Review Summary: "This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it."
In its waking moments, Siderius Nuncius
sounds as urgent as possible. Opening track “Tycho Magnetic Anomaly One” sets the mood perfectly for this dash of black metal-come-post-rock-- atmospherics and emotional longing hand-in-hand. The sample meshes marvelously with the building instrumentation, until the next song is ready to take the reins. And during all this time, Apocynthion has about convinced you that it doesn't even need to plunge into its instrumentation to fully satisfy.
This is the dilemma Siderius Nuncius
presents us with, then-- when it really and truly kicks in, it's a bit disappointing. This can be attributed to a few things, but the main thing on my mind is production. Each element of the band's sound lacks that oomph, the specific pull that typically makes this breed of release something more than the sum of its parts. The overall mix doesn't do this group justice, and it's a damned shame since the songwriting here is incredibly solid. Songs like “Redux” are several minutes long, each taking several turns melodically, but always are exciting to listen to. It's just difficult to appreciate this record like I could, when I know which ingredients it's lacking.
The only thing I can hope for is that Apocynthion finds a producer that does them justice. The group has a raw sound that could be used in a positive direction-- I think it just needs an executive push from another party to show which parts of its sound could be improved. One thing's for certain, though-- Apocynthion is starting to get its name out there. People are catching on to the promise in this band, and I think it's because they hear the things I do. Maybe they're simply moved by the genuine emotion in this release's pocket. It's possible that, like me, this crowd wants to see them succeed as much as I do, to witness Apocynthion release something that fulfills all of our expectations.