Emotive and kindly metal tunes from True Widow, whose democratic sound gives a look into the wizened guitar tone of Earth, the slowcore patience and swell harmonies of acts like Low and the riffology of some of yer louder shoegaze favourites. Avvolgere comes across like a more melodic, faster paced and but no less crushingly distorted stoner rock record.
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Based on the descriptions of this as an affair of the doomladen, slowcore, patience-testing, and volume-pummelling, I kinda feel like I’m listening to the wrong record. I feel like I could make something better out of the 45rpm vocals and the 33rpm chord progressions, but I’ll listen to it at the former and declare ‘Avvolgere’ a relatively nice and quite emotive record of crunchy guitar and sentimental stonerisms.
This one’s a long journey, but the set-up’s relatively simple: the record finds some level of footing on “The Trapper & The Trapped”, where a vocal duet sweetens the otherwise earth-scorched offering of distorted chords and snail-sad drumming. From here the record seems to submit to the version of sludge it loves best, the one with a sombre face and a deep sigh: “O. O. T. P. V.” is made good by its vocal inflections, which are left to linger a moment longer on certain lyrics in a sort of heartbroken psychedelic lament.
I’ll say it: I’d rather hear something nice happening with the guitar or something conjoining with the bassy low-end than another onslaught of thee chords. I believe the little oscillations of the otherwise drab “Entheogen” make best use of a relatively dynamic sound, using a simple back-and-forth guitar pattern to lend a song its climax without increasing volume. I’m grateful that “To All That He Elong”, a nimble and imperfect acoustic interlude, exists in the record’s second half, as it seems to spring the record’s narrative into life a bit.
Overall, there are signs of a fine album-making band here -- they just need to plot more evenly.
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