Dolorous Canter
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Dolorous Canter

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The best kept secret in music


"The Alpha Project EP - Punk Planet"

I absolutely hate it when a good record is ruined by a piss-poor recording, which is exactly the case with this EP. The vocals drown out, the bass nearly blows my speakers, and the guitars get lost in the shuffle. If this was done purposely, especially the sound levels, it was a really bad idea that almost ruined the album. Had the recording, mixing and producing been of even below-average quality, I'd have been ranting and raving about Chicago's best-kept secret. Fuck it, I'll do it anyway. Despite the quality of the recording, the talent these guys possess is still clearly visible. Their brand of emotional post-hardcore is a refreshing break from the typical Chicago sound. The songs all take a long time to evolve into a furious mix of structured chaos capped by the edgy vocals. Well-written lyrics and nice packaging round out a good release that could have been so much more. I can't wait to hear a proper recording and witness the secret turn into hype. - Punk Planet

"The Alpha Project EP - Cross My Heart With a Knife"

Dolorous Canter is all about creating a mood with these five songs. At least I got kinda moody while listening to them... depressed. But in that good depression way... you know!

The bands sound can't just be summed up by a few lines, but I do have to try. So, in the very least, the sound is made up of soft, slow-moving melodies, bound with mournful singing, that progress and build up to bursts of explosive screaming and crashing. The word emotional comes to mind. Not, Im gonna kill my girlfriend with a knife crazy-emotion or im going to go away and whimper-emotion, just some real emotion. The style is similar to songs by Sleepytime Trio, Still Life or Indian Summer.

All of the songs seem to be epics but without going on for 10 minutes. They are songs that build and build, twist and turn and have definite climaxs. For the most part, the lyrics deal with tragic, life changing events that really go along perfectly with the music. The songs come with explanations and the cd booklet also comes with writings from the band members so you can really get a feel for what the band is and what they're wanting to do.

This is just good emo... the way it used to be. - Cross My Heart With a Knife

"The Alpha Project EP- Sound the Sirens"

Seldom does an artist successfully translate the high level of passion and energy they exude when practicing or performing live onto their recorded work. Something is often lost in the recording process, just a vibe that does not translate well. It is a problem that has been successfully overcome by one Chicago area outfit. Introduce yourself to Dolorous Canter. Their high energy blend of hardcore with emotionally driven melancholia is an incredible fusion resulting in a truly outstanding aural experience. The slow moving, lingering opening to "Just Words" is deceiving, as it explodes into a noisy explosion or searing riffs and passionate vocal work. Taking a look at its poignant lyrical poetry ("These dreams / that I have / don't mean a thing / and someday / I'll find one / that gives me what I need"), it is clear that sincerity and honesty are qualities they regard very highly. And it is with this honesty that the listener can truly hear and feel their level of passion successfully translated into recorded work.

Some will call this 'screamo' while others will brand it as emotional hardcore – one can compare them to the likes of Hot Cross, Joshua Fit for Battle and The Red Scare, but while Dolorous Canter may have their influences firmly in tow, their strongest quality is their unabashed, commanding characters of the four individuals that come together to make one distinct sound. The 6 minute opus that is "Policy" is a crazy mix of loud guitars, melodic screaming and rhythms that both frantic and beautifully moving at the same time. They follow it up with the personally revealing "Monyet Kotor" (if you translate that into Indonesian, it says "Dirty Monkey" but I'm not sure if that's what the band is going for here), that according to the band is "about how one event can change everything. In one second the whole world can come crashing down, and no matter how hard you try to get past it, you can never regain what you once had." It is perhaps the most moving track of this EP – equipped with stellar guitars, grinding drums and bass, it is both loud and earth shattering at times while it lapses into quiet, subdued refrain for brief moments. It is highlighted by the throaty screaming of the powerful line – "my kingdom's under fire".

In 28 minutes and 2 seconds, Dolorous Canter takes you on a musical passage that can be best described in one word – 'epic'. It is grand, loud, powerful, moving, emotional and most importantly, sincere and honest. Reading lines from the booklet, it clearly states – "the term 'emo' originally stood for emotional hardcore and Dolorous Canter is an emotional hardcore band." This EP comes with a well put together red cover booklet (adorned with lyrics and so much more) in a plastic cover that gives a very DIY, vinyl feel to it. 2002 has seen very few finer than 'The Alpha Project EP'. - Sound the Sirens


EP: The Alpha Project


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The term 'emo' orginally stood for emotional hardcore. And Dolorous Canter is an emotional hardcore band. We try to reinject the sincerity, honesty and the desperation that seems to have faded now in our community when they once ran rampant. We do this in our own ways and in a collective effort based on our own pasts.

We live in Chicago IL.

The words 'dolorous' and 'canter' can be looked up in a dictionary. Look for them, maybe you'll find meaning in more than just the definitions.