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Album Review

East of the Wall's second album, 2010's Ressentiment, represents a major turning point for the New Jersey musos, who officially shut down their various parallel bands to focus entirely on this project, incorporated vocals for the first time into their formerly instrumental format, and linked up with a new, more resourceful record label in Translation Loss to help further their career. These tactical moves should not be misconstrued in any way as concessions, however, but as conviction, since the highly technical and challenging hourlong concept album at hand is unlikely to crop up on any commercial music charts. No, although there are plenty of atmospheric settings and softer musical dynamics spread across Ressentiment's conceptual suite, a U-turn toward East of the Wall's more savage musical roots in hardcore and metal is never far away — make that rarely even one song away. In the simplest terms, the group combines the post-metal eclecticism of Isis with the epileptic metalcore of Converge, sprinkling in math-metal equations and art rock abstracts along the way (even progressive death-jazz pioneers Cynic come to mind, now and then), and constantly balancing beguiling melodies and jarring dissonance on a sonic knife's edge. The resulting oftentimes exhausting musical smorgasbord certainly isn't for everyone, but will probably become a chosen few's veritable bible — and one feels East of the Wall's cerebral musical revolutionaries wouldn't have it any other way.

Customer Reviews

Truly Unique

And it may be hard to get into at first, but the more I listen to it, the more I find I like it

Very unique!

Truly talented group with vision. Reminds me a little bit of The Syncope Threshold. Album of the year I think? I like the jazzy interlude. Definitely worth buying.

Complex & Amazing

Ressentiment is my personal pick for best album of 2010. Not since BTBAM's Colors have I been so engrossed by an album. It takes multiple listens to get into it but it's well worth it. This album is truly emotion-driven and complex. Salieri absolutly seethes with frustration and is my personal favorite. Many bands use the heavy/soft dynamic but EOTW means it in a way few bands do. This album is amazing and well worth a purchase if you are into this kind of stuff.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '10s

The self-described "situational art metal band," East of the Wall hail from the town of Gunnison Beach, NJ, where the group's members were active in different bands like the Postman Syndrome, Day Without Dawn, and Biclops before pooling their talents together. Beginning in 2005, bassist Brett Bamberger, drummer Mike Somers, and guitarist Jeff Speidell began working on material that became a self-released eponymous EP the following year; then they welcomed guitarist Matt Lupo into their midst prior...
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