I don’t know for certain that Ivadell takes its name from the Mineral song “For Ivadell,” but given The Young Design, the new local heavy’s debut EP, I’d wager good money on it.
Like Mineral, Ivadell’s built on a blend of power and dynamics and emotion, its impassioned songs paired with a deft melodic sense, but Ivadell trades Mineral’s caterwauling for muted, moody vocals that often get buried behind walls of distortion. Certainly, Ivadell’s broad musical palette extends well beyond first-wave emo: the swelling intros and tremolo-picked guitars suggest post-rock; the thick guitar tones and plodding tempos hint at post-metal; the strident and ardent delivery evokes post-hardcore. Ivadell’s at its best when deploying all its tricks at once, like on the explosive chorus of “Dredge” or the droning and driving “Every Stone,” which broods like an Isis song stripped of its impressionist synths.
But it’s not always so effective. Minus its minute-plus intro, “Dredge” is far too brief, and serves as little more than an intro to “Gave In Too Soon.” “The Young Design” boils just a bit too long, churning and bubbling but without a real conclusion. And the anti-conformity sentiment of “Gave In Too Soon,” while delivered with invective, labors under overwrought lyrics. (“Trapped / In this 2,000-square-foot life”; “We’ve all been deceived / Just another pair of sheep.”)
The songs could use some nurturing, but given the band’s collective resume — its members play in hardcore up-and-comers Discourse and Darkentries — it’s very likely that they’ll develop, and soon. For now, this remains a very promising start. — Patrick Wall
Surreal Innovation Salon Now Open
Columbia’s newest total care spa is now taking appointments and offering $10 off services $25 or more for first time clients. Location, hours, and more info here.
This Week @ Social
Edward Shouse performs Friday the 21st, and on Saturday Absolut Vodka presents A Night in Sweden, with specialty Absolut drinks and live music by Christian Slick. Follow us!
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage offers 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
Make Your Own Beer and Wine!
Come get started on your “liquid hobby” and help us celebrate our 46th year in the Columbia area. Bet Mar Liquid Hobby Shop: 736 St. Andrews Road.
A Re-Imagined Christmas Carol at Trustus
Watch as five actors perform all the characters of Charles Dickens’ classic story and create a live musical score in a production that had audiences and critics raving last year. Get your tickets here!
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