is a lot of promise in this E.P. and as for myself, I want to explore more of their music. Even though I have had this excellent E.P. for a while, I still have the desire to listen to more of their discography. In the meantime, I will give this a 4 star rating, albeit a very strong 4 stars.

Review by Kempokid
4 stars Post rock is a genre often accused of being stagnant, never moving forward, simply repeating the same thing over and over to no end. While I do find there to be a formula in the genre, starting off slowly and quietly and building up to explosive climaxes, I feel like this is a very simplistic way of looking at the genre as a whole, as many bands have their own nuances and takes on it. This Will Destroy You, while being quite Post Rock by numbers in its songwriting, follows the general compositional style of bands such as Mogwai and Explosions in the Sky. The difference this artist has compared to those is that the band has a certain emotional warmth to it, compared to the sparse, minimalistic nature of Mogwai or the more uplifting, all encompassing emotion brought forth by EITS. This is also quite a bit more eventful than a lot of post rock I've heard, having long stretches of wall of sound and climactic moments, making it also a somewhat more accessible album than their counterparts.

Quiet sets up what the album is going to sound like quite quickly, begiining with some isolated, yet beautiful keyboard chords, then backed up by a nice drumbeat and guitars that fade in and out. The main focus of the song is this constant build up that never lets up, as these quiet, pleasant melodies are replaced with increasingly loud and distorted guitars, until the final section becomes more noise than song, with a layer of distrotion over everything, becoming absolutely massive sounding by the end. The World is Our ___ is a more varied song, with multiple peaks throughout, each valley to follow providing something different, my personal favourite being where the song briefly takes a more electronic route. As before, the song ends in a massive climax involving extensive amounts of distortion. The album definitely ends up being slightly weaker past these first two poewrful tracks, but nothing here is what I'd consider bad either. Each of them are slightly different in the bigger picture, but I'm given fairly similar impression from all of them, that imporession fortunately being a very positive one, as despite the relative quality of these being lower, each song still carries immense power. This is all within the confines of a much simpler sound, focusing much less on the ambience and imagery of many post rock giants, instead crafting excellent melodies brimming with a sense of personal optimism shrouded in a veil of melancholy, creating conflicting emotions in such a beautiful way, causing the listener to feel wistful, yet uplifted.

While this album isn't anything groundbreaking, I do find it to be an album that is quite accessible, carrying more of the indie rock sound in the form of a higher focus on melody, while still being strongly rooted in its main genre. This is definitely a work of beauty, and while parts of it may feel quite samey, I personally believe that it is still a very strong record for what it manages to achieve. This would be an excellent starting point for those looking to jump into post rock, as the album is short and much more direct than a lot of other bands in the genre.

Best tracks: Quiet, The World Is Our ___, Happiness: We're All In It Together

Weakest tracks: none

Verdict: I've already said all I can on this album without becoming redundant, this is absolutely gorgeous and definitely a great starting point for those looking to get into post rock, being far more accessibly written than a lot of other bands of the genre.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Review #167! While this EP isn't post-rock's most brilliant or experimental or innovative, it is beautiful and should not be underestimated. This is Young Mountain, California-based This Will Destroy You's debut EP(even though it clocks in at 36 minutes), and it is great. It is aptly titled ... (read more)

Report this review (#2986238) | Posted by Boi_da_boi_124 | Saturday, January 27, 2024 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I already wrote a review for their self-titled album, and I gave it 5 stars, little after that I listened to their Young Mountain EP, and what can I say? I think I even like it more than the album! While their S/T was more about ambient soundscapes, really slow movements and little climaxes, this ... (read more)

Report this review (#246008) | Posted by JTP88 | Saturday, October 24, 2009 | Review Permanlink

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