Cinema, Cinema - Manic Children and the Slow Aggression
Record Label: The Lumiere Label
Release Date: July 10, 2012
If you've ever wanted to listen to insanity in the form of music, then you're in luck, because that is exactly what Cinema, Cinema delivers in their debut full length release. If the band were to be labeled, they would simply be called experimental rock. However, their music is deserving of a much more creative and unique title to match their creative and unique sound. With segments of guitar noise, vocal effects, powerful and lively vocal delivery, and pulsing drums all work together to provide a standard rock sound with a new twist.
All that being said, however, there is still even more to define about this band. For example, the band comes out strong with two straightforward rock songs charged with shifting tempos and hard-hitting riffs under aggressive vocals in their first two songs, "UFO" and "Adult Themes," the latter standing out as one of the better tracks on the CD with hints of post-rock that meld with more mainstream and traditional parts. But then, you get songs like "Altamont," "Anesthesia," and "Cycles and Territories," each one showing off a more calm side of the band while also being able to showcase their skill in songwriting and ability to write an album of songs in one style while still being able to differentiate each one from the others.
As innovative and unique as this band can be, they still don't come without their flaws. It seems like frontman Ev Gold does have a decent vocal range, but this album is full of minor (and major) mistakes on his part. His vocal delivery can be quite a treat, especially when he screams with raw energy and emotion over a strong riff that makes for a perfect moment wherever he puts it. That doesn't take away for the other moments where an off-key line throws off the whole flow of a song. Gold's cousin, drummer Paul Claro, doesn't ever face a moment like that, though. Wherever it feels like there needs to be a fast drum fill or tame, flowing beat, Claro delivers the punchy riff necessary to fill out the blistering and maniacal sound the duo had set out to create.
All in all, the album satisfies with a style unique to the band while still bringing something different with each new track. The first six tracks all work as their own unit while being connected to the last six by the nine minute improvisational song "Shiner No. 3," a very odd but interesting track. It all ends up being a little much, the album coming in at almost a full 80 minutes, but Manic Children and the Slow Aggression still manages to be a quality display of creativity and raw, unrestrained insanity.