The Victor Ship
In Somnis Veritas


4.0
excellent

Review

by Daniel King USER (9 Reviews)
August 4th, 2010 | 15 replies | 6,993 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An incredibly enjoyable album of beautiful deftness and grace.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

There is only room for a handful of ambient, post-rock/post-metal bands on my iTunes. A group of brilliant minds like Isis is needed in order to keep the genre from becoming wearisome because far too many bands think that slapping some watery delay on a lead line and backing it up with a pad and some unorthodox drumming makes good material. Granted, this really does sound decent eighty percent of the time, but making it great is a whole other challenge.

The Victor Ship are a young band based out in Los Angeles, California, and they’ve thrown themselves into this challenging genre with a noticeable air of confidence. Having recently cut their first full-length album, In Somnis Veritas, The Victor Ship are left only to hope that listeners such as myself are willing to dive into yet another ambient, post-rock epic of this sort. In my mind, the genre can be similar to technical metal in that I find myself wary of diving into a new album that, by its very nature, will take a significant amount of time to digest and may, in the end, prove to have not been worth the investment. Fortunately, In Somnis Veritas is an incredibly enjoyable album of beautiful deftness and grace.

This breed of project demands an acute sense of tone, and In Somnis delivers on all levels in this department. The guitars are gorgeously highlighted with delays and reverbs that never become over-powering or muddy. The distortions are crisp yet full and are greatly varied from song to song, which noticeably adds to the album’s dynamic. The bass is always clearly distinguishable, sitting very comfortably between a low rumble and trebly punch, and the drums are well recorded with good tone and level on the kick and snare. This album sounds great.

The Victor Ship incorporate a good deal of theatricality into their sound, introducing the album with a man musing about how the world has stopped dreaming (“they say dreaming’s dead…”) and how he has the intention of dreaming every day. The front half of the record is full of these voiceover moments, and the voiceovers are done with varying degrees of success. They mostly have a positive effect on the album, giving it a surreal, intellectual yet emotional edge. A newscaster gives reports on an aircraft downed by a meteor shower. A man theorizes about the technical nature of dreams (interesting how this album came out just before Inception) and so on. The acting and writing can occasionally come off a tad cheesy (“Hey, you a dreamer?” Man replies, “Yeah.”) but overall the voiceovers are a welcomed addition.

This album is mostly an easy listen in every way. The music never gets ultra-technical (the drumming, which is fantastic, is the most technical element) or heady, but the writing possesses a heightened sense of sophistication. Every song has at least one part that makes an imprint on the listener and stands out with breathtaking singular power. The Victor Ship has a good knack for getting things stuck in your head and this talent of theirs will be key to their success. Every member is markedly skilled with his respective instrument and every instrument is used well with countering guitar riffs, weaving bass lines and syncopated beats. Things don’t get heavy often, but when more abrasive, Underoath-esque guitar work is used it is done to great effect, and vocalist Dave Dorosh displays an astoundingly formidable screaming voice on tracks With Hope I Breathe and Open Eyes.

The vocals are the main (if only) area where the album suffers. Dorosh has an impressive voice, and he sings with plenty of conviction, but at times the tone can feel slightly melodramatic. He absolutely shines through most of the album’s length, but there are some weak moments like the cadence that closes out the otherwise beautiful track Amid the Roar. The song flawlessly builds to a crescendo that unfortunately falls flat due to weak (and somewhat pitchy) group vocals. Still, the vocal flaws are minor and easily forgivable.

In Somnis Veritas is an ambitious album that hardly ever bites off more than it can chew; a pretty marvelous feet for a full length debut from a band that is still on a local level. The album is on iTunes and I strongly recommend picking it up. If one were to buy single tracks I would suggest Amid The Roar, Of Claws And Wings, The Accident, With Hope I Breathe and Open Eyes, though the whole record is definitely worth purchasing. I will be watching this band closely and eagerly as they hopefully continue to write and further their presence in the Los Angeles music scene.



Recent reviews by this author
Thrice Major/MinorBetween the Buried and Me Colors
The Chariot Long LiveFrom A Second Story Window Delenda
Four Year Strong Enemy of the WorldFuture of Forestry Twilight
user ratings (11)
Chart.
4.1
excellent

Comments:Add a Comment 
ShadowRemains
August 4th 2010



20521 Comments


A group of brilliant minds like Isis is needed in order to keep the genre from becoming wearisome because far too many bands think that slapping some watery delay on a lead line and backing it up with a pad and some unorthodox drumming makes good material.


Neurosis and Cult of Luna man, Neurosis and Cult of Luna

East Hastings
August 4th 2010



4391 Comments


damn good review. will check this out

kingjulian
August 4th 2010



1297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Shadow; Haven't listened to them yet but I'll get on it lol

@Hastings; thanks man! Do eet!!! My favorite song on the album is Open Eyes; it's a great showcase of everything they can do.

East Hastings
August 4th 2010



4391 Comments


sounds good dude, where did you find this? music store, band website blog, etc? i know you can stream half of it and buy it on the label website but i think it's digital

kingjulian
August 4th 2010



1297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Didn't wanna say in the review but I know one of the guys in the band lol they're local in my town north of LA.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
August 5th 2010



17204 Comments


wtf local band. nice dudes. my friends played a show with them a couple months ago.

East Hastings
August 5th 2010



4391 Comments


north of LA.
Louisiana? or Los Angeles?

Athom
Staff Reviewer
August 5th 2010



17204 Comments


Los Angeles. I think they're from Santa Clarita, which is about 30/40 minutes from downtown.

scissorlocked
August 5th 2010



3509 Comments


seems interesting

the review is good man,keep it up


Digging: Leon Vynehall - Music For The Uninvited

idolgirl
August 12th 2010



1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

That review is dead on!! Incredible album! I recently had to opportunity to see these guys live and they are a "must see" in my book!
Their live show takes their music/concept to another level all together. Considering that these guys are still young (both in age and as a band) they are solid! I look forward to where life experience takes these guys!

kingjulian
August 17th 2010



1297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Got a stupid ghost neg from that Michaelphelps troll. Good thing he's banned now lol

Dryden
August 17th 2010



12928 Comments


lol!

ShadowRemains
August 17th 2010



20521 Comments


quite saying lol in every sentence kingjulian, your posts look like they came from a 12 year old facebookian girl

kingjulian
August 18th 2010



1297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

: (

I'll try harder...

Storm In A Teacup
June 2nd 2012



12697 Comments


OH this is good maybe my new favorite songs



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 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy