Rolo Tomassi
Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (245 Reviews)
February 28th, 2018 | 90 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: We all strive to find that perfect balance in our lives…

Rolo Tomassi has become an enigma of sorts. Combining the clean progressive textures of ambient electronica with the indie-pop meets hardcore styling of a diverse array of melodious tones that figuratively float across your vision. Add to the post(ish) black metal screams from the band’s frontwoman, Eva Spence who brings this whole affair together. Despite the obvious chalk and cheese that this album portrays on paper, this album becomes everything but. Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It is an audible form of true art, vivid and expansive. With each look something new can be discovered about the canvas, showcasing a mature record that brings forth emotion so raw it literally raises the hair on the back of necks, keeping them to attention for the entirety of the record’s duration.

At a glance it’s easy to see this full-length as anything but black and white, blurring the lines between colours, shapes and figures. Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It splashes colour, lashing the listener with carved out cleans and visceral heaviness in equal measure, with perfect placement – each track is in an ideal order, creating maximum emotional effect. The album opener, “Towards Dawn” is a perfect mood setter; spacey electronica weaves in and out of a building introduction, instantly trapping the listener within Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It’s atmosphere and yet never gives away the confident capabilities of the band’s members. It’s from there that the record’s “heavier” tracks bring listeners back to earth at speed; “Rituals” is like wet paint flicked at the portrait, rather than the sensual brushstrokes of “Aftermath”. The image is both violent and graceful, but remains ever graceful.

As beautiful as Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It is during its opening moments, it’s momentum helps carry it in the best of ways. Retrospectively, looking back to the band’s other records with particular emphasis on Grievances it’s easy to see just how much Rolo Tomassi has improved dynamically, keeping in mind that album wasn’t exactly short in that department either. This time around, it seems as Eva Spence has literally taken the band’s music to that next step, to the next level. “Balancing The Dark” is a quiet stand out, relying on an underlying melancholic atmosphere, which drags in from the minimalist tones before launching into a genre-splicing post metal fest. There may be quiet achievers peppered throughout the record, but almost nothing about the new album stays “quiet” for long, revelling in its refreshing take on some truly spectacular contrasts. “A Flood Of Light” also stands as a career defining track. Surpassing eight minutes, the entirety of Rolo Tomassi is on display. Musically speaking, it’s the most expansive track the band has ever released, showcasing quasi-marched beats and metallic based electronica that infectiously bangs heads on a grand scale. If the rest of the record wasn’t so damn good, most would say “A Flood Of Light” is a fluke – clearly, Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It shows us that it’s not.

Like any great work of art, there’s an instant appreciation as you take in the medium quickly in order to absorb as much as possible in the shortest amount of time. At a glance, Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It achieves that easily, but the album’s greater enjoyment comes in the long-term value as you drink in every inch of the portrait, enjoying every brush stroke and seeing the artist’s labour of love. In many ways, Rolo Tomassi’s newest offering replicates the same appreciation. As a whole there’s too much going on here to be understood on a single play. Clocking in at fifty-three minutes, Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It walks a tight rope between expansive and unyielding. Too much weight on one side and the result would be disastrous if not for the safety net of winding electronica and ambient minimalism. However, Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It’s runtime barely affects the album’s sheer enjoy ability with every moment managing to captivate, inspire and rejoice in its own being. Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It could very well be Rolo Tomassi’s veritable Mona Lisa (Leonardo da Vinci), but I’d rather it be an audible take on Starry Night (Van Gogh). Whatever your take on the art at hand, one thing is for certain; Rolo Tomassi has turned heads in 2018, and will continue turning heads for years to come.



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 28th 2018


8753 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Streaming: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/rolo-tomassi-time-will-die-and-love-will-bury-it-exclusive-album-stream-a8230151.html



I'm pretty sure I said at the start of the year that I wouldn't be giving out 4+ scores like Oprah doing a give away. That said.... here's another q1 AOTY contender with a 4+.

Papa Universe
February 28th 2018


15050 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Never been much into them, but I will try this.



Also, you say 'tones' twice in the second sentence, which reads weird. Just saying.

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 28th 2018


8753 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Also, you say 'tones' twice in ...




I’ve been doing annoying shit like that quite often recently. Will fix - must work myself out of that habit. Thanks for the spot

zakalwe
February 28th 2018


25171 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Like papa I’ve never really dug the band but this album is something else. It’s fucking amazing, gripping stuff done with real purpose.

A flood of light is incredible.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 28th 2018


8753 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah similar, but got told about these guys a short time ago and went digging. Not sure I’ll be able to put this down for a long time

Demon of the Fall
February 28th 2018


6649 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review.



I was a fan of this band in the early years but upon returning their records didn't have the same impact (first two LPs & s/t EP). The hype this new one has generated piqued my interest & perhaps will rekindle a lost spark. Hope so.

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 28th 2018


8753 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Man your dig : ]



There’s huge hype on this. For a relatively “unknown” act it’s sure getting some attention. Thank god it’s justified

Demon of the Fall
February 28th 2018


6649 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Your review make it appear like their sound has changed a fair amount, you even mentioned post-metal (ish) vibes, excited to see what it's like, especially if it actually works.

DinosaurJones
February 28th 2018


9674 Comments


Not a huge deal, but you might want to consider abbreviating the album title to just "Time..." after the first mention, as it crops up so much.

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butcherboy
Contributing Reviewer
February 28th 2018


8052 Comments


sounds interesting.. great write-up, will check tonight..

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zakalwe
February 28th 2018


25171 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

All the bullshit tattoo clad, ‘nothing-core’ cretins could only dream of concocting something this well pointed, direct, ballsy and hard hitting.

Album is quality.

MarsKid
February 28th 2018


7033 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Early year favorite for sure. It functions as a perfect evolution of what they had going on for Grievances. Good review as per usual.

bloc
February 28th 2018


50403 Comments


Singer's a babe so I'll check this out

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Demon of the Fall
February 28th 2018


6649 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So you're following up on the enquiry then bloc? Nice. Seen these guys live (many years back) & that's what I was basing it on, can't even really remember what she looks like, haha.

bloc
February 28th 2018


50403 Comments


I happened to watch one of their recent vids on Youtube, and I enjoyed not only what I heard, but what I saw, so 2 birds/1 stone

Demon of the Fall
February 28th 2018


6649 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well in this case it's actually 1 bird.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
February 28th 2018


23599 Comments


Jeez Rob, you got this bad boi done quickly! Great write-up. For some reason I always though this band was a dude that made electronica music. I don't know why.

Anyway, since that's not the case, I'll check this out.

Mindpos!

zakalwe
February 28th 2018


25171 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My biggest misconception about this band was I always thought they were Welsh?

bloc
February 28th 2018


50403 Comments


Has anyone pointed out that the album art looks like the one from the new Converge?

Demon of the Fall
February 28th 2018


6649 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Guess it’s got that certain phallic something, hopefully it’s not as impotent.



I used to think this was an indie-folk dude.



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