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Long Distance Calling


Post Rock/Math rock

3.83 | 161 ratings

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4 stars Long Distance Calling is back again with their third offering. Well, their third full album, that is.

I think it is fair to say that this German band deserve their post rock label. But they are branching out into metal territory too on this album. But the album opens like a post rock/ shoegaze album with the superb Into The Black Wide Open. This song is also a video, available on Youtube. Open up a new window and play that song while you read the rest of this review/closes this window and takes up handknitting. Long Distance Calling is really superb when they put in cascades of guitars over some Pink Floyd'ish guitar solos. Tonnes of emotions and let-me-die-I-am-a-miserable-sod is what post rock is all about in my view. That and beauty.

Then we have their venture into post metal or purely metal on this album. Heavy chugging riffs over some post rock melodies. Still very good, but it takes some time to get used to this sudden change of tempo. This makes this CD like an oldstyle LP (or cassette) where you sometimes had A and B sides which were pretty different from each others. Hmmmm...... I am missing this. With a CD or a digital download, you don't have this feeling. But Long Distance Calling has come to our rescue and restored the old order.

If the metal riffs was not enough, Long Distance Calling then invites in the good old John Bush from the almost forgotten Armoured Saints and Anthrax fame to do the song Middleville. They are taking a big risk here (I got a mug of coffee stucked in my throat first time I heard this song). But it works out beautifully at the end. A very good song indeed and full marks to John Bush for both his vocals and for doing this song. The closer is another post rock song with a lot of avant-garde included.

In short; Long Distance Calling has branched out, taken some big risks and really pulled of a great album. This album is one of the best post rock albums I have ever had the chance to sink my teeth into.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |


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