Anoice
The Black Rain


3.5
great

Review

by deathofasalesman USER (7 Reviews)
July 20th, 2012 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A sensory experience.

I am listening to this now in a big metal bird in the sky. 34,000 feet above sea-level, I'm surrounded by sleepy men in fedora hats, crying babies with no signs of stopping, and rich snobs with little in the way of poise. Perhaps this is the soundtrack I need to escape from these pestering noises. To let my mind collapse within itself.

"The Black Rain" is a suiting title for an album like this. Things start off with a woman singing falsetto in a foreign language, probably mourning over the death of a relative, while some light feedback and strings slowly fade into the whole depressing scene. She sounds like she's singing in a small tin box tied down with rusted chains, never able to escape. Dark piano chords accompany the slow-building feedback, and a solo violin along with a screechy news broadcast join in on the fun. The news is more than likely covering something dark like illness or famine. All these foggy, ambient textures continuously weave through one another until you get a broader picture of what you're in for.

Distorted pianos, lonely violins, and eerie, ambient sounds—water dripping, nighttime winds, imprisoned singing women—consume a majority of this album's 53-minute length. These gloomy components make this album not just an aural experience but a visual one as well. Closing my eyes as I listen to this, I can picture a filthy backyard toolshed, illuminated by spontaneous flashes of light from a broken light bulb suspended from a rusted wire. This is, quite frankly, a very dark album. Not menacingly dark like Kreng or Wolf Eyes, but a non-violent, all-encompassing darkness similar to The Caretaker or Atrium Carceri.

The second-to-last track "Finale" is probably the most energetic piece of music you'll hear off this album. It is the only song on here to feature percussions and Anoice utilizes them well. "Finale" quite literally ends with a bang, or a crash I should say, as brazen guitars, pianos, strings, and drums all come together in a brilliant symphony, similar to the work of John Murphy for the 28 Days Later soundtrack, then fade away as a fighter plane crashes into the ground. Probably not the best imagery to go along with my plane ride while I continue to play this on repeat, subconsciously trying to escape from this compressed aluminum cabin, hundreds of miles from my final destination.

"The Black Rain" is a dark, brooding, enlightening, and sometimes-unpredictable experience. It should not be listened to in parts but as a singular piece of art. I suggest closing your eyes while listening and, for the full experience, listen to it at night.



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user ratings (43)
3.7
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Rail
July 20th 2012


565 Comments


Were you travelling to the 1930s or something?

deathofasalesman
July 20th 2012


7200 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Men in fedoras no longer look like this: http://tinyurl.com/fedora12345



They look like this: http://tinyurl.com/fedora123456



Edit: Also, first review. What do y'all think?

YoYoMancuso
July 20th 2012


13478 Comments


the first paragraph made me crack a smile, this is an awesome first review man.

Digging: Domestic Terminal - I Could See Midnight Sky

deathofasalesman
July 20th 2012


7200 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks!

Aids
July 20th 2012


24462 Comments


good first review

Rail
July 20th 2012


565 Comments


Ha, okay. That's a funny picture.

This is a really good review. I don't quite understand the need for racialization in the first and last paragraphs; seems a bit unnecessary when what you seem to be referencing is class.

Anyway, just a minor gripe so POS.

deathofasalesman
July 20th 2012


7200 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm white so it's cool. White people are so snobby.



Thanks for the pos's.

omnipanzer
July 20th 2012


21826 Comments


Suggestion:
"starts with a foreign woman singing in falsetto"
Starts with a woman singing in falsetto in a foreign language.

Have a spacey, tortured, japanesie POS sir.

deathofasalesman
July 20th 2012


7200 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Dude that avatar...



but thanks man. Appreciate the help!

LifeAsAChipmunk
July 20th 2012


4853 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This sounds interesting. I could have sworn you've done more than just 1 review, Salesman.

ILJ
July 20th 2012


6941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah I definitely thought you had already written reviews before. Ah well, it's a damn good review nonetheless. Glad someone reviewed this. You did a better job than I would have.

deathofasalesman
July 20th 2012


7200 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nah I did a review for Kodan Armada on an old account and it sucks.



This one was for you ILJAJLM. Glad you dig it.

WeepingBanana
July 20th 2012


10682 Comments


sweet review

omnipanzer
July 20th 2012


21826 Comments


"Anyway, just a minor gripe"

I guess you needed something to Rail against...

buh dum tis

Rail
July 20th 2012


565 Comments


Well, that one tanked.

FelixCulpa
July 20th 2012


1243 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Drops is such a fantastic song.

deathofasalesman
July 20th 2012


7200 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Me gusta Ripples el mejor.

LifeAsAChipmunk
July 20th 2012


4853 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The 2nd track is absolutely beautiful. I wish this was a bit more consistent though.

eternium
July 20th 2012


16358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Amazing album.

deathofasalesman
July 21st 2012


7200 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh yah.



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