Night Verses
Lift Your Existence


4.0
excellent

Review

by Dan H. CONTRIBUTOR (53 Reviews)
June 23rd, 2013 | 201 replies


Release Date: 06/25/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sometimes the grass truly is greener.

Rising from the ashes of post-hardcore band The Sleeping, vocalist Doug Robinson wasted little time lamenting his old project before forming Night Verses. Leaving a successful project to initiate a new one is a risk which sometimes sees artists fall off the musical map, but when such boldness is channelled correctly and substantiated with the skill to execute it then success stories are born - and it hasn't taken Robinson and Night Verses long to establish themselves as one such story. After testing the waters in 2012 with debut EP Out Of The Sky, the reaction was such that a full length album has surfaced little more than a year later. Lift Your Existence sees all the seeds which were sewn on Out Of The Sky nurtured and in full bloom, and the finest qualities of their debut have been exorbitantly expanded on.

Not only do Night Verses have a lot to say, but they have a bucket load of technicality and talent to say it with. Averaging over 4 minutes per song, Lift Your Existence screams, riffs and pounds it way through fifteen expansive tracks, leaving ample room for Robinson and co to flaunt their technical prowess and song-writing chops. You barely need to scratch the surface to taste the full flavour of the album in one song, opening track “Introducing: The Rot Under The Sun.” The style and impetus of the album are made perfectly clear from the outset – colossal riffs, breakneck drumbeats and dynamic heavy vocals greet you with open arms and encourage you to outstay your welcome, and baring few exceptions they’re indicative of the content which follows. Reminiscent of what The Fall of Troy might sound like fronted by Deftones’ Chino Moreno, Lift Your Existence always manages to feel both strangely familiar and remarkably fresh – all whilst showing a wealth of ambition.

Of course, with so many songs consisting of lengthy durations the ability to stay varied and interesting throughout is a must, and the duplication of riffs and the banal use of hooks is a dangerously tempting escape route which is well avoided here. The acapella screams on the accurately titled “Rage,” the delicate xylophone which opens “Celestial Fire” and the haunting, distant vocals on album highlight “Cathexis” all hint at the variety which lies within, and these moments prove to be the most memorable and effectual, perhaps even more so than the anthemic choruses which underpin almost every song. The fact that the songs hinge on so much more than catchy choruses lends high praise to the band’s rhythm section, and the acute fills and licks which pepper the brash meat of the songs tantalisingly elevate them to new levels, with every niche of silence snugly filled with inspiration.

If you like your post-hardcore big, bold and engrossing, then Lift Your Existence effortlessly ticks the boxes. In a time when post-hardcore has been accused of going stale, archetypal choruses are avoided, breakdowns are swerved and painfully formulaic song structures are shunned. Instead, delicate touches, intricate riffs and one frighteningly efficient drummer all combine to prove Doug Robinson and the clichés of the world right - sometimes the grass truly is greener.



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VheissuCrisis
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2013


988 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Could've just spent the whole review talking about that last song.

Originally posted here:

http://www.muzikdizcovery.com/2013/06/album-review-night-verses-lift-your.html

SadAndHolyGlow
June 23rd 2013


1522 Comments


Awesome review. I've gotta check this out.

TooLateToGoBack
June 23rd 2013


1775 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This looks interesting - will check it out.

Scoot
June 23rd 2013


17813 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

really stoked for this, the two songs they released were ace

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
June 23rd 2013


3469 Comments


Averaging at over 4 minutes per song

cut the "at"

Other than that, fantastic review as always. I'd love to see you as a contrib when the next rounds of promotion come through

VheissuCrisis
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2013


988 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good spot.

And great of you to say Will, much appreciated.

pepster50
June 23rd 2013


330 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

where is this streaming?

skoopy48
June 23rd 2013


1534 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Cant find this anywhere, wanna check it out because I really liked the Sleeping.

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
June 23rd 2013


6154 Comments


Thought this hasn't leaked yet where did you find this?

wacknizzle
June 23rd 2013


13464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Looking forward to hearing this, loved Out Of The Sky.

Digging: This Gift Is A Curse - I, Gvilt Bearer

antigravity
June 23rd 2013


522 Comments


i came

antigravity
June 23rd 2013


522 Comments


who?

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
June 23rd 2013


3469 Comments


HIYA CASEY

Scoot
June 24th 2013


17813 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

fuck i want this nao

TooLateToGoBack
June 24th 2013


1775 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

tuesday man

VheissuCrisis
Contributing Reviewer
June 24th 2013


988 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Gnarly - advance copy.

Scoot
June 25th 2013


17813 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

it leaked :D

Scoot
June 25th 2013


17813 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

yeah this is expectedly awesome

phoenix is just beyond amazing, easily a contender for soty

MuhNamesTyler
June 25th 2013


4304 Comments


Pretty exited to hear this. On iTunes they have this labeled as Night VersUs. ha

Good rev, Pos

Digging: Revocation - Deathless

Pndi
June 25th 2013


465 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pos, I'm even more excited to hear it now.



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