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The Fierce & The Dead


Post Rock/Math rock

3.52 | 12 ratings

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Last month I could listen to Matt Stevens' last solo album, which I really loved. This time I was informed he was about to release a new album, but now with a band. I was really interested and did not hesitate listening to it, and now I can say I am pleased once again. The name of this project is 'The Fierce and the Dead', a trio that consists on Stevens (guitar) Kev Feazey (bass and synth), and Stuart Marshall (drums). The album features ten compositions that make a total time of 37 minutes. It kicks off with 'Flint'. The first two minutes are like an explosion that is progressing little by little. Then the bass lines mark the rhythm, nice drums appear and the sweet guitar creates a soft post-rock feeling, and a charming sound. There are some minor changes while the music passes, but the rhythm is constant and the sound really enjoyable. 'Part 2' starts with a bass line for some seconds, and later drums and guitar join. The sound may be repetitive but addictive at the same time, Stevens guitar work is really delicious and that can be transmitted in each and every of his notes. The first two minutes are gentle, sweet, charming, but all of a sudden it explodes and creates a powerful yet disarming sound. Later it slows down again and finishes as it began. The third track reminds me a lot of some older post-rock acts. The mellow and sweet sound of this two-minute track called 'The Wait' will make you feel comfortable and pleased, even tranquil. With 'H.R.' that feeling disappears and instead, here I can sense some kind of tension, a story of someone waiting for something to happen, until it actually happens. After two minutes the song explodes and that tension becomes a chaos, the sound is of course, louder. 'Hotel No.6' brings a curious atmosphere. I imagine several things in each song, here, after that previous chaos, I imagine the person (imaginary character) being calmed down, resting and thinking of what is coming next; like a moment of reflection and reaction. On the other hand, I also imagined some kind of natural death, the last moments before all goes dark and your soul vanishes.

But wait'you were not dead, you now realize how difficult life is, so you want to escape somehow. That's what I think ofwhen I listen to the nervous and powerful 'Landcrab', a two- minute explosion where drums and guitars take over and decide your destiny. 'Daddies Little Helper' is now something completely different. The charming sound and the post-rock feeling returns. The bass notes are pretty nice and the atmosphere created really friendly. Additionally, here they invited a guest musician, whose saxophone sound is exquisite and fits the occasion. I love when it reaches the third minute, that passage where the drums are announcing another explosion, but all of a sudden the song changes, the sax returns and all together the instruments make an electronic-funk experimental track - weird, but cool. 'Woodchip' is the shortest composition. An electronic and atmospheric interlude, nothing more. '10x10' has a wonderful texture. I love how it progresses while the seconds pass, how more elements are being added, and how the repetition of rhythms creates a true interaction between music and person. The last minute is emotional and particularly good. The album finishes with 'Andy Fox', which happens to be the longest track. This may be the most complex and ambitious song of them all, here they know how to share their feelings, how to put people in the mood and how to use the instruments at the right moment. I mean, I love the piano sound here, the slow-tempo rhythm bass and drums, and once again, the saxophone. All of them create several feelings for me, and a sense of satisfaction. After four minutes the music turns louder and stronger, but at the same time disarming and purely emotional, something that the listener really has to thank.

What a great debut of this new project. I hope they continue with this positive path, and give us (even) better albums in the future. My final grade will be 4 stars.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 4/5 |


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