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Album Review

Once you've been an avid music lover for several decades, it becomes a pretty rare thing to stumble across a group whose sound is so original, it's difficult to play the usual game of name-that-influence. This Boston-based band has regrettably been saddled with the emo tag, but their intricately constructed sound incorporates elements of genres ranging from metal and electronica to punk and prog, resulting in an engaging aural assault that is uniquely their own. On their stunning debut album, producer Matt Squire (Northstar, Thrice) does an impressive job of capturing the quintet's three-pronged guitar attack, with a crisp, clean mix that ensures not a single detail goes unnoticed. Which is pretty remarkable when you consider the vast cornucopia of sounds here, which include everything from hammer-of-the-gods drumbeats and spacey synth breaks to artfully arranged segments in which three vocalists sing different lyrics in harmony. Fans of prog metal bands such as Tool and Coheed & Cambria will likely be the quickest to fall for the Receiving End of Sirens, as they take a similarly complex approach to songwriting that largely avoids typical verse-chorus-verse structures in favor of sonically adventurous epics that twist and turn hither and yon before morphing seamlessly into something else entirely. Nearly every song here is a journey unto itself, such as "The War of All Against All," which opens with a throbbing tribal beat that evolves into an arena-worthy anthem, only to erupt with a ferociously head-banging chorus full of shifting rhythms and perfectly blended guitars and vocals, which eventually gives way to a rapturous climax full of emotional catharsis. Far too many bands these days are willing to slap a dozen or so hastily assembled songs together and call it a day. But the Receiving End of Sirens is that rare group that truly seems to respect the compositional craft, and every single epic here shows an admirable level dedication to the art form. And for that, if nothing else, they absolutely deserve a listen.

Customer Reviews

TREOS will rock your world

I've had this CD for a full year and still listen to it religiously. With all the Renaissance allusions in their lyrics, it's like Shakespeare was reincarnated and thrown in an alternative rock band. Planning A Prison Break is a good song for TREOS to break into mainstream media with, but true joy is found in songs like This Armistice, The War of All Against All, and the Epilogue. I've never owned a CD with so many returning themes in lyrics and beautiful transitions. Anything else I could say about this album would be an understatement of their creative genius. But believe me, buy this CD and The Receiving End Of Sirens will blow out of your chair.

Best Band Ever!

The Receiving End Of Sirens is a pretty sweet band. You can tell that they are one of those bands out creating their own music. Some of my favorite of their songs are Planning a Prison Break, The Rival Cycle, and Broadcast Quality. iTunes needs to get their self-titled EP because this is the Best Band Ever And I can not get enough of their music.

Best Band ever. BUY THIS NOW!!!!!

TREOS has been my favorite band since their cd came out in last april. I've bought other cds but somehow this one always pushes the others out of my cd player , to make way for this undeniiable masterpiece! They are so solid and not only sound as good live, they sound BETTER! Their songs refer to shakespeare a lot and the album tells a story. Every time I read the lyics I figure out something new. The guitars will shred yor face, the vocals will melt give you goosebumps, and treos will makes it's home in your heart. Keep an eye out for these guys, they're gonna be big. Also keep an eye out for Casey's solo project, The Dear Hunter. I'm not sure when it's going to be released but I have the demos and the stuff will blow your mind. LONG LIVE TREOS!!!


Formed: Boston, MA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Boston's the Receiving End of Sirens preferred the first-name-only approach. In 2003 Alex, Andrew, Brendan, Casey, and Nate put out a self-released, self-titled EP that defined their approach to the post-hardcore/emo axis. Triple Crown Records noticed, and signed the band up. Their full-length debut, Between the Heart and the Synapse, appeared in April 2005, and TREOS enjoyed comparisons to contemporaries like Thrice, Mae, and Emery. Much touring ensued and, by the fall of 2006, the guys welcomed...
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