Review: Narcissus - ...And Forthwith Came out Blood and Water
- Artist: Narcissus
- Album: ...And Forthwith Came Out Blood and Water
- Record label: Clenched Fist Records
- Release date: 1999
- Track listing:
- "As The Ship Takes on Water"
- "Apocalyptic Analogy"
- Farewell to Hymns of Renaissance"
- "In the Absence of Compassion"
- The Womb of Autumn"
The first song, "As the Ship Takes on Water", is crazy. The intro is just Vocalist John Pope screaming his brains out! The song represents the whole EP. Chaotic Mathcore. In the middle, they come in with a weird breakdown that doesn't really sound like a breakdown. And then they become screamo? This song is all over the place!
"Apocalyptic Analogy" has a intro that sounds like an alien spaceship charging it's laser cannon. I think this song is where I realized that their Guitarist/Keyboardist John LaRussa also does some Vocals. Let's be honest here. There is no way on earth Pope is doing this all by himself. Then we have another Metalcore/Screamo moment before the song ends.
"Farewell to Hymns of Renaissance" has a very mid-90's hardcore intro/sound. It's pretty slow and this one has some decent clean singing. Pope's not that bad a clean vocalist. Around this middle of the song is where Drummer Derek Carter does a pretty cool solo.
"In the Absence of Compassion" is a great song title. It's also a brutal song. Once again Chaotic Hardcore/Mathcore. 'It took so long for me to realize I never belonged hear!' the song goes into a long pause and then inserts a Metalcore feel.
"The Womb of Autumn". More Mathcore. Then it sounds almost like it's got some Southern riffs in there! Southerncore! (That's right. Another genre I came up with) Still plenty Math throughout the song though. It would surprise me if this was just one dude. 'Embrace... JESUS!'
This EP is a brutal Emathcore (wow two in one!) masterpiece! Pure chaotic talent!
- John Pope - Vocals
- John LaRussa - Guitar, Keys, Vocals
- Ray Taylor - Guitar
- Justin Carroll - Bass
- Derek Carter - Drums
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