Song Review: Swim Through Seasons – “Our Opus Malfunctions With a Pardon”

Song Review: Swim Through Seasons – “Our Opus Malfunctions With a Pardon”

Song: Our Opus Malfunctions With a Pardon
Band: Swim Through Seasons
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Date of Release: 05 June 2014
Genre: Experimental Post Hardcore
Reviewer: The Astr0naut
For Fans Of: Treebeard, Just Like Vinyl, A Lot Like Birds, The Number Twelve Looks Like You
Why They Aren’t Famous: It’ll happen through either Equal Vision or Blue Swan Records

To start off, there’s a barrier here between what the listener hears and what they actually hear. To be more clear, the genre of experimental post hardcore is highly favored by people who are specifically into this genre; for example A Lot Like Birds, whose screamer [Cory Lockwood] has many similar elements to this unclean vocalist, so the band will be compared and be ‘good’ because they have similar elements to another band. That is just this genre for the most part however because of the way it has been developing over the past seven years.

Before I start a genre war on that last comment, I have a lot to say, but this is not the place so tl;dr fight me, I’ll release an article about this eventually. When it comes to this band in particular, it’s interesting to see how exactly the song progresses. When it comes down to it, the instrumental track is pretty much flawless in what it is there for. The vocals however are on two opposite sides of the spectrum.

The clean vocals start off VERY weak, almost to the point where I’m not even interested in giving them a score above a four, but as the song went on, they grew on to me. They started as generic, whiny metalcore vocals that I’ve heard thousands of times before and clicked passed due to them not being interesting in the slightest.

The unclean vocals are very fitting as to the emotion and pitch of the song whereas they hold the fort to what experimental post hardcore is; a generally high pitched screamer along with multiple other elements that usually stray from what people hear on the norm. As brought up before, this unclean vocalist has a large resemblance to the style of screaming portrayed by Cory Lockwood’s older projects [First Place Science Project] and earlier releases from A Lot Like Birds such as Plan B and some of Conversation Piece. Thankfully the clean vocals pick up much more and bring in variety as the

The instrumentals are fun under the premise that they hold a great feeling of ambiance for the majority of the song, leaving a nice calming factor in the backdrop for people who like the lighter side of experimental post hardcore. I also see a huge change instrumentally about halfway through, where the song becomes really intense.

Bottom line: The ending of the song is very powerful as a drastic comparison to how it starts. At the three minute mark, I was totally blown away on how the song became this well crafted out of something where in the beginning I would not have given anything higher than a 5/10. I expect pretty big things to come out of this band in the next two to three years.

Vocals –
Screams: 8.5/10 | Cleans 6/10
Guitars: 9/10
Bass: 7/10
Drums: 10/10
Production: 9.5/10
Lyrics: 10/10
Songwriting: 10/10
Overall IPHYB Rating: 8.5/10
Personal Enjoyment Factor: 8.5/10

Song Review: Swim Through Seasons – “Our Opus Malfunctions With a Pardon”
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