Posts tagged ‘the dear hunter’

February 18, 2013

Album 0250: The Dear Hunter – Act III: Life And Death

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Release Date: 2009
Genre: Progressive Rock

Tracklisting:

1. Writing On A Wall (01:39)
2. In cauda Venenum (05:29)
3. What It Means To Be Alone (04:50)
4. The Tank (04:39)
5. The Poison Woman (04:51)
6. The Thief (05:01)
7. Mustard Gas (04:13)
8. Saved (04:42)
9. He Said He Had A Story (03:39)
10. This Beautiful Life (04:05)
11. Go Get Your Gun (03:16)
12. Son (02:16)
13. Father (03:25)
14. Life And Death (05:46)
15. Writing On A Wall (A Capella) (01:40)
16. Untitled 1 (03:40)
17. Movement I (01:54)
18. Movement II (04:47)

Total Length: 01:09:54

Writing On A Wall is a very vocal heavy opening track, and it caught my ear the first time I heard it and I still love it. In Cauda Venenum is a ton of fun, reminding me right off the bat of Helloween’s reworking of Dr. Stein. This song completely alleviates all fears that the band may have lost anything between albums. What It Means To Be Alone is a pretty good song as well, doesn’t really come into its own for me until the end and then I wish it wasn’t over.

The Tank has a great opening, those strings are mesmerizing. The rest of the song kind of falls off a bit though. It’s not bad but not very interesting. The Poison Woman has a great chorus going for it at least. The Thief unfortunately continues the trend of slightly disappointing songs. The only thing I tend to remember is the transition at the end. Mustard Gas has a great intro, and the song stays pretty catchy throughout. I like the ending as well.

Saved is a beautiful song. It has such a nice presence and I always enjoy it. He Said He Had A Story is simply fantastic. The lyrics are great, the music is catchy, and everything works well together. This Beautiful Life doesn’t do too much for me until halfway through. The vocal line and break into the bridge is kind of amazing, and pretty much what I’ve always loved about this band’s music. Go Get Your Gun is a bunch of fun, I really like the song and its instrumentation.

Son and Father work hand in hand with each other. The first one draws back to the beginning of the album, and is great as well. The second part has thematic changes in the lyrics but the songs flow perfectly and is very calm and relaxing. Life And Death continues on from these two as well, and it’s a great end to the album. The lyrics about dancing stick with me incredibly well. Writing On A Wall (A Capella) is pretty much what it says, it’s lovely.

Untitled 1 seems like a demo of some sort. It’s pretty nice as a bonus track I guess. Movement I is a neat little instrumental version of some of the main melodies from the album. Movement II is some of the same as well. This album has a couple rough spots, especially in the first half, but in the end it’s still really enjoyable. There was no point where I felt entirely bored or straight out disliked what I was hearing, it was just slight disappointment compared to what I know the band is capable of.

Final Rating: 8/10

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December 30, 2012

Album 0203: The Dear Hunter – Act II: The Meaning Of & All Things Regarding Ms. Leading

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Release Date: 2007
Genre: Progressive Rock

Tracklisting:

1. The Death And The Berth (00:38)
2. The Procession (04:59)
3. The Lake And The River (09:30)
4. The Oracles On The Delphi Express (04:18)
5. The Church And The Dime (04:58)
6. The Bitter Suite

    I. Meeting Ms. Leading
    II. Through The Dime (06:07)

7. The Bitter Suite: III. Embrace (07:46)
8. Smiling Swine (04:45)
9. Evicted (03:45)
10. Blood Of The Rose (03:49)
11. Red Hands (06:08)
12. Where The Road Parts (04:30)
13. Dear Ms. Leading (04:28)
14. Black Sandy Beaches (04:13)
15. Vital Vessel Vindicates (07:09)

Total Length: 01:17:04

The Death And The Berth is a nice intro, showcasing the bigger budget and scope of this album, it kind of sounds like the start of a movie. The Procession is pretty great. It has a fantastic chorus, and while some other songs on the album may outclass it this is still a good start for the album. The Lake And The River is a bigger song and it is fantastic for the whole run. I love all the instruments used and the arrangements. It’s so good that I don’t even mind the slightly hardcore influenced vocals in the slower part.

The Oracles On The Delphi Express is a ton of fun, I absolutely love the playful atmosphere on this track. The Church And The Dime is a bit more emotional, and once again I have to praise the arrangement. I love that little woodblock sound. The Bitter Suite begins with Meeting Ms. Leading, a very good first half of the song. Through The Dime is where the song really picks up, and the vocals here is one of my favorite moments on the album, it’s so amazing and again the arrangement makes it shine. Embrace is also great, but my least favorite bit of the suite. Still a fantastic song though.

Smiling Swine brings back some of the fun, the chorus is amazing and I love the guitars in this song so much. It gives me a bit of Queen vibe in fact. Evicted is also great, the chorus stands out in particular. Blood Of The Rose slows things down a bit, and the strings work wonders in presenting the atmosphere here. Fantastic little track. Red Hands is a brilliant little song, simply because the melodies get stuck in your head and I’ll find myself humming/singing them days later.

Where The Road Parts is sadly a bit forgettable, but still enjoyable to listen through. Dear Ms. Leading has an intro that is reminiscent of the battle theme of Chrono Cross, but then calms down a bit and is overall a very strong song. Black Sandy Beaches has some fantastic vocal moments that again get stuck in my head. Vital Vessel Vindicates is pretty great on its own, then it references the band’s first album and it hits amazing level. This is an amazing album that I can’t say enough words about it. There’s a low bit here or there, but the rest of the album surely makes up for it.

Final Rating: 9.5/10

March 1, 2012

Album 0018: The Dear Hunter – Act I: The Lake South, The River North

Release Date: 2006
Genre: Progressive Rock

Tracklisting:

1. Battesimo Del Fuoco (01:56)
2. The Lake South (01:44)
3. City Escape (05:56)
4. The Inquiry Of Ms. Terri (05:56)
5. 1878 (07:03)
6. The Pimp And The Priest (06:00)
7. His Hands Matched His Tongue (06:00)
8. The River North (04:03)

Total Length: 38:38

Battesimo Del Fuoco is a beautiful vocal intro to the album, it’s just a joy to listen to. The Lake South is equally a good intro, this time more symphonic in nature. It sets up some of the themes for the album. City Escape gets us into the first rock song, and it’s just brilliant. The instrumentation, the arrangement, the vocals, it’s all so good. I just love the atmosphere and the mix of styles here. The Inquiry Of Ms. Terri is an all around more dynamic track. The verses are laid back in a sense, very low key playing and singing. The chorus on the other hand is bombastic and in your face. It works really well for this song and I love it.

1878 might be my favorite song on here for the chorus. The addition of female vocals, and the entrancing melody, it just adds up to an amazing song. The production is still wonderful on here as well. The Pimp And The Priest has some really cool moments in it, I just love this band’s use of vocals. It makes everything just so mesmerizing. His Hands Matched His Tongue doesn’t quite match the level of the past few songs, but it’s still fantastic. I especially love the vocal ending. The River North is a nice outro song, with a piano playing for half of it, and then some kerfuffle with an orchestra warming up and audience noise.

This album is just fantastic, and about as good a start for any band that you could hope for. It’s invigorating and fresh, and shows lots of promise. I love pretty much every minute of this album. I have no real complaints to offer, other than its brevity, but that is solved by all the other albums the band has.

Final Rating: 9.5/10