Long Distance Calling
The Flood Inside


4.0
excellent

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
March 5th, 2013 | 13 replies


Release Date: 03/01/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Long Distance Calling are back on track.

German post-rock (or post-metal, however the listener wants to categorize them) band Long Distance Calling have returned with a new record, entitled The Flood Inside. Following the previous, less spectacular self-titled effort, The Flood Inside defies expectations, becoming a serious contender for the band's magnum opus, being tied to their 2009 masterpiece, Avoid The Light.

Parting ways with founding member Reimut Von Bonn and boldly deciding to permanently include Martin Fischer on vocals and keyboards, fans would be unsure of what to expect of the new Long Distance Calling record. Needless to say, the music exceeded predictions, becoming one of their strongest records. There is a lot to love on The Flood Inside, as there is a continuous dynamic shift from heavy to soft and back taking place over the course of an hour. It can easily be seen the band spent a lot of time fine tuning the songs, since every bit is carefully constructed for a great flow. This is clear from the opener "Nucleus", which features all the characteristics that made Long Distance Calling recognizable among a sea of bands. The dreamy chords playing over the dense looped rhythm sections offer a lovely, yet uneasy vibe that soon bursts with the heavy guitar riffs. The bluesy solo towards the end gives another dimension to the song, before it switches back to a crushing finale.

Even if Long Distance Calling successfully balance both heavy riffs with softer, dreamy passages, the latter are the more rewarding ones. "Inside The Flood" and "Ductus" make use of the same two side formula, but the eerie parts feel like the calm before the storm. Whether the lush guitars on the former, or the Eastern-influenced rhythms along with the electronic touches reminiscent of Maserati, the relaxed atmosphere, which threatens to disrupt at any point, gives a really pleasant, eerie feeling only increased by the hard rocking segments. New member Fischer sounds like a storyteller, intervening only when he's needed, leaving the instruments to drive the record. His voice has power and it works well with all the interspersed samples throughout.

Still, The Flood Inside loses momentum towards the end with the flat, rather predictable "The Man Within", but rapidly picks up again with "Breaker", which feels like a long conclusion to this epic adventure. From the dual guitars interplay, tight drumming to the keyboard patterns, every member has a great contribution, making the track another highlight and ending the record on a high note.

In the end, anyone who had a doubt regarding Long Distance Calling and their latest offering, needs to give The Flood Inside a spin. It is an essential album of theirs and a strong record in the genre, so fan or not check this out.



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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
March 5th 2013


3521 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a great record, I'm digging it a lot at the moment. Constructive criticism appreciated.

Nucleus - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rp8sjiEBjN0
Inside The Flood - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NajKDwRpbUo
Ductus - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HehzbftdEGM
Welcome Change - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Muu95ovMHVg
Breaker - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0kHjDOa9h0

Digging: Stonebride - Heavy Envelope

henryChinaski
March 5th 2013


2851 Comments


Never checked these guys out although they're from my home country haha. I'm gonna change that now. Loving the album art. Nice review!

Digging: Angels and Airwaves - The Dream Walker

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
March 5th 2013


3521 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks. This record and Avoid The Light are really good if you like post-rock or post-metal.

oubli
March 5th 2013


67 Comments


I tried them once and was not impressed, but i'll give it another chance. Good review!

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
March 5th 2013


3521 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Maybe you tried the self-titled which isn't that great. However, this is better. Thanks.

CaptainDooRight
March 5th 2013


30375 Comments


"From the dual guitars interplay, tight drumming to the keyboard patterns, every member has a great contribution, making the track another highlight and ending the record on a high note."

solid wording, good review

Digging: Henryk Gorecki - Symphony No. 3, Op. 36

KatatoNick
March 5th 2013


128 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm digging the instrumentation but i'm not so sure about the vocals. They are regularly decent, but at times they just sound flat and uninspired to me (kinda wish they'd gone for a more Jonas Renkse approach).

Avoid the Light is one of my most listened-to albums, so hopefully this one shall grow on me over time as their self-titled did!

Photon
March 21st 2013


1292 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

one of the track features the guy from Anathema. Some of the tracks here remind me of Callisto.

jmnewcomer18
April 19th 2013


3408 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this is good but "into the black wide open", from their self titled is way better than anything on here

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
April 19th 2013


3521 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree this isn't their best material, but it's close.

jmnewcomer18
April 19th 2013


3408 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

definitely not their best. welcome change is the best here in my opinion.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
April 21st 2013


3521 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, that song is really good. Ductus and Nucleus are close too.

jmnewcomer18
April 23rd 2013


3408 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Amazing record



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