Darkflight
Closure


5.0
classic

Review

by PortalofPerfection USER (7 Reviews)
February 25th, 2014 | 9 replies


Release Date: 02/06/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A unique and demanding trek across musical landscapes you swear you've traversed before but find yourself lost in, and blissfully so.

Creating an experience that both tells a story and at the same time lets your mind wander, summoning a specific set of emotions that are rendered mostly inexplicable when one seeks words to describe them sounds nearly impossible. But that's exactly what Darkflight has done. This is the album the band has been working themselves up to since they started out, making its title all the more appropriate.

Closure starts off with a slow motion explosion of atmospheric synth, gritty, downtuned angry guitar, and even angrier screams. You feel shoved backward, then overwhelmed by the breadth of instrumentation, but its all pulled back in time to let you take it in (or try to) before another wave comes, bigger than the last. Worse Things Than Dying builds, retreats, back-builds, and retreats again, and then before you find what you're feeling, its on to the next track.

Dual guitars are layered in such a way that it often sounds like they are echoes of each other, but there are almost always two distinct melodies to listen for at any given time. Orchestral elements are present throughout, and occasionally feature; their main purpose however is to act as a catalyst, bringing scope and presence to the core instruments rather than seeking to overtake them. The vocals are perfectly interspersed, breaking up the spiraling rhythm of riffage and rumbling drums akin to a swimmer in a desperate race to shore, turning his head for those crucial breaths. The bass is simple and steady, a nearly smothered but still perceptible guide that often allows streches of songs that seem to be panning out too far to stay afloat. Combined with soft, uncomplicated touches of piano and atmospherics that range from synth swells to crows cawing and rain battering a dilapidated shelter, its all almost too much.

And yet the length of the songs combined with an overall slow pace, and softer quieter sections that are positioned just where they need to be and that leap back into those powerful dueling melodies capture your attention over and over. Sparse bits of spoken word break up the tortured cries and an occasional bassline feature form a seemingly complete picture that is still and always hiding something you can't quite put your finger on. By the time Monument of Sadness hurls you into a burning bright light only hinted at before, you realize that there is more content, both in the song structures and in the emotional content of each track, and the album as a whole, than you could ever grasp with just a few playtroughs.

This is something meant to be explored many times and appreciated on many levels, for reasons limited only by your imagination. Whether or not this transcends genres, or destroys conventions can be left for the purists to decide. You could argue that the spoken word is in poor taste, or that some of the synthesized elements are overdone, but that's nitpicking at imperfections in the presentation of the dish rather than just taking a bite with your eyes closed and focusing on the depressing, delectable symphony of flavors Darkflight has concocted. Every time you listen, your experience will change and it is this inherent adaptation to your surroundings and your mood that makes this album a unique and demanding trek across musical landscapes you swear you've traversed before but find yourself lost in, and blissfully so.



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PortalofPerfection
February 25th 2014


1991 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

My first 5 in almost 2 years. I hope this gets me into writing more reviews cause this made me realize I miss it. Constructive criticisms are always appreciated.

psyclonus
February 25th 2014


153 Comments


after reading this review i still have no idea what sort of music this band plays. they sound like anyone else?


PortalofPerfection
February 25th 2014


1991 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Check out the recommended section. They're basically symphonic doom but have touches of lots of other genres.

PortalofPerfection
February 27th 2014


1991 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

So this band has 3 (amazing) albums and only 10 votes in total, and three of them (technically 5 of them, my old account) are mine. That sucks...

Metalstyles
Emeritus
March 30th 2014


8570 Comments


This didn't hit me as hard as I was hoping it would based on the review. Still, I'm only 1 listen in and maybe I wasn't in the right mood or something. Will give it further chances.

PortalofPerfection
April 1st 2014


1991 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

It takes a while to absorb. I listened close to 20 times before I wrote this. The riffs are so long, a single progressive guitar pattern can last almost the whole song.

ComeToDaddy
September 18th 2014


1611 Comments


I love my doom, but like psyclonus said, I have no idea what to expect going into this. You put Evoken and Inborn Suffering in the recommended artists, which are totally different artists, yet also said "there are almost always two distinct melodies to listen for", which isn't indicative of doom at all.

That final sentence is extremely disjointed and run-on. There's an incredible amount of hyperbole too, but I can see you loved this album so that's somewhat justified. This review was definitely better than your second though, much cleaner and less structuring problems. Got me eager to listen to the album, pos'd (:

PortalofPerfection
September 18th 2014


1991 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

The heaviness reminds me of Evoken and the spoken word combined with the slower pace reminds me of Inborn. That's all there is to that really. KYPCK has the dualing melodies as well, though less pronounced.



Really though all my recs are a stretch as I truly believe these guys have a very unique sound that's hard to describe.



Definitely am seeing a lot of places where a simple period instead of a comma or an "and" would fix a lot of problems. Really good points there.



As for the hyperbole that's a combination of my personal style and the fact that I think trying too hard to be objective about anything, especially something you feel strongly about just rings hollow. I won't bother writing a review unless I feel very strongly about an album. If I feel that strongly I want it to show, even at the risk of displaying what people will interpret as a "bias" when it's really just my sincere opinion.



I really appreciate you taking the time to do this. Means a lot to me and the way you convey your insight is crystal clear. Many thanks.

Hawks
March 16th 2017


51983 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is amazing.

Digging: Gamma Ray - Land of the Free



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