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Decahedron
2005 EP
Lovitt Records

Rating: 8/10 ?


August 12, 2005
Earlier this week, Decahedron decided to go on indefinite hiatus, following the cancellation of their tour in the states. With only a full-length and two EPs to speak for them, the DC hardcore outfit risks being relegated to a second hand store's dusty shelf - yet their roots would eat any of the media darlings - the ones popping up every fortnight - for breakfast. They started in 2001 as a project between former Frodus members Jason Hamacher and Shelby Cinca. Some time in the early years, Joe Lally of Fugazi jumped on the wagon. They were then known as The Black Sea.

But this first incarnation of the band was a long-distance thing. Lally and Cinca, who knew each other from releasing two records under the Dead Meadow moniker, used to discuss and write down their ideas and send them via e-mail to Hamacher, who was then living between Europe and Asia. After the latter returned to the US, the trio began to take things more seriously and spent eight months of 2003 recording non-stop in their home studio until Disconnection_Imminent was finally released. Trademark issues led them to change their name to Decahedron, but as soon as the mixing process was over, Joe Lally departed for familiar reasons.

Prior to that release, the 3-track The Black Sea EP anticipated a band going in the right direction, with jaw-droppingly good riffs hooked to an enigmatic, momentum building voice. Be that as it may, they were doomed since the very beginning: Johnathon Ford of the bands Roadside Monument and Unwed Sailor - who had joined to replace Lally - banged the doors shortly after; this 2005 EP credits Jake Brown (Moments in Grace) as a guest bassist.

Despite sitting at odds with the rest of the catalogue for the multi-layered fields it points to, the 20-minute 2005 sees Decahedron trying to reinvent their creative wheel. From the instrumental "Movement A" to the apocalyptical epilogue that is "Ageless," this EP speaks to the frustrated clerk in each of us, building from muffled tongues and dazzlingly provocative characters and fed by sleepwalking capsules. Though never pushing through the post-hardcore membrane, it bites off Fugazi's notes with progressive sound building.

In brief, Decahedron takes their ideas of commentary on social and political apparatus to promiscuous levels: after repeated listens, "We Are the Virus" feels like a permanent tattoo in your eardrum. The topics discussed here don't make for traditional dinner table conversation - especially if your parents don't care about politics - but the amount of feedback, echo and insatiable delay they use makes it all the more urgent and mind-blowing. The EP is also enhanced with a video, shot from the band's 2004 Macrock performance. During their short life period, they played with Mono, Dillinger Escape Plan, Cursive and others. Now they don't play anymore. Let's hope for the best.

Post Scriptum: we have just learned that Jason Hamacher had an official meeting with The Archbishop of the Syrian Orthodox Church sometime around mid July, and was granted permission to record their ancient Aramaic liturgies on site in Aleppo, Syria next year. Sounds like awesome news to me!

Reviewed by Helder Gomes
Currently living on the south bank of the Tagus river, in Portugal, Helder Gomes is a working class hero. He is a journalist for the local radio station Rádio Nova Anten. In his spare time, he skates and watches many odd movies. He is in love with the French nouvelle vague, and the Danish/Swedish invasion. He writes for a number of publications, on the Internet or otherwise, notably the underground Portuguese magazine Mondo Bizarre, and the Jazz Review website. He is also the news collector and a staff witer for the adorable Lost at Sea. Oh, and there is also the Coffee Breakz radio show that he tries to host every Saturday.

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