Old Man Gloom
The Ape of God II


4.5
superb

Review

by ExplosiveOranges CONTRIBUTOR (72 Reviews)
December 21st, 2014 | 62 replies


Release Date: 11/08/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Putting the "Gloom" back in Old Man Gloom.

At this point in time, it’d be impossible for me to write a review of The Ape of God II without addressing the elephant in the room. The truth is that whether or not the idea of a bunch of music journalists unknowingly giving praise to a fake album seems hilarious or pointless, it actually has very little effect on the impact and overall value of The Ape of God on its own. You see, while Old Man Gloom might’ve had fun taking the piss out of the music press for about fifteen minutes, that didn’t mean they were masking the final product due to some sort of inferiority complex. Because in reality, the new arrangement of The Ape of God into two separate albums was a fantastic idea. With The Ape of God I, Old Man Gloom included the tracks that had a more aggressive sound and a more intense style. It was essentially just Old Man Gloom being Old Man Gloom, and that was fine. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But Old Man Gloom had a trick up their sleeves. For the second half of the LP, the band had recorded a handful of lengthier, more atmospheric tracks that deviated from their traditional sound and leaned more towards the Seminar days. And with The Ape of God II, Old Man Gloom have proven that they still have the chops to make a much darker brand of sludge metal.

Right from the start, Old Man Gloom waste no time in establishing that The Ape of God II is a very different album compared to its predecessor. Despite being just four tracks long, it surpasses the duration of The Ape of God I by three minutes, and only one song dips below twelve minutes. In addition, the music as a whole is much more dismal than anything off of the first album. Here, you feel a far greater sense of fragmentation and emptiness, as opposed to the primal, animalistic rage of The Ape of God I. The vocals are still as raspy and abrasive as they should be, but there’s something else there as well. The jarring wail of the guitars in the background of “Burden” exemplifies this, as well as the brooding, ominous feel of the bass and riffs. The creepy vocal samples and static in “A Hideous Nightmare Lie Upon the World” are also effective in building up the atmosphere. Hell, even the album art looks paler and bleaker. Bassist Caleb Scofield and guitarist Nate Newton don’t disappoint, with crushingly heavy riffs providing a balance against the slower ambient passages. Santos Montano’s drumming is also noteworthy, with an oddly tribal feel fitting into the album’s raw texture. But perhaps the most impressive comes in the form of closer “Arrows To Our Hearts”. The song not only features surprisingly calm clean singing, but also incorporates the most ambient influences on the album, with eerily quiet sections gradually rising up alongside the drum beat into a cluster of grinding riffs and savage vocals.

However, all of this might seem like a little much to take in at once. After all, prior to this, Old Man Gloom had released just one album in the past eight years. Wouldn’t it be a risky move to create a double album with two diverging sides just after coming off of such a long absence" Perhaps it would be, but it works. Not only is the experience more enjoyable due to the interesting contrast between both halves, but it also gives the band the opportunity to experiment a little more without coming off as inconsistent. And ultimately, that’s where The Ape of God II comes out on top. There’s that desolate, almost schizophrenic vibe coming off of the album, and at the same time, just enough of the trademark Old Man Gloom sound to keep it all together. It’s definitely a more interesting and rewarding experience than the first side, and stands out as one of the better sludge metal albums of the year. So, the next time you decide to tear out your fingernails, write disturbing messages on a wall with animal blood, and smear your own excrement across your sunken, hallowed body, make sure The Ape of God II is your soundtrack. Of course, you could also just listen to it while cooking dinner or doing the laundry, but……



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ExplosiveOranges
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2014


4408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

http://thequietus.com/articles/16664-old-man-gloom-the-ape-of-god-part-two-album-stream



So yeah, this rules. Big props to JohnnyOnTheSpot for proofing this and providing the inspiration for my conclusion with his Today Is The Day review. As always, comments and criticisms welcomed.

Archelirion
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2014


5447 Comments


Y'know, I'm starting to develop a theory that you and Johnny are actually the same person such is the quality of reviews, time you joined etc. ;)

That aside, great review (pos'd). That recommended list alone is enough for me to be convinced I should listen to this, but I'm not gonna get an opportunity to for a couple of days so hopefully I don't forget to.

cryptside
December 20th 2014


2397 Comments


Dude, amazing review. Will have to listen to this soon.

ExplosiveOranges
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2014


4408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Aaron Shit, I thought I was already the same person as Ryus and Judio.....



In all seriousness, thanks, and yeah, check this shizz out when you get a chance.



@Futures Yeah, this shit rules.



@Mark Thanks. JAM THIS SHIZZ

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2014


6373 Comments


killer review as per
@aaron - I joined in 2012 though

Archelirion
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2014


5447 Comments


There some kind of weird-ass conspiracy going on here. I'll get to the bottom of it, don't worry. And yeah, I will - I even set an alarm on my phone to remind me. Taking this shit serious.

cryptside
December 20th 2014


2397 Comments


About four months before me, Johnny boy.

Relinquished
December 20th 2014


36609 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"the band had recorded four lengthier, more atmospheric tracks"



but Predators



"post-metal influenced style"



ehhhhhhhhh probably only 2 songs, Shoulder Meat & Simia Dei



"Hell, even the album art has a darker color scheme."



it doesn't



"Old Man Gloom waste no time in establishing that The Ape of God II is a very different album

compared to its predecessor. Despite being just four tracks long"



kinda redundant albeit the better echo of the review, since you pretty much discussed this in the

first paragraph

Archelirion
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2014


5447 Comments


@Johnny - Yeah, I realise this now. For some reason I thought you joined earlier this year, but upon checking I now have no idea where that idea came from. Oops.

Relinquished
December 20th 2014


36609 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

not gonna lie man this is kinda weak for a 4.5 review

ExplosiveOranges
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2014


4408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Relinquished Really? Sorry to hear that, man. I'm probably gonna make some edits soon anyways. Thanks for the feedback, though.

Relinquished
December 20th 2014


36609 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

let me know when the edits are done, I'll help with what I can



I'd at least beef up details and descriptions. I also caught you casting this between sludge and post-metal, and these guys don't tread much on the latter.

tacos n stuff
December 20th 2014


2707 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This was top 10 AOTY stuff

sad this didn't get much hype around here

Veldin
December 20th 2014


2981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

mmhmm

wwf
December 20th 2014


5661 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This was like my second favorite this year..... I literally had just thought 'where's all the good sludge metal this year' like an hour before finding out this had just been released so it couldn't have come at a better time...

Digging: Terror Pigeon! - We Will Never Run Out of Love!

Relinquished
December 20th 2014


36609 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it's not the dankest sludge of the year but one of the most well-crafted

FearThyEvil
December 20th 2014


15375 Comments


I need to find a download for this.

Relinquished
December 20th 2014


36609 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

think it don't type it bro

ExplosiveOranges
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2014


4408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Alright, tried removing most of the references to post-metal, adding more meat to the actual descriptions of the music, and editing the stuff you mentioned. Hopefully it reads a little better now.

Ryus
December 20th 2014


15600 Comments


hmm this sounds kinda cool

Digging: DJ Richard - Path of Ruin



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