We Lost the Sea
The Quietest Place on Earth


4.5
superb

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (198 Reviews)
March 14th, 2013 | 73 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sometimes music is not meant to be happy, sometimes it's a way of life.

For countless years, music has always been considered an art form, a way of expression. Throughout the years there have always been those who take it to the next level, to make the art form an integral part of their everyday lives and for whatever reason the result is better, heart-felt making the most of what they may do. We Lost The Sea’s The Quietest Place On Earth is a prime example of a way of life, but it also has some serious undertones. Hailing from Sydney, Australia this act has a lot going for them. The band’s sophomore, The Quietest Place On Earth is expansive, reaching far and wide without conforming completely to the post metal tag like other more well-known acts. To sum up the atmosphere of the record, it’s reflective, trapped a struggle tied in so well with the vocals as if to make the listener believe that they’re the tortured soul on the recording. Strife, despair, the will to be free, equal or loved all culminates in this hour long display of emotion. We Lost The Sea hardly ever stick to a post metal sound, dabbling in small doses of shoe-gaze, sludge traditional doom passages and even the inclusion of a female vocalist, which mind you adds a whole other element to the album, The Quietest Place On Earth makes for an in depth and emotionally charged listen.

Aided by the production, The Quietest Place On Earth is a deep listen, rich in emotion contrasting only when it suits the songs. At times the record becomes melancholic (see the start of ‘With Grace’), remaining highly reflective, giving life to the simple melody lines and actually promotes a happily tranquil mood despite the unparalleled negative atmosphere to be found on the rest of the record. Simple chord shapes are done really well aiding the instrumental wailing in the background, lifting the tracks tension levels. This track is a good indication of how the album sounds as a whole. With album’s being released of such a high calibre, it’s easy to understand why the bands are gaining a respectful amount of followers. It’s great that a band like this can bring so many elements to the table. From the straight forward sludge affair, ‘Barkhan Charge’ which relies heavily on the dissonant chord shapes and throaty high emotive vocal lines.

Overall, We Lost The Sea’s 2012 record climbs to the height of the genre. The Quietest Place On Earth is a rich listen, with an integral depth that would usually take multiple listens to understand. This hour long affair is atmospheric and instrumentally top notch. What We Lost The Sea has achieved on their sophomore record is on par and at times will surpass those who sound similar to the band. From start to finish, The Quietest Place On Earth is a ride of despair, aggression and melancholy filled to the brim with emotion. It’s an album both wonderful and devastating in design. Sadly, this review ends on a negative as we pay tribute to We Lost The Sea’s vocalist who passed in the early months of 2013. Chris Torpy, the man behind the microphone who conveyed his passion and despair (even cited by the band as an outlet for his depression that eventually led to his suicide) giving life to the band’s two records. It’s unfortunate that the darker places in people’s minds can create such a contrasting beauty. By figuratively bleeding into the creation of this record, Torpy leaves a legacy behind him, not only for his friends and family but also the fans, as well as those yet to discover this wonderful record.



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 14th 2013


7122 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Another album that should of been on your 2012 list but probably wasn't #3.

Shuyin
March 14th 2013


11980 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

RIP

sixdegrees
March 14th 2013


17564 Comments


much better than that other review :P

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 14th 2013


7122 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

much better than that other review :P


Not sure if sarcastic...

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sixdegrees
March 14th 2013


17564 Comments


no sarcasm here



NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 14th 2013


7122 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ah okays then : ]

I feel a little bad for only finding out about this record because of Torpy's passing though. Their debut was pretty solid.

breakingthefragile
March 14th 2013


2962 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Spectacular review as always man. This album is too damn beautiful, R.I.P.

ConorIsNotHere
March 14th 2013


1290 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I feel a little bad for only finding out about this record because of Torpy's passing though.[2]

Still need to hear the full album, but "With Grace" is incredible.

Digging: Taylor Swift - 1989

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 15th 2013


7122 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Spectacular review as always man. This album is too damn beautiful, R.I.P.


I hope you feel reflective about life.

Still need to hear the full album, but "With Grace" is incredible.


The rest of the album is very much on par : ]




CaptainHadouken
March 15th 2013


1960 Comments


Great review. This sounds pretty good.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 15th 2013


7122 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've put y opinion up, the only left to say is try the record out.

joshieboy12345
March 15th 2013


5371 Comments


Sad more people know this band now, than they did before tragic circumstances.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 15th 2013


7122 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I knew about the band, just not this record.

PortalofPerfection
March 15th 2013


623 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent review, I feel like most of the middle paragraph isn't even necessary, you nail the album so well with the first and last. That said, it was the most well-worded section and made the review flow a little better.

I've been so aloof these days but I had to come read this. Overall your best review yet ipod.

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Yazz_Flute
March 15th 2013


18855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This was in my top 5 for last year JWAY TO BE PRESUMPTUOUS

Digging: Kenn Nardi - Dancing With the Past

FearThyEvil
March 15th 2013


12694 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This was in my best of 2012 list as well. Such a good album and such a shame about Chris. R.I.P.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 16th 2013


7122 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I know what you guys are getting at, but there is also a lot of people who didnt list this. Glad you liked it though.

ConorIsNotHere
March 19th 2013


1290 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

So I finally got to the end of the album...

HOLY FUCK THAT WAS AWESOME!

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 19th 2013


7122 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hey lookie, a 5/5

: ]

ConorIsNotHere
March 19th 2013


1290 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yep. Fangasms & all while doing so. XD



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