Edaline – I Wrote the Last Chapter for You

Edaline
I Wrote the Last Chapter for You

How the hell did I miss Edaline? Why didn’t you tell me about them? How could an album like this have been released this year without me finding out? This is exactly what I was looking for! Taking elements of Sunny Day Real Estate, Mineral, Penfold, and hardcore bands like I Hate Myself and Twelve Hour Turn, Edaline manage to put together one of the most powerful albums I’ve heard in a long time.
Call it emo, if you want to. I’m not against it. This band definitely will drive the Mineral/Sunny Day fans nuts, especially with doses of an even more urgent intensity that you’re unlikely to find with those other bands. So you know the style, melodic post-hardcore rock with amazing guitar work and lyrics that will blow your mind. I can’t quote them, because the band did the booklet like a little book, writing lyrics based on the stories contained in each “chapter” (song). A neat little gimmick, similar to Sunny Day’s Diary.
The best song here kicks things off. “Andrea Gail” goes from more melodic rock to blistering and screaming in turns. And those intense, powerful moments are just so damn good, it’s amazing. To be honest, I bought this album after hearing half of “Andrea Gail” on Internet radio, and this six-minute song still blows me away every time I hear it.
But the other songs aren’t let downs, even if they don’t quite manage the level of screamed intensity that you have here. “Crisis in Silence” puts an extra emphasis on rolling percussion and heavy bass as well as some impressive guitar licks. And the double vocals, as they sing, “and I miss you every day,” is a nice touch. “Stranded” has more of those melodic and soft/fast and powerful dynamics. “This Fabricated Town” follows those same dynamics, going from only a bass lick to textured, layered guitars and spit-out vocals. The driving percussion and bass on “Southern Pacific” and shouted vocals is awesome, definitely the next most powerful song here. “Drain It (the end result)” goes from off-kilter singing and melodic guitar to screaming and swearing in almost an instant, very bitter and biting. “Crescent Moon Eyes” is the more emotional love-song style track here, but the drums and guitars don’t let up much. And “Thinking of View” finishes things off a bit more restrained, with tape samples and bird calls in the background behind melodic, layered guitar and moments of bitter urgency. And the song builds to a screaming frenzy at times. Then there’s about two full minutes of silence before the song explodes again – an awesome touch.
I think you know if you’re going to like this album. If you don’t care that the vocalist’s voice sounds like he’s missing many of the notes because he’s trying to convey a feeling, if you like your rock to go from slow to fast to slow with complex time changes and amazingly intricate guitar work, then you’re going to like Edaline. What sets them apart, though, is the sheer intensity they’re capable of getting across. While emo bands are a dime a dozen, many sound like they’re following a script. Edaline sound like their feeling it, every minute of it, and so you do as well. And, as seems to have happened to the best emo bands, Edaline has already broken up. Bummer, cuz this was one hell of a debut.