Drawing North
Of Sand and Stone


3.0
good

Review

by Hernan M. Campbell STAFF
June 20th, 2012 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An impressive release, but sadly, it doesn't offer anything that we haven't already heard before.

There is an alluring quality within the musical content in Of Sand And Stone. The music is flourishing with a sense of exuberance, induced by melodic textures that favor a more optimistic tone. Immediately as "Cardinal Sun" begins, the music erupts with the sounds of roaring guitars and hard hitting drums. And even Michael Pogson's voice manages to seduce our enthusiasm with his passionate cries that are decorated with an infectiously catchy melody. But as we descend further and further into Of Sand And Stone, we find that the music expresses itself more like a reflection of Drawing North's influences than something original.

Songs like "Cardinal Sun" and "Forgotten Rooms" embrace us with a familiar sound. The music is certainly driven by an intense release of aggression, but yet there is this undeniable sense of emotive melodic delicacy that seems to coat all of this energy- a musical approach that has already been explored by acts like Saosin and Anberlin, as well as several other musical acts in the Indie scene. But don't get me wrong, Drawing North have certainly composed an impressive set of songs in Of Sand And Stone, but sadly they don't really offer anything that we haven't heard before from similar acts. Perhaps what makes "Harbour" such a captivating piece is because it deviates from the typical rock sound of the other songs. "Harbour" experiments with various musical landscapes, embracing us with a gentle, almost dream-like ambience in the beginning before elevating into a more powerful delivery in its conclusion.

As I said, Of Sand And Stone contains some very entertaining content, and at times even providing some truly mesmerizing melodies. With time, as Drawing North continue to explore the possibilities of their artistic potential and work to develop a unique sound that will distinguish themselves from their contemporaries, we may see this band evolve into something truly worthwhile. This is certainly a talented group, it can be easily perceived with every note played by the instruments and every word uttered by the vocalist. But as of right now, Of Sand And Stone is merely a stepping stone into the discovery of their role in today's music.



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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
June 19th 2012


4435 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I uploaded a different picture for the album... I guess there's two artwork covers.

Tyrael
June 19th 2012


20885 Comments


Sweet review man

I think you have a big chance to make it to contrib this round

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taylormemer
June 19th 2012


4917 Comments


The other one looks like some sort of "exclusive" promo art release. So I added the general one.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
June 19th 2012


4435 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks Ty. you should consider applying yourself, 34 reviews and a 94% approval rating- your certainly great candidate.

@Taylor
Oh, thanks, mate. I guess I had the wrong one.

PuddlesPuddles
June 19th 2012


4773 Comments


Looked up the video for Kites.. it seemed like right away I knew their past, present and future by
their sound. The whole 'heavy pop rock anthem' thing seems dangerous to fall into and get stuck in that
sound for eternity. Like their thing is to be so emotional and hopeful to the point where I don't
believe them anymore by the end of the song.. Huh.

And oh god everyone jumping for the midair rest and landing on the 1

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
June 19th 2012


4435 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@Puddles
Yeah, they're not really my taste of music. And I agree that they're music is pretty predictable since it such a familiar
style. But they certainly have some catchy songs.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
June 19th 2012


3421 Comments


Great review there, mister. pos. I haven't heard about these guys before, I'll check them out.

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
June 19th 2012


10211 Comments


Nice review, man. Where can I hear this?

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
June 20th 2012


4435 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@omaha
I got it for free to review it for altreview, but you can find it on youtube probably.

CaptainDooRight
June 20th 2012


29453 Comments


Good review bro. Length was appropriate and you expressed the pros and cons of this quite well. Also it's good to see you reviewing albums of various ratings as well to show your levels of versatility. Pos.

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YoYoMancuso
July 19th 2012


11113 Comments


this was a great review i don't how i missed this one

AmericnZero02
November 11th 2012


3343 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review, I generally agree with you. I'm pretty interested to see what they do with a full length release. Oh, and 'Kites' is pretty stellar.



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