Wednesday, 6 February 2019

PIET ONTHEL

BandPIET ONTHEL
GenresPunk / Hardcore / Emo / Screamo / Skramz / Emo-violence
Related artistsCantilever, Singular, Hellisforsinister, Star Order and Dizguzted.
CountryKuantan MALAYSIA
Years Active2018-present
Song: "Why cant we see"
Album: "demo​(​loni​)​taksupo​(​mulo)"
Year: 2018
For fans ofOrchid, The Ultimate Screamo Band, Thisismenotthinkingofyou, Raein, La Quiete, Gillian Carter, Isodora Crane, Utarid, Bethari, Sans Visage, Am I Dead Yet?, Caitlyn Bailey, Heisse, Means To An End, Craneo, Sailboats, Hot Cross and Coma Regalia.
Label(s): No Funeral Records / Terr-Records / Dasein Records
This post's artist is from the February 2019 Mix. This is track #3.
You can download: the February 2019 Mix#2 right here or get the new March 2019 Mix#3 here.

In 2017 a band by the name of Cantilever sent me an EP to review. I liked it, and thought it definitely had potential to be even more up my alley in the future. But the following year, it was one member's solo project by the name of PIET ONTHEL that truly brought me to my knees. Releasing both an Orchid cover and a demo EP in 2018, I am fucking ecstatic as to whatever Mashi puts out next.

First Mashi released a cover of "Weekend at the Fire Academy" via the digital single 'Chaos Is Mee', which is very Orchid sounding but has a PIET ONTHEL spin (thank god, I hate carbon copy covers) with extreme screaming, a blown-out recording and mind-melting drumming. In late 2018 came the 'demo​(​loni​)​taksupo​(​mulo)' EP, which was put on cassette by Terr-Records and cd by No Funeral Records. With only five songs in seven minutes, you may think there isn't enough to sink your teeth into but you'd be oh so wrong, as you will find this on my Best Of 2018 List for EPs without a doubt. Opener "Why can't we see" is a fine introduction that includes a switch at 37 seconds that is both epic and dank as fuck. "Fight is a must" follows and is a driving, European-inspired slab of beauty. At 34 seconds a domino effect of ridiculousness begins, first with a catchy guitar solo wrapped around everything else, and then there's the dancey shift with the repetitive screaming gets my legs all wobbly directly afterwards. "You think you good" is exactly one minute of lo-fi emo-violence that shows that lo-fi can still sound clear and balanced if done properly. "Its not feel like home anymore" is, simply put, unbelievably good. The build in this song starts from the onset and from about 40 seconds onward is absolutely next level shit. First, there's the first wave of start/stops coupled with a lone progression that'll snag and drag you to site of the song's detonation. This devastating explosion takes place at the 54-second mark with throat-shredding screams and all instruments matching the guitar progression. Somehow the song soldiers on in its pursuit of ridiculousness, as it shifts again at 1:10 by way of isolated guitar and then goes ballistic and throws in enough riffs to get Hot Cross' attention. Think that's it? Fuck you no it's not, cuz at 1:37 it busts into a Via Fondo and Suis La Lune costume with a righteous space-riff amidst cacophonous, screamy hardcore. Seriously, that's one hell of a song. Closer "We all felt like broken" includes a spacey, post-hardcore riff that leads the song through more Swedish ground, baring likeness to Vi Som Älskade Varandra Så Mycket. As the song passes its first minute I hear a hint of Gillian Carter's influence in both the screamo and subsequent, ambient outro.

Wait, 2018 was basically just an inception/demo year for PIET ONTHEL? Good god look out 2019 we are in for some fucking fire!

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DISCOGRAPHY

2018 - demo​(​loni​)​taksupo​(​mulo) cd/cassetteEP (stream/donate/download here)
2018 - Chaos Is Mee digital single (stream/donate/download here)

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(2018) PIET ONTHEL - "Its not feel like home anymore" (from 'demo​(​loni​)​taksupo​(​mulo)')

(2018) PIET ONTHEL - "Fight is a must" (from 'demo​(​loni​)​taksupo​(​mulo)')

(2018) PIET ONTHEL - "Why can't we see" (from 'demo​(​loni​)​taksupo​(​mulo)')

(2018) PIET ONTHEL - "Weekend at the Fire Academy" (from 'Chaos Is Mee')

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PIET ONTHEL additional links
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