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  • Kronos

    Great review. Shame it’s not recommendable, the cover is great.

    • GardensTale

      I agree, it looks like something inbetween a photo and an abstract painting, it’s quite intriguing.

      • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

        Maybe it’s because of the “skin” word on the album title but to me it looks like tissue on a microscope slide.

        • GardensTale

          Have you ever seen extreme close ups of irises of eyes? I would not be surprised if that’s what this is.

          • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

            I had never seen them until you mentioned them in this comment and there is quite a similarity.

    • Hammersmith

      Definitely a shame, really great cover.

  • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

    Performing both drums and vocals at the same time might be an excuse for poor vocals on the live setting, but not on record. Not since the 60s (maybe even the 50s) have drums and vocals been recorded together, so there is no way the guy was drumming and singing at the same time while recording the album.

    • GardensTale

      Yes, that is true and it is indeed no excuse here. It was more an admission that he would also need to do both and that is a feat, but he only does the drums justice. If they get a good dedicated vocalist it would be a big boon to these guys, especially on stage.

  • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

    I thought post-rock was the only rock genre that had a Metal equivalent (and even further, a Black Metal equivalent). I can’t think of any rock equivalent for Death Metal or Black Metal. And the line between stoner rock and stoner metal is so thin it’s more a case of tomahto, tomayto than two separate genres.

    • GardensTale

      Death and black, no. Stoner, gothic, alternative, progressive and southern, yes.

      • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

        Of course, being focused on the “Brutal” I forgot all the others and now feel like such an idiot.

      • [not a Dr]

        Djerv.
        Wouldn’t they be black hard rock?

        • GardensTale

          Couldn’t say, I never heard them. It’s possible though, I can imagine the tremolo-picked style applied to hard rock.

  • Bas

    At the beginning of your review you got me thinking it would finally be a post metal album i could like (not counting neurosis) but sadly it wasnt meant to be..
    I dont exactly know what the problem of this genre is for me.. It just gets boring (even though i even like some drone..). Some Russian Circles is ok but thats it..

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      I feel the same. I can’t seem to get into Post-Metal, not even the stalwarts of the genre like Neurosis or Cult Of Luna. It simply doesn’t command my attention and turns to “background noise” to me.

      • Bas

        True. But I dont count neurosis as post metal (i know they inspired it.. I love Souls at zero & Enemy of the sun !!! Through silver in blood and Times of grace are also great imho). I have to admit that i saw them live in 96 and they blew me away. That gives them an edge over the rest ;-)

        • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

          You’re kind of cheating… If you don’t count Neurosis as Post-Metal, what do you count them as? I have seen them referred to as “Atmospheric Hardcore” but pretty much that term is interchangeable with Post Metal.

          • Bas

            I know its cheating :-)
            The albums I like most from them are their transition albums, from hardcore to ‘post-metal’ (souls and enemy albums). Plus through silver’ because i relate it to the live experience and grace already a bit less, but it had the experimental tribe of neurot album to make it more interesting. After that i gradually got more bored with each album.
            So the more ‘post metal’ or ‘atmostpheric hardocre’ they became the less I like their stuff….

  • Bas

    By the way. An idea. There were the top tens of 2016 from the new guys. I would like to see a top something of their favorite albums. Just to get a better idea of the king of music they prefer…
    For me it would help to put their reviews in perspective.

    • GardensTale

      Sheesh mate, that is asking a lot! But to put things into perspective, here are some of my favorites in no particular order and including a few non-metal favs:
      Iron Maiden
      Subterranean Masquerade
      Diablo Swing Orchestra
      Devin Townsend
      Amon Amarth
      Clutch
      King Goat
      Pink Floyd
      Lord Weird Slough Feg
      Tool
      Explosions in the Sky
      Gloryhammer
      Wilderun

      • The Nerd.

        Great bands. Love to see I’m not the only one who loves Gloryhammer

        • Monsterth Goatom

          Gloryhammer, you are the hurricane beneath my metal wings.

        • GardensTale

          I saw them live last month and like a reverse-steroid Grinch my testicles expanded three sizes.

      • Diego Molero

        I know and love all of the bands that you mentioned (extra points for DSO) except for Subterranean Masquerade and Slough Feg. Any recommendations on those 2?

        • GardensTale

          SubMasq: Suspended Animation Dreams (they only have 2 full lengths anyway). Slough Feg: Traveller and Down Among the Deadmen.

      • LExpoZiod

        Man, I had forgotten DSO exists. Thanks for reminding me! Its been ages since they put out anything, if I’m not wrong. Gonna go and spin their whole discography now.

        • [not a Dr]

          They are currently recording Pacifisticuffs.

          • GardensTale

            I’ve been chewing off nails in anticipation for about 3 months now.

      • Bas

        Great. Very diverse list (i had to check out subterranean masquerate: nice!!). This helps :-)

        • GardensTale

          You’re welcome! SubMasq is working on a new album as well. I’ve called dibs on reviewing it, although it’s likely months in advance.

  • AlphaBetaFoxface

    Great review, GafferTape. As said before in the comments, a shame the music doesn’t hold up when the artwork is so intriguing. If a mediocre band understands the importance of good artwork, there should be no excuses for bands who are actually great off the bat.

    • Reese Burns

      Has he called you AnalBeadFuckFart yet? I feel like he oughta, if he hasn’t.

      • [not a Dr]

        This sounds like a convoluted way to weaponize anal beads.

      • GardensTale

        STOP STEALING MY THUNDER

    • GardensTale

      Agreed, IneedAlkaSetzerForyourFace. So many Big Dumb Skulls, so little time.