Volcanic Queen
Faith In Desire


3.5
great

Review

by hyperi0n STAFF
February 6th, 2014 | 96 replies


Release Date: 02/04/2014 | Tracklist


Volcanic Queen, the one man Texas based project conceived in 2012 and helmed since by Zachary Lindsay, is a bit on the difficult side to categorize. With a previous LP, two EP's, and a split with fellow lablemate Sudatsuga under his belt that cover an expansive range of influence from the tribal ambient/industrial stylings of early Muslimgauze to the death rock/post punk attitude of Christian Death and other similar acts all the way to the bipolar neofolk/martial industrial mishmash of Death In June's entire discography, Volcanic Queen exists as sort of a medium for music with similar attitudes that never quite crossed paths to coalesce into a more or less homogenous mix of likeminded influence. Enter the aptly titled Faith in Desire, Lindsay's second full length and perhaps his most cohesive and fleshed out release to date, offering a more refined sound palette which sees the music of Volcanic Queen make its first attempt at rising above its predecessors and craft something wholly unique amidst the foggy landscape of his palette of influence.

Faith in Desire consists of generally the same basic sonic landscape traversed in earlier Volcanic Queen releases, but this time with an altogether more refined, succinct, and focused approach than before. It's still sort of possible to wade through each track and pick out what artists catalyzed each sound and where the influence lies, but there also exist on this record sections of wholly unique sonic manipulation that sees Volcanic Queen crafting a niche of his own, using each of the packets of influence as stepping stones rather than building blocks. Unfortunately, with the wide range of sounds Lindsay has attempted to cram into the nearly 50 minute run time of Faith In Desire, the biggest criticism to be found is that some of the tracks seem to clash with one another, sounding like songs meant for another release going in a different direction (this is mostly confined to the purely industrial tracks that pepper the landscape of the album).

Luckily, Volcanic Queen seems to have found his muse in the form of the ambient and death rock stylings on Faith In Desire. All the highlights of the album come in the form of moody ambient soundscapes littered with immaculately placed field recordings and samples with fleeting rhythmic sections and fuzz drenched guitars. Tracks like the opener, For Cassandra, ooze a wonderfully melancholy atmosphere of something akin to Sisters of Mercy having a jam session with Slowdive in dingy basement somewhere in 1989. Realms of Ancient Dreams and Sorrows, arguably the highlight of the album and the pinnacle of Volcanic Queen's almost 2 year existence, drowns the listener in a shimmering moody radiance of soft ambient textures punctured every so often by the rhythmic pulse of drums fighting for air in the thick haze of the looping ambiance. Other highlights such as Winterfall, the massive 15 minute closer, Opened Doors and Sacred Hearts, and the tribal ambient stylings of Wicked Tombs, are similar in approach but still full of creative ideas and interesting themes that give them almost as much staying power as the gems that exist alongside them.

While Faith In Desire suffers from a slight lack of cohesion, the emergence of a wholly unique sound amid the charnel soup of influence that catalyzed the project has solidified the fact that Volcanic Queen isn't simply a sum of his influences. Faith In Desire sees Lindsay reach a personal creative zenith that will hopefully function as a basis for the further extension of his sound and see Volcanic Queen altogether break free of the trappings of the ideas that initially started the project. What Faith In Desire lacks in coherence is more than made up for in potential, making for an album that is altogether enjoyable from start to finish regardless of a few slight drawbacks, and should please most all fans of the vast array of influences that catalyzed Volcanic Queen's creation.



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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 6th 2014


18686 Comments


i know its a bit presumptuous to try and tease out an artists influence, but i felt it was kind of important to my overall criticism of the album

regardless this is seriously good guys, you can grab it right here:

http://volcanicqueen.bandcamp.com/album/faith-in-desire

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TheSpirit
February 6th 2014


17927 Comments


Coding error in last paragraph. Really good review

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 6th 2014


18686 Comments


fixed, i always miss at least one of those every time. thanks bro.

Keyblade
February 6th 2014


15007 Comments


Man, you've become such a great reviewer. Never bumped any of Grave's stuff, but I think imma start here

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Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
February 6th 2014


6267 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Excellent review, Hyp, as if I'd expect any different. Really digging this album, has an amazing atmosphere.

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 6th 2014


19918 Comments


I think the second sentence of paragraph 1 might be a little too long, but definitely a good review!

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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 6th 2014


18686 Comments


yeah i thought the same thing but i couldnt figure out how to condense it and it's grammatically sound so until i figure out how to work with it i think its ok for now

LordePots
February 6th 2014


7460 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah bud

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LordePots
February 6th 2014


7460 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

name droppin Sudatsuga like its hot

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
February 6th 2014


20993 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review.

One minor thing I noticed that you might want to edit:

It's still sort of possible of wade through each track and pick out what artists catalyzed each sound

Think that second of should be to.


Excellent album, definitely my favourite release from Zach to date.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 6th 2014


7097 Comments


An absent summary works wonder for your review. Great read, I'll throw this on the "to check" list.

Havey
February 6th 2014


9700 Comments


the closer rules

Wizard
February 6th 2014


19508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just going to go ahead and say it; Hype and Graveyard have better tastes in music than all of you including myself!

Awesome review, especially the opening paragraph. I plowed snow to this all day yesterday and I fucking love it!

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Graveyard
February 6th 2014


5747 Comments


Thanks Matt for the awesome review! You pretty much nailed most of the descriptions for some of the songs like "For Cassandra" and "Realms." I plan on continuing down this path of music for my future releases and hopefully flesh them out a little bit more. I had a lot of fun experimenting with this one and it was very pleasurable to make.

Hope this review gets featured.

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Graveyard
February 6th 2014


5747 Comments


and thanks for the positive feedback everyone

MO
February 6th 2014


18859 Comments


ooo a snake album? will check dood

YankeeDudel
February 6th 2014


9313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good album boss killa

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mindleviticus
February 6th 2014


8292 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I haven't listened to this yet. Should get on it soon.

TheSlenderMan
February 6th 2014


606 Comments


Good review. Didn't even know he had a band. Will check out today.

TheBarber
February 6th 2014


1977 Comments


Yeah pretty cool album, great closer too

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