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The Beautiful Ones – Birth of Desire EP review

The newest release by Arizona band The Beautiful Ones is an example of how a genre evolves from its roots; though labeling themselves a hardcore band, there are elements of alternative rock and metalcore to be found. While the songwriting is fairly interesting, it isn’t necessarily the most original. Riffage of the past couple of decades is prevalent, along with a love of half time vs. four-on-the-floor hardcore feel stylization.

A perfect example is the first track, ‘Can’t Stand the Sight of Me’, which fades in on a half-time riff. After this, the tempo picks up when the vocalist begins, only to come right back to the opening riff during the chorus.

The second track veers into midtempo territory, sounding almost like a modified version of Cro-Mags at the very beginning, but the clean vocals in the chorus, in which the vocal hook is actually sung, turn it into something else entirely.

The third track is also a fade-in, this one showcasing reverb-enhanced drums, before settling into another mid-tempo bit of riffage that plays with the halftime/four on the floor rhythmic plan; there is a very metalcore transition leading to a grungey break, before the riffage breaks in again; then, motion into and out of halftime feel.

‘The Birth of Desire’, I thought was the next section of the preceding song. The transition between the two tracks is truly inventive and interesting; there is no aural line of separation as is the norm on a recording. As track four unfolds, it plays out as a tune of lament expressed in a very earnest way. This seems intended to serve as a counterbalance to all of the foregoing angst, and to show that the band has a sensitive side, as well.

The last track, ‘Cut Me Out’, winds up the foregoing by fading out on moshy riffage after reveling in halftime angst. While it develops the possibility presented by the demo, the impression is that while there are many interesting moments, this band is still finding its voice.

By Paul Paradis

Paul is a musician, writer, and teacher living in Tacoma. When not engaged in the endless task of raising his six year old whirling dervish James Sparhawk, he spends his time creating music, pursuing a bachelor's, working out, and living. He is originally from the east coast: Worcester, Mass. born, and Providence, RI bred. Having traveled around some, the Pacific Northwest tends to feel more and more like home with each passing day, Very similar to New England in some ways, but different in a way that is refreshing. Rock on.

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