One Day All This Will End is the eagerly anticipated debut album from Svalbard, a band devoted to most of the genres that could be described as ‘heavy’. Eight tracks of howling post-hardcore with lashings of crust-punk, black-metal, and maybe even some post-rock (especially on ‘The Vanishing Point’). On Holy Roar.
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Blackened post-hardcore right here from a band trying to have it all in the metal valleys of yore. ‘One Day All This Will End’ is like a few of your favourite cult bands crashing into each other, taking on the blastbeats before letting out the gulping post-rock riffs, holding back tears in the skramz and then going for gang chants. God, it’s a lot; I used to think Deafheaven were the Explosions In The Sky of metal, but get three minutes into “Perspective” and their take on distortion and scorched-earth music sounds idealistic and beautiful.
One song in and the fine folk in Svalbard have already paraphrased Shakespeare’s Macbeth, so if you’re looking for rationale, look elsewhere. “The Vanishing Point” grows out of terrified whispers and icy, overloud riffs before the skramz kick back in and the riffs start to curl over the bars -- cymbals lie in wait, as if unmoved by the post-hxc vocal delivery. “Vanishing Point” easily reveals the band’s versatility, with small vocal harmonies unfolding before a metallic riff and drum fill turn everything to shit. If Circle Takes the Square were able to actually stitch one of their songs together, what’s the betting they’d sound like this?
I’m saying an abundance of potentially slanderous shit right here, but rest assured this album goes: each brand of heavy comes together to make up quiet a seamless melodrama, as believable as a slow tectonic shift. Svalbard make it work because they measure their call-and-response style, waiting in the wings on “Unrequited” before they come back in on the breakdown. Get ready to stay at a certain musical altitude for a while, but when you do, this will be suitable epic -- and a little bit funny.
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