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Author's Rating
Vocals 7.5
Musicianship 7.75
Lyrics 7.25
Production 8
Creativity 7.75
Lasting Value 8
Reviewer Tilt 8.5
Final Verdict: 78%
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Bela Kiss - The Horde

Reviewed by: Susan Frances (11/07/08)
Bela KissThe Horde
Record Label: Hotfoot Records
Release Date: June 12, 2007

A mastodon of hardcore, Bela Kiss don grueling roars by lead singer Nick Prianto as he converges with the swigs of brutish guitar twists from Tim Arnold and Kyle Cadocino graphing tense cacophonies which show a breadth relatable to Atlanta, Georgia's Mastodon. Bela Kiss' latest release The Horde isn't your usual run-of-the-mill bullish rock, rather the band swabs their hardcore racks in melodic solutions which make the album palatable. The taut wiring of the guitars is wreath in majestic colonnades crafted by drummer Mike Furey and bassist Sean Ryan making tears that shred through the granite slates. The urgency in the speed of the tracks delivers a whiplashing frenzy and the ear-splitting gauges are vicious.

Prianto's screamo shrills in "Boy, I Owe You One" chew through the hardcore rafters creating charred fragments and intricate patterns with punk-crazed contortions. The athletic jaunts of "Relive The Shakes of 1980" are affixed to strips of grumbling drum rolls and laser-sharp vocal scorches, positioning a similar attack on "Lights! Camera! Action!," which also nourish the band’s animalistic attributes. Their animalism comes through in the lyrics as well, "The pillars of the coliseum collapse in devastation of the empires ruin / Lets watch it bleed, watch it burn / Lights! Camera! Action! / The bridge is burned." The band's roguish maneuvers produce brutal spins coursing through "Oh Symmetry" and the title track without pausing. It's like their fuel source replenishes itself, and intensifies the pounce of the rhythmic thrusts.

Bela Kiss make hardcore-driven melodies seem easy even through the challenging parts of the course. They deck their tracks in tense fist-flying chords and hammering beats that make disjointed points fit alongside each other. Their configurations harden the impact of the lyrics, especially when Prianto reams, "I've got some cortisone on these cuts / And the pills with the right answers / I've done my wrong and I'll do my right / Does my God tell me what to do?/ Damn! I should be listening" from "Pennsylvania Dont Font." Bela Kiss make it all work.

Recommended if you like: Mastodon, As I Lay Dying, Anterrabae


www.myspace.com/belakiss
 
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12:10 PM on 11/07/08
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live.
Feenay! Fee hee hee hee heenay!
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09:29 PM on 11/08/08
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Strokes the Furry Wall
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These guys remind me of a Suicide Notes era Atreyu. And that is my favorite album from Atreyu. So YAY :D
03:52 AM on 11/09/08
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Pretty badass
12:48 PM on 11/10/08
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Amplitude!
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I saw them last year with A5A and they were badass
02:41 PM on 11/18/08
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I will forever have fond memories of getting kicked in the face at a Belakiss/The Dead Season/Marloneisha concert down the street from my house.
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