Bleeding Skies
You Can (Not) Die


3.0
good

Review

by Insurrection CONTRIBUTOR (113 Reviews)
April 30th, 2016 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “Death is a beautiful thing… it’s only in the interval after dying that new things can sprout.”

For guitarists, it’s been easier than ever to get your music out there. As proven by instrumental contemporaries Sithu Aye and Ben Sharp of Cloudkicker, you don’t need a full band to make great prog metal anymore. In the case of Scottish producer Darren Cruickshank, his vehicle for music is Bleeding Skies. The project falls firmly under the atmospheric djent side of the progressive spectrum, and the strait-laced You Can (Not) Die provides thirteen tracks of non-stop groovy riffs, separated by the occasional interlude, to end his heartfelt project on a relatively high, self-aware note.

You Can (Not) Die is an unassuming release and Darren has made that abundantly clear in his bandcamp notes. This is a compilation of tracks spanning the past few years, some going as far back as 2009. He feels that he has traversed the genre effectively under this moniker and humbly released this final offering as a friendly farewell to his fans, hence the aptly titled closer ‘Goodbye, My Friends’. The songs themselves offer little diversity; you’d be hard-pressed to pick one track from another, with few exceptions such as the opener ‘Newmark’, dipping into death metal territory, and ‘Structures’, which juxtaposes discordant grooves with ethereal melodic soundscapes. Totaling almost fifty minutes, You Can (Not) Die is not an easy listen to stomach in one sitting, but in this case, the sum of its parts are purposefully greater than the whole.

Nothing here is revolutionary nor is it trying to be. It’s little more than Darren’s peace offering with djent, a means by which to gain some semblance of closure; the end of a chapter in his life. Thankfully for us, You Can (Not) Die is largely pleasant on the ears, and fans of the style can surely get their fix here.



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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
April 30th 2016


24656 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

not much to say, i'm sure some will get a kick out of this. also props to whomever gets the reference



https://entrosolet.bandcamp.com/

Dizchu
April 30th 2016


269 Comments


The album description is interesting, it's not often you'll find a musician admit that they've done all they can do with a certain style of music they're known for making. I remember seeing this guy's videos on Youtube around 2010 or so, and his stuff did stick out from his contemporaries to a certain extent.

I wish him luck on whatever he decides to do next. Djent is a very limiting style of music

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
April 30th 2016


24656 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

agreed, always nice to see some humility in artists. the guy is definitely capable of a lot more

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
May 1st 2016


10468 Comments


was gunna check but idk if i can handle 50 minutes of djent like i could a few years back

Archelirion
May 1st 2016


5639 Comments


^Yeah, same tbh. I might give it a try still, I was always vaguely more fond of the 'ambidjent' feel, like Returning We Hear The Larks.

hogan900
May 1st 2016


2903 Comments


Album cover is so cool. Will actually check this out.

BreadMeatMeulk
May 1st 2016


2 Comments


Seems like this guy's a fan of Evangelion.

SandorClegane
May 1st 2016


220 Comments


Nice review.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
May 1st 2016


24656 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yea listening to this in full can be quite taxing. if i had to pick a few tracks to gauge how much you'd like this i'd say try 'newmark', 'structures', and 'azuka'

Archelirion
May 1st 2016


5639 Comments


This is actually pretty good stuff, but only in small doses. Structures was particularly good, as was Azuka, so I'd say your recs are pretty spot on. But yeah, it just gets monotonous over time, which sadly is something I've come to expect from it.

Ending
May 1st 2016


2178 Comments


Seems like this guy's a fan of Evangelion. [2]

Gwyn.
May 2nd 2016


17163 Comments


Came here specifically to see if someone had mentioned Evangelion



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