Dreamingofthefifth/Evelynn Split [Split CD]

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Split albums are most common on the independent circuit, as they allow fans the chance to hear groups that may sound similar to their hardcore favorites or explore other comparable artists from a specific label's roster. While this is usually the case, Dreamingofthefifth collaborating on a split album with Evelynn stands out as being one of the most courageous for the simple reason that neither band sounds alike. Dreamingofthefifth is more in tune with the emotional turmoil of emocore and indie rock, while Evelynn remains firmly in the hardcore/metal realm of brutality. These contrasting styles, in fact, work remarkably well, as this split album is one of the most engaging split releases of 2001. Dreamingofthefifth begins the album with rudimentary electronic beats which segue into passionate emocore that excels at squeezing every ounce of emotion from the listener's body. Scott Cooper's vocals bleed with anguish and love, while the rest of the group contributes with subdued urgency. Often the group builds the listener up to tremendous crescendos, only to lull you back down with a calm persistence that is overwhelming yet beautiful. Evelynn then proceeds to thrust their crushing fists of unbridled metalcore fury down your throat with piercing intensity. Those who find little release in emotion are allowed to instead unleash their darkest emotions to the violent symphony of Evelynn. "Chaotic" is merely one word that encapsulates the mayhem Evelynn manages to invoke with their five songs, preying on one's pent-up hostility with the world. Though the concept of two differing groups collaborating together may seem relatively simple, rarely have the results sounded as magnificent and frightening as they do on this split.

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