Album of the day: Kowloon Walled City – Container Ships

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: The only thing really subtle about Kowloon Walled City‘s Container Ships is how subtle it is. The tiny bits of melody that makes their way into the guitars of Scott Evans and Jon Howell, or the surprising effect the record — their second behind 2009′s Gambling on the Richter Scale and label debut on Brutal Panda Records – can have on the listener’s mood despite being so outwardly intense and seeming so cerebral in their approach, that pesky tendency to kick a face with a song.

It’s not the kind of thing you generally think of as ambient, but Container Ships has more to it than its surface heaviness. Its seven component tracks run a vinyl-ready 35 minutes and opening argument ‘The Pressure Keeps Me Alive’ winds up somewhere right in the middle of Kowloon Walled City‘s scope of pace. Evans handles vocal duties with a kind of post-hardcore semi-speech, melodic enough when it needs to be and likewise able to turn within a line’s span into an all-out shout.

Tonally, they’re more indebted to Godflesh than the Neurosis / Isis sphere of post-metal, but some of those elements are there, particularly on the centerpiece title-track or side B closer ‘You Don’t Have Cancer’, the two longest cuts at 7:11 and 8:44, respectively. Most of the album moves quicker, pushed ahead by Jeff Fagundes‘ about-t0-fly-apart drumming (spoiler alert: it never flies apart) and Ian Miller‘s thankfully prominent low end righteousness.

Continue reading: The Obelisk: AT A GLANCE: Kowloon Walled City, Container Ships
(Courtesy of JJ Koczan / The Obelisk)

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One Response to “Album of the day: Kowloon Walled City – Container Ships”

  1. Old Guy says:

    Good review! It dittos my reaction to this album. I sit there listening to Container Ships and say…yeah!

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