Roundtable Review: We All Die (Laughing) – Thoughtscanning
Release Date: 14 January 2014
Length: 33 minutes
Studio Albums: This is their debut
Location: France, Bulgaria
For fans of: Swallow The Sun, Katatonia, Opeth, Neurosis
WarpRider – When a band puts out one song that last over 30 minutes, is it really one song
multiple songs stitched together to make it seem like it is one song? I think the latter applies
here and that is not an insult to the band. The self-titled track certainly boasts an eclectic range
of instrumentation, but in the end it does sound like it is all meant to be…one song.
Thoughtscanning can be a little extreme here and there for my taste, but buried beneath that
avant-garde progressiveness there are mellow (atmospheric) melodies and choruses that break
things up a bit. They are definitely an artistic band; I give them credit for that, but this isn’t
something I would listen to regularly. But, based on talent… 3.5
Irmelinis – Bleak, deeply personal, unpredictable, emotional perfection. 4.75
ChristopherMammal –Bands usually release a few albums and do numerous live performances
before one of their songs becomes their tour de force, their hallmark composition and
signature theme. We All Die (Laughing) have created their tour de force with their debut album.
Their debut recorded song. Both. “Thoughtscanning” is a single track that runs for more than
half an hour. Could it be broken into pieces to constitute a “Thoughtscanning” suite? Probably.
But that would be unnecessary. Their EP flashes by in a time-distorted condensation of
excellence and ecstasy. If these guys do something better on their next release, it’s going to be
better than most things on anyone’s next release. 4.5
Our ratings are done on a scale of 1-5 with a 1 being an abysmal album, a 2.5 being a halfway point (an O.K. album), and a 5 being outstanding.
A Metal State of Mind Score – 4.25 out of 5