Night Sins
New Grave


4.0
excellent

Review

by Frederick Metzengerstein USER (202 Reviews)
November 9th, 2012 | 39 replies | 2,944 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A gloomy, modern take on classic post-punk featuring members of Pennsylvania's Salvation.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

One of the cooler new bands that I've been jamming to lately is Philadelphia gloom crew Night Sins. Featuring members of respected hardcore punk band Salvation, Night Sins tweak the formula a bit, opting for a moodier, often times cinematic, death rock influenced post-punk sound instead.

"New Grave" is the first album from this young band and I must say that I am very impressed with this recording. In every respect. From the melancholy atmosphere to the inspired musicianship, from the nifty songwriting to Kyle's brooding vocals, Night Sins have really nailed their classical 80's post-punk sound down to a pat. Influenced by like likes of Sisters of Mercy and Depeche Mode and blending vintage darkwave sounds with post-punk, "New Grave" is a phenomenal addition to the resurgent scene.

The sound of Night Sins can be characterized as being darkly melodic and sluggishly energetic. The tempos are often slow paced and the musicianship can be quite simple but it's lumbering nature contrasts perfectly with it's more divine, calculating self. The music is at once anthemic and apathetic. The Geminian duality of this band works splendidly. Downbeat melodic guitar chords provide the foundation of the recording, interspersing often with driving bass-lines and haunting, baritone singing. Underneath all that lies the strong, rhythmic percussion and understated synth work which helps provide a horror film like sensibility to the music.


There is not one particular high point about Night Sins. There are four. Leading the charge is Kyle Kimball and his enthralling, baritone singing style. His towering voice carries the music and lends an air of immortal gloom to the already darkened music. Serving as the groups bassist, Kyle also excels here. His plodding bass-lines provide a steady rhythm all through the recording with Michael Bachich's percussive abilities providing assistance. Drew Ferry and Chris Betts are the guitarists for the band. Juxtaposing catchy punk riffs with somber post-punk melodicism, the duo concoct engaging pattern after engaging pattern. Stellar synthesizer use can be found underlining the base instrumentation. They keys are subtle but highly memorable. They provide a spooky, cinematic feel. Sometimes they make you feel like you're trapped in a carnival, other times they make you feel like you're being drained of your blood in Dracula's castle.

The bleak atmosphere, precise musicianship and impassioned vocals really carry this recording, as well as the deeply inspired songwriting. Even though "Night Graves" is a relatively short recording and causes you to replay it consistently, it never loses it's charm. I have found no flaws with this even as I continue to replay this record time and time again. I highly recommend this album to the post-punk/death rock/goth crowd looking for some new jams as it is a worthy addition to your catalog. Currently you may find this on their official bandcamp.



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BallsToTheWall
November 9th 2012



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hey everyone, would you like some candy?

Eclecticist
November 9th 2012



3863 Comments


hi

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 9th 2012



16242 Comments


balls i just want you to know i still care about your reviews even when you don't review bm or dm

Graveyard
November 9th 2012



5595 Comments


sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet

BallsToTheWall
November 9th 2012



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks dudes. You missed my clown black metal review Crysis.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 9th 2012



16242 Comments


wat gotta check

theacademy
November 9th 2012



28225 Comments


dude cassadee pope is on the voice

BallsToTheWall
November 9th 2012



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

CASSADEE WHOA WHERE

TheFonz123
November 9th 2012



2795 Comments


I'll check this out, I suppose.

BallsToTheWall
November 9th 2012



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://avantrecords.bandcamp.com/album/night-sins-new-grave-lp

Eclecticist
November 9th 2012



3863 Comments


neg, review isn't wordy enough.

lol kidding. I admire how easy it is to read so have a pos and I will check out that bandcamp link!

UnnecessaryxBump
November 9th 2012



72 Comments


your avatar is wordy and edgy though, i'd pos that!

BallsToTheWall
November 9th 2012



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I found that mask in a Halloween store. Was that for Halloween, covered in fake blood and with serial killer props.

Graveyard
November 13th 2012



5595 Comments


The Eternal Giver and Winged Thing were def the highlights 4 me

Hep Kat
November 29th 2012



14993 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i did not notice this review. pretty decent album

Digging: Merchandise - After The End

foxblood
November 29th 2012



6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn this album is exactly what i was hoping it'd be like, really love this.

BallsToTheWall
November 29th 2012



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good stuff dudes.

foxblood
November 29th 2012



6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is def an easy 4. Wild Eyes and Winged Thing are really good in particular

bloc
December 16th 2012



34663 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Loving this

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

ShadowRemains
December 28th 2012



20227 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is really fucking good



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