Latitudes
Individuation


4.5
superb

Review

by controlled USER (10 Reviews)
July 27th, 2012 | 71 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: After pulling the rug from under the post metal world with Agonist, Latitudes up the ante and blow the freaking house down.

Last we left Latitudes they were shifting the way most thought about sludge by dwindling the notions that came with the term and accelerating the pace substantially. On their third effort Individuation they take those ideas a step further and prove to be a forefront revitalizer in the post-whatever world. To call Individuation breathtaking would be merely undermining its ability to take one’s breath away. With a newly developed sense of attack the band exerts all aspects of why people love metal. We’re dealing with a really heavy album here folks. Laced with doom and boom Latitudes come out the gates firing on all cylinders and rarely ease up. I’d suggest taking taking a breath beforehand.

Opener “Hyperbolic Forge” is near perfect in setting the stage for this dark voyage. The song opens to static buzzing that draws close to the ominous riff ahead. From here the song cascades into a dense frenzy that encapsulates what the rest of Individuation does so well, submergence. Within seconds of each track the listener is plunged into depths that are struggling to retreat from. A pummeling double bass sets the standard for ridiculous groove sections that absolutely steal the show time and again. This is no better articulated than on “Isleward” a mysterious track placed in the middle of the record, it offers nothing more than drone and simple strumming, but it may be the most important. Its tone represents all this album encompasses be it the moody passages or the constant lack of predictability. But the even bigger tale here is the explosion into “Shapeshifter”, a track bent on endurance, standing eight and half minutes tall its dominance over repetition, and then, lack thereof, is a marvel.

The biggest success story here though is the absolute stunner, “Metabolic Pathways”, an instrumental piece that ascends from a grandiose piano performance that immediately captivates with its fury resting atop a simple progression that eventually descends into the continuing murk that is Adam Crowley and Tim Blyth dual led atmosphere. The track enforces what Latitudes do so well, in that, they’re always transforming the simple into broad ideas that must be revisited in order to be truly recognized. This could be said even for the straight shooting title track which pulls little punches in closing out the album, yet still embellishes little additions to acquire a stronger arc (think Meshuggah) - in the grand scheme of things - this could be said in favor for every song on Individuation. But before I become a broken record, let me reinforce, this is what Latitudes have mastered.

There will come a time after we’ve lost Neuorsis, Isis and Rosetta and think “who’s left”? With Individuation Latitudes have gladly answered the call. Individuation atmosphere sucks one in with no after thought - and it’s addicting. The little nuances that identify each track are astonishing to find, and are a testament to the band as craftsmen at the peak of their game. Whether it laments their status as the kings of their genre is a story not worth investigating because Latitudes have truly created something all of their own.



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controlled
July 27th 2012


468 Comments


It's kind of that good.

Relinquished
July 27th 2012


25300 Comments


not really, I'd say between 3-3.5

controlled
July 27th 2012


468 Comments


no? i'd say better than agonist by a mile.

Relinquished
July 27th 2012


25300 Comments


you're kinda right but idk I gotta listen more.

CaptainDooRight
July 27th 2012


30033 Comments


Solid album

Digging: Fleurety - Min Tid Skal Komme

controlled
July 27th 2012


468 Comments


i felt the same way initially. but everything after voice is astounding.

CaptainDooRight
July 27th 2012


30033 Comments


Good review too bro. Pos. I agree with a lot of the points you brought out.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
July 27th 2012


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

v good. been meaning to review this

controlled
July 27th 2012


468 Comments


i was blown away honestly. as i didn't expect something like this after agonist.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
July 27th 2012


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

def on another level from agonist


controlled
July 27th 2012


468 Comments


love your prof pic btw

fromtheinside
July 27th 2012


18818 Comments


nice

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minty901
July 27th 2012


2076 Comments


great review. i still have to check out this album but it's quite low on my priorities since i only just got into post-metal a couple of weeks ago.

evilford
July 27th 2012


22836 Comments


FUCK YES

I love this album, I love these guys. Agree with everything you said, pos'd hard.

Agonist was great and this is even better. I'm sure it's not everyone's cup of tea but it's mine for damn sure. Love this album.

Digging: Burial (NL) - Relinquished Souls

evilford
July 27th 2012


22836 Comments


Nice dig minty

Also I meant to say, I feel the same abt Metabolic Pathways. Song is amazing IMO.

controlled
July 27th 2012


468 Comments


yeah that's a great track

kirbdog09
July 27th 2012


7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album is amazing

evilford
July 27th 2012


22836 Comments


You are dead right

wacknizzle
July 28th 2012


13514 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Heard some of this the other day, it rules. I kinda wish there was some screaming tho.

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CaptainDooRight
July 28th 2012


30033 Comments


does rule



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