Adrift for Days
Come Midnight...


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (197 Reviews)
March 12th, 2013 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A premonition, a void, and the aftermath. Come Midnight…

Australian based ambient sludge that is sure to doom your soggy socks off. When people think of the extreme metal scene from Australia, many like to jump to Portal or there off-shoot Impetuous Ritual and for the most part the comparison between the mentioned bands and Adrift For Days wouldn’t be too far off. Hailing from Sydney, this young act cites many influences, ranging from Jimmy Hendrix all the way through to Boris and Pink Floyd and it’s this wide scope of influences that allows their music to have the effect that it does. Not only does it bring aspects from different artists together it also touches base on a wide variety of sub-genres including the likes of; doom, drone, sludge, stoner metal, 70’s psychedelic rock, post-metal and post-rock influences, proving there’s something here for everybody. Often, there is contrast between the heavy and minimalistic sections, but it’s not outweighed by the excellently oppressive dank atmosphere present throughout the record. This works well for Adrift For Days, whose debut The Lunar Maria which Come Midnight… was roughly built on. These are strong foundations indeed for this emerging underground act, highlighting the promise of their music.

Despair and pain come shining through at almost all points of the record. Even the sombre cleans promote an anguish that is well presented, taking shape in even vocal phrasing, low key rumbles and two to three note picked melody lines. Where the music is minimalistic is where the music really takes hold of the listener. Emotion builds up lapping the edge of the glass, before spilling over completely. There are a couple of features that need to be pointed out; at six tracks and a whopping hour and ten minutes, Come Midnight… is far from an accessible listen. In fact, it may take more than several listens to get the full picture. Come Midnight… is a slow plunge of a cliff face only to be sped into death’s cold embrace, startlingly aggressive yet, eerily gentle at its sinister moments. Take the final and longest track for example. ‘Eyes Look Down From Above’ is an excellent display of the album as a whole. Gentle melancholic notes transition into abusive heavy sections but it’s not an unwelcome clash stylistically. For Adrift For Days, these switches in music come naturally making the most out of the impressive instrumental talent and intelligent vocal shapes.

Needless at this point to say, the music is dark, evil, sinister. Throw a whirlpool of adjectives at this in a similar nature and the descriptors may just come close. Adrift For Days’ Come Midnight… is an album you need to experience for yourself (preferably locked in an empty room with the lights off) to cater for the broad spectrum of influences coming together. Come Midnight… is a repressing listen that captures the dark points in your mind, but at the same time it doesn’t fully restrict thought allowing for the listener to become fully absorbed, lost in this sea of emotion conveyed through lyricism and the record’s atmosphere. Considering the production, the album is far from clean. Think of the production values used by fellow Australian act Portal and the similarities presented come closer and closer. Overall, it’s a wonder how bands can achieve this level of beauty in music playing this style. As far as the description for both the band and album goes this should be incredibly ugly, under produced metal. Instead, we’re shown quite the opposite backed by masterful instrumentation and a willingness to put everything they’ve got into their music, built on a primal almost raw studio recording. The music fuzzes, swirls, lifts, drops and floats in the best of ways. This is Australia’s underground metal scene displayed in the most positive of lights.



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2013


7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Albums that should have been on you Best Of 2012 List, but were not #2.

Name your price on their bandcamp page : ]

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2013


50455 Comments


cranking them out

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2013


7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you know it : }

Vakarian12
March 12th 2013


3859 Comments


sounds awesome. Another band I gotta check

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2013


7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

While your at it check them recs out, especially that Serious Beak.

xist
March 12th 2013


171 Comments


The cleans really stopped me listening to this...i recognise it's personal taste but i kept thinking i should try again, but then got put off by the same thing once more.

Do you mind if i point out some errors?

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2013


7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Feel free.

xist
March 12th 2013


171 Comments


including the likes of; doom, drone, sludge

The semicolon isn't appropriate here.

This works well for Adrift For Days, whose debut The Lunar Maria which Come Midnight… was roughly built on.

This isn't a sentence that means anything.

is a repressing listen

I think repressive rather than -ing would work better here but that's just a minor niggle.

Considering the production, the album is far from clean.

You don't need the comma, and you could probably expand this into the following sentence, especially as at this point you have a few punctuated sentences.

Where the music is minimalistic is where the music really takes hold of the listener.

Where the music is where the music is? It just feels clumsy.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2013


7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Those are some good pointers, ill fix em up in the morning.

xist
March 12th 2013


171 Comments


No problem, i didn't want to cause any offence as it's a good review.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2013


7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

As for your issues with the vocals maybe try that serious beak album as its instrumental.and the other recs should appease you with harsh vocals.

FrozenVain
March 12th 2013


2438 Comments


^
W...W-w-what? Did skele just say that?

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2013


19793 Comments


rise of the planet of the contributors

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2013


7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great review, but 3 reviews a day is way too much bro


The words from Skele, let it be known that three reviews per person, per day is too much. : ]

rise of the planet of the contributors


Ten in a row's not bad right?






lachlanrdale
March 13th 2013


2 Comments


Thanks Robert, really glad you enjoyed the album. We had a splendid time recording it. We very much appreciate the kind words.

If you haven't already get in touch with me at mail(at)artascatharsis.com and I'll shoot out our latest release to you.

We've just begun writing a follow up to Come Midnight which we'll likely record late 2013 / early 2014. Come Midnight should also be getting a vinyl release through Doognad later on in the year.

- Lachlan, Art As Catharsis.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 13th 2013


7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'll be doing that most certainly : ] Thank you for noticing.



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