Helioscope
Noir


4.0
excellent

Review

by fromtheinside USER (130 Reviews)
June 4th, 2013 | 42 replies


Release Date: 04/23/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: well isn't this lovely...

I think if there’s one thing I’d allow myself to accept as a regret, in a life where I’ve tried to live with none, is my lack of pursuing just something in music – two, if it were possible to add up the hours I’ve spent on this site doing, and I’ll stray from playing shy about this, absolutely nothing. A million? Yikes. Truth be told, I should have tackled this “love” years ago when I first recognized it, but I chose a more “secure” path because nobody ever wins the lottery, and that’s a shame, not because I have some amazing gift to share with the world, because I do, and I would still be willing to give it to you, *winkwink* ladies, but I’m talking about a now wasted passion. In my eyes, passion ranks pretty high on the ladder of life, somewhere in between faith and whatever your tolerance for a Beiber fever is, simply because its presence is crucial for the development of an original idea – and the possible growth of something remarkable. It’s only with love and devotion can one achieve such an ability to capture all the magic I’ve alluded to thus far, or maybe that’s just hyperbole, either way I’d like you all to meet Helioscope.

I’ve thought long and hard on how I wanted to approach writing this review because it’s an important one for me and my many reflections with debut effort from Helopscope Noir an album that exhibits so eloquently what I’ve come to want, nay need, in my metal here in 2013. It expands and contracts much like a sponge, and, pushing that metaphor a little further, its ability to absorb the listener is astounding, thanks largely going toward its elegant atmosphere. Right off the bat intro “Worldchanger” nearly evaporates from the wax with a light dream-like wind leading to what ends up being a devastating storm of hammer downs and dissonance. So it’s a beautiful disaster. But there’s a subtle hook in all the perceived unbalance, fortunately, keeping the song grounded and tangible. It’s one of many intelligent decisions on the bands part. Two: With that dynamism in hand the band experiments with how far they can expand their sound before diluting it expertly executed on super stoner track “Atlantis”, a suitable follow-up that shows strength in post-(insert favorite genre tag here) and vulnerability as there’s hardly ever anything guiding this song, save for a solemn drum beat and heavily dubbed vocals that swim between the ears effervescently. Of course the song explodes for its second half, but it’s how the voyage came to said detonation that’s more interesting. “Atlantis” probably embodies the soul of the Noir best, its length notwithstanding, simply due to its ability to transition within itself as much as the rest of the release does combined.

“But are there riffs fromtheinside?” is something I know you’re all dying for me to address by now. Oh boy, are there. Case in point: “Pillars”, a track that thunders, and I don’t use that word often, but I’ve used, like, four weather analogies already so it fits in context. Clocking in less than three minutes it manages to be the heaviest affair and with good reason. Stormin- er, rumbling out of the gates with a simple riff that hangs as lows as the bass will handle, the song is sutured well with perfect right and left hooks. There are few songs better at transitioning the mood of an album than this track, as “Pillars” nearly bursts from the bands highly concentrated energy that broods and builds but never topples over itself balancing beautifully this spout of heaviness against the rather recluse outing; it’s the perfect peak for the suitable descent that follows - “Shadows” doesn’t just come and go, however, it’s an ending. A poignant one at that, even beginning in the same manner as the first song, but it, following in tow with the rest of the release, has its own print to the formula. As I referenced earlier passion can boldly extend the mark of a band farther than possibly imagined, in Helioscope’s case it’s what drives their sound.

This is so evident with the albums natural evolution. You can hear it in their refusal to settle; envelops here are constantly being thrust forward. There are never moments where songs drift without purpose like sounds are employed to fill some void. But the most impressive aspect of Noir isn’t in its ability to sell its product, but the impressiveness of its repackaging. In short, this is a blessed offering to those that influenced it, or so it feels. Certain metal titans, (Neurosis, Isis and maybe even some Sleep) leave their mark heavy handedly throughout the release, but their touches help paint the molding instead of shaping it. Here stems the separation from many of Helioscope’s contemporaries, bands like Hands and Trenches, who often wallow around the same sound for unnecessary lengths of time even creating whole albums around singular riffs or styles, immediately come to mind, Noir proves Helioscope can add vibrant branches to their roots and these reasons for differing is ultimately what makes them more interesting and promising.

It’s difficult to find anything worth damning on Noir. So much time is invested into laying a foundation under the listener just to sweep it from under them that condemning their knack for trying to stay unpredictable in realm of metal that’s known for its slow-crawl progress is a feat worth praising. It certainly doesn’t hurt that they have a formidable front man who can match the depths and heights poised by the backing members. Much of this releases mood is built solely on how in sync the members are with each other; “Shadows’” entire set up would be meaningless if it didn’t contort its progression so exquisitely, shifting from bass lead melodies to gorgeous controlled explosions that never steer too far from the formula, it’s a song that shines because it lights up everything that makes Noir such a force to be reckoned with. And in a sea saturated with identical bands playing the same “best Neuorsis song”, it’s nice to see someone moving forward, in fact, it’s nice to see post-metal moving at all.



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fromtheinside
June 3rd 2013


19029 Comments


as promised to my man osmark.
his band.
albums on their bandcamp
http://helioscopenoise.bandcamp.com/
enjoy ;)

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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
June 3rd 2013


21612 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is really fuckin good yea. minor typo here:

“Atlantis” probably embodies the soul of the Noi best


very solid review. pos'd

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PistolPete
June 4th 2013


3640 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

holy fuck this is good

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fromtheinside
June 4th 2013


19029 Comments


nice catch ins, fix'd

and dude pdub you will love everything about this its mesmerizing

tempest--
June 4th 2013


14369 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

holy fuck this is good [2]

wacknizzle
June 4th 2013


13601 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I competely agree with this review, and I'm so glad you reviewed it in the first place because they deserved one so bad. It's an amazing album despite it's shortness which defintely doesn't leave them at fault, not a second is left to waste. I just want more.

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fromtheinside
June 4th 2013


19029 Comments


thank you wack. you know how much your words mean to me...

wacknizzle
June 4th 2013


13601 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

m/ nice

osmark86
June 4th 2013


4502 Comments


thanks ad infinitum mate! great review, I'm impressed. you nailed some of our influences spot on too
:D

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balazs
June 4th 2013


481 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

holy fuck this is good [3]

fromtheinside
June 4th 2013


19029 Comments


it really is and needs more love round these parts

wacknizzle
June 4th 2013


13601 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It should, I could see alot of people really liking this. It's so solid and it's all very rememberable. It has good replay value as well.

Keyblade
June 4th 2013


15199 Comments


osmark is da man

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fromtheinside
June 4th 2013


19029 Comments


love the density

tempest--
June 5th 2013


14369 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is incredible

PistolPete
June 8th 2013


3640 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gawd I've had "Pillars" in my head for like three days straight

fromtheinside
June 9th 2013


19029 Comments


pillars slays

osmark86
June 17th 2013


4502 Comments


Vinyl's available now! check it out: http://helioscopenoise.bandcamp.com/

TheMoreira
July 24th 2013


7182 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great stuff! Congrats Osmark!!

FourthReich
July 24th 2013


18041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

can't wait to buy this bitch

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