New Brand Generation
F for Fake
Grains of Dust
G.un O.r D.rugs
REASON : "No
produced distributed by
Mixed by Nino Odorico and No Reason, engineered by Nino Odorico, recorded and mixed at Angel's Wings studios
review by dalia "gryphon_spirit" di giacomo____
Aggressive Hardcore/Crossover with a tone of PostNu and Thrash, enriched by some dark melodic passages. No Reason means great impact and awesome technicality. It is also a bit stressed and disturbed like our polymorph society, with the will of experimentation, but this is right what the band wants to communicate. A good production that the fans of the genre will appreciate. More fluid tempo changes and the total abolition of the (few) vocals in clear would have permitted to this 6 track-EP to shine even more. But, in its style, this is a satisfactory beginning for the Italian band from Trieste.
No Reason from Trieste, emblematic Italian town belonging to the international Alpe Adria region, where mountains and sea collide, when many cultures unite, still under an Habsburg flair. Everything "post", after. Trieste is post: the town after, both in social and artistic field, but all this actually means to achieve some results before others do. No Reason was founded in year 2000, then appeared the demo In Your Eyes and now they have produced this EP, that represents, with impact and a little drop of theatricality, "the day after" concerning Hardcore/Crossover and Nu (but of course with no trace of rapping) mixed with a wide insertion of Rock, Thrash and dark melodies. A bit in American style , a bit European, the EP No Reason tries new hybridizations. Post , after, what does it remain? Much aggressiveness, much angriness, much emptiness, broken feelings, the will to come back to more spiritual atmospheres where it all began. Frustration, dissatisfaction, disappointment:
"Dirty life everywhere running up on our eyes...people that uses so bad their brain .. and we can't escape this world of shit"
Eh well, No
Reason with a dark/Gothic look and a diverging music express these symptoms.
They put together what it seems irreconcilable. Tempo changes, dirty vocals, compulsive
Rock/Crossover and hardcore frequencies, very good square drums, and vibrating bass backgrounds, raw lively guitars,
short dark melodic moments are the weapons of their rebellion, the voices of their
anxiety, between old feelings of sadness and remembrance and new
The same attitude is underlined in the following F for Fake, which is anyway much more varied, with deep bass solo insertions, acoustic drops of metropolitan fear, overdriven guitars, a valuable virtuoso solo and a great final melodic jump to escape. Valentine's Day is again nervous and compulsive: pushing and sudden tempo changes, vibrating strings (wide used by No Reason) are put under pressure, a "verve" of melodiousness smoothers the hypnotic distress and gives fundament to the cadenced passages. If you come from another fav style, like me, you need good 3 or 4 listening's to appreciate this track that has its fascination and its coherence due to the re-taken verse and refrain, but of course the fan of the genre will jump and flip a lot upon it immediately. Grains of Dust, beginning with digital effects, is another uptempo heavy punch where the angriness is shouted with inspired dirty vocals. The sudden change into a slower melodic acoustic moment or into a second one with a melodic solo are original, though they contrast too much the general skeleton of the assault, breaking it. Question of taste, but it is the purpose of No Reason to dive into a sudden morphing, from attack to smoother atmospheres.
G.un O.r D.rugs is a particular song between oriental
chords, schyzoid vocal passages and raw attacking compression; drums and guitars are versatile and technically almost flawless. Short but
incredibly groovy the pounding outro looping, cool way to end this EP.
The richness in tendencies and technique makes me suppose that the various members converge on No
Reason coming from different musical educations, and maybe the dark part
is after all stronger than one can think. Indeed there are important,
though, i repeat, very short sprays of darkness. Consequently
we have an enormous potentiality that No Reason are on the way to
utilize with expressiveness. There is still much to do in order to set all this fully homogeneous and plastic but this is already a very remarkable beginning that the Hardcore/Crossover fans will appreciate, banging and jumping a lot.
|dalia di giacomo
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