See You Next Tuesday- Intervals

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Tuesday, December 23, 2008

See You Next Tuesday impressed quite a few people with their slightly goofy and extremely heavy debut album Parasite last year. Despite the fact that it was only around 15 minutes in length, the nonstop insanity and chaotic grindcore style riffs were appealing to many, even though there were still plenty of people who simply dismissed the band as simply another trendy act. After only about a year or so, See You Next Tuesday has returned with their sophomore effort Intervals which sees them varying their tempos a little more and heading in a more serious direction than before. The resulting album isn’t quite as chaotic and energetic as Parasite was, but it’s still a step forward for this group.

Listeners will immediately notice that Intervals is about twice as long as its predecessor, despite having around the same number of songs. The reason for this is that in addition to the fast and spastic grindcore tracks, there are also a few slower, mid-tempo songs that last about 2-3 minutes in length. It is clear that See You Next Tuesday doesn’t want to be a pure grindcore act, and these occasional interludes/slower tempos show the band displaying some minor doom/sludge elements. However, while their chaotic and fast paced songs still hit the listener extremely hard, the slower ones aren’t able to keep up this same level of intensity. It is great to see the group attempt to try something new, but they will need to maintain that same energy from style to style in order to keep listeners interested.

Vocalist Chris Fox showcased some impressive screams and growls on Parasite, and he continues to shine on Intervals. As in the past, he constantly alternates between high pitched screams/shrieks and lower, evil sounding growls. While there are other vocalists in the genre that do this, what helps Fox to stand out is the fact that he varies the styles in ways that listeners will not be able to predict. It should also be noted that this time around there aren’t any voiceovers or sound clips, signaling that See You Next Tuesday is moving away from this type of humor and letting their lyrics do it for them.

Intervals showcases a group whose song writing and overall style is improving, but they have lost a little of their chaotic energy in the process. Because of this some listeners will find that they prefer Parasite to this release, but that Intervals is still worth their time. It may not be their best effort, but if See You Next Tuesday can recapture the ferocity and intensity showcased on their debut and combine it with the riffs and styles showcased on this album then they could definitely be better than ever.

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