As Dark As You
As Dark As You


4.5
superb

Review

by SitarHero CONTRIBUTOR (66 Reviews)
December 6th, 2019 | 15 replies


Release Date: 11/15/2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The only problem with this EP is that it's not nearly long enough.

The individual pieces of what comprise As Dark As You (the EP) aren’t necessarily highly original. It's an atmospheric cloud of blackened post-metal that alternately rains blast beats and gentle clean passages onto a garden of winding, and somewhat doomy, progressive metal compositions that feed a bloom of alternative rock melodicism. However, what makes this EP special is how good the execution is and how well the band incorporate these disparate elements into a seamless and coherent whole that at no point feels like it’s either derivative or repetitive.

Admittedly, the EP is only three songs and not quite twenty minutes long, but it’s bookended by a pair of twisting seven-minute epics that illustrate what makes the EP brilliant. Album closer, “Mayday”, finds guitarist/bassist Chris Petchonka and drummer/producer/engineer Matt Graff dancing around Kenny Truhn’s gritty and wonderfully emotive voice that evokes Jeff Buckley after a week-long cigarettes-and-whisky bender in its haunted melancholy. Opener “Primal Urges of Desperate Men” additionally features harsh black metal screams which, while thematically appropriate, also feel like the one unnecessary aspect of the EP. Truhn's singing voice already blends so well with the music—aided both by some fine melodies and excellent production—that the harsh vocals come off as extraneous and a tad underdeveloped.

Meanwhile, the album’s centerpiece, “What’s in Your Heart” jumps feet-first into contemporary heavy pop/rock with earworms galore, courtesy of both Truhn and Petchonka. It doesn’t abdicate its black and post-metal elements, but refines them into something that’s concise and tremendously catchy. It’s radio-rock, but not the kind of radio-rock you would or should be embarrassed to listen to, because even when As Dark As You are making (relative) concessions to accessibility, their strong sense of identity and undeniable talent shine through like a beacon. As Dark As You presents a young band that has already found the source of the voice in their collective heads and coaxed it to sing.

"What's in Your Heart" : https://youtu.be/tyVezbJv9tA
"Mayday" : https://youtu.be/aZmtayF8LOs




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Comments:Add a Comment 
SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2019


11974 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The EP is available here: https://asdarkasyou.bandcamp.com

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2019


12675 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

an 11th hour Sitar review. Consider me game.

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2019


11974 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've been feeling bad cos I haven't written a sput review in ages and I meant to do this weeks ago and got swamped by other stuff. This EP is rad though.

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2019


20148 Comments


I know the feeling very well.

Digging: Steve Von Till - As the Crow Flies

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2019


11974 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ha! That feeling is our lives now. :/

bloc
December 7th 2019


61659 Comments


How many visible minority are in this band?

Digging: Jessie Ware - What's Your Pleasure?

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
December 8th 2019


11974 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

As many as there are in the audience.

Kusangii
December 8th 2019


2767 Comments


Edgiest band name ever?

HoopyFrood
December 8th 2019


251 Comments


Wow this is really good!

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
December 11th 2019


20148 Comments


Not really feeling this Sitar. The singing is not really good, to the point they had to sink it in distortion and effects to have smth decent in some parts. He sounds alright in the quiet parts.

Music is decent, but just that I guess.

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
December 11th 2019


11974 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Whaaa?! I thought the dude's voice is great and heard no distortion or effects at all. If anything his vocals are mixed maybe slightly too clear and high in the mix.

autoNamed
January 6th 2020


84 Comments


The vocals are not doing it for me

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
January 9th 2020


11974 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hmm that's unfortunate. To each their own I guess.

BlindHouse
February 21st 2020


185 Comments


Really enjoying this, vocals are working for me. Thanks for this review man, I wouldn't have found this without it.

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2020


11974 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome! I'm glad someone is digging this as much as I am. :]



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