United Bible Studies
The Shore That Fears the Sea


4.0
excellent

Review

by rasputin USER (201 Reviews)
February 13th, 2008 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Soft, intriguing, and beautiful.

On my journey through Ireland, I picked up quite a number of CDs, which predictably enough were mostly metal albums. What I didn’t count on was finding this marvellous gem of an album, mistakenly tucked neatly between two heavy metal CDs. And what a surprise it was. The Shore That Fears the Sea is a mesh of so many different styles, that I find it hard to even describe what sort of sound they have. It’s most obviously folk, but it’s been transformed into something that’s psychedelic, atmospheric, and hauntingly melodic, all in the same album. The icing on the cake though, is that United Bible Studies is from Ireland; I’ve found it very typical for bands of any genre that come from Ireland to very often incorporate their musical heritage into their own music, which I think is a wonderful thing.

The Shore That Fears the Sea begins with a hypnotic, almost dreamy, atmospheric piece that lulls you into a state of paralysis, ready to be enveloped by the next song. There are a lot of mellow breaks in the music, atmospheric passages that are a mixture of different sounds, instruments and tones, over which sombre and melancholic melodies flow in and out, supporting the mood and feel of the music. For this is most definitely an album of mood and no matter what you are feeling like, you can be sure that United Bible Studies will steady your heartbeat and cool your mind down.

As you continue into the album, the vocals are introduced, which are plain and dull, in a good sense. How I’d ever imagine a boring voice to be good is beyond me, but the soft, straight-faced vocals on the album sit perfectly with the slow tempos and acoustic medleys. An Irish accent pokes itself around, not quite there, but almost. The seventh track (The One True God Lies To Himself While The One True Goddess Sings), is the epitome of why the soft, nearly spoken word, vocals are so great. This isn’t the whole of it however: along with the already mentioned vocal style, moments where the vocals are elevated to Sigur Ros levels really make The Shore That Fears the Sea a journey needed to be undertook by everyone.

The clutter of sounds comes together finally midway through, with Tributaries Of The Styx Under Dublin centring around the climax the album so desperately needed. This then fizzles out, and The Shore That Fears the Sea returns to the snail’s pace it had begun with. The effect of reaching the climax becomes apparent in the final few songs, all of which are strong in mood, and defined in melody. The Irish influence is most apparent starting with Tributaries Of The Styx Under Dublin, and continues on until the end, where we are left with an absolutely beautiful and mesmerising piece, Captain William Coey. This song completes the album. The Shore That Fears the Sea began in an unorganised way, tried to find the melody hidden beneath the weighty atmosphere, made obvious attempts to find it, and eventually succeeded, culminating in a delightful end to an amazing piece of music. Highly recommended.



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rasputin
February 13th 2008


14968 Comments


Without a doubt, my shortest review yet. Different in style to my other reviews, lets see how it holds up.
In regards to the album, I've never seen or heard of it outside Ireland. However, if you think it's your sort of thing, I'd strongly suggest you download it or order it, whatever works. It's really not an album that should be overlooked.

PS. The band's name is a little misleading, it isn't a worship band or anything. I read somewhere that the name comes from a prayer book someone once had and they used the name as a joke and it stuck. Or something like that.This Message Edited On 02.13.08

MediocreAtBest
February 13th 2008


1473 Comments


Nice review, it made me want this.

Neoteric
February 13th 2008


3243 Comments


where can i download this?

rasputin
February 13th 2008


14968 Comments


I don't know of any specific places, but if you're willing to wait a week I can send it to you. I return home next week and I'll upload it then for anybody who wants it. I'm not able to upload right now because I'm staying with someone else and have a limited connection.

Here's their myspace if you want to have a listen:
http://www.myspace.com/unitedbiblestudiesThis Message Edited On 02.13.08

Eliminator
February 13th 2008


2067 Comments


does this have acoustic guitars

rasputin
February 13th 2008


14968 Comments


yes. among other things.

Eliminator
February 13th 2008


2067 Comments


i hate acoustic guitars

rasputin
February 13th 2008


14968 Comments


i hate people who hate acoustic guitars

BallsToTheWall
February 13th 2008


49824 Comments


^^^agreed Reznor, jk.Great review. Sounds amazing. I've been getting into a lot of different stuff lately so i'll have to myspace this and than buy it shortly. For an island, it sure produces a lot of great music. Bono can be debated but nonetheless, happy to see it.

Digging: Great Master - Skull and Bones

rasputin
February 13th 2008


14968 Comments


yeah, there are quite a few great bands coming from the emerald isle. im writing a review for another irish band, a more rocky/punky band, hopefully will have it up by tonight or tomorrow.

BallsToTheWall
February 13th 2008


49824 Comments


In the meantime, I should write one for The Corrs. Kidding but it wouldn't be a suprise.

Crysis
Emeritus
February 13th 2008


17429 Comments


Nice little review, I like a bit of folk, this intrigues me.

Digging: Bolt Thrower - Those Once Loyal

rasputin
February 13th 2008


14968 Comments


haha, the corrs I'd much rather forget
It is a very interesting album Crysis, I originally had thought it was a black metal album until I learnt more about it. The cover implies it's something of the sort.

Crysis
Emeritus
February 13th 2008


17429 Comments


But the band name does not ;)

rasputin
February 13th 2008


14968 Comments


True, but the band name is not on the front cover. I had to pick it up and take a look at the spine, by which time I was already interested.

dub sean
February 13th 2008


1005 Comments


this sounds awesome.

rasputin
February 14th 2008


14968 Comments


it is, it is. As soon as I can upload it I'll send it to anyone who wants it.

rasputin
February 14th 2008


14968 Comments


I've listened to this non-stop for the past week, and I've concluded that it's worthy of a 4.5

rasputin
February 23rd 2008


14968 Comments


I am now able to upload this for anybody who wants it.

deadsinkingstory
November 14th 2008


39 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

why the fuck does this only have 1 rating? This is an amazing album.



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