Review Summary: Overanalyzed and overhyped. It is what it is.
If I had to choose a word for this album, it would be divisive.
What we have here at the core, is something composed primarily of contrasting elements, namely the abrasive and almost totally unintelligible vocals, against the beautiful and always turbulent setting laid before them by the instruments.
These two parts, while entirely juxtaposed to each other, serve to aid the journey, a journey that immediately upon reaching the road, you know if you want to see it out to its conclusion.
Lets make something clear from the start, this has been done before, this is accessible for it's niche genre, but it is not new, and what is forgotten when arguing over the artistic credibility of this album, is that, that doesn't matter at all, art is art, and music is music.
From the beginning you are confronted with a celebratory and monolithic structure, like a monument to the end of an era.
But even in victory and happiness there is turmoil and angst, and this album represents that flawlessly.
This band is carried primarily by the drums and the guitar, that is not to say that the bass and vocals are not well done, but that the tone is set entirely by the urgency of the drums and the serenity of the guitar. The bass stands as protector over the vulnerable and sincere wailing of the guitar. The vocals are abysmal and monotone but aggressive, they convey only that aggression throughout the entirety of the album, and emotionally hold not a candle to the magnitude of what the music says, they are meant it seems to convey discomfort and that wherever there is light, there is dark.
This isn't an album for everyone, this isn't going to change music, this is not a profound sentence that has never been spoken, it is a reiteration of yin and yang, and in that, it is successful.
I just provided an interpretation, this has generated enough hype by this point that I don't think I need to walk everyone through the whole album, it really isn't too hard to get, you'll either like this or you won't and you shouldn't try to listen to it in pieces, it's meant to be taken as a whole so I did just that.
I'm not sure what to think of this.
Most of the review is nothing but a way of saying that this is overhyped and gets talked about
because it's accessible and yadda yadda yadda, and you don't really justify your view at all on the
My problem could've been fixed if you spent more time on the actual music, so.
I'm not gonna pos or neg, but I think you need to focus more on the most important matters.
P.S: I still haven't heard this, and I rarely listen to blackgaze, so I have no real view on any of
Well, admittedly I don't really think there's a lot to say about the music, it's well done for what it is but it's not technically groundbreaking or nearly a classic, it's just a good album by a slightly different band. Why dress it up?
Because you're supposed to justify your views. It's a review.
But I don't have a problem about speaking less about the music than the experience, but you don't do
that either, you mainly talk about the word up surrounding this album, and honestly I don't find that
substantial enough for a review.
I appreciate it, I typed this up fairly quickly just to get my foot in the door a little bit, so I'll probably touch it up later after a few more spins of this, the album has yet to resound very firmly with me and I would have to stretch a lot to say much more about it, perhaps it's just a matter of choosing the wrong album to start with.
I typed this up fairly quickly just to get my foot in the door a little bit, so I'll probably touch it up later after a few more spins of this
That's another thing dude, you really shouldn't post a review until you're completely sure about it. You might end up liking this a lot more than you do now after listening to it a few more times. Just a thought though, you'll get the hang of it.
Fair enough, I appreciate what you've said and will definitely give more consideration to the albums that I review, I'm writing another one right now for an album I have a soft spot for so we will see how it goes. thanks for the advice fellas.
Probably a bit of both. This is a great band in their genre, and given that they are getting so much attention it'll probably be a stepping stone into the genre for a lot of people. I personally wouldn't call it incredible, but it is a great listen.