Anoice
The Black Rain


4.0
excellent

Review

by deathofasalesman USER (4 Reviews)
July 20th, 2012 | 25 replies | 2,761 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: ...not just an aural experience but a visual one as well.

7 of 7 thought this review was well written

I am listening to this now, for the first time, in a big metal bird in the sky. 34,000 feet above sea-level. Surrounded by sleepy men in fedora hats, ungrateful patrons with stiff upper lips, and of course, rich, snobby white folk with as much poise as a rabid squirrel. Perhaps this is the soundtrack I need in order to escape from these unsettling surroundings. To let my mind collapse within itself.

"The Black Rain" . . . what a suiting title for an album like this. It did, however, remind me of Ozzy Osbourne and made my teeth grind in horror for a fraction of a second but I won't get into that. Well, the album starts with a foreign woman singing in falsetto, probably mourning over something dark and depressing like the death of a relative while some light feedback and strings slowly fade into the whole depressing scene. She sounds like she's singing in a small tin box tied down with rusted chains, never able to escape. Dark piano chords accompany the slow-building feedback, and a solo violin along with a screechy news broadcast join in on the fun. The news broadcast is probably about something dark and depressing like illness or famine. All these foggy, ambient textures keep weaving through one another until the cumulative sound of the entire album is put on display. Yes, the whole album, excluding one of the more exciting songs on the album, sounds like this one song, which is not a bad thing.

Distorted pianos, lonely violins, and eerie ambient sound effects (water dripping, nighttime winds, even the imprisoned woman returns for another show) consume a majority of this album's 53-minute length. This, like I mentioned before, is not at all a bad thing. These gloomy components make this album not just an aural experience but a visual one as well. Closing my eyes now, I can see a number of things: wind chimes dancing against a sea breeze at night, children nervously stalking through a forest at night, a filthy backyard toolshed illuminated by spontaneous flashes of light from a broken light bulb suspended from a rusted wire at night. And I ridiculously emphasize the night portion of these visions because this is, quite frankly, a very dark album. Not menacingly dark like Kreng or Wolf Eyes, but a non-violent, all-encompassing darkness like The Caretaker or Atrium Carceri.

The second-to-last track "Finale" is probably the most energetic thing you'll hear off this album (this is the exciting song I hinted at before.) It is the only song on here to feature percussions and Anoice utilizes them well. I just realized that was the first time I mentioned the band's name in this review. Yeah, their name is Anoice and they're from Japan. Check 'em out on MySpace. Anyway, "Finale" quite literally ends with a bang, or a crash I should say, as brazen guitars, pianos, strings, and drums all come together in a brilliant symphony, similar to the work of John Murphy for the 28 Days/Weeks Later soundtrack, then fade away as a fighter plane crashes into the ground (at night).

So I'm still stuck on this big metal bird, which is still stuck in the sky. There are still rich, snobby white folk complaining about the lack of ice cubes in their cups of carbonated water and Sprite. And this album continues to play on repeat as I subconsciously escape from this compressed aluminum cabin, hundreds of miles from my final destination. I'm teetering on 12% battery life on my laptop, so I should probably wrap this sausage. "The Black Rain" is a dark, brooding, enlightening, and sometimes-unpredictable experience. It should not be listened to in parts but as a singular piece of art. I suggest closing your eyes while listening and, for the full experience, listen to it at night. Thank you.


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Rail
July 19th 2012



489 Comments


Were you travelling to the 1930s or something?

Digging: Tipper - Forward Escape

deathofasalesman
July 19th 2012



5810 Comments


Men in fedoras no longer look like this: http://tinyurl.com/fedora12345

They look like this: http://tinyurl.com/fedora123456

Edit: Also, first review. What do y'all think?

YoYoMancuso
July 20th 2012



10869 Comments


the first paragraph made me crack a smile, this is an awesome first review man.

deathofasalesman
July 20th 2012



5810 Comments


Thanks!

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
July 20th 2012



23798 Comments


good first review

Rail
July 20th 2012



489 Comments


Ha, okay. That's a funny picture.

This is a really good review. I don't quite understand the need for racialization in the first and last paragraphs; seems a bit unnecessary when what you seem to be referencing is class.

Anyway, just a minor gripe so POS.

CaptainDooRight
July 20th 2012



28332 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pos bro gotta check this

Digging: IQ - The Road of Bones

deathofasalesman
July 20th 2012



5810 Comments


I'm white so it's cool. White people are so snobby.

Thanks for the pos's.

omnipanzer
July 20th 2012



21418 Comments


Suggestion:
"starts with a foreign woman singing in falsetto"
Starts with a woman singing in falsetto in a foreign language.

Have a spacey, tortured, japanesie POS sir.

Digging: Grant Lee Buffalo - Fuzzy

deathofasalesman
July 20th 2012



5810 Comments


Dude that avatar...

but thanks man. Appreciate the help!

LifeAsAChipmunk
July 20th 2012



4854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This sounds interesting. I could have sworn you've done more than just 1 review, Salesman.

ILJ
July 20th 2012



6617 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah I definitely thought you had already written reviews before. Ah well, it's a damn good review nonetheless. Glad someone reviewed this. You did a better job than I would have.

Digging: Mastodon - Once More 'Round the Sun

deathofasalesman
July 20th 2012



5810 Comments


Nah I did a review for Kodan Armada on an old account and it sucks.

This one was for you ILJAJLM. Glad you dig it.

WeepingBanana
July 20th 2012



10045 Comments


sweet review

omnipanzer
July 20th 2012



21418 Comments


"Anyway, just a minor gripe"

I guess you needed something to Rail against...

buh dum tis

Rail
July 20th 2012



489 Comments


Well, that one tanked.

FelixCulpa
July 20th 2012



1237 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Drops is such a fantastic song.

deathofasalesman
July 20th 2012



5810 Comments


Me gusta Ripples el mejor.

LifeAsAChipmunk
July 20th 2012



4854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The 2nd track is absolutely beautiful. I wish this was a bit more consistent though.

eternium
July 20th 2012



16304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Amazing album.



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