Together to the Stars
An Oblivion Above


4.5
superb

Review

by Slex CONTRIBUTOR (40 Reviews)
February 1st, 2019 | 126 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A masterful debut of beauty and brutality by an up and coming band to watch

Combining the juxtaposition of solemn atmosphere and relentless riffing of black metal with the raw emotional directness and crescendos of screamo, Together To The Stars deserve to have a crossover hit on their hands. These songs continuously surprise without being abrupt or haphazard, skyscraper riffs and torrential drumming existing alongside gauzy alt-rock textures and perfectly placed moments of melody (seriously, the chorus to Apathy is a fist-pumping ripper). While this may not sound entirely novel, it's the level of execution and raw emotive despair of Franco Fuentes' vocals that make this a true standout. The fact that it's only two newcomers responsible makes it all the more impressive.

The first 3 tracks form the heart of the album, culminating in the highlight and early SOTY Apathy. Timeless and Oblivion are full of triumphant shredding and gorgeous passages of shimmering post-rock, accentuating Fuentes vocals to create a mood equally stratospheric and guttural. Timeless in particular is a real beauty, marrying woozy shoegaze to Fuentes blunt force but legible screams and wailing guitar theatrics. Apathy is an absolute behemoth of a track and the longest on the album, clocking in at over 11 minutes long. Starting as a decidedly old school metal barn burner with a wildly anthemic scream along chorus, it changes shape organically as it ramps up in speed and blast beats until a geyser of epic slow motion riffs crack the song wide open. It continues in this vein, searching and surging, until a false ending gives way to momentary chaos and is just as sharply resolved with spacious guitar ringing out unadorned. It sounds completely spent and alone, and reasonably so after the pulverizing heights reached along the way.

The two songs that follow are both more than worthwhile but feel just the slightest bit complacent and redundant when you consider the feverish alchemy of genres that came before. Shrine is an interlude of thick acoustic guitars and heart-tugging strings that closes with martial drumming and warm piano. Sanctuary is a powerful finale but also the most straightforward song to be found here, full of furious drumming and five star alarm guitar squall. It's doomier and more overtly black metal, with the vocals lower in the mix and the delivery more clipped for most of its duration. It does culminate in possibly Fuentes most passionate and heartwrenching performance amidst rapid-fire tremolo picking and half-time drums, but the slightly more conventional first half is a drawback, even if only in comparison to what the band themselves have already accomplished earlier. Still, this is only the band's debut, and the thought of Together To The Stars improving upon what is already startlingly close to exemplary is incredibly exciting. This is a release that deserves to be championed in multiple genres by a relentless and special new band that is definitively one to watch.



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Slex
Contributing Reviewer
February 1st 2019


7174 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Shoutout to Hawks for repping this and getting me to listen to it, holy shit this desperately needs more attention

Digging: State Faults - Clairvoyant

Hawks
February 1st 2019


71825 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well fuck I was gonna review this but this will do just fine. m/



Sweet write up my man, album is amazing.

Digging: State Faults - Clairvoyant

Slex
Contributing Reviewer
February 1st 2019


7174 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Woops my bad, had to try and get this some exposure asap

Hawks
February 1st 2019


71825 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

No apology necessary my friend. Word got out so that’s all that matters. m/

RustCohle
February 1st 2019


312 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is one of the most astonishing debuts I have heard for a long, long time.

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
February 1st 2019


16168 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Goddamn you guys made me excited about jamming this. Great review man!

Slex
Contributing Reviewer
February 1st 2019


7174 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Yeah this is one of the best debuts I've ever heard

Thanks Dewi hope ya enjoy it!

SymbolicInTime
February 1st 2019


4431 Comments


Seems right up my alley. Saving this to check

Digging: Korn - Life Is Peachy

ProjectFreak
February 1st 2019


3716 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah I'm gonna need to spin this more. this scratches a screamo itch I didn't know I had

Slex
Contributing Reviewer
February 1st 2019


7174 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Anybody into screamo or BM needs to listen to this asap yeah

AaroN911
February 1st 2019


2479 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah this is strong stuff indeed

Digging: Mol - JORD

Hawks
February 1st 2019


71825 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This band is like if Envy had sludgy bm influences. Absolutely incredible.

BallsToTheWall
February 1st 2019


49669 Comments


Damn, this sounds exciting.

Digging: White Lion - Pride

hogan900
February 1st 2019


3008 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

awesome review dude, cant wait to jam this

Taxt
February 1st 2019


1318 Comments


Sounds rad, gonna spin this for sure

jpaulwegenast
February 1st 2019


72 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Strong AF debut. They've definitely set the bar high.

Digging: Unprocessed - Covenant

WatchItExplode
February 1st 2019


6775 Comments


Sweet. Will be jamming post-haste.

ProjectFreak
February 1st 2019


3716 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it might be the album art but this kinda reminds me of Kardashev in terms of overall atmosphere, except with more screamo tendencies

Slex
Contributing Reviewer
February 1st 2019


7174 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Seriously ecstatic to see this is getting some traction and people are enjoying it

I'll be honest, the screamo aspect of this album is my favorite thing about it

Hawks
February 1st 2019


71825 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Glad you guys are enjoying.



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