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Cymbals Eat Guitars – Why There Are Mountains

Posted in music by arcanedufresne on October 26, 2009

First off, thanks to Muhm for showing me the light and introducing me to these guys. They actually played a show here with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart a couple weeks back that I very regrettably had to miss.


Musically similar to a chaotic Built to Spill, the youngsters (members of the band graduated high school in 2006) create an ocean of sound with driving guitars, crashing percussion, and frenetic vocals. The tempo shifts and across the board instrumentation never feel forced but seem to be more of a disclaimer stating “This is who we are” as CEG go from tsunami to tide pool in seconds and back again.

Listen to And The Hazy Sea

Without the use of choruses/hooks the album is more about the journey from highest high to lowest low, then the actual end product. Guitarist and lead vocalist Joseph D’Agostino’s delivery shows off a range of emotion from frenzied howls, to mellow cooing, to wails of longing on each track and never lets up. Lyrically tight and oozing infinite replay value, pick this up and embrace yourself for a methodically turbulent adventure.

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  1. whitskers said, on October 26, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    you are right this is a great band, but then again you usually are right.

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