Holy Fawn
Dimensional Bleed


3.9
excellent

Review

by Jesper L. STAFF
September 7th, 2022 | 261 replies


Release Date: 09/09/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: cosmic shift sideways

Four years ago, Holy Fawn introduced themselves with the delicate ambience of ‘Dark Stone’, Death Spells’ phenomenal opener. Now, ‘Hexsewn’ fulfils the role of opening the band’s second full length, and does so with similarly soothing tones. However, where ‘Dark Stone’ juxtaposes its tranquillity with distorted walls of sound within thirty seconds, Dimensional Bleed’s first moments opt to breathe rather than choke. The opening cut fades out without establishing a distinguishable structure: instead, it dissolves textures of discomfort and quiet into an abstract structure of itself.

It's an excellent blueprint for Dimensional Bleed, one of the year's most aptly titled albums. Rather than focusing on Holy Fawn's moments of crushing intensity or elaborating upon the band's knack for explicit prettiness, the record shifts sideways. Lead single 'Death is a Relief' incorporates gorgeous sparkles and blackgaze-tinged sections alike, yet, there is a sense of calm to the song that feels oddly disorienting and deceptive. Detached synths introduce 'Death is a Relief'; distorted acoustic guitars signal its dissolution, shaping an effective juxtaposition. On the one hand, the album feels organic through its disjointed bleeds; on the other hand, it consistently roots itself within several realms at once through the incorporation of every element the band seem to have at their disposal.

As such, Dimensional Bleed is a record that requires patience. While the gazed out post-metal climax of 'Empty Vials' and ferocious three minutes of 'Dimensional Bleed' may be relatively immediate, the album consistently relies on subtleties for its payoffs (or lack thereof). 'Lift Your Head' takes shape through an ethereal swell that underscores its entirety, persistently moving neither forward nor backward. It doesn't build or alter as the song progresses; instead, it functions as a framework for the dense layers Holy Fawn carefully constructs. Similarly, the seven-minute epic 'Sightless' spends a good portion of its runtime basking in quiet, reverb-soaked drum patterns, allowing the song to build until it fully collapses in on itself. This approach requires and, to an extent, demands one's full attention: the grand swell of the track is built around subtleties buried in the excellent mix - constructing a web of textures that eventually culminates in something equally abstract.

As excellent and carefully woven as every moment is, Dimensional Bleed does suffer slightly from its own nuanced ambitions. While Holy Fawn largely manage to find strength in a constant blurring, the exclusively subtle shifts and textural tweaks of the record fail to concretely define songs as individual entities. This is somewhat double-edged; while the dimensional bleeds of the album affirm its hazy themes and make for an explicitly cohesive experience, it also constructs the 50-minute experience as a somewhat impenetrable one. The exact confines of each song (and, by extension, the album) are unclear; instead, it is clear that Holy Fawn leave every door open.

Thankfully, it can be said that the band are not begging for the music to be penetrated. Their malleable blend of shoegaze, post rock, electronic, and black metal exists as a large, looming wave to be experienced. Dimensional Bleed may not be the monumental statement Death Spells embodied, but it is certainly capable of engulfing anyone willing to allocate it some dedicated time. Moreover, it reaffirms Holy Fawn's position as one of the most intriguing bands soundtracking the real-time slow-motion apocalypse of [right now].




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Comments:Add a Comment 
JesperL
Staff Reviewer
September 7th 2022


4663 Comments

Album Rating: 3.9

out this friday hype

tldr it's good

trilo
September 7th 2022


5162 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hypeeee

Jamdbz
September 7th 2022


1354 Comments


sick review. fucking stoked for this

JayEnder
September 7th 2022


15654 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hypeeee [2]



Jespy once again with the banger review. Very excited for this!

TheTripP
September 7th 2022


4126 Comments


still never gave the previous release a proper go

Josh D.
September 7th 2022


17553 Comments


Give me this album please.

JayEnder
September 7th 2022


15654 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Tomorrow night brotha.

YoYoMancuso
Contributing Reviewer
September 7th 2022


17176 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

still never gave the previous release a proper go [2]



pumped to listen to this

Snake.
September 7th 2022


24427 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hypeeee [∞]



everyone itt needs to stop what they're doing and check death spells a$ap

Pikazilla
September 7th 2022


24553 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

still don't like the previous release [3]



this one sounds promising

Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
September 7th 2022


4229 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Real nice review, Jesper!



Delving into the previous album and EPs this week in preparation for this one.

JayEnder
September 7th 2022


15654 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

check death spells [666]

Prancer
September 7th 2022


1415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

'begging for the music to be penetrated'

DungeonBoy
September 7th 2022


9118 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

waiting for it to drop this week, but that rating is probably too low.

Cormano
September 7th 2022


3714 Comments


sick

tyman128
Contributing Reviewer
September 7th 2022


3632 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

a Jesp review with more than one paragraph?? nah this ain't real

hype for the album!

Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
September 7th 2022


4229 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Yep, move over Tolstoy, here comes Jesper!

DreamAgain
September 7th 2022


2290 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

How do I listen to this godamma.



Does the album feature the amazing long drawn out crescendos of their first album? Everything they've released since has lacked them, and that's my biggest worry about this album.

JesperL
Staff Reviewer
September 7th 2022


4663 Comments

Album Rating: 3.9

hehe thx bois, should've posted this as one massive wall of text to stick with one paras tho

dremagain: there's some crescendos for sure but they're a lil more subtle

Mongi123
September 7th 2022


21546 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yesssss



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