Sleeping Peonies
Rose Curl, Sea Swirl


3.5
great

Review

by Frederick Metzengerstein USER (202 Reviews)
June 7th, 2010 | 35 replies | 9,165 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Shoegaze drenched black metal that doesn't rape Alcest for it's lunch money.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

I’m going to be truthful here. Everything Sleeping Peonies do is a back handed, spike laced slap to the face to black metal. Yet, I cant stop listening to their music because what they lack in grimness and raw hate filled aggression is made up in spades with quality hybridized indie rock/black metal. Like countrymen Caina, Sleeping Peonies integrate reverb heavy shoegaze into a raw black metal formula. But where as Caina likes to flirt with acoustics in their blackened fury, Sleeping Peosies dabble in the post rock/dream pop spectrum, complete with atmospheric synths and upbeat melodic chord progressions. Their ability to blend non metal influences (shoe gaze, dream pop textures, and post rock) into depressive black metal without sounding like an Alcest clone is commendable, especially considering they just formed last year. Their first official release is a five track EP entitled Rose Curl, Sea Swirl. God damnit…..

Here’s a way to get yourself killed by a black metal heretic. Name your band to something that reads as Sleeping Ponies. Post your influences as coffee at dusk, forgotten seaside towns, and rose wine. Also publicly announce you’ve chosen to abandon hateful lyrical content for sublime melancholy that only mermaids and ghostly experiences can offer. If you’ve stopped reading due to the feminine qualities that plague this band, I recommend you stand your ground and keep reading because they write some truly genuine and heartfelt blackened metal.

How much of a role does black metal play in Sleeping Peonies sound? A lot more than you’re expecting actually. The vocals are performed in the standard depressive black metal style where the raspy shrieks and screams emote to a degree that only soccer’s most theatrical players are able to conjure. Fortunately they don’t suck or push the envelope of obnoxiousness, instead the vocals are perfectly situated between distorted guitars and backing melodies. Percussion is generally always blasting in your face (no homo). The loud snare drum compliments the earthy bass tone, solidifying a solid rhythm section. Guitars are executed in a manner similar to most post-black or metal gaze bands. You have your fuzzy riffs that provide the necessary edge and then you have the post rock inspired tremolo picked melodies to kick up a dandelion ***storm. The band excel at song dynamics, especially the soft to loud variety. Ambient Paysage-esque keyboards, piano and clean guitar notes cover a lot of ground in this near twenty minute recording. Spacious melodic passages often meld with the harshness of black metal in reasonably accessible (four tracks are four minutes) portions.

Production is raw enough to classify this as black metal but the sound is still crisp and easy to listen to. The rhythm section in particular is worthy of mentioning in this fine mixing job. A bass you can actually hear and drums that aren’t being suffocated with distortion, what’s not to love? Amidst all that psychobabble and sensitive emotional engagement with one’s true self , Sleeping Peonies have crafted an excellent EP that should appeal as much to the indie loving shoegazer as the open-minded black metal sith lord. For fans of Alcest, Caina, Have A Nice Life.



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BallsToTheWall
June 7th 2010



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I apologize for fucking up the band's name. It is not Young Peonies.

Relinquished
June 7th 2010



24428 Comments


awesome, another one after 3 months

Foxhound
June 7th 2010



4570 Comments


I haven't seen you review in a while? Your summary's got me excited. Nice review as always.

BallsToTheWall
June 7th 2010



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you. First time i've been motivated to write in months.

Buccaneer
June 7th 2010



692 Comments


Wtf is up with the album art...

Sweet review man, I'm tempted to check this out...sounds and looks pretty weird

BallsToTheWall
June 7th 2010



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I Forgot to mention how incredibly unattractive the artwork is. Oh well, band will hate me enough for the review.

ShadowRemains
June 7th 2010



20230 Comments


nice review, pos'd

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
June 7th 2010



16134 Comments


Lol. That second paragraph was great dude. I really did almost stop reading.

BallsToTheWall
June 7th 2010



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Glad my lunacy finally paid off.

TheSpirit
June 7th 2010



17154 Comments


I've been looking for more shoegaze influenced black metal so i will be checking this out

Digging: Rx Bandits - Gemini, Her Majesty

BallsToTheWall
June 7th 2010



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's refreshing to hear one of these black-gaze bands that isn't an Alcest doppleganger. I mean that 6 band split was cool but they all sounded identical.

PuddlesPuddles
June 8th 2010



4765 Comments


Will look into us

Great job, Pigeon Man. You never let down

rasputin
June 8th 2010



14516 Comments


stopped reading after grammatical error in summary

masterofcum
June 8th 2010



428 Comments


lol

BallsToTheWall
June 8th 2010



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

There's probably alot of grammatical errors. Which one are you specifying?

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
June 8th 2010



16246 Comments


He's referring to the fact that you used "it's" (a contraction for it is or it has) instead of "its".

I'll check this shit out, thanks for leaving me a shoutbox message otherwise I would have completely missed this.

lotsajoy
June 8th 2010



12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'll try this again since the last post didn't make it through.

The CD is available for $3.50 + shipping and features two additional tracks not included in the rip floating around the net.

Support the label and band directly:

http://www.khrysanthoney.com

lotsajoy
June 8th 2010



12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Also, BallstotheWalls, thanks for the excellent and thoughtful write up. Both the band and myself approve! :-)

BallsToTheWall
June 9th 2010



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wow, going to buy that. And thanks.

EnCrypt.
June 9th 2010



882 Comments


I thought it said penis when I quickly glanced at the name lol



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