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Madeline Ferguson & Bury Me Standing
Madeline Ferguson & Bury Me Standing
Slave Union Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
There was a time when hardcore was an extremity of punk rock. Then came screamo, which functioned, basically, as an extremity of hardcore. Heavy on the heavy, it mixed loud, aggressive screaming with chugging, metallic rhythms. In a way, it is a musical equivalent to a mouthful of blood, conceited in its own ugliness.

Here, we have twelve tracks of stringent screamo assault. Bury Me Standing contributes their final six songs, and has an intriguing mix of male and female vocals amid the harsh overtones. Madeline Ferguson, a band whose members once wore the underground nametags of End of a Year, is still up and running, poised to break the scene (and anything else within reaching distance).

The songs are extremely coarse and garbled. Chaotic and self-distancing, it is truly difficult to distinguish different tracks. Instead, it feels as though the listener is in a violent argument with no chance of winning.

Madeline Ferguson's "Welcome to Dachau, and Welcome to McDonalds" shows that they are unafraid of metal trends, and able to flesh out a two minute track without sounding stale or out of breath. Their ability to hone in on a discernable musical landscape, despite constant screaming, is admirable: they do not upstage themselves by putting raw noise above aesthetics. Granted, it is still screamo, but it is screamo you can shake a fist to, in measurable time.

Bury Me Standing's "A Service Industry Testimonial" proves that they are capable of maintaining the same amount of interest in a song that is relatively long for ballistic punk standards. Three minutes and thumping, it is saved by the intrigue they create in detailed percussion work, well-placed breaks, and monumental intensity.

At the bottom line, if you don't care for the genre, you probably won't be nosing around for the works of these two bands. But, if you appreciate screamo with an added layer of depth, you'll be satisfied by this remarkably complex joint effort.

also Oneohfive Records (http://www.oneohfive.com)

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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