Rolo Tomassi
Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It


5.0
classic

Review

by Mason Pearmain USER (30 Reviews)
November 7th, 2018 | 65 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Three words: Modern. Metal. Masterpiece.

Rolo Tomassi has always been difficult to pin down in the fierce genre wars that consume most discourse in the internet metal community. Regardless of what genre you think the British quintet are, it’s hard to deny that their latest album is a masterpiece; truly a work of art built by a decade of experimentation and growth. The amount of dynamic range presented on Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It is simply unprecedented; one minute, you’re greeted with a mellow post-rock ambience that wouldn’t have felt out of place on the most recent Tides of Man album, while the next minute is a frenzied piece of mathcore brilliance that would give even the mighty Dillinger Escape Plan a run for their money. Better yet, the transitions between the soothing atmosphere of tracks like “Risen” and “Aftermath” and the absolute madness of “The Hollow Hour” and “Alma Mater” feel completely natural. This is easily Album of the Year potential, maybe even Album of the Decade if we’re being honest.

Unlike their predecessor, Time Will Die doesn’t immediately assault with their established mathcore frenetics. Instead, the album takes its time to build up, as instrumental “Towards Dawn” and its follow-up, “Aftermath”, do not contain even a slight amount of unclean vocals. The overall meat of the record begins on “Rituals” and keeps up the pace up until the conclusion of “Contretemps”, while retaining the aforementioned dynamic range that I pointed out in the first paragraph. Whether it’s singer Eva Spence’s repetition of “You’ll find it’s not all what it seems / so pinch to feel the pain / clawing for a sweet escape / until I feel again” on “Rituals” or the visceral screaming of the album title in “Alma Mater”, the lyricism on here is fiercely passionate and deeply emotional, without being too overbearingly complex or hard to follow like some releases this year have been. Sole guitarist Chris Cayford has his standout moments, but more often than not, it’s keyboardist James Spence who holds the instrumentation together along with drummer Tom Pitts; not exactly a common feat for a heavier act such as this, but it works. The longer songs especially give them more time to experiment with different motifs and structures, similar to movements in a Beethoven or Mozart symphony. Closer “Risen” ends this 53-minute trek into emotional distress in a similar fashion to how opener “Towards Dawn” began it.

For as much depth as this band has presented in the individual tracks, they flow into each other with a impenetrable amount of precision. It’s almost as if they were never separate from the whole; Insomnium’s magnum opus Winter’s Gate is notable for being one lengthy track, only to be cut into seven parts on its digital version. Perhaps in a sense, this is the same situation as with Insomnium’s greatest album. The album’s structure does not reflect that of a traditional metal album; verse-chorus-verse structure and hardcore breakdowns are nowhere to be found. Instead, the album bombards you with a complete stream of consciousness that relies on the ebb and flow of its motifs, and damn, if that doesn’t work to its benefit. The framework that Grievances set gave Spence and co. an enormous swath of new ideas and uncommon techniques to use, and their utilization of said framework is nothing short of brilliant. While it has the potential to overwhelm the listener on first listen, Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It is a serious grower. If it doesn’t click with you at first, keep listening; the amount of passion and drive on display is like nothing I’ve heard that has been released within the past decade.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
tyman128
November 7th 2018


921 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

good review man, have a pos

I just got into this album on Monday, and dang, I was shocked by how great it was. Although it’s a 4.5 from me right, I have no doubt it’ll jump to a 5 after I listen to it more

Digging: mol - JORD

Lucman
November 7th 2018


1302 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Nice, man. This snatched up my metal album of the year when it released and it hasn't budged an inch.

Digging: Modest Mouse - The Moon & Antarctica

AgentDeathbat
November 7th 2018


1979 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@Lucman, Tyman: Hell yeah, this is a badass album, easily one of the best albums I've heard...really ever.

tyman128
November 7th 2018


921 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I can’t decide on if it’s metal AOTY for me because I still have more to jam, but this is up as either 1 or 2 (behind mol - Jord)

AgentDeathbat
November 7th 2018


1979 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It's definitely Metal AOTY for me... the closest runner-up is the new album from The Ocean.

JWT155
November 7th 2018


14178 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Excellent review. Top 5 album of the year for me and Aftermath is SOTY for me.

Hawks
November 7th 2018


62594 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Band slayz.

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Storm In A Teacup
November 7th 2018


24556 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Top 3 AOTY

Hawks
November 7th 2018


62594 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wow what a clever troll that has Escape the Fate 5’d and this 1’d, wow dude you’re hilarious. How do I become as cool as you?????

Hawks
November 7th 2018


62594 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ANOTHER ZINGER. Good one troll with 2 comments.

Kompys2000
November 7th 2018


1801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

AOTMFY

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AgentDeathbat
November 7th 2018


1979 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@Kompys2000: Easily.

@Prepare: Uhhh.......what

Hawks
November 7th 2018


62594 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hahahahahahahahahaha

Hawks
November 7th 2018


62594 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

5.0 classic

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AgentDeathbat
November 7th 2018


1979 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

AND he has nickelback and hinder 5's.



that's far more offensive than an ETF 5 in my book.

AgentDeathbat
November 7th 2018


1979 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

pya, props on your username but what the fuck

VaxXi
November 7th 2018


4367 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

imagine getting this worked up over a troll account



anyways fine review

Kompys2000
November 7th 2018


1801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

So whose alt is this?

AgentDeathbat
November 7th 2018


1979 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks Vax.

Hawks
November 7th 2018


62594 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nobody is “worked up” lmao it’s hilarious to fuck with trolls. Obviously it’s a troll, dude is an obvious moron and isn’t funny or clever like the other 99.9% of all alts/troll accounts.



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