Red Sparowes
At The Soundless Dawn


4.5
superb

Review

by Dancin' Man USER (40 Reviews)
August 9th, 2005 | 50 replies | 15,664 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Holy Sweet Mother of Jesus. This new wave of post-metal bands have really got something going on. This band is the group project of some of the forerunners of the movement with members from Isis, Neurosis, Angel Hair and others. The most similar band to Red Sparrowes would have to be Pelican, who they toured with. Like Pelican this has sweeping melodies, shifting riffs and is instrumental (for the most part, occasionally vocals are used as instruments but are not clearly audible so I guess that still counts as instrumental).

I first heard of Red Sparrowes while cruising Metal-Archives and looking at Isis. I saw that one of their guitarists was in another band, Red Sparrowes but it was not a band on Metal-Archives. That is stupid because this is metal... sort of. Like Pelican, it rides the line. This is not chugging power chord metal. this is far more thoughtful. It is very much like post-rock except usually faster, and heavier. That isn't to say this is fast, because it is still fairly slow but post-rock has a tendency to be very slow. This album also has the post-rock trait of long songs. There are no 20 minute epics but The Sixth Extinction Crept Up Slowly, Like The SUnlight Through the Shutters, As We Looked Back in Regret clocks in at 19:32 (the actual music is the first 12 minutes, then there are 4 minutes of silence and then a noise based soundscape) . The album is one hour long which is a very good length for this. Nothing feels like it drags and nothing feels like it's over too soon (at least, not in the bad way that can happen).

The use of effects and pedal steel add a really interesting element to the entire sound of this band. It adds to the atmosphere created by the melodies and enhances the soundscapes that are created. Now that I've said that, I have to mention that this is not an album of songs, but soundscapes. Not that there are huge interludes of ambience and weirdness (though there are a few moments) but the music itself paints a picture as the dynamics shift.

I really can't do a track by track for two reasons, one is that it's not my style and it makes for ugly bad reviews, the other is that there is too much to this for me to to each song justice. It needs to suffice to say that any track you pick from this album is worth listening to. The trouble is, you may have a hard time finding any tracks. It is maybe not as rare as some things out there, but it's not as easy to find as Isis or Neurosis or Pelican. It is however, worth your time to look for and find it.



Recent reviews by this author
Verse AggressionTool 10,000 Days
Found Dead Hanging Dulling Occam's RazorJob for a Cowboy Doom
Me and Him Call It Us The (C:) Drive Of Love StoriesEphel Duath The Painter's Palette
user ratings (364)
Chart.
3.9
excellent

Comments:Add a Comment 
3rdplanet
August 9th 2005



46 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Solid album.

Shadows
Moderator
August 9th 2005



2530 Comments


"Post-Metal"? What in God's name is that?

Anyway, good review. It sounds pretty interesting, but something about the genre turns me off.

Happymeal
August 9th 2005



330 Comments


[QUOTE=ShadowsFallen]"Post-Metal"?[/QUOTE]

Fast Fingers first mentioned the term in the Australasia review I think.

There's something about this album that I didn't like too much, or maybe I'm just not in the mood for post-rock these days.

Dancin' Man
August 10th 2005



719 Comments


It's basically what I figure has come as a response to metal and post-rock and where the two would lead if they were to have a love-child. It's a new genre but because the genre names that already exist are really bad and don't always fit, this is what I think should be the name. Therefor I whore it.This Message Edited On 08.10.05

DFelon204409
Emeritus
August 10th 2005



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm seeing these guys with Pelican this Thursday. Never heard any songs by them but I heard they were good.

Captain_HumpYourFace
August 10th 2005



119 Comments


Well I've never even heard of this band and after reading your review I still have no idea what they're supposed to sound like. Plus if I hear of one more post-genre I'm going to rip my own hair out.

The song titles are also hilariously bad and I just can't look forward to a recording that includes 4 minutes of silence followed by noise as an album closer.This Message Edited On 08.10.05

DFelon204409
Emeritus
August 10th 2005



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I can't understand how you're getting on a band's case for somebody calling them "post-" and complain about song titles when your user name is Captain_HumpYourFace.

Also, you have that Tales from the Crypt guy as your avatar.

Is this a joke account?

Captain_HumpYourFace
August 10th 2005



119 Comments


This is no joke I just didn't find this review very helpful. It didn't convey what the songs sound like at all, at least in my opinion. Plus I think it's a fair statement to say that I'm sick of hearing genre's with post in them, it just doesn't mean anything to me and I can't stand people who need to fit every album into a perfectly defined genre.

Oh, and the Crypt Keeper is the man.



Dancin' Man
August 10th 2005



719 Comments


If it doesn't mean anything to you, get educated. I feel I did a pretty good job describing the sound.

[quote=me]Like Pelican this has sweeping melodies, shifting riffs and is instrumental [/quote]

[quote=me]This is not chugging power chord metal. this is far more thoughtful. It is very much like post-rock except usually faster, and heavier. That isn't to say this is fast, because it is still fairly slow but post-rock has a tendency to be very slow.[/quote]

how does that not describe the sound?

Plus, your one review is a track by track, which, the top reviewers on the site have collectively decided are not a good representation of an album.This Message Edited On 08.10.05

DFelon204409
Emeritus
August 10th 2005



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Captain Hump Your Face, I was saying how could you complain about any form of labelling or description you find inadequate when your user name is something as stupid as Captain_HumpYourFace.

Kage
August 11th 2005



1173 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ugh...I wrote a review for this today.

Anyway, nice job. I love this album. It's one of my favorites, if not my favorite, release of this year. Full of plenty of sweeping, flying melodies and really interesting textural effects from the keyboards and the pedal steel. They reall have an interesting and unique sound.

I wouldn't say they're metal, though. Like you said, they're teetering on the edge between the Post Rock and Metal, but I'd still say they're in the rock category overall. Some really heavy moments, but the heaviness is less crushing and more textural, sonic heaviness than, say, a heavily distorted guitar.

Also, I like the "post-" genres...I don't know why anyone would complain about them. Post Rock has become my second favorite genre that I listen to.

Oh, and you spelled their name wrong. It's Sparowes, with only one 'r'.

Dancin' Man
August 11th 2005



719 Comments


oshi! I'll get that fixed.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
August 11th 2005



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

T-minus 3 hours until I see this band.

Dancin' Man
August 11th 2005



719 Comments


Make sure to post a full review on both them and Pelican. I am jealous of you.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
August 12th 2005



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The show was sold out. Lame sauce.

Kage
August 12th 2005



1173 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I saw Pelican on that same tour a few days ago, but it was just a few days before Red Sparowes joined up with them. Really dissapointing, although Pelican owned. I would have loved to see two of my favorite bands together.
This Message Edited On 08.12.05

Arrakakaka
August 25th 2005



685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I agree that it's one of 2005's best albums.This Message Edited On 09.22.05

burton.and.gas
January 29th 2006



641 Comments


ok does nyone else agree we need post-metal section?

br3ad_man
Emeritus
January 29th 2006



2125 Comments


I tried getting into this but it's just too dark and depressing for me. I'll have to be in the mood for it next time I try to listen to it.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
February 6th 2006



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This CD is great. It's a little too vapid at some points but on the whole is pretty intriguing and lovely.



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2013 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy