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Posted 26 February 2005 - 12:33 AM
I just found out about the album's existence yesterday, and found it on soulseek today, and am listening to it now. It has been a good 24 hours.
Posted 26 February 2005 - 12:37 AM
I won't comment on it until I've listened to it at least a few times, which will probably be a while since it's two whole discs, and each one is a solo album.
All I can say right now is it's a lot less mathy than their previous full lengths. A lot more vocals too on the first disc, but it seems to fit so far.
Posted 26 February 2005 - 12:37 AM
Posted 26 February 2005 - 06:00 AM
Posted 26 February 2005 - 05:46 PM
Posted 26 February 2005 - 06:48 PM
Posted 27 February 2005 - 10:15 AM
Because I was trying to learn Republic of Rough and Ready, and I can emulate the notes, but looking at him play it in a live video, his fingers are going places on the fretboard that don't get the same notes on mine.
Posted 28 February 2005 - 03:48 AM
Both are pretty different from the last two, but it still feels very much like Hella to me.
It looks like Zack might be the one giving Hella it's spastic frenzied feel, listening to his solo record. It's not just the pulverizing drumming you'd expect, the guitars, keyboards and vocals are pretty damn crazy too. At this point a lot of the songs have a similar feel to them, but there are still parts which stick out, like the Jimi Hendrix track, which is stunningly beautiful.
The production's the best it's ever been, which really helps bring out the destructiveness of his drumming, and the vocals have this nice layered feel, so it sounds a lot better than when they redid Republic of Rough and Ready with vocals. It's a lot more song orientied, so I don't know how people will react, but it's as intense, and a lot of the time, more intense than anything they've done before.
I really like the music on the the guitarist's part, it's basically the electronic video game music they did for their two eps. But if Zack would have done the drumming, it would have helped tons. It sounds flat and tepid, like how old school nintendo music sounds,especially after just listening to the whirlwind force that is Zack's solo record.
So, overall, they're pretty bomb records, especially Zacks...I think if Chirpin Hard had been redone with Zack's drumming, the songwriting would be overall better or at least more distinct.
I'd recommend people who don't like Hella for being all instrumental and too technical to listen to Zack's solo record, Church Gone Wild, it's super energetic, but more oriented towards songs and vocals.
Posted 01 March 2005 - 10:08 AM
Posted 01 March 2005 - 10:16 AM
Then they released two Eps of electronic music, which I actually like more musically than their debut, but it's completely different than their first record. Their second full length is a combo between these two sounds. The production is thinner sounding, b/c it was recorded live, but they sound tighter and more energetic as a unit, even if the songs don't feel quite as varied.
Then there's this record, which listening to it more, it's a bit same sounding, but the energy and production is destructive.
Posted 01 March 2005 - 04:43 PM
this is awesome
Posted 03 March 2005 - 02:23 AM
But now, as far as '[respective instrument] virtuoso points' go, I think Spencer is at least on par, or even higher than Zach. I dunno, I just get the impression that if Richard D. James was human and played guitar, he'd probably play like Spencer.
Posted 03 March 2005 - 04:24 AM
Posted 03 March 2005 - 05:39 AM
Again I mention Aphex Twin -- some may thing it's just very simple, "dude he's just pushing buttons I could do that." But I don't really think anyone but him could have thought up melodies like that.
I guess it's like...some Midi song. It may sound really gay and dumb, but there still exist certain note combinations, melodies that will make even the simplest thing be fucking awesome.
Posted 03 March 2005 - 06:46 AM
Posted 05 April 2005 - 12:07 AM
If you're into Hella you might want to check out a similar band, Hydrogen Party, I know the guys, they do the same sound. Even a "Brown Metal" (by Hella) cover. They played Brown Metal live a few times and played it on a steel chair. It was nifty.
Hydrogen Party - The March And The Requiem
If that doesn't work, IM me @ lopsid3d if you're interested.
Posted 05 April 2005 - 12:08 AM
Definitely listen to Pink & Brown if you like Hella. They're on Load Records, along with some other similar bands. The USA Is A Monster is good too.
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