A Sense of Gravity
Travail


4.5
superb

Review

by Mazaku USER (1 Reviews)
April 29th, 2014 | 5 replies


Release Date: 02/21/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A Sense of Gravity is mature not only in their technicality, but also in their songwriting. Genres flow seamlessly into one and other, with prowess that only progressive juggernauts possess.

Three years ago in the depths of Seattle, a great beast was culminating, preparing to take our ears on an unforgettable journey.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to traverse through all musical planes of existence, not stepping but rather gliding towards consummation? That's what listening to A Sense of Gravity's debut album Travail is like, at least from my aural perspective.

Travail is mature not only in it's technicality, but also in it's songwriting. Genres flow seamlessly into one and other, with prowess that only progressive juggernauts possess. This album brings all of our emotions to the table, and it does so with a finesse that I haven't witnessed for a while in newer prog metal bands. It's cohesive, connected and surprisingly nothing sounds out of place.

If you are pleased in any way by Between The Buried and Me, The Contortionist, Protest The Hero, Haken, etc, then you will find something you like here. And while you can hear all of these bands throughout Travail, A Sense of Gravity doesn't wear them on their sleeve. All of the band members bring something exciting to the table, although I have to say it's their keyboardist that really stands out to me. Rather than being an unnecessary additive, the keys really make this album unique in an awesome way (See Trichotillomania to get an idea.)

With all of this being said, Travail is not a perfect album. Many may be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of genre jumps that exist, in the same way that some are put off by Btbam. However, I must say that A Sense of Gravity has a sincerity to them that other bands have lost, and are very refreshing to listen to as a result. At no point does it feel like they're trying too hard to be overly technical or brutal, the music just flows.

Recommended Tracks:
Wraith
Stormborn
Trichotillomania
Harbinger
Spectre

Official Album Stream
http://youtu.be/PcHt-yRkclg


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Mazaku
April 29th 2014


6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First Review! Let me know what you think.



Also, this album is awesome.

IronGiant
April 29th 2014


1539 Comments


guys cleans sound a bit like Mikael from Opeth cirque Watershed... album isn't my thing but I can still appreciate this review. For the summary up top–treat it like you would the title of an article or report. It should be a hook, something that gets the reader's attention, or a brief (like really short) blurb about the band or album that isn't repeated in the review, like yours was. Try elaborating on the songs a bit more instead of just comparing them holistically to other artists. There are some grammar mistakes too, but that just gets better the more you write.

Keep writing and strive to get better with each review. Since it's your first I won't neg or pos, but try to take this constructive criticism and grow from it. Good luck on your journey and welcome to the site, hope I helped. If you have any ?s about anything, feel free to shoutbox me

Mazaku
April 29th 2014


6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you for the criticism, I'm going to revise this and spend some more time on it when I get the chance. I felt that this album needed a review though, so I went for it.



And yes, I can definitely see some Akerfeldt, but he really also reminds me of Hakens vocalist.



Once again, thanks.





sexpoi
June 1st 2014


644 Comments


Hey man I'm not trying to be a dick but it is supposed to be "one another," not "one and other."

Archelirion
Contributing Reviewer
August 18th 2015


5177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Holding up remarkably well after a year and a half, Spectre is still a damn fine closer.



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