Tombs – Fear is the Weapon …   Leave a comment

I totally missed out on this record, because, well, there were so many good albums coming out at the end of 2010. Right now I’m cleaning out my mailbox, and look what I found: a gem by the name of Tombs J. Tombs is, for me, a band that I was always vaguely familiar with, but at the same time a band that I couldn’t even name one album of. Don’t misunderstand me, I love Tombs and this record – consisting of fourteen tracks – is a nice collection of their self-tiled EP, their half of the recent split album with Planks, and the previously unheard Winterhours demos, Winterhours being their first full-length. 
 So far, they released said EP (2008), the split with Planks (2008) and their full-length called Winterhours (2009). In Spring 2011 a new album will see the light, so for now we have to make do with Fear is the Weapon. I think it’s a diverse release, with a lot of interesting material, not just for existing fans of Tombs, but also for new listeners. The sound is probably the thing that will win you over: hardcore style vocals, neurotic riffs coupled to a cozy, fuzzy sound and a superb production. It’s one of those albums without any real anthems, so maybe you’ll forget them quite easily. Then again, listening to these tracks again will be almost like listening to them for the first time. If you know what I mean. Anyway, the Brooklyn trio tags their sound as hardcore/psychedelic/experimental. Hardcore and experimental: yes, but I’m not so sure about the psychedelic tag actually. 
 Their first EP is really, really strong as you can hear in the first seven tracks. The split with Planks is more, well, hardcore. I can easily picture a band like this starring alongside Converge. Compared to the split with Planks, their debut EP is more accessible, and has a slower pace. Cheval Noir, from their split with Planks, really stands out by the way because of the slow pace, the female vocals and the haunted high-pitched riff. The disc ends with the Winterhour demos. 
 What makes this disc so special, is you can really taste the potential of this band on your tongue. They probably will be releasing top-notch material the coming years, and this disc is an excellent introduction to the band if you were not familiar with Tombs. If you are familiar with Tombs, get the disc anyway because of the nice collection of previously separate releases. Plus, you get the Winterhours demos. The Winterhours demos are characterized by this wall of sound, with maybe a little less depth than their earlier releases. You can literally hear the band growing in their approach of the music, and I don’t know if this is a result of the production, or because they matured technically. For me, their first EP does the track, but that is just a matter of opinion of course. 
 Fear is the Weapon is out since the 2nd of November 2010, on Relapse Records. Oh, the release is limited to a single one-time pressing of 1000 copies, so be sure to get your copy! I checked, and it’s still available for $ 10. Check out their official clip for Gossamer (taken from their Winterhours) on Myspace Video
Review Written By Sandrijn van den Oever 

8 / 10

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Posted January 24, 2011 by doommantia in Tombs

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