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Album Review

Despite the rather impressive results, East of the Wall's 2010 sophomore album, Ressentiment, found the band grappling with numerous novel sonic textures and the use of actual vocals for the first time, new challenges that did not seem to phase them in the least, mind you, until its formidable 2011 successor, The Apologist, arrived to put it in its place. Seriously, the New Jersey group's creative growth during the span of this brief one-year period has been nothing short of remarkable, quickly rewarding the faith shown by both early adopters and the Translation Loss label with an even more seamless realization of their progressive metal vision. In a genre saturated by chaotic blends and simply reckless experimentation, East of the Wall's new material truly stands above the fray, with standouts like "Linear Failure," "False Build," and "Whiskey Sipper" no longer prone to the same extremes of light and shade, unnecessarily protracted song lengths, and tentative vocal integration as prior offerings. For their part, recurring instrumentals like "Precious Memories" and the frantic tandem of "Running Tab of Sweetness" and "Horseback Riding in a Bicycle World" hold their own alongside the above, without devolving into interlude status. Even the title track's momentary travails with metalcore and post-metal must be forgiven amidst the fluid Eastern melodies surrounding them and some of the most forceful and inventive bass guitar contributions this side of Intronaut (spread throughout the album courtesy of Brett Bamberger). In the end it all adds up to one of the most impressive and validating displays of progressive ambitions likely to be heard in 2011, and makes The Apologist a virtual gauntlet to be picked up by all those who would challenge East of the Wall's newfound dominance in this competitive field.

Customer Reviews

Pretty good....

It's definitely a descent album and has it's moments of shinning... but honestly I'm still a fan of their older instrumental stuff like Farmer's Almanac and the self titled EP. Definitely worth a few listens if you're a fan though.

Buy it

A great evolution from farmers almanac. It took some time to get used to the vocals. Going from the powerful instrumental album to having 3 vocalists was a big change. I always find that the albums that take time to really sink their teeth in tend to be the ones I enjoy most. Whiskey sipper and the title track are my favorites but from start to finish this album destroys! Get it and give it a few loud listens. My album of the year pick.

Real Musicians!

These guys basically just kill at everything they do. I would probably list it as prog-rock, but they carve their own niche. When they started, they were The Postman Syndrome and they should have been big then. If you haven't heard the album Terraforming by The Postman Syndrome, then you're missing out on a huge piece of amazing songwriting. That being said, I still hear some of what I heard on that album here. This is just really good 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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