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AsoTamaki
April 11th 2012


2525 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This change culminates with the track "Rainmen" which ends up sounding more like Slowdive or My Bloody Valentine than anything else.


Agreed with this. That's probably why I find the song so dull and overlong. It's mostly pure, basic post-rock/shoegaze with all the standard effects tossed in. The song isn't bad by any means, but it doesn't really have their unique blending of styles that makes me enjoy most of the rest of the album.

Also, I just listened to it for the first time and the radio edit >

Nomos
April 12th 2012


865 Comments


That excites me, because I just keep looping Rainmen, thinking it was the album's gem and that I shouldn't bother with the other tracks.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
April 12th 2012


7321 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Because I have long since learned that not following up on a Willie rec may be a huge mistake, I tried this one out. Unfortunately, I should admit that me and post rock don't get along that well - call me someone with ADD but I often end up finding that noodling and persistent atmospherics (accompanied with a frequent lack of vocals) don't give me much to focus on, cause me to usually end up distracted or just plain bored (and you kinda neglected to mention that this was a post rock album when you first rec-ed it to me :p).

That being said, although I didn't end up digging Skylight as much as you obviously do Willie, I heard enough to recognize it was a solid release. I'm most impressed by the amount of influences that the band have pulled together for this release. The part where you mention that "with each subsequent track, the band moves further away from the initial post-metal/doom foundation and more towards a melody-and-reverb heavy sound more similar to the shoegaze genre" is particularly spot on, and I tip my hat off to them for that.

So yeah, in another life, AOTY maybe. But for now, I'll agree that there's some solid work on here - it's just that it's not exactly up my street =)

Willie
Moderator
April 12th 2012


16148 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ha ha, Post rock? I was trying to rec you some metal albums that might ease you into the genre... oh well.

Try that Anacrusis album that I mentioned, Screams & Whispers. It has plenty of vocals and is definitely metal. It's actually technical thrash with a very diverse sound and vocalist to match.

link: http://anacrusis.us/media%20files/MP3/Albums/Albums.html

Digging: Mors Principium Est - Dawn Of The 5th Era

Irving
Staff Reviewer
April 12th 2012


7321 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ha ha, Post rock?

Isn't that what you call this? =S + =p

Irving
Staff Reviewer
April 12th 2012


7321 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Went back for another listen.

Result: my opinion has been revised.

taylormemer
April 12th 2012


4953 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol post rock.

Dimor
April 12th 2012


1835 Comments


Lol muppet show

Tyrael
April 12th 2012


20971 Comments


'lol post rock.'

die

scissorlocked
April 12th 2012


3511 Comments


this is very solid Willie - for some reason these guys seem appealing to me though I've kinda moved away from such atmospheric metal territories.

This is different though, I think there's not a bit of exaggeration here and the production is tight without any pompous orchestral arrangements that usually mess the whole thing up. The album's atmosphere is inviting somehow

Digging: Low Roar - Low Roar

Apollo
April 12th 2012


10373 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The fact that Streams Inwards has been rec'd by you Willie means I will be downloading this

Apollo
April 12th 2012


10373 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yup, this is pretty fucking incredible

gonna listen a few more times and then rate

Motiv3
April 12th 2012


8944 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Title track's clean vocals are amazing and Rainmen is really dreamy. Gonna get this, sounds promising, sounds like an album thats best heard all the way through too.

Photon
April 12th 2012


1292 Comments


best post rock album i have heard this year.

Nomos
April 12th 2012


865 Comments


I've always thought post-rock was a bit silly and never gave me anything to focus on...never had any
real hook...and kill me, but I think Isis is the worst of them, but this album's pretty great so far.


The more audible vocals are a lot like Amorphis but less cheesy.

BallsToTheWall
April 12th 2012


44805 Comments


atmospheric metal


sounds fappable

Digging: Pink Turns Blue - If Two Worlds Kiss

Apollo
April 12th 2012


10373 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It is

FearlessBuffalo
April 12th 2012


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I enjoyed reading this review so much that I decided to join up and comment on it. 10/10 on the review, mate. I know very well what it feels like to search after that sense of amazement and not finding it. After your description of this album I thought I had to check it out.

After hearing it, I also think it's a great album. It surprised me since I never really heard anything like it. I was quite pleased when 'Bermuda Riviera' came on. The mood got really dark and the electronic tunes accentuated it so well! I think that's my favorite track. The only thing I did not like, and I know it's nitpicking, is the transition between this song and Resonance. I felt like I could've used a pauze or something quiet in between. Other than that, I really enjoyed the post-rocky vibe of Saturn & I and the female vocals in Cloud Nine.

BallsToTheWall
April 12th 2012


44805 Comments


Rainmen is fucking incredible.

Apollo
April 12th 2012


10373 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't know if I would compare this to Streams Inwards tho Willie



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