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Monday, 23 January 2017

TEN THOUSAND LEAGUES

GenresPunk / Hardcore / Emo / Emotive Hardcore / Screamo / Skramz
Related artistsHeritage Unit, Dream Caste, Summer Vacation, Moldar and Winter Break.
CountryCalifornia USA
Years Active2010-2016
Song: "Bern"
Album: "Ten Thousand Leagues"
Year: 2016
For fans ofJoshua Fit For BattleEndamoriCapacities, What Of Us, A Company Of Heroes, Waifle, PG.99, Desiderata, Lautrec, Heritage Unit, Dolcim, Deers!, Loma Prieta, Youth Funeral, Dream Caste, Flashbulb Memory, Transistor Transistor, Greyskull and Fugazi aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released / Kyeo Speaks / 
This post's artist is from the December 2016 Mix. This is track #6.
You can download: the January 2017 Mix#1 right here or get the new February 2017 Mix#2 here.

I slept on this band for too long. Luckily I had enough sense to grab their discography back in early 2016 before they dropped their unreal final release 'Ten Thousand Leagues'.

With the band starting in 2010, that same year they released their 'Demo' that may or may not have also turned into a split with a band called Archetype but I'm not sure if that idea was fully actualized. The five songs are all good but none really stand out as favourites, most likely because it seems like TEN THOUSAND LEAGUES were still figuring out who they were. I think some bands more akin to the early work would be LautrecFlashbulb Memory and Dream Caste. "Timepiece" has a part at 1:30ish that sounds (especially vocally) like the spastic and paranoid sounds of Desiderata the while "Blank Scripture" gets pretty fucking heavy at 1:22 and foreshadows the violent material to come on later releases, as does "Forfeit This Routine".

In 2011 they released a 'split with John Cota' which is pretty decent but the opener "Burning Victim" takes the cake with very impressive dark, bassy and screamy hardcore.  In 2012 the band embraced their anger and got crazy heavy and chaotic. A prime example of this, much like the aforementioned "Burning Victim", is opener "Robin Scherbatsky". This little ditty is devastating but does take quick breathers here and there to gather more steam for another explosive tantrum. A few tracks on here are demos from the 2016 album which I should move on to now...

The powerful, surging nature of TEN THOUSAND LEAGUES was perfectly captured on their final 'Ten Thousand Leagues' full length. This self title annihilates the listener with cathartic and draining screamo not unlike Level Plane Records' Joshua Fit For Battle and my friends in Endamori. Tracks like "Bern", "Prat", "Jennifer" and "Canada" are fantastic songs that make me fucking giddy as hell every time I jam them. It's also worth nothing that this release was my #8 LP of 2016 and the proceeds from online sales went straight to Standing Rock. Although it was released in 2016 it was technically written from 2012-2014 and recorded in 2014. Why the wait? I dunno.

No more sleeping, get on this!

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DISCOGRAPHY

2010 - Demo EP (stream/donate/download here)

2011 - John Cota split EP (stream/donate/download here)

2012 - 2012 Summer Tour Demo EP (stream/donate/download here)

2016 - Ten Thousand Leagues digital LP (stream/donate/download here)

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(2016) TEN THOUSAND LEAGUES - "Bern" (from 'Ten Thousand Leagues')

(2016) TEN THOUSAND LEAGUES - "Prat" (from 'Ten Thousand Leagues')

(2016) TEN THOUSAND LEAGUES - "Jennifer" (from 'Ten Thousand Leagues')

(2012) TEN THOUSAND LEAGUES - "Robin Scherbatsky" (from 'Winter Tour Demo')

(2012) TEN THOUSAND LEAGUES - "Disassemble Monoliths" aka "Prat (demo)" (from 'Winter Tour Demo')

(2011) TEN THOUSAND LEAGUES - "Burning Victim" (from 'John Cota' split)

(2010) TEN THOUSAND LEAGUES - "Blank Scripture" (from 'Demo')

(2010) TEN THOUSAND LEAGUES - "Forfeit This Routine" (from 'Demo')

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