From humble roots as teenagers totally surprising audiences in small venues with their mature, brutal take on hardcore, this now legendary group show no signs of slowing. Further adding progressive and psychedelic elements to their bruising metallic core, this new album is a further progression of their enormous sound.
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It’s been pretty much a full decade since I saw Rolo Tomassi live doing an extremely didactic take on post-hardcore; we’re both a lot older now and they may have grown up faster than me. Taking the edge off their music with a focus on texture, melody and, uh, prog, they present ‘Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It’ as a band changed in spirit. This record runs towards the sun with the kind of anthemic content last seen on the Pope’s post-rock album. Why didn’t we get that in, by the way?
It’s kinda startling and unexpected, but “Aftermath” doesn’t half pack its punch. Much like *shels and Maybeshewill, it takes a techy approach to climax and then sentimentalises it. The band fall back into their old patter with a jarring dynamic change, following their newfound gentility up with their old mix of death growls, blastbeats and hxc riffs -- on “Rituals”, it’s as if they never went away, and as if their good angels were recording the album up ‘til now. Mixed up in ways they know how, “The Hollow Hour” offers stretches of their chugging dissonance with melodic intersections and clean vocal laments, proving it best for them to merge their ideas than leave them both at different ends of the table.
Dare to dream, though: throw in ambient intros and synth bleat (the massive post-hardcore splatter of “A Flood of Light”) into a well-worn formula and you get some good to go with the weird. It took me by surprise, but this record goes pretty hard -- and pretty nice, too.
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