AbsolutePunk.net
   Username
Password
 
Album Review
Hint: Follow a reviewer to be notified when they post reviews.
Gifts from Enola - Loyal Eyes Betrayed the Mind Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals N/A
Musicianship 8
Lyrics N/A
Production 7.5
Creativity 8
Lasting Value 7
Reviewer Tilt 8
Final Verdict: 77%
Member Ratings
No one has rated this album. You can be the first.
Inside AP.net

Gifts from Enola - Loyal Eyes Betrayed the Mind

Reviewed by: Blake Solomon (12/25/08)
Gifts From Enola - Loyal Eyes Betrayed the Mind
Release Date: Originally 2006; Re-release 2008
Record Label: Mylene Sheath Records


Maybe you’ve wanted to free yourself from the confines of singer’s angst or vocal gymnastics. And maybe you’ve tried some instrumental music here and there, always thinking the same thing, “I wish they’d just get on with it already!” Most bands in the genre find no reason to rush or force anything on their listeners. They slither around like the voiceless snakes they are and make us follow slowly in their overdramatic wake. Perhaps Gifts From Enola is an answer to such problems. Songs can get up into the 8-minute mark, but there’s more than enough rock in their “post-rock” format to keep any ADD-afflicted teenagers riled up. Guitars hurtle towards climaxes only to square off against locked and loaded drums. It’s a bit chaotic and full of life. That’s not to say, however, that there aren’t any of the oft-implemented “chill out” moments a la EITS (a much-needed calm down can be found following a solid five minutes of obliteration-by-sound during “Early Morning Ambulance”). I don’t recommend sitting down with Loyal Eyes Betrayed the Mind and a nice book or a steaming cup o’ joe; but if you’re on your way to a shooting range, sure, why not?

Mylene Sheath has done well to make this record widely available to the underground masses. After the band originally recorded the album all DIY-like in their college living quarters, a faithful few took notice of their tough and fresh take on a genre known for “Sleepy Time” mixes and late night car drives after a breakup. Gifts From Enola take their considerable musicianship and intersperse torment with technicality. “City Lights Scraped The Sky” finds guitars and cymbals crashing around to doomsday. The chaos is not without merit, because the lead guitar hops right into the stratosphere and dances quite daintily. It’s like if your little sister took a tae-kwon-doe class. No disrespect to sisters though, because mine goes straight for the nuts and she doesn’t let up until you’re down for the count. The first few listens to Loyal Eyes may startle you; “Behind Curtains Closing” wastes little time building up into its first smash-mouth beatdown. And the way the song quiets down again and then becomes a math-rock song on Meth only adds to the bewilderment. New paths are forged when you didn’t even realize it possible.

So clearly this is exciting stuff. After one listen I knew this would be an immediate joy. After 10 listens I knew this was classic material. “We Watched Them Lose Our Minds” opens with glitchy electronics and distorted spoken word as a deliberate attempt to disorient the listener. Its grungy, horror-filled take on psychadelia is not a walk in the park. But why shouldn’t a band expect a little something out of their listener? I enjoy music created with the audience in mind. After all, most of the enjoyable things in life take work. And let me tell you, following the meandering, electronic path of closer “Screaming At Anything That Moved” takes effort. Reverbed sound effects, T-S Orchestra-like composition wizardry (hey, it’s Christmas!) and guitars that sound downright aqueous in their mind-bending riffs beg for dissection. Sit still, take notes if needed, and repeat as many times as you see fit. Trust me, you’ll study Loyal Eyes Betrayed the Mind again and again and again.


Recommended If You Like: You.May.Die.In.The.Desert., Irepress, stuff that clangs, Red Sparrowes, animals that roar


First Timewww.myspace.com/giftsfromenola
 
Displaying posts 1 - 15 of 19
11:26 PM on 12/25/08
#2
hockeyguitar99
Prison Strength
Offline
User Info.
hockeyguitar99's Avatar
This sounds pretty interesting, I might check it out.
11:49 PM on 12/25/08
#3
WhoSaidThat?
twitter.com/TiredOfSeth
Offline
User Info.
WhoSaidThat?'s Avatar
Great review, Blake.
06:03 AM on 12/26/08
#4
EveryNewDay
Then Is The New Now
Offline
User Info.
No Avatar Selected
my band has toured with these guys before...their live show is amazing and so is this record. i highly recommend them to anyone who listens to post-rock music. they're definitely one of the growing bands to watch in the genre.
07:10 AM on 12/26/08
#5
Jeremy Aaron
Offline
User Info.
Jeremy Aaron's Avatar
Sounds exciting. I'll have to check this out tonight.
08:09 AM on 12/26/08
#6
xglassjawx
Sergio Georgini
Offline
User Info.
xglassjawx's Avatar
RIYL Irepress=probably awesome.
08:46 AM on 12/26/08
#7
Praetor
as we melt, let's make no noise.
Offline
User Info.
Praetor's Avatar
Didn't know that this was being rereleased. Huh. Good review.
09:54 AM on 12/26/08
#8
Cuddleworthy
▲▲▲▲▲
Offline
User Info.
Cuddleworthy's Avatar
This album is great, I'd give them something like an 85%
11:48 AM on 12/26/08
#9
popofeliz
Maybe They Will Sing Us Tomorrow
Offline
User Info.
popofeliz's Avatar
glad to see some instrumental bands reviewed, but why every "post rock" band/review is always compared somehow to EITS, i dont think theyre actually that good

anyway, this band and cd are amazing
02:38 PM on 12/26/08
Blake Solomon
Leave a one-way note.
Online
User Info.
Blake Solomon's Avatar
glad to see some instrumental bands reviewed, but why every "post rock" band/review is always compared somehow to EITS, i dont think theyre actually that good

anyway, this band and cd are amazing
if you don't hear the comparison in the song I mentioned, you're kidding yourself.
04:12 PM on 12/26/08
mogwaifearsatan
feels good man
Offline
User Info.
mogwaifearsatan's Avatar
I have trouble getting into these guys for some reason. I honestly think they are one of the 1% of post rock bands that would be better if they had vocals.
04:45 PM on 12/26/08
Blake Solomon
Leave a one-way note.
Online
User Info.
Blake Solomon's Avatar
I have trouble getting into these guys for some reason. I honestly think they are one of the 1% of post rock bands that would be better if they had vocals.

Hmm interesting take. But I don't feel like its missing vocals. Any particular reason you feel this way?
04:56 PM on 12/26/08
vandalroyale
Down and almost out
Offline
User Info.
vandalroyale's Avatar
Sounds good
05:15 PM on 12/26/08
JohnLC
Registered User
Offline
User Info.
No Avatar Selected
love these guys, big ups to JMU
07:19 PM on 12/26/08
TheBaroness
...
Offline
User Info.
TheBaroness's Avatar
can't wait 'til they release some new stuff, I have a feeling that it will be really awesome
Options
More From This Author
Buy the Music

NEWS, MUSIC & MORE
Search News
Release Dates
Exclusives
Best New Music
Articles
CONNECT
Submit News
Forums
Contests
Mobile Version
AP.net Logos
HIDDEN TREASURES
AbsolutePunk Podcast
Free Music
Sports Forum
Technology Forum
Recommendations
INFORMATION
Advertising
Contact Us
Copyright Policy
Terms of Service
Privacy Policy
FOLLOW
Twitter | Facebook | RSS
PropertyOfZack
PunkNews.org
UnderTheGun
Chorus.fm