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These Four Walls - Living to Write the End Album Review

06 Nov 2012 // A review by Miss_Jukebox

The walls will be reverberating once Living to Write the End hits your stereo. The second album from alternative rockers These Four Walls will be exploding your aural senses and detonating every fibre of your being. And you will enjoy this scene of self-destruction. Living to Write the End is a fantastic collection of thirteen twenty-first century post-punk songs. These Four Walls are the messengers delivering a package of beautiful melancholy, wrapped in severely addictive rock.

It launches into ‘Talons’, with quick guitars and drums making the heart race. Singer Steve Gibb has slick vocals, rich and gorgeous and divinely melodised throughout the album. He slides between heartfelt harmonies and the intensity of his screams with ease. The lead single ‘Passenger’ has already been making waves across the scene, and I highly recommend checking out their acoustic version on Youtube. If you have any doubts about the talent of this band this version of the song will certainly lay them to rest.

‘The True Sound of Running’ is pulsating rock at its finest, with stunning guitars that drive the power of the song. Living to Write the End swings across poetic lyrics whether in the tormented ‘Saints and Sinners’ and ‘Settle Up’ or the new romanticism of ‘Eyes’ and the sentimental ‘Satellite.’ ‘Dead Air’ is haunting, and the screams of ‘Beautiful’ are profound. The album is produced with rock precision. Every inch of the music is finely crafted and it works seamlessly. You can hear this in the stunning track ‘Rain,’ a concoction of the coldness yet comforting sensations of the downpour. ’From Cover to Cover’ and ‘Burning Rope’ make a drop-dead gorgeous conclusion to the album as two expressive rock ballads.

I am not ashamed to say it- I loved the rock that emerged from early this century. If you like Seether and AFI, Chevelle and Blindside, The Butterfly Effect, Spineshank and Taproot, you will not be able to get enough of this album. Thank heavens this melodic angst is making its way back to us. There is still the little punk inside me, that angry little girl afraid of the world, who is thrilled she can be consoled with luscious alternative rock a decade after its hey-day. Living to Write the End is world-class. This band has a universal flavour, and I hope they truly make their mark in the international alternative scene. These Four Walls will certainly not be constrained. The band are here to rock out and tear these walls down.

-Janise

Living To Write The End
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About These Four Walls

These Four Walls have achieved a lot in the last two and a half years. Since releasing their debut album Down Falls An Empire in September 2009, they have had two songs reach the Top 10 on the Rock Charts (Sweet December, Lay it Out), the album itself reached #22 on the Album charts, and also set a record for pre-orders on www.amplifier.co.nz, beating the previous record set by Fat Freddy’s Drop.

The band has supported international acts such as Disturbed, Nickelback, Karnivool and The Butterfly Effect; they’ve toured Australia and undertaken multiple headlining tours of New Zealand, consistently growing their fanbase.

And most impressively, they’ve done all of this as an unsigned, independent act. Their successes to date have been the result of hard work, a dedication to crafting great rock songs, and an impressive live show that incorporates their powerful, heavy riffing with soaring melodies and a tight, energetic performance.

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Releases

Live At Loose Stones Studios
Year: 2014
Type: EP
Living To Write The End
Year: 2012
Type: Album
Buy Online @ Mightyape
Down Falls An Empire
Year: 2009
Type: Album
These Four Walls
Year: 2007
Type: EP

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