Intro To Advanced Poetry
1st September 2015 – Self-released
01. Mayakovsky II
02. W. Whitman
03. Lord Byron
04. Edgar Allan Poet
05. Oscar Wild
Familiarity with Ukraine’s music scene is sparse in much of the world, but there has been a raft of high quality mathcore coming from the country in recent years. Dysphoria have a decent following, and we premiered Septa‘s “Destroyer: Pt. 1“, but names like Zlam and Burrow will draw blanks for many. As with many small scenes, the musicians involved have several projects on the go at once – as is the case with Septa vocalist Eugene and bassist Dmitry, who also form half of The Nietzsche.
The concept of their debut EP Intro To Advanced Poetry should be fairly obvious from both its title, as well as those of its five tracks. The lyrics to each come from their titular poet – each well known, whose words have stood the test of time.
The music written around the prose is mostly aggressive, but also playful in a way at times reminiscent of Every Time I Die, with unsurprising hint of Septa. The riffs on offer are not the most groundbreaking, but they’re catchy, fun and quite a few of them have that je ne sais quoi that causes facial contortion and approving head nods – the riff in the second half of “Lord Byron” and the one in the middle of “Edgar Allan Poet” to name but two.
Despite the overall aggressive nature of the music, Eugene does throw in his Patton-inspired croon, most notably in “Oscar Wild“, at times even sounding like Placebo‘s Brian Molko. The harsh vocals do take a major role, but he’s no monotonal barker, and uses a varied and emotional approach in interpreting these poems.
The instrumentation may not be revolutionary, but it’s certainly not monotonous either; the songs feel fully fleshed out despite two of them lasting under two minutes. The approach in both the instrumental and vocal departments give the album a nice flow, and each song feels distinct yet cohesive within the whole.
Over in fewer than fifteen minutes, it really feels like The Nietzsche have put their best foot forward, pulling no punches and going straight for the knockout. It’s difficult to criticise simply based on how little there is of it Intro To Advanced Poetry. Perhaps there were other song ideas; other poems they tried and didn’t work and these were simply the five songs that did, so they went ahead and cut all the fat, leaving a lean and tasty steak for us to enjoy.
It feels like the band had a lot of fun overall bringing these poems to life. As Kvothe’s father said in Patrick Rothfuss‘ The Name of the Wind: “A poet is a musician who can’t sing.” The Nietzsche have finally given these great thinkers of yore a voice to be heard by the masses. Perhaps chaotic hardcore isn’t the genre they wanted, but it’s the genre they deserve.