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Adeste - In Parables

joe vena   (35 reviews)

Posted: 02/02/2011 | Comments: 37 | Rate:

So when I threw on “In Parables” by Adeste, a six-piece group from the sunlit tourist trap of Orlando, Florida, I was expecting something very particular. Due to their ambiguous name, their surreal, colorful cover art, and their extensive policy of naming their songs with one word that seem to have a loose connection of concept to them (which is apparently, from what I’ve gathered, a story of some sort of journey), I immediately reacted by assuming I was about to pop in something by a fresh-faced new post-rock band ready to take me by storm with my favorite brand of borderline orchestral music. The first track, “Dawning,” furthered my assumption. An intro of sorts with no vocal involvement whatsoever, it features a low, humming keyboard footing that builds up slowly with effects-heavy guitar harmonics and thinner-than-air atmosphere. If I were to describe the song genre-wise, I’d say something to the effect of a smoke cloud of early post-hardcore coalescing serenely with another of modern post-rock. It’s really, really good, and I found myself very anxious to hear what they would do within the next ten tracks.

Then something completely left field of what I, or probably anyone else who happened to listen to this record without any prior knowledge of the band, expected happened. The second track, “Foundation,” cuts immediately and rudely into the sereneness of its predecessor, but not with something that you would be pleased to get interrupted by. Adeste, in a move that could effortlessly be compared to not only instantly swerving a fast-moving car full of family members one hundred and eighty degrees in the opposite direction without any warning or provocation, but also driving it off a cliff, surviving and pissing on the remains, start playing some seriously corny and generic Rise Records-esque mallcore crap. I was in complete disbelief and disarray as my ears were suddenly forced to adapt to a mechanical pseudo-breakdown and some lame metalcore screech vocals. I’m not exaggerating when I say that in this single song, they go through every modern metalcore cliché in the book – they also add in some whiny clean singing, equally boring two fret riffing, that laughable electronic skipping effect, and an unnecessary synth backbone to the already nauseating breakdowns. I can’t even begin to ponder what would be the correct volume, tone, or dialect in which to ask, “What the FUCK were they thinking?!”

The most criminal thing about the whole ordeal with this record, however, is not that they simply wrote an amazing intro and pissed away their obvious ambient songwriting talent on nothing but an album full of mainstream drivel for fourteen year olds, but that they actually sneakily slip in and sandwich the good stuff between the garbage. At 40 seconds or so of the third jam, “Seeking,” the song suddenly gets awesome. They mellow out from (surprise, surprise) a breakdown and start noodling around on some moody post-hardcore tone that kind of reminds me of the good aspects of early Emery. There’s about a 30 second portion in “Departure” that follows the same suit, as well. There are a couple of instances where the keyboardist’s impressive piano technique is displayed and the guitarists furtively knock off a notable 90’s-emo-gone-distorted chord progression, but they’re brief flashes that aren’t enough to save any semblance of dignity for any of the songs. It’s like they threw them in there just to snobbishly say, “Yeah, fuck you. We can write good music. We just don’t want to.” Hopefully if I check this band out again in a few years they’ll have forgotten about appealing to teeny boppers.

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Comments
I have no legs!
14 Posts
22/M/NA
Joe you clearly don't like this band, and this isn't a fair review at all.
From reading your other reviews you are very critical on music that you don't personally appreciate, but review post-rock 5.0 regardless of how great it is.

Take for example Dorena - About Everything And More. That album is pretty good, but not every track on there is outstanding, sometimes they leave you wanting more and are just boring, yet you give it a 5/5.

Adeste have brought something new to the table, pretty much all bands nowadays are opting for the hardcore scene full of breakdowns, whichis lame! If you go play the album again 10 times you'll understand that it's genius, it's not just breakdowns, shit chord progressions and a flavour of ambience... It's a paced album that sets you on an adventure for redemption. Take a long walk and listen to the album, you'll appreciate it then.

Bad review, bad reviewer.
ajsphoto.com
41,494 Posts
31/M/PA
Oh hey look, a guy in a band that got a bad review showing up to defend his band.
vanilla gorilla
195,381 Posts
34/M/PA
actually, this is a great, detailed review, and i'm pretty sure you're just butthurt.
TIGHTDICKPLAYA
24,217 Posts
37/M/PA
Originally posted by: Siguros

Joe you clearly don't like this band, and this isn't a fair review at all.
From reading your other reviews you are very critical on music that you don't personally appreciate, but review post-rock 5.0 regardless of how great it is.

Take for example Dorena - About Everything And More. That album is pretty good, but not every track on there is outstanding, sometimes they leave you wanting more and are just boring, yet you give it a 5/5.

Adeste have brought something new to the table, pretty much all bands nowadays are opting for the hardcore scene full of breakdowns, whichis lame! If you go play the album again 10 times you'll understand that it's genius, it's not just breakdowns, shit chord progressions and a flavour of ambience... It's a paced album that sets you on an adventure for redemption. Take a long walk and listen to the album, you'll appreciate it then.

Bad review, bad reviewer.



i guess you don't understand that what you may like is not what joe likes.

just because you disagree doesn't make it a bad review.
ajsphoto.com
41,494 Posts
31/M/PA
Originally posted by: cbrickhouse

actually, this is a great, detailed review, and i'm pretty sure you're just butthurt.



I would say its one of the best written reviews i've read on here.
I have no legs!
14 Posts
22/M/NA
oh you guys, this website is full of fail.
vanilla gorilla
195,381 Posts
34/M/PA
because we don't agree with you? lol
I have no legs!
14 Posts
22/M/NA
because you're the owner, and you're being a fucking douche... get some manners.
ajsphoto.com
41,494 Posts
31/M/PA
Originally posted by: Siguros

oh you guys, this website is full of fail.



Can you send me a mediafire link to your album? Im a ridiculously huge post hardcore fan, and seeing how your user name is a misspelled version of my favorite band, maybe we are more alont the same wavelength. I am also a reviewer here, and will re-review the album if my opinion differs from Joes.
vanilla gorilla
195,381 Posts
34/M/PA
Originally posted by: Siguros

because you're the owner, and you're being a fucking douche... get some manners.



how am i being a giant douche for agreeing with a reviewer?
TIGHTDICKPLAYA
24,217 Posts
37/M/PA
Originally posted by: Siguros

because you're the owner, and you're being a fucking douche... get some manners.



i guess we have to be all sunshine and bunnies and welcome all people, even though they came off as a douche first?

mmmkay.
I have no legs!
14 Posts
22/M/NA
Originally posted by: xAJexDELAWAREx

Can you send me a mediafire link to your album? Im a ridiculously huge post hardcore fan, and seeing how your user name is a misspelled version of my favorite band, maybe we are more alont the same wavelength. I am also a reviewer here, and will re-review the album if my opinion differs from Joes.




AJ, I don't know why you have the idea that I'm in this band... If you take a look at my profile you'll see that I'm not even from the same Country. And yes my name is a misspelt version of Sigur Ros, why would I go and use the band name as my Username? They are also one of my favourite bands.

I'm not here to be a dick head, I'm just saying there's no point in slaughtering a band just because you're not a fan of what they produce. People slate The Beatles, but they keep it to themselves... People like the album, I like the album.

If you really want to create a website that's just for hating on bands you don't like why not call it anythingwedontlikekiller?
TIGHTDICKPLAYA
24,217 Posts
37/M/PA
Originally posted by: Siguros

If you really want to create a website that's just for hating on bands you don't like why not call it anythingwedontlikekiller?



why don't you read some of the other reviews where we praise albums before you say that?

we get these things to review at random and are objective for the most part. every now and again, something we don't like slips in. it's life and if you can't accept that, you may as well log out and not come back.
I have no legs!
14 Posts
22/M/NA
Originally posted by: eddie.

i guess we have to be all sunshine and bunnies and welcome all people, even though they came off as a douche first?

mmmkay.




And if you take a minute to realise I was not harshly giving my feedback on a review... which is what? Feedback.
So no I wasn't being the douche first.

"Adeste, in a move that could effortlessly be compared to not only instantly swerving a fast-moving car full of family members one hundred and eighty degrees in the opposite direction without any warning or provocation, but also driving it off a cliff, surviving and pissing on the remains, start playing some seriously corny and generic Rise Records-esque mallcore crap." That is what you call being a douche.
I have no legs!
14 Posts
22/M/NA
Originally posted by: cbrickhouse

how am i being a giant douche for agreeing with a reviewer?



Stating that I'm butthurt? When all I was doing was disagreeing with a reviewer.

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