6/10 Brian Staff review, 06 June 2014
I've tried with these Swedes before and I still haven't got 'em figured out on their third album so maybe I should just give up. It's not that I actively dislike them as I don't, There is just something a little laboured, authoritarian and pompous about their music, especially at its most dramatic and symphonic. That's not to say it isn't all REALLY impressively executed y' know.
Peder Mannerfelt and Malcolm Pardon have augmented their electronic rhythms here with a 26 piece orchestra on their most ambitious outing to date yada yada. I recall something about this album really annoying the shit out of me a couple of weeks ago and that is the piano clunk and psycho strings of 'Coup De Grace'. It makes me think of Yello, whacked on ketamine but stuck in a lift being slowly suffocated by their own bank balances and moustaches. I bloody hate Yello.
'Aridity' is a nice track, however. Well placed after the previous teeth-grinder, it swells into an ambient classical dreamscape with measured gassy beats and melancholy piano...sweeping strings. Familiar, comforting and most cinematic. But a bit boring. Well meaning, dynamic, beautifully produced. But a bit boring. Next track....electronical glitch, doomy piano and sad dystopian synth.
Really nice. But a bit boring. Sorry. There's a song called 'Haunted Piano'. It's boring. Yawn. NEXT!
8/10 Richard English Customer review, 1st July 2014
Roll The Dice's new album, Until Silence, is the sound of a band who have evolved from their earlier work. If you are familiar with their previous two albums, Roll The Dice (2010) and In Dust (2011), then you will be aware of the band's direction up till now. I am a huge fan of both these albums. Roll The Dice Meets Pole, In Dubs, was an excellent remix of the In Dust material, and could have provided a clue as to where the band took their sound next. However, they have decided to go somewhere else entirely. Until Silence begins with a stone cold classic, Blood In Blood Out, which is one of the best things they have ever done. If this track doesn't turn up as sync music to many trailers in the future I will eat my piano! It feels a little like The Cure doing Clint Mansell's Moon sountrack, and much of this album does feel like the duo have been consuming a lot of film soundtracks lately. Many of the tracks have a very Hans Zimmer, circa Inception, Dark Knight, feel about them. Don't worry, fans of the older work, the bubbling synth arpeggios are still there - but they are in the background now and hold the skeletons of the tracks together. This album has a much heavier and more metallic feel to it - dare I even use the forbidden word "industrial" too. In fact tracks such as Assembly sound almost like Swans using electronics. There is a lot of traditional orchestration on this album as the band are attempting to reach further with their sonics and arrangements. Echoes of Steve Reich and Philip Glass abound, and the bass heavy track Aridity feels like a cousin to some of The Haxan Cloak's recent efforts.
All in all I really like this album, and it is refreshing to hear a duo of electronic musicians trying to stretch themselves beyond the obvious. I fully expect the pair to be working on hollywood soundtracks in the near future.This piece of work is not perfect, but then nothing truly interesting and challenging ever is.
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