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Third World War: Cast the First Stone by Djevara

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Reviewed on 8th April 2007.

 
 

Third World War: Cast the First Stone

By Djevara

"Third World War", an opening track that explodes in your face, waltzes its way through a world of emotions, and politely passes you onto track two "The Death Of Cliff Richard". The narrative is politically astute and socially indifferent. The opening movements develop contrasting overtures of drop tuned guitars and overdriven vocals. A very live feeling and live sounding record, each song is 4-7 minutes of melancholia digging itself out of the gloom and oscillating a message against stereotypes. A wall of guitars quickly breaks into doubled up bass riffs and melodies before breaking back.

The record of pure heavy rock does have the odd dose of melodramatic guitars and extended drum solos. Their social commentary covers human rights and civil liberties to wake the docile masses. "Autism" uses harmonising guitars conjured together adding a more all together ambitious composition. The album must be listened to as a whole, such is the cleverly edited recording meandering and intertwining with extended instrumentals. Oblique discoveries within each song flow into "Moths To The Flames". Now there is more repeating guitar 2-4 bar lines. Cleaner sounds and feeding back amplifiers supply a badly needed texture to the linear four piece sound. Djevara home in on chordal destruction, pieced with short melodic bursts.

"The Consumer" pushes the tempo squashed into a radio friendly 2mins 15secs. "Six Hundred Years Of Your Civilization And My People Still Live In Poverty" is a crafted slap bass riff, with textural vocals. The band remain tight in the constantly varying drum tempo from verse to chorus to verse. Haunting middle sections make the verses all the more effective giving wider dynamic range. "Diorama" jumps straight in the deep end showing some of the ethical roots in the vocal chants. Some of the most impressive drumming is heard in tracks 7 and 8. "Freedom's Ghost" breaks into a wonderful misstep, bouncing gleefully before returning to its title.

"Film At Eleven" uses wah, delays and reverbs nicely.

"Chapter Two" and "Third World War (Reprise)" round off the collection. The back end of the album is much more pleasing to the ear. Overall, an accomplished album and good musicianship it is in need of one or two shorter songs, less indulgent and more honed. But that's exactly what the band go against, this is meaningful art. The art of love/hate. With a little more variation in texture and genre the many ideas incorporated into Djevara - Third World War: Cast The First Stone would be much more effective. Although totalling 11 songs, this album has potentially 22+ songs in the making.

 

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