((Envy)) Band Profile and Upcoming Los Angeles Concerts - Oh My Rockness

Tokyo hardcore band Envy immediately grip you with their unrelenting intensity. They are more than just a guitar-crunching, screamo band (though they do have plenty of that). What gives Envy substance over many hardcore bands is their ability to fuse electronic soundscapes with their angry thrashing.

Somehow they manage to successfully combine spine-crushing riffs (like their Level-Plane label mates City of Caterpillar and Breather Resist), with beautiful post-rock sounds à la Mogwai. Envy is a band of paradoxes. They are equal parts rage and melancholic heartbreak. They are aggressive and in your face as much as they are tender and subtle. And it doesn't matter if you can't understand the foreign words they sing. It is the music that speaks volumes.
Published December 16, 2004
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