Sunday, December 8, 2013
A Record a Week: Majority Rule - Emergency Numbers
IT'S TOO LATE
ARE FOREVER (Instrumental)
Another Majority Rule record, another great entry into this series. This second (and final) record from this three-piece is an emotionally-charged piece. As the first record was the beginning of a sound, this one has a bit crisper production and a very heavy low end. The record is filled with vast, spacious sounds mixed in with punk-influenced hardcore. If you have had the benefit of listening to their earlier 7-inch records, this record shows just how far they had drifted from their ska/punk/hardcore days. In retrospect, it was clear that the individual members other musical pursuits were influencing this (Trial by Fire, Ghastly City Sleep, City of Caterpillar, Haram). However, on this record, those sounds blend perfectly together in a dark, heavy and spacious record. The song It's Too Late is the best of the bunch, showcasing all of the different sounds. It starts slow and heavy and then is bridged by reverberant guitar and an awesome drum part that builds up and the song kicks back in, but with more drive. It was awesome to revisit this one and brought back memories from a decade ago.