Lost Salt Blood Purges
Haunted Arrow Arc


4.5
superb

Review

by Zach USER (99 Reviews)
April 27th, 2017 | 105 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Do not yearn for death, let it come as it may.

There's something deeply overwhelming about sheer magnitude of questions that something like the concept of death induces in people.. They stream in, one after the other. Once one has been resolved, another has just begun. Some people disestablish their whole lives dwelling on death, forgetting in their time allotted what it means to live. Some people yearn for death, yet still fear the unknown empire of burgeoning darkness that can never be fully understood.

The reason why this pertains to this record is because "Haunted Arrow Arc" encapsulates a certain level of inquisitive darkness.. It doesn’t use overtly gloomy lyrics to present this notion so much as droning, ambient passages of various instruments and sounds (anything ranging from piano chords to what sounds like the ticking of a clock). What’s also interesting is that while certainly rather mournful, it’s oddly ethereal and, dare I say, soothing. It feels like this album is approaching death in a much more neutral way, one that is neither accepting nor in denial, simply just there, acknowledging its presence and its impact on the world, society, and humanity. Death as a whole is an incredibly difficult concept to grasp.

There's a certain lulling quality permeating this record, and that is because "Haunted Arrow Arc" is slow. Slow enough that it’s speed is on par with the snail-like pace of the most drawn out Post-metal and Doom-metal bands. There are no catchy hooks, no particularly memorable “segments” of this album to make for an immediate attention grabber. It works best as a whole listen, melding together as a mass of sound created by disquieting wails, hollow, faintly present piano clinks and elegant acoustics. This requires a devoted listen to appreciate, or at the very least, understand the sound that “Lost Salt Blood Purges” wanted to create. Another nice quality about this album is how organically everything flows. Each song (or song part, for that matter) meshes with the other to form an extremely cohesive record that never comes across as forced. It's all seems so new yet so familiar, as if the whole album has been structured as a single long song.

However even with that in mind, it feels like upon repeated listens there's always more to unearth with this album, revealing new sounds and new emotions that were not there on the first listen. This is especially intriguing because, as said earlier, this is quite a drone-like album. Sounds are played at the speed of moving glaciers, and yet still it feels deeply complex. This might be in part due to the wide array of instruments and sounds used, however I believe it is due more to the age-old saying that sometimes less is more. "Haunted Arrow Arc" doesn’t justify it's (rather long) run-time with nonsense filler, yet it takes its time how it pleases, just as one should in life. After all, why not enjoy something that will inevitably lead in death?



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Dedes
April 27th 2017


6800 Comments


I keep trying to use italics at points but for some reason even though I enter the bb code it doesn't work.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
April 27th 2017


6744 Comments


now Snox can stop being mean to you, you sneaky sunofagun

Sinternet
April 27th 2017


21142 Comments


will prob have to 1 this when i actually listen to it or pretend i did

Digging: Vi Som Alskade Varandra Sa Mycket - Det Onda. Det Goda. Det Vackra. Det Fula.

Dedes
April 27th 2017


6800 Comments


Has snox ever been mean to me? Also what was wrong with this review?

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
April 27th 2017


6744 Comments


he's been lowkey mean in convos about you. jk idk it was a joke (see: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/joke)

also someone probably negged because you reviewed LSBP but maybe the review sucks; will read l8er

Dedes
April 27th 2017


6800 Comments


Do people have a problem with his band aside from the obvious sach? Snox seems like a well rounded musician based off this album.

AsleepInTheBack
April 27th 2017


6066 Comments


would put money on the neg being sach tbh. review feels a little half-baked / under-analytical / needlessly brief considering how the thesis of the piece seems intentionally quite grandiose and meaningful, but noting objectionable and still well written. enjoyed the last so will probably check this

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2017


3638 Comments


Man, Dede is copping it recently. I blame Zippa.

Review isn't bad, but that first sentence (and paragraph) somehow manages to be overwritten and vague. You could just say, "Death raises an overwhelming number of questions". Also "Something like death" doesn't really "have" questions, assuming you're referring to the state of being, not the entity, but even then.

"Why, however, does all this matter? How does this even pertain to this record? Unfortunately I cannot answer the former, because everyone's take on death is different even if remotely connected. However I can answer the latter."

I'd avoid stuff like this, and just jump straight into how the concept of death ties into this record. Rhetorical questions used for literary effect can work, but not when the answers are so obvious, and in this case, basically explained immediately before.

"The answer is as follows-" | I'd put a colon instead of a dash here.

"while the sound is certainly rather mournful" | Try and avoid using adjacent adverbs, they always make your writing read awkwardly.

"How this album has chosen to present the sound encapsulating all this is both a crippling strike to the attention of this listener and an incredibly well mastered way of demanding attention."

More word-salad, simplify. "This album presents themes in a way that demands attention but eschews boredom" or something. Also, why is the next sentence just the album title?

Besides some oddly worded descriptions and some points where you could've trimmed a few words for more brevity, I think one issue with the review is its repetitiveness. You've used the word "sound" 11 times and you seem to be just rephrasing some sentences instead of raising new points.

There's a few other nitpicks I could call to attention but I think you should work on your writing ~concepts~. I can see you're trying to convey a feeling here and that approach takes a while to get down pat. Use some metaphors (without going overboard obv) and try to explain what you see and feel when listening. Imagery is everything in these sorts of reviews.

Pos because you're a good sport.

ZippaThaRippa
April 27th 2017


10539 Comments


Christ Jesus you fucking did NOT

ZippaThaRippa
April 27th 2017


10539 Comments


'Man, Dede is copping it recently. I blame Zippa.'

Get fucked, Pone

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2017


3638 Comments


Okay, you and Johnny share the blame.

Dedes
April 27th 2017


6800 Comments


"Also, why is the next sentence just the album title?"
Really dumb sentence mistake I made lol. Honestly thanks for giving me such immense feedback, kind of scared me how much you could pick up on but I'll certainly rephrase and add to the review. Thanks dude.

Dedes
April 27th 2017


6800 Comments


Also if I can't take shit from someone behind their computer all the way in fucking Italy then man I've got something coming

ZippaThaRippa
April 27th 2017


10539 Comments


Who the fuck is in Italy?

zaruyache
April 27th 2017


21665 Comments


Do people have a problem with his band aside from the obvious sach?

he used to be a bit negative/elitisty about metal and people like to use that as a basis for negging his stuff, tho he toned down his criticism ages ago.

Dedes
April 28th 2017


6800 Comments


I could've sworn you said you were Italian Zip

ZippaThaRippa
April 28th 2017


10539 Comments


Well I'm not
and also even if I was

That doesn't mean I'd be in Italy



Because you know that's not exactly an ironclad rule

Dedes
April 28th 2017


6800 Comments


What am I saying is I heard that you were from Italy

Dedes
April 28th 2017


6800 Comments


Im sorry that I'm mistaken

ZippaThaRippa
April 28th 2017


10539 Comments


Well you heard wrong
motherfucker



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