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
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
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Columbia’s Largest Sidewalk Sale
Shop local this tax free weekend! Devine Street and Five Points are teaming up for a massive sidewalk sale featuring great in-store specials from all your favorite retailers and a Saturday art stroll. Read more hereand here!
A Healthy Happy Hour
4-7 p.m at Good Life Cafe on Main St. Try our $4 local draft beers, $4 organic wine, 1/2 off select bottles of house wine and $5 handcrafted house cocktails with juices cold pressed and made daily. Click here for more info.
Tax-Free Weekend at Best Mattress
With big savings from July 31st-August 2nd, you can afford handcrafted quality. Free bed frame and pillows on any Full, Queen, or King set $599 and above! Click for locations and hours.
Happy Hour and Sushi Specials All Week
Red Bowl in Lexington now has great early bird and late night sushi specials 7 days a week, as well as 99-cent kids meals on Saturdays! Click here for special information and hours.
New Downtown Dessert and Coffee Bar!
Tony’s Italian Eatery has teamed up with Southern Charm Sweets to bring you the highest quality dessert selection in the downtown area. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2. Find us on Facebook!
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18:
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Real Estate Spotlight
Concord Park From the $150’s. Off 12th St. Extension. 803.419.2227. mungo.com
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ST. ANDREWS COMMONS APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Close to everywhere YOU WANT TO BE! 1200 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
GABLE HILL APARTMENTS 1, 2 & 3 BR’s available with many amenities. Surround yourself with Southern comforts at Gable Hill Apartments! Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 310 Ross Rd, Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
WATERFORD APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Prime location, and plenty of space. Live large at Waterford Apartments. Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 1340 Longcreek Dr., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
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