Sunday, February 28, 2016

Album Review: 'Framing Defeat for the Critical Eye' by Cables & Arms

Title: Framing Defeat for the Critical Eye (BandCamp, Amazon, iTunes)
Artist:  Cables & Arms (Official, Facebook, Twitter, BandCamp, SoundCloud, ReverbNation)

Cable & Arms full-length debut Framing Defeat for the Critical Eye is everything a post hardcore punk rock record should be: frustration fueled rage channeled through great hooks, big choruses, and smart pop sensibilities.  The album starts with the slow burn opening moments of "Loss of Gain" that quickly explode into blistering guitars, driving bass, and purposefully forceful drums, perfectly setting the stage for what's to come.  What makes this record work, and man does it work, is the fact that the band never lets their anger overshadow the music.  Far too often bands that go out there to make loud and angry music, fail to remember that the music is as import as the rage.  Not Cables & Arms.  This band understands the importance of things like hooks and melody because without them all you're really left with is nonsensical screaming and noise.  Now don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with screaming or noise, if they are used properly.  Cables & Arms knows how to use them properly.  If you are looking for a post hardcore record that is all screams and bad heavy metal riff, please go away and look somewhere else.  If on the other hand you are looking for songs that will connect with your inner frustrations while at the same time make you want to move your feet, then Framing Defeat for the Critical Eye is the record for you.  This is a must for fans of Fugazi, Naked Raygun, Hot Water Music, and AFI and sure to be one of the best albums of the year.

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