Archive for the ‘Album of the Day’ Category
Posted on Friday, July 22nd, 2016
Lovingly pinched from The Sound Not The Word: It takes all of 35 seconds for Loss to force its way in to the centre of your attention. The desperate scream that marks the end of the introduction heralds the point where LLNN begin to show just what they mean by terming themselves as post-apocalyptic.
Even though it’s a mere 30 minutes long, Loss feels as if it lasts much longer, such is its merciless, all-consuming heaviness. This is the musical equivalent of a black hole, drawing all in to it with its immense gravitational pull – it is that heavy. No light can escape from here, and there is no release. Yet, suffocating as it all is, there’s still something about Loss that ensures you will keep coming back for more.
Musically, there’s a few obvious comparisons that spring to mind – the promo describes the record in terms of “Converge meeting Darkspace“, and it’s not too misleading a statement, though there is far less black metal than that might imply (instead, there’s the spacey atmospheres of Darkspace that justify the reference). To these ears, there’s a similar feel as to the first two Cult Of Luna albums – bleak, near-futuristic, believable in their dystopian warnings – and it’s a valid comparison in terms of sound too, with slow, crushing riffs, desperate vocals, and well-placed sci-fi elements that add extra texture and character.
There’s more of a sludge feel than that band ever possessed though, and fewer moments of respite. Loss isn’t completely unrelenting in its hostility and rage, but it’s damn near closing to being so; moments such as the opening section of third track ‘Calamity’ provide brief breaks from the otherwise uncompromising heaviness, and the title track wisely contains a more spacious – though no less ominous – section. They maintain the atmosphere of the album well, being heavy in a different, non-musical sense, and are well placed to ensure that Loss doesn’t become that bit too overwhelming a listen, nor does it ever risk losing its way.
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Posted on Thursday, July 21st, 2016
Lovingly pinched from The Monolith: Sanford Parker might sound a little bit like a midrange paper company, but the man has a huge musical pedigree; as well as being a member of Minsk, Corrections House and Buried at Sea, in a separate capacity he’s a stalwart producer. Having been on […]
Posted on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016
Lovingly pinched from Ave Noctum: It’s been a couple of years since the last Harakiri For The Sky album and it’s fair to say from the evidence here that they’ve been honing their chosen craft into a fine art. What it is exactly about Harakiri For The Sky that makes […]
Posted on Tuesday, July 19th, 2016
Lovingly pinched from Dead Rhetoric: The question sometimes arises, how do you follow-up a double-album release? Well, in the case of Schammasch you dig even deeper and come back with a triple-album. The aptly named Triangle is no mere gimmick. Containing three varied albums (truly the only way to approach […]
Posted on Monday, July 18th, 2016
Lovingly pinched from Meat Mead Metal: That’s a major reason I’ve always had a sloppy soft spot in my heart for Bay Area traditionalists Hammers of Misfortune. Their style shoots you way back to the ’70s and ’80s, when heavy metal really was starting to understand what it could be, […]
Posted on Friday, July 15th, 2016
Lovingly pinched from Last Rites: Say what you want about Aaron Turner, just don’t call him lazy. Since the dissolution of his band Isis in 2010, Turner has found plenty of ways to keep himself occupied, most of which involve creating excellent music and art. Since relocating from LA to […]
Posted on Thursday, July 14th, 2016
Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: Let me divulge a secret. I had a supernatural experience the other night. Or at least I think I did. See, I live on the edge of a forest, where I like to go running late at night. For kicks. One moonless, windless night […]
Posted on Wednesday, July 13th, 2016
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: It’s now been nearly a decade since Los Angeles sludge metallers 16 — aka -(16)- — were reactivated. In that time, they’ve toured the US and Europe, reissued early material via Relapse Records, which seems to have been the home they were looking for all […]
Posted on Monday, July 11th, 2016
Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: When history looks back at prog rock’s great follies it inevitably lands on Yes’ 1973 album Tales From Topographic Oceans. A sprawling double album featuring a song for each side, it was even too much for keyboardist Rick Wakeman who left the band shortly […]
Posted on Thursday, July 7th, 2016
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Though it spends much of its time engaged in a garage-in-space push, the prevailing vibe on Comet Control‘s second album, Center of the Maze, is still one of serenity. The Toronto five-piece’s sophomore release follows their 2013 self-titled, and like that debut it arrives via […]