Thursday, 12 May 2016

The Spirit Of Versailles

The Spirit Of Versailles were a four-piece screamo band from Sioux Falls, South Dakota that were around between 1998 and 2000. Like many of the best hardcore/screamo bands, they were short-lived but put out a ton of great material in that small amount of time. The Spirit Of Versailles play a very emotionally wounded and vulnerable style of hardcore, which makes for a gut-wrenching listen. Though they do incorporate the noisy blast beat catharsis, the band also has a very melodic side, which really comes through in both the bass and guitar. There are some gorgeous rhythms being played, which are as serene as they are sad. The vocals also tip the scale between an all-out squeal of a scream, and a very torn spoken tone, which often sounds like he's on the verge of tears. It's all very passionate stuff, which is part of what made them both so good and so influential. Enjoy.

Disc 1
1. The Object Of Your Desire
2. Recite This Dialogue
3. Drive Home, Let It Ring
4. A Form of Closure
5. How To Go To Sleep
6. Everything Else Comes Second
7. Because There Aren't Enough Hours In The Day
8. Pranks For The Memories
9. There Goes Rhymin' Simon
10. Unreleased Untitled
11. One
12. Two
13. Exorcism At Moon River
14. Headlines
15. Untitled

Disc 2
1. A Day To End All Days
2. The Followers
3. Better Left Unsaid
4. The Line Between Us
5. Yellow Stained Walls
6. Another Day
7. A Borrowed Light
8. Reverse
9. Today & Tomorrow
10. Wasted Time
11. Shooting A Torpedo
12. Don't Mess With The Dippity Doo
13. Who The Fuck Is Steve Buttcabbage
14. There Goes Rhymin' Simon (Live)

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