True Widow
Avvolgere


4.0
excellent

Review

by LookOutLeahy USER (4 Reviews)
October 20th, 2016 | 5 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If there is a pedestal-placing statement to be made about Avvolgere in relationship to the rest of True Widow’s catalog it would be that it simply rocks the hardest.

The term "less-is-more" has yet to encapsulate an effort quite as flawlessly as it has for self-dubbed "Stonergaze" trio True Widow.

The Dallas outfit’s formulaic approach has been known to propose a fitting marriage between Shoegazing and Stoner Rock sacrificing complexity for compelling mood and alluring atmosphere. Simple yet thunderous drum beats and doomy bass lines compose the foundational layer of True Widow’s genetic makeup followed by haunting riffage and a beautiful vocal dual vocal performance from both guitarist Dan Phillips and bassist Nicole Estill. Avvolgere, the group’s fourth and latest LP, sticks tight to the well-oiled cohesiveness of previous catalog entries with a refreshed, altered mood.

From the moment "Back Shredder" kicks in it becomes abundantly clear the droney tendencies of Circumambulation have taken the backseat to embrace a more upbeat undertaking. Despite the noticeable change in tempo, True Widow sticks out like a sore thumb in a sea of Sabbath-Worshipping acts blending Stoner Rock with subtle traces of Sludge and Doom Metal. Tracks such as "Theurgist" and "Sante" blend the three piece’s signature blueprint sound with their newfound catchiness serving as the ideal launch pad for new listeners.

Vocal delivery receives an additional subtle shift with the sound’s revitalization. Estill and the chemistry she provides towards the stapled dual dynamic remains as angelic and cohesive as ever while Phillips offers a more soulful, passionate performance than past releases. Circumambulation saw Phillips initiating haunting, ethereal croons beneath the mix matching the droniness and haunting vibes of the material acting as more of a component to the record’s atmospheric ambiance. Avvolgere reimagines Phillip’s Slowride days allowing further range and abrasiveness to rock along with the release’s more upbeat tendencies.

If there is a pedestal-placing statement to be made about Avvolgere in relationship to the rest of True Widow’s catalog it would be that it simply rocks the hardest. The darkness, the beauty, the gloom, the sludge; it’s all still there. The writing now puts the same effort on the power of the songs themselves instead of the sole mood they provide. “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” still applies but a slight tune up made way for a record most likely to gain the attention of new listeners and wind up landing a spot on your year end list.


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StarlessCore
October 20th 2016


5958 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

pos



im a hugeee fan of these guys but i thought this was the blandest, weakest material theyve ever put out

LookOutLeahy
October 20th 2016


9 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I obviously disagree but I will admit it didn't stand out like the others with its first listen. This is the album you go to for my upbeat stylings. I really like how Phillips channels his Slowride days and adds more soulful punch to his vocals. I would say its a grower for sure. That's why I waited a month before writing this.

LookOutLeahy
October 20th 2016


9 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

More upbeat*. Not my

StarlessCore
October 20th 2016


5958 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i think i have to listen again yeah i made a mistake only doing 1.5 listens on a bad day



i absolutely, freaking ADORE as high as. brilliant record

LookOutLeahy
October 20th 2016


9 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I would DEF give it another spin and keep in mind the slight direction change. Instead of looking to be lost in atmospheric drone just realize it is a heavy stoner rock album. Honestly some of these tracks are super catchy and that is a first for them.



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