I, APPARATUS

"Ebola and the Botanist" (Hotfoot; 2011)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

 

North Dakota quartet I, Apparatus liberally borrow from the likes of Norma Jean, Zao and The Chariot to comprise their angst-ridden angularity on the 11-track affair "Ebola and the Botanist."

Employing a frantic mathcore mentality to a rousing modern hardcore foundation (“Mices”), this troupe’s musical output shares a multitude of characteristics of their influences, at times so much so that their own identity becomes undistinguishable.

Regardless, I, Apparatus have a firm grasp on how to concoct a raging slab of chaotic hardcore with clever dynamic shifts (“Mesopotamia”), seething vocals that guide the rollercoaster ride (“Tagus”), and a well-balanced blend of aggression and melody to hold their own amongst the throngs of like-minded and similarly-equipped bands.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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