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HOW LONELY SITS THE CITY

The Ascent Of Everest

 

Post Rock/Math rock

4.27 | 23 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars THE ASCENT OF EVEREST are a Post-Rock band from Nashville,Tennessee. I have this feeling they probably won't be playing at the Grand Ole Opry though. I'd love to see the reaction of the audience for that one. The music here reminded me a lot of GY!BE with the strings and that melancholic mood. Also I thought of "At The Soundless Dawn" by the RED SPAROWES, not because of the music but that because of that apocalyptic theme. I just watched "The Book Of Eli" on the weekend which is set in a post-apocalyptic world, and it helped me to appreciate what they were trying to do here. Oh yeah the song titles tell the story too, much the way the RED SPAROWES do it.

"Alas, alas ! The Breath Of Life !" opens wih thick atmosphere that covers the soundscape. The guitar starts to make some sounds then drums before 2 minutes. Strings after 2 1/2 minutes. The sound brightens after 4 minutes and the tempo picks up. It's pretty intense after 7 1/2 minutes. A calm before 9 minutes with strings as the drums slowly pound. Emotion. It's building again before it settles late. "As The City Burned We Trembled For We Saw The Makings Of It's Undoing In Our Own Hearts" opens with strings before a full sound enters quickly. It settles in after a minute with drums, piano and vocals. Strings are back as it builds. It kicks in after 3 1/2 minutes with guitar. It settles to end it with piano and strings and blends into "Molotov". It picks up after 1 1/2 minutes with drums, piano and strings. Guitar before 3 1/2 minutes as it turns intense. A calm before 6 minutes as reserved vocals and strings take over. It then gets fuller.

"Threnody (For Victims Of November Second)" opens with atmosphere before these spoken words come in. It really sounds like Billy Graham preaching as he always does in that reserved manner without theatrics.The music comes in and almost drowns him out at times as he continues. Cool section. Post-Rock guitars light it up after 8 1/2 minutes. "Mountains : Horror Majesty And Awe / Collapse Into Understanding / Sing Out As Hope Rises With The First Breath Of Dawn" opens with some powerful atmosphere. It settles with reserved vocals 2 minutes in. It picks up 5 minutes in then settles with strings after 7 minutes. Children laughing and playing end it. Hope rises indeed.

An emotional ride ? An escape from reality ? This is what Post-Rock is about, and these Nashville boys have succeeded in a big way.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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