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Red Sparowes
At The Soundless Dawn (2005, Neurot Recordings)

Even on first listen, At the Soundless Dawn sounds like one of the most blatantly epic rock albums you have ever heard. What else would you expect? Comprised of members of such heavy, propulsive bands like Isis, Neurosis, Angel Hair and Pleasure Forever, it would be hard to expect anything less. The shock is, that their connections to these bands would lead you to expect another carefully crafted piece of primal assault meshed with the doom that bands like Isis and Neurosis play.

While this album certainly is primal, and sure as fuck assaults, the sound is far from doom. This is the sound of looking through the window to see the devastation above the horizon. Red Sparowes sounds like a band that has seen the ugly side of life, and channels what they have seen in an epic, pummeling debut. Pummeling, likely a word that describes the album better than any other. Unlike most contemporary post-rock albums, this album seems to roll the entire time. There is very little of the noodling we hear in most contemporary post-rock. Think Explosions In The Sky, but with more attitude, more vengeance. It seems from the beginning there is a concept, like a trip through a day of chaotic life and the calm it brings, only to start all over again. The influences run rampid, noticeably the epic side of bands like Mogwai and Godspeed, but then again the bombastic sound of early Sonic Youth is tied in.

It's a unique listen to hear a post-rock album that never seems to let up, only improve upon itself. For those that have cited most post-rock as "boring", this is the album for you. The way the songs tie themselves together makes it very hard to pin down one song on the album. 'Buildings Began to Stretch Wide Across the Sky, And the Air Filled With' is the most primal track on the album, progressing intensely the entire 7 minutes. Like any post-rock, or epic album should be, the finale is the highlight of the album. It's spellbinding, letting you lose yourself in the attack of the music, then awakening you with a blast, only to lose yourself again. Prog, post-rock, psychedelia, this is an album of undisputable power. The best post-rock album of 2005? You be the judge.

-Kenny H. 11/4/05

 

 

 

 

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