Night Verses
Out Of The Sky


4.5
superb

Review

by JasonCarne USER (10 Reviews)
September 11th, 2012 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A promising debut full of energy, creativity and passion.

It's always risky business leaving your semi-successful band for an unproven, new creative outlet. Above all things, it's an opportunity to prove your worth as an artist and show your capability to adapt and become something more substantial than what you're known for and that will by all accounts hopefully build upon and redefine your career. Doug Robinson is doing exactly that and going all in with his new group Night Verses who has some big shoes to fill in place of his previous outfit, The Sleeping. A second chance at a first impression is hard to come by and equally as hard to capitalize on. Side projects and secondary bands are usually such polarizing entities that either catch flack for not being as good as the original band or they best their past work and break new ground. So - was the risk worth the reward" You bet.

Night Verses vocally speaking plays to Mr. Robinson's strengths that were evident on the recordings with The Sleeping, yet he also harnesses some seriously strong screaming ability almost akin to Keith Buckley of Every Time I Die. That added dynamic makes him an invaluable asset to the band that defines them and puts them a head above everyone else in the crowd. The screams are used sparingly and tastefully throughout this EP and only where it lyrically makes sense. He manages to be poetically vague with his lyrics about the typical themes of love and loss, but he does so with style and puts some real passion and energy into them.

Their soft/heavy tension is reminiscent of some of the Defones newer material, but it's also something more than that. They have a knack for building up almost Irepress-ish post-metal climatic atmospheres that explode with force as evidenced best in the chorus of the opening track. So many bands are defined as "genre defying" or "boundary breaking" for a marketing gimmick, but these boys are the genuine article in that department as there simply is no one else doing what they do right now. This record manages to sound as dense as a dying star while being lighter than a feather. Not much more could be asked in the production and recording department here - the bass rumbles and is as clear as crystal, the guitars have a truly powerful Meshuggah tone that drives everything forward and the drums sound phenomenal. Aric Improta has a standout performance here - the drum work is flashy without being obnoxious and shines when he needs to while taking a back seat when it's called for. He exudes a ton of flair and personality without overpowering any other instrument in the mix and plays off of the guitar work effortlessly.

Out Of The Sky is a lean, mean, finely crafted machine that packs a punch most full-length albums would strive for in a mere four tracks. While it's a nearly flawless debut effort it leaves you wanting something extra clocking in at just under 19 minutes. Let's just hope this appetizer is telling of what the main course has in store because I'm starving for more.



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JasonCarne
September 10th 2012


999 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Also - this EP is free to download directly from their website:



http://www.nightverses.com/

wacknizzle
September 11th 2012


14521 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sweet, this ep is really good.

JasonCarne
September 25th 2012


999 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yep, still been listening to it pretty consistently two weeks later. Definitely one of my favorites for the year thus far.

qscott777
October 11th 2012


77 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like this ep a lot. Been watching these guys since they were working with Tilian Pearson. But I liked the demo Tilian did much more than Doug's version, that being the first track. I'm just not a fan of Doug's voice, and I never could get into The Sleeping.



Good review though.

Pndi
November 9th 2012


464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's really good, and i love how much the guitar work reminds me of The Sleeping's first full lenght "Believe What We Tell"

HaloDude442
December 17th 2012


716 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm so glad i found this, it is really awesome. Good review pos

Funeralopolis
December 26th 2012


14158 Comments


interesting ep

suppatime
January 14th 2013


1265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

he sounds kinda like max bemis

Digging: Horse Jumper of Love - Horse Jumper of Love

wacknizzle
January 22nd 2013


14521 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn, just started listening to this again, forgot how awesome it is! More people need to check this out. I really hope this band can put together a full length as solid as this ep.

wacknizzle
January 22nd 2013


14521 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Definitely, if they maintain the level of creativity they had with this. I like when a band just lets loose and does whatever the fuck they please.

suppatime
January 23rd 2013


1265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i think they're gonna surpass this definitely. i heard people are freaking out about the new songs and these guys just seem really dedicated to crafting good and original tunes from all the interviews i've seen.

Tachyon
February 7th 2013


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I listened to the sleeping a few times through but didn't really click with me other than a couple tracks. I dl this ep a few wks back and it didn't hit me how good it was til a couple days ago. Love it! Thank god Tilian didn't pursue this full time. I like Doug's vocal style/sound, it's different and flows perfectly with the rest of the band. Tilian is a fag anyway. He'll go cry on the next saosin LP.

Grinddestroyer
February 27th 2013


25 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow, this is really good. Vocalist is fantastic, guitar work is captivating, drums are wonderful. Looks like I'll be giving The Sleeping a listen.

Grinddestroyer
February 27th 2013


25 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've been listening to it and I'm thoroughly enjoying it. I wouldn't go so far as to say it's perfect, but I still have to listen to it more than once. I'm loving this EP though. Great for being only 4 songs.

percyforward
July 17th 2018


78 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

a bit late but pos



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