Young And The Way's Amen/I Am Not What I Am is the perfect record for anyone who slept on the band - like I foolishly did. Combining two of their full lengths into one neat and tidy 2xLP, this is a solid and lengthy odyssey. At times the music could be labeled under that seemingly all encompassing "blackened" crust genre, others it sounds like Cursed's final album... and then some moments bring to mind acts like Iskra and Burzum.
Amen is a good starting point if you're a first time listener. There's a balance of blistering hardcore, slower instrumental numbers, and even a thirteen minute epic to close out the album. More than half of the tracks clock in below the three-minute mark so it was a surprise to hear the sprawling closer, "The Becoming." It's long without getting tedious. One thing that can be said about any YAITW is that every note is intense and punishing.
I Am Not What I Am begins with a six minute atmospheric piece. It goes on a bit too long for my liking but it sets the stage for the remaining ten tracks. The pure sound and fericousness is just unshakable. It has a level of heaviness on par with Seven Sisters Of Sleep, but for different reasons. Whereas SSOS takes cues from Eyehategod's book, YAITW mixes together hardcore and black metal, something that is very clear during their live shows. A performance feels more like a ritual than just another gig - with the burning incense, large black banners, and dimmed lights. Seriously don't miss out on seeing them on tour.
I wouldn't say I'm a fan of black metal - no matter how much my friend at Halifax Collect tried to convert me - but this is an enjoyable double LP that took me by surprise. Highly recommended.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Friday, January 6, 2012
this weekend starting off with a Tour Kickoff Bash in Mentone, CA.
Having spent the last few months holed up in the studio recording a slew of
new material for two new releases, both A389 and the band have kept any
news on the recordings relatively quiet until all the parts are in place.
However since their tour is right around the corner, and the layout is almost
done..A389 has decided to reveal a few details about THE LOVE BELOW's
1) It's coming out late February
2) It's called 'Every Tongue Shall Caress'... and It rules.
2) This song is going to be on it. (It's called 'Buyers Remorse')
THE LOVE BELOW JANUARY 2012 TOURDATES
01/07 Mentone, CA @ Loko Lounge
01/11 Sacramento, CA @ N 16th St
01/12 Portland, OR @ Laughing Horse
01/13 Bellingham, WA @ Jinx Art Space
01/14 Seattle, WA @ Venue TBA
01/15 Olympia, WA @ Gina's House w/ Cynarae
01/16 Portland, OR @ Laughing Horse
01/18 Sacramento, CA @ The Dough Joe w/Withdrawal, Caulfield
01/19 San Francisco, CA @ Sub-Mission
01/20 Oakland, CA @ Eli's Mile High Club
THE LOVE BELOW 'Every Tongue Shall Caress' 12"/Digital
coming February on A389 Recordings.