Preview by Mabh Savage
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This album is AT’s ‘second brooding chapter‘, tagged in the review list on Soundcloud as simply #metal. That’s pretty much all the info I have before I press play…
Pressing play leads to some serious crunch. This is definitely Metal; nice and heavy, but quite technical, without being so complicated you lose interest. The opening, album eponymous track has a great dynamic, with the thrusting guitar holding right back in the verse to allow the grunting vocals through, then pumping back in with force in between.
Undying Seasons plays around with some whacky time signatures that almost lend themselves to some jazz style finger clicking. This song is denser than the opener; more aggressive, particularly from the drummer. This track is the first single from the album, and it’s easy to see why. This is a classic, Thrash cruncher with some clever riff work and plenty of hair swinging opportunities.
Fivers Visions starts with some beautiful single track guitar work, before bursting firework like into staccato beats which themselves give way to a Doom-y, relentless grind of a verse. The band move effortlessly between upbeat, aggressive assaults of the ear and moody, intense brooding. The thing is, it works really well. The songs don’t sound disjointed in anyway, and the gorgeous, melodic solo guitar work sits side by side with the chromatic multi-tracking like a duck gliding placidly through stormy water. It should get swept away, but somehow it doesn’t.
Union is the final track and in the great, Metal tradition of epic closers, this tune starts with a haunting, almost Benedictine vocal sound which gives way to monstrous vocals against a gorgeous melody picked out between the guitars and the drums. The vocals take a break from growling to tell us, in sinister, low tones that he is
Searching ever deeper inside; I need to free myself.
This search for freedom is punctuated by a quiet, thoughtful moment which almost immediately launches into a series of angry chords reminiscent of At the Drive-In with its aggressiveness and discordant nature. One last desperate wail fades away to an album end that leaves you reflective and ponderous.
The overall sound is very well balanced; the guitars are crunchy but very pleasant on the ears. It’s not an aural assault like some progressive metal can be; it’s an album that’s designed to entertain, not challenge!
There wasn’t any track that really wowed me, but as a whole album it works really well and flows nicely. All Tomorrows say they are ‘seeking to establish a demanding quality standard in extreme music‘. I’m not sure that they have achieved that with this album. It’s good, but I can’t find anything that makes it stand head and shoulders above the rest, and as for extreme; well, it’s very heavy, but I wouldn’t class it as extreme.