Jeroan Drive - The Stones Remain In Silence
Yesterday's Gone
Post Hardcore
11 songs (58:29)
Release year: 2008
Jeroan Drive
Reviewed by Thomas
Surprise of the month

Scandinavian Post Hardcore at it's best. If you're a fan of Converge, Norma Jean, Selfmindead and some of the bands from the San Diego scene like Drive Like Jehu you will definitely like this. This is loaded with atmospheric intensity, frenetic guitars, twisted vocals, complex rhythm sections, gang shouts and a certain unmistakable catchiness. The guitarwork and drumming is the driving force behind Jeroan Drive and is especially creative which is so important within this scene. The catchy punky elements are present, and makes this an excellent mix of various styles and scenes. Female vocals are rented from different bands for the more atmospheric parts, and they fit perfectly. The stunning vocal performance by both the girls from Ephemera on The Greatest Betrayal and Silje Wergeland from Octavia Separati on the beautifully executed title-track is remarkable. Jeroan Drive has really taken their time with this, making it as good as possible, always shining bright with unmistakable quality and drive. Everything here is polished to the very last detail. From Yngve Andersen's typical telecaster-sound to the moody background keyboards.

After a short and somewhat brutal intro, the insanely catchy Cheat vs. Clockwork slaps you in the face with mid-paced pounding and twisted screams. Perfect Nightmares continues in the exact same way and creates a mental moshpit out of this world. The band shows off their atmospheric side with the slow, if not a little boring Stonethrower/Kill the Cardinal. The ending of the song is maybe repetitive but oh so compelling. The Escape is one of the definite highlights here. A song that tend to really lift the roof during their intense live shows. After the mentioned The Greatest Betrayal, the more melodic 11:67 At The Laundry Service, and the brutal Mirror Escapades, Heart. MY. Get. On slows it all down and drummer Ruben Nesse shows off his vocal abilities with a soft and compelling voice and duels Stein's infected screams. Jar Full of Painkillers has a more punk-rockish edge to it, before the mighty 17-minute opus The Stones Remain in Silence closes an extrordinary listen.If you miss the good old bands like Refused, JR Ewing and maybe At The Drive-in you should definitely check this out.

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