Ominous, powerful and magnetizing like the sea, Mare Vitalis is unlike anything you've heard - so original yet unmistakably The Appleseed Cast. Dreamy and charming, this "album that wrote itself" flows from a tide of moody energy with guitars that sweep around complex, precision rhythms. A masterpiece of timeless inspiration, this record is absolutely stunning. If you've been waiting all your life for a sign, this is it. Post-hardcore perfection.
"Mare Vitalis is the music that pushes the blood through the veins. The vocals surround my heart, and the drums teach my pulse the meaning of rhythm. This is effortless melodic rock, or perhaps it's post hardcore. It is emotional, filled with layers and levels that twist around each other and the listener. It's soaring or drowning, depending on how you feel when you listen to it. I'm caught in the tones that twitch from throat scratching growl to starlight clean. There's a steady beat that carries through the album, even when the beat slips into off-kilter crystals of energy, or when the harmonies sail. It all fits together, and I can't listen to this album without feeling the beauty of longing. It hurts in such a good way, pulling at the right parts, and pushing you forwards into life." - Big Takeover
"The Appleseed Cast's first album, The End Of The Ring Wars, was a modern epic of post-hardcore, emo rock, off-kilter and dark, sometimes obtuse but always perfect. The band's new album, Mare Vitalis, shows a maturity and cohesion of styles. The Appleseed Cast put storytelling first, conveying what is more poetry than emotion. And the vocals are just grating enough to provide the element of sincerity and feeling to the words being sung. The music is often changing: slow to fast, loud to soft, with no holds barred on the guitars. All in all, they're unique, and that's enough to make them good. But the songs themselves on this album are so damn good, that makes them even better. The Appleseed Cast have mastered the art of melodic post-hardcore story-telling, with passionate vocals and serious moods. While The End Of The Ring Wars was edgy and powerful, this album is more powerful in a sad and desperate sort of way. The band has clearly learned a lot, stepping up the production and vastly improving the guitar work in each song, making this album nearly perfect. It's that amazing of a record." - Delusions of Adequacy
released 08 February 2000