Project Description

STATUES 

‘NO GRAVE, NO BURIAL’

Album Review

Reviewer – Braithe Selby

 

 

If your morning coffee is laced with spacious grooves, spazcore breakdowns and mammoth riffs then beware this record will make you projectile spit your strong soy cap all over the horrified victim next to you on the train.

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Stumbling across Statues impressive debut single and mind scrunching film clip ‘Unrest’ a few months ago, my expectations were high for the Voyager Prog lord Scott Kay and recent line-up change for forthcoming release No Grave, No Burial. Perth abrasive post-hardcore tyrants waste no time, setting sail on a compelling journey of human struggle and hardship inducing dark social, political and societal struggles which resonate throughout the globe today.

Lyrically this album transports you into the heart of a civil war therewith the character escaping his hometown and leaving his loved ones to fight for freedom only to uncover further subjugation and ridicule on the other side. Issues of overcrowding, mistreatment and more importantly the scandals surrounding the bubbling unrest and decaying psychology within the confine of these refugee detention centers are all of gross concern across the globe. Statues channel this fragile topic lyrically, unifying the character in conflict injecting him into the furious angsty overtones and explosiveness of the music; unlocking an emotional roller-coaster of crushing high energy riffs and a furious intent for the overall projection and message of this record.

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From start to finish each track slithers within each other, molding firmly as a collective unit; highlighting the ever-changing landscapes, crushing bleakness and careful design of this album. The opening track ‘Collapse’ reels you into a traditional hardcore tornado with swarming lead guitars, nasty stop-start riffs, almost instantly revealing a grievous presence and looming objective. Recent vocalist Alex Shom pounces down your psyche with a very powerful yet introspective introduction.

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“What’s worse, a loaded gun or a loaded question? A loss of life or some reflection? What’s worse? Stand Down!” demanding your full attention and surrender. – Statues

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The following two tracks ‘Sirens’ and Defiance’ pile drive with waves of angular riffs and more rapid D-beat feels with flashes of “Poison the Well” and ‘’Dillinger Escape Plan’’. ‘Onwards to the Sun’ bursts into an instant fist clenching sing-along, shifting the feel to a heavier post-hardcore riff based vibe and flawlessly exposes the band’s hard work and musical evolution since their highly acclaimed debut release from 2015 Together We’re Alone.

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Wailing feedback or microphone bleed from the studio will always add more grit, backbone and rawness when recording a  heavy record. Finding a balance between the endless editing process and capturing those nuances during recording are key and are lacking somewhat with an almost midi or guitar pro tonality especially evident in debut single “Unrest”. However, in saying that one of the milestones on this album is the surprising flow overarching all of the songs even with a semi-polished outer shell. Simply titled ‘- -‘ displays a slow haunting clean guitar of middle eastern origin with floating eerie background soundscapes duly slowing the pace of the album before a seamless transition into title track ‘No Grave, No Burial’. And without a doubt one of the most epic and memorable tracks, serving as an overlord for the chaos to follow.

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“Fight back the tears, With you in my arms, I shake your body, but there is no response. No Grave, No burial. No grave, No burial. I’m not gonna lie and i know it hurt please forgive and see, i couldn’t take you with me. No grave, No burial. No grave, No burial.”  – Statues

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‘Unrest’ with all of its “Sikth” jumpiness glory is a fine example of the niche spazcore tantrums this band are notorious for and a fitting reminder of the disturbing truths that are brilliantly reflected throughout the music. Closing track ‘Sanctuary’ provides a sense of closure unleashing spit breeding verses and infectious chorus’ whilst flashes of “Stray from the Path” and “A Secret Death” pass by in the foggy distance.

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“They pushed us and shoved us, shoved us to the ground. There are souls that are lost here, lost and never found. We came with a dream, a dream to be free but we should’ve known better than to hope for you and me” – Statues

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In conclusion, Statues majestically interject their calculated, furious and chaotic style into the outer realms of the hardcore universe for ‘No Grave No Burial’. The style and furious presence of this band is undeniably unique and one of the finest releases of 2017!

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85 // 100

Track Listing

01 – Collapse
02 – Sirens
03 – Defiance
04 – Onwards to the Sun
05 – –
06 – No Grave, No Burial
07 – Unrest
08 – Dirge
09 – Sanctuary

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AMNPLIFY – DB