Wiretap Scars

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Sparta's debut EP showed promise, but Wiretap Scars is a sound reward. It fills the void where At the Drive-In was with focused post-hardcore frazzle, leaving the relentless experimentation to Cedric Bixler and Omar Rodriguez in Mars Volta and focusing instead on a terse melodic sense. Wiretap Scars is accessible, but on Sparta's own terms. "Mye" and "Cataract" return from the EP; the reflective "Echodyne Harmonic" has been more fully realized. "Mye" especially reveals the influence of Fugazi's mastery of tension and release on Sparta, from the Ian MacKaye-style righteousness of Jim Ward's vocal -- "This time I'll get it right/You can't defend it, it's predetermined" -- ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Sparta's debut EP showed promise, but Wiretap Scars is a sound reward. It fills the void where At the Drive-In was with focused post-hardcore frazzle, leaving the relentless experimentation to Cedric Bixler and Omar Rodriguez in Mars Volta and focusing instead on a terse melodic sense. Wiretap Scars is accessible, but on Sparta's own terms. "Mye" and "Cataract" return from the EP; the reflective "Echodyne Harmonic" has been more fully realized. "Mye" especially reveals the influence of Fugazi's mastery of tension and release on Sparta, from the Ian MacKaye-style righteousness of Jim Ward's vocal -- "This time I'll get it right/You can't defend it, it's predetermined" -- to the song's controlled fuse volatility. Taken with the shouty "Cut Your Ribbon" and the barbed guitars of "Rx Coup" and "Red Alibi," there's enough ATDI blood boil in Sparta to keep fans of the old stuff interested. But Ward, guitarist Paul Hinojos, drummer Tony Hajjar, and bassist Matt Miller like melody with their rage, as the incredible break at the end of "Coup" proves. They're also able to shift gears fluidly. "Harmonic" is tinged with piano, and "Glasshouse Tarot" drifts through moody dynamics before intersecting with its chorus, an urgent blast close to Jawbox or Friction. Scars could use the occasional sharpening on both ends of its sound. But it never hides where it's coming from, and often puts its lance into gristly, rewarding hooks. Wiretap Scars is certainly what's come after. But with their first full-length, Sparta define just what's driving them.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/13/2002
  • Label: Dreamworks
  • UPC: 600445036628
  • Catalog Number: 450366

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cut Your Ribbon (3:04)
  2. 2 Air (3:57)
  3. 3 Mye (3:39)
  4. 4 Collapse (4:16)
  5. 5 Sans Cosm (3:59)
  6. 6 Light Burns Clear (4:24)
  7. 7 Cataract (5:11)
  8. 8 Red Alibi (3:42)
  9. 9 Rx Coup (3:14)
  10. 10 Glasshouse Tarot (5:13)
  11. 11 Echodyne Harmonic (3:57)
  12. 12 Assemble the Empire (3:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sparta Primary Artist
Gabriel el Chino Gonzalez Guitar, Keyboards
Paul Hinojos Guitar
Jim Ward Guitar, Vocals
Tony Hajjar Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Brian Gardner Mastering
Joe McGrath Engineer
Jerry Finn Producer
Don Cunningham Artwork
Mike Fasano Drum Technician
Jason Noto Artwork
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Different from the rest

    Out of the three albums that they've released this is the best. You can listen to them all the time and never get tired of their music. I love "Cut your Ribbon", "Sans Cosm", and " Red Alibi"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing CD!

    This is a great cd. If you like At The Drive In you will LOVE Sparta. Excellent band.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    The Cd is absolutely brilliant. I can't stop listening to it. I also recommend trying to see these guys in concert, they are great live. I knew of them before I saw them, but once I did I just had to get the CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wiretap Scars

    when i first heard this band i thought that they were definantly a force to be reckoned with. Roaring vocals and hardcore guitar riffs definantly inspire you to get up and start head banging. Sparta is definantly a progresion from there earlier work with "At the Drive in" which is in my opinion, one of the best bands the world has ever seen, but sparta has a perfect balance of hard and soft with screaming tracks like "cut your ribbon" and "red alibi" to counter act the softer "air" and "light burns clear".To many people miss great music like this and we need more bands like sparta, all around i would definantly recommend this cd for anyone searching for higher elightenment musically.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wiretap Scars

    If my life had a sound track this would be it! Sparta is a band like no other, with roaring vocals and smashing guitar riffs they are the perfect mix of hardcore and emotional rock. with screaming tracks like "cut your ribbon" and the softer "red alibi" and "air" its a perfect counter act of hard and soft,the music business needs more bands like sparta i would definantly recomend this CD for anyone who is looking for greater enlightenment musically and emotionally. Too many times i have seen Sparta compaired to there earlier work with At the Drive In, but i feel that they are in two different catogories of rock emo-core music. You can definantly hear a sence of growth, music wise when listening to both these bands.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    New Rock

    They have an awesome sound. They definitely know what they are doing, and they are doing it fairly well.

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