Smooth seas don’t make a skillful sailor. That’s why the first part into “Boat Builder”, we’re only allowed to enjoy the smooth and sailing bass line for a moment. Because immediately after that, the first tide from the ocean of bold guitar works, which ‘A Wilhelm Scream’ is known for, will hit our stereos. Soon after, it’s just constant waves of riffs adventure. Ahoy!
Partycrasher is their latest attempt on delivering angst through technical finesse to the scene. While the elements in some songs (try “Devil don’t Know” for its “King is Dead”-esque intro, or the kind-of-never-ending outros of both “Gut Sick Companion” and “5 to 9” ) sometimes sound too familiar than it should, the proven formula of dual metallic riffing, virtuoso-level bass lines, fast yet alternating drum beat, and rough vocals always sounds special on its own.
Even in the 6 years gap since AWS last releases, one can’t simply come near their instrument proficiency whilst still keeping it musical. Maybe only AWS who can use that kind of formula since it requires a high level of musicianship. Check the shredding intro and the singing guitar solo part of “Ice Man Left a Trail” to quickly identify that AWS is in a whole different level than the rest of the bands alike. Listen to punchy syncopations in “Gut Sick Companion”, or memorable vocal hooks in “Born a Wise Man”, or maybe fancy swingy-almost-‘dandgdut’-like bass line (remember the Javanese-scale guitar riff used in the last part of “Pardon Me Thanks A Lot”?) while still keeping it heavy in “Last Laugh”, or another implementation of latin beats in “Sassaquin”. Although this is the first album with their current formation, but the chemistry produces one of AWS’s best work to date.
Imagine if Nuno is the captain of a ship, and you’re one of his crew. Then he commanded an assault and screamed “No guts no glooory!”. How should you respond? Mine is I will give an allegiance to my captain with all my pride, and scream back “Aye, aye Captain!”.
Favorite tracks : Ice Man Left a Trail, Boat Builders
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I’am not entirely sure where this first started, but a pattern that you seen a lot in third party Objective-C libraries is using separate success…
Doing it the ‘Apple’ way.
Been playing this over and over for the last past week. Wait for my "What You Don’t’ See" review soon!
People know him from the popularity of AFNetworking and his other essential open source projects, Mattt delivers another awesome open source project called, Helios
> Helios is an open-source framework that provides essential backend services for iOS apps, from data synchronization and user accounts to push notifications, in-app purchases, and passbook integration. It allows developers to get a client-server app up-and-running in just a few minutes, and seamlessly incorporate functionality as necessary.
It’s like everything that a mobile app need for its backend. Sure there are lots of BasS out there (Parse, StackMob to name a few), but for everyone who needs more control, helios would be the answer.
For me, BasS model is too magical, and migrating our own data out of it seems like a hassle. Also, I don’t like having my data in someone else’s system, I don’t feel comfortable knowing that my (or my client’s) data is on other people’s hands.
I haven’t looked around the code yet, but if there’s any backend requirement for my next project, helios is my first option to be the backbone of my app.
What I like is I can do whatever I want with it. I can make it as the base of a Rails/Sinatra app, or even plug it in to my existing Rails/Sinatra app. You can deploy in your own server, or in your favorite PasS that support ruby deployment (I’ll pick Heroku). Ahh, the smell of an open source project, liberating as usual.