Saturday, April 30, 2016

CD Review: SEDULOUS ROUSE Seasons Of Triumph

SEDULOUS ROUSE
Seasons Of Triumph
Cement Injection Records
As was revealed when I interviewed them in December of 2015, Adelaide Australia’s Sedulous Rouse consists of former members of local bands Murder Hill, Cloth Tape and Blood Mason. Some of their releases can be acquired from founding member and manager Roly Moore if you read that interview and have inquiries about interviews and show information. Seasons Of Triumph is the first album recorded by Roly, Dani and Brendan in this incarnation. The symbolism suggested by photos of insects on the front and back covers is a thought-provoking approach to representing the band’s debut. While ants and flies are small creatures compared to humans and scientific curiosities to be studied they are not to be trifled with in the insect kingdom. It reminds me of the line from the 1986 remake of The Fly that basically states there are no insect politicians; insects are brutal things without compassion or conscience. Aside from this, members of the insect kingdom would likely be the only survivors of a nuclear holocaust and its descendants inherit the earth. If you think about it, the concept fits Death Shall Rise, with its time tested theme of mankind’s greed leading to mankind’s downfall. The difference here is the emphasis on hope for the future once the apocalypse has run its course. Most bands don’t look that far as they are more concerned with letting people know where we are headed, now more than ever. The soundtrack to this is an oddly arranged thrash style with drum fills, bass slapping, some hardcore influence in the vocals and a hint of 80s Voivod. Harsh and tightly structured, it almost sounds like a futuristic setting being encroached upon small insects like those shown on the packaging. Many of the lyrics are of a personal and introspective nature of one sort or another, as on Perpetrator, Enemies, Without Sympathy and From Her To Modernity. The music is often hypnotically repetitive and takes more than a few unexpected turns and goes places not common for bands influenced by 80s thrash. But as with most worthwhile bands, these arrangements open you to new possibilities as to where we can go with underground music as opposed to merely incorporating more melodic or mainstream friendly elements. -Dave Wolff

Track list:
1. Death Shall Rise
2. Perpetrator
3. Enemies
4. Silent Man
5. Funk Til Ya Jazz
6. Without Sympathy
7. Prickles Pickles
8. From Her To Modernity

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