Friday, April 4, 2008

Stephen Mark Sarro: Sympathy For the Living (4.5/5)

Year: 2005
Label: Teki-Pyro
Genre: Experimental Art Rock
TRT: 41:30

Sarro started out his musical career with the controversial post-hardcore act Tantrum of the Muse. I was (and still am) a huge fan of TotM, so when I discovered this album was being released, I was needless to say stoked. One track was available, and I loved it. Dark, creepy and catchy as hell. This was way back in 2002. Turns out there was some trouble with the original record label, and they wouldn't let the album be released from thier legal grip. So when the album was finally released three years later, I was very excited to hear it, but also a little hesitant because of the time that had elapsed.

I should have had more faith. Sympathy for the Living is a very odd album, but flawlessly executed. Recorded using very little "traditional" instrumentation, almost everything heard here was created using random household items. Everything from a dildo, to old answering machine messages to alarm clocks...and more. The flow of the album is very logical in it's own weird way, with dark undertones always trying to take hold of you, pushing you onwards to escape their haunting grasp.

01 Zzz...Zzz...X!
02 I Have Sympathy
03 The Diary Entries of a Mad Man
04 A Banshee
05 Eye Want Your Girlfriend
06 Roast Beast (Eating a Pig's Thoughts)
07 Kiss Off!
08 I Dance To the Beat of Doldrums
09 Steal My Joy (Mermaid)
10 Weddings & Funerals

Buy this album from Teki-Pyro or from Stephen himself


Talon said...

Listening to this for the first time right now, FUCK YOU ALARM CLOCK

TheTheory said...

My exact reaction, Talon.

As much as I love TotM, this album never connected with me.