Peregrine Review

artist: appleseed cast date: 03/03/2008 category: compact discs
appleseed cast: Peregrine
Release Date: Mar 21, 2006
Label: The Militia Group
Genres: Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Emo
Number Of Tracks: 13
With the coming of Peregrine, and execution of this new tale in a live setting, The Appleseed Cast will have done what is most important in the life of a band.
 Sound: 9
 Lyrics: 10
 Overall Impression: 7
 Overall rating:
 8.8 
 Reviewer rating:
 8.7 
 Users rating:
 8.8 
 Votes:
 8 
review (1) 1 comment vote for this album:
overall: 8.7
Peregrine Reviewed by: hopespaul, on march 03, 2008
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Sound: First of all I'm really surprised nobody has ever reviewed anything by The Appleseed Cast on here before (1997 till present and still going strong). Their latest release came in 2006 on Militia Group, which was a shock to all their fans (pretty much all of their previous material was released on Deep Elm). Now I will get to the point. The band's sound is very mellow indie rock with emotionally charged lyrics. Some might refer to it as "emo" but that's not fair considering bands of much lower caliber are marked to be such. The appleseed cast has always composed solid music, and peregrine is no exception. A listener would find dreamy guitar riffs, powerful drums with plenty of reverb, and solid bass lines that could stand on their own just fine. However, will all the intensity this band brings to the table, the listener will find oneself relaxing to the carefree atmosphere this record brings about. However, at times this album seems bland and lacking excitement, but never boring. Repetitevness is definately not an issue, and there's plenty of variety of different techniques and styles of music put to the table, and I'm not even getting started on the range of guitar tone on this album (or any appleseed cast album, as a matter of fact). // 9

Lyrics: The vocals and the instrumentals of the appleseed cast are like a match made in heaven. The singer's smooth voice blends in with the reverb/delay of the guitars, and at times the lyrics aren't important because his voice becomes an instrument in itself. However, if one took the time to listen to the lyrics thoroughly, you will learn the abstractness of the songs leaving the content up to the listener to decide, but the frameset is pretty much gloomy and cold. The atmosphere peregrine creates is like a forest on a chilly day while raining, but you can choose whether you'd like to be lost in the forest, or cuddling up in your bed watching the action through the window. The content of the music is pretty much open to your mood, and it can soothe a listener on a bad day, or help relax before going to sleep. // 10

Overall Impression: This dreamland that is The Appleseed Cast is not for everyone, listeners looking for aggression and frankness should steer clear away from any of this bands work, including Peregrine. However, to those that are open to this kind of music it will be a great experience. It is very likely a listener will fall asleep before the CD is over, and that could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on if you're driving or laying in your bed. To those who have previously heard of the appleseed cast, peregrine does not have the experimental mind-blowing of the low level owl, and it is less emotionally charged than end of ring wars, not as relaxing as mare vitalis, but it is definately everything put together in one great package. I would reccomend this to appleseed fans because they never disappoint the fans, and I would also recommend Peregrine to a new listener, because it is a great representation of what this band is all about, and if you end up liking this, there is a wide range of works from the appleseed cast you can chose from once you are done with peregrine. Peregrine brings nothing new to the books, unless you haven't heard The Appleseed Cast. Where this CD falls short is that it doesn't seperate itself from their previous work, two conversations, and that is a shame. // 7

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