Suis La Lune
Riala


5.0
classic

Review

by Lucman USER (4 Reviews)
June 29th, 2018 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Riala doesn’t stop at merely sharing our pain, it joins us in finding comfort and rest.

A few years ago an independent label by the name of Topshelf Records announced that they were giving away every album they had released up to that point. I picked up a handful of records that sounded like something I’d enjoy, including Diamond Youth’s Nothing Matters, Field Mouse’s Hold Still Life, and Have Mercy’s The Earth Pushed Back. Among these picks was an album that sounded a little off to me at first. The screamed vocals were pushed back and muffled and the music was delicate rather than heavy. Everything a typical hardcore album did, Riala would do the opposite. I was just getting into metal at the time so to hear the vocals pushed to the middle of the mix rather than upfront and centre was strange, to say the least. And where were the thundering drums, the blistering solos, the chugs and the breakdowns" I downloaded Riala more out of curiosity than anticipation.

Whether it’s the gentle acoustics of the morning, the energetic punk of the midday, or the balladry of the evening, there’s something for every hour of the day. But what about the time after the sweet reminiscence" When everyone has gone to bed and there’s nothing but you, your thoughts, and the accompanying darkness" That’s when Riala clicked. That’s when I realised this unique swirl of sounds was actually some of the best music I had ever heard. Period.

I started to approach Riala with the intention of finding nothing but an empty soundtrack to my thoughts, regrets, and worries as opposed to something I could enjoy musically or lyrically. When the broken screams of Henning Runolf met my ears, I finally understood why this record was such a turn off at first.

Metal prides itself on voicing the anger, frustration, and sadness we too often feel. These musicians understood us and why we felt the way we did. To hear someone share our pain was almost cathartic (just watch Metalhead, a beautiful film about a girl who finds solace in the music her deceased brother used to listen to). Suis La Lune had crafted a sound for the hurting and the lonely.

Now, remember how I said that everything a typical hardcore album did, Riala would do the opposite" Suis La Lune didn’t try to voice the anger or frustration towards those around us, they emphasised the desperation we feel towards ourselves. The album revolves around a failed love and a broken heart. The songs paint a picture of a desperate want of reconciliation in knowing all too well that it won’t happen. Instead of anger, we hear defeat and surrender as if we are the ones who have done wrong as opposed to feeling wronged by others. The album’s opening track captures this perfectly as the vocalist cries, “Don’t show the tears in your eyes / Don’t show what I’m becoming.”

The vocals themselves are very rough and unpolished, which only adds to the emotional turmoil. In contrast to this are the lovely guitars that weave in between the yelling and vicious drumming. The guitar and horn section of “Wishes and Hopes” is a breathtaking example of the instrumentation spread throughout this record. Likewise, the title track is an instrumental interlude that features some of the best sounds I have ever come across. Similar things can be said for songs such as “Stop Motion,” “In Confidence” and “Songs In a Broken Dialogue.” The instrumentation seems to serve more as a comfort to the hurting vocals every time I revisit it.

Riala is an album that goes beyond most. It doesn’t stop at merely sharing our pain, it joins us in finding comfort and rest. Where the vocals are voicing our inner struggle, the music is caressing and embracing that voice in its delicate arms. If you haven’t given an ear to this album yet, I strongly suggest you do so. Riala will always find a place on my playlist when I need it most.


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Lucman
June 28th 2018


3067 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

This masterpiece needs some more love.

Gyromania
June 28th 2018


28185 Comments


Hmmm. Idk. I'm always wary when I see 'emo' and 'post-hardcore' genre tags

Artuma
June 29th 2018


30980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i mean, this is good and all but sorta ineffective compared to their other stuff

StallionMang
June 29th 2018


8984 Comments


i should check this. SLL always gets me to feel things

Lucman
June 29th 2018


3067 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

This record played a massive part in shaping my musical tastes today. Their other records are good too but none of them have had the same effect this one has on me. The guitars are what make it.

sixdegrees
June 29th 2018


6682 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

prefer the older stuff but this has great production/guitar tones

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Nikkolae
June 29th 2018


5443 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

awesome review, i thoroughly love this album so much, also I need to check out their album from last year, any word on it?

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Lucman
June 29th 2018


3067 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Thanks Nikkolae! I haven't listened to that record yet so I'm afraid I can't say a lot about it.

Lucman
August 12th 2018


3067 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Well, the band have called it quits. It's definitely understandable, living in different cities and having family to look after, but knowing we won't get another masterpiece like this does sting a little. RIP Suis La Lune.

brainmelter
August 12th 2018


6582 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nooooooooo

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Hawks
August 12th 2018


73062 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn.

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brainmelter
August 12th 2018


6582 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

welp time to jam heir in their honor

Lucman
August 12th 2018


3067 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Yep, it's time for a discog run I reckon. This record is so incredibly important to me. Gonna miss them.

XingKing
August 12th 2018


14765 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nothing of theirs can ever compare to Heir

naughtcturnal
August 12th 2018


1205 Comments


rip

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Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2018


56886 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

RIP hard but I assumed they were inactive anyway



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