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Review: The Nietzsche – Intro to Advanced Poetry

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The Nietzsche is a hardcore super group from Ukraine bringing a sweet little release to you under the name Intro to Advanced Poetry. Just as the name implies, Intro to Advanced Poetry is all about poetry. The Nietzsche’s priority is making poetry more relevant via hardcore music and I gotta say: it works.

Now how does a modern band use poetry that has been long forgotten to make interesting music without being bland? Between the insane vocals of Eugene Tymchyk (from Septa), intense grooves, album flow, and strange song structures, I couldn’t tell you what works best. When you first hear “Mayakovsky II” you think it’s just another introductory track that many bands use to swing you into the rest of the album, but it is actually a short song that builds from a rumbling bassline to a full sound. “Mayakovsky II” is a mood setting track that leads you on a clear path to “W. Whitman.”

“W. Whitman” starts right away without wasting time to build up to anything. A riff consisting of high notes/chords and a mighty “Yeeeaaahhh” begin the song. The song morphs into a sound you’re more likely to hear from mathcore bands with the guitar riffs up and down the neck, playing various notes while not staying in one place for long. I hope you get what I mean by that. As expected, the vocals go from a shout, to a growl, to a higher pitched growl, to a few group shouts. It’s great how often the song changes up.

The next track is my favorite from Intro to Advanced Poetry and it’s called “Lord Byron.” “Lord Byron” is easily the most intense song. The main riff is a nice hook that goes perfectly with the frequent snare hits. What I’m saying is: the snare compliments the song well. “Lord Byron” is a very fast and short song at under two minutes long. The speed of the instruments and how everything attacks you at once makes the song seem even shorter. It is one of the less instrumentally frantic songs, but it still has the hectic vibe going despite its contrast to the rest of Intro to Advanced Poetry. “Edgar Allan Poet” is after “Lord Byron.” They are similar by the intensity. “Edgar Allan Poet” has more of a hardcore sound than “Lord Byron,” but they are both fast songs with characteristics that make each fun in their own way. What’s funny about “Edgar Allan Poet” is that the poem used for the lyrics seems to be a love poem, yet the song sounds nothing close to a love song. I’m not good at interpreting poetry, but the poem appears to be a love poem at the surface.

“Oscar Wild” is the final track. This song is more of a metaphorical roller coaster: starts with a nice hook → weird bridge type section → somewhat calm → speeds up to the nice intense part again → calm again. It’s a strange feeling of wanting to mosh and wanting to just bob your head. Either way, the song is fun and isn’t out of context with Intro to Advanced Poetry as a whole. I find “Oscar Wild” an appropriate song to end Intro to Advanced Poetry because it ends on a light note, but it didn’t leave you on the soft side the entire song, so you had a little of everything fed to you.

In case you didn’t notice, the song titles are names of famous poets in history and the lyrics are poems by the poet that titles the song. I’ve never been interested in poetry, but I think it’s clever how The Nietzsche is able to present it all in such a way that isn’t lame or boring, so I think that’s pretty creative and unique. The production was done well as all instruments and vocals were audible and clear, even the bass. The vocals and individual drums and cymbals were loud and brash, which fits what The Nietzsche’s sound is. I absolutely loved the vocals on Intro to Advanced Poetry because of how all over the place they were. There is a certain rawness Eugene has that carries emotion and primitive power. Both of which drive the songs’ hardcore sound. I liked Intro to Advanced Poetry a lot and I see myself listening to this often.

Rate: 8.85/10

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