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LONG DISTANCE CALLING is a post rock band from Germany formed in 2006 by David Jordan (guitar), Janosch Rathmer (drums), Florian Füntmann (guitar), Jan Hoffmann (bass) and Reimut van Bonn (ambience) with the belief that music has no "room for rules". There music can be described as somewhat adventurous post-rock that often drifts into post-metal territory.

They started rehearsing in early 2006 and in late September of the same year they released their first EP titled "DMNSTRTN". The EP was limited to just 200 copies and featured barely 4 songs ranging from 6 to 11 minutes yet it was well received by critics, getting compared to acts such as Mogwai, Red Sparowes, Porcupine Tree and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. A tour edition, limited to just a 100 copies was released later on. At the end of April the band went to the studio to record what would become their first album titled "Satellite Bay", and in May 2007 the band was signed to Viva Hate Records.


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3.28 | 13 ratings
Satellite Bay
2007
3.56 | 52 ratings
Avoid The Light
2009
3.92 | 139 ratings
Long Distance Calling
2011
3.54 | 34 ratings
The Flood Inside
2013

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3.05 | 3 ratings
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2008

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DMNSTRTN
2006
3.50 | 2 ratings
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2014

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 The Flood Inside by LONG DISTANCE CALLING album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.54 | 34 ratings

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The Flood Inside
Long Distance Calling Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Gallifrey

4 stars Ever since its sudden stride into existence 15 years ago, post-rock has become the dominant style for instrumental bands wanting to stretch their atmospheric and layering limbs, but in recent years of increase in availability of music, post-rock has become the genre of choice for bands who aren't really good at anything, but still want to make music. The waves and waves of generic Explosions In The Sky clones poured through sites like Bandcamp and Soundcloud, ending most innovation in the genre and causing breakthroughs to be very difficult.

Germany's "Long Distance Calling" was a victim of this. Their very well produced and rather beautiful early music was put aside because, to be honest, it brought nothing new to the table. It was run-of-the-mill post-rock with the same crescendos and atmospheres we expect from the genre. But now, with 2013's "The Flood Inside", they've changed it up. They've got a vocalist.

Going through the current reviews and fans' reactions to this album, it's not looking good for LDC, but the simple fact is that they are being innovative, something the post-rock genre has needed since 1999. Marsen Fischer's voice, which appears on 4 of the 9 tracks, brings the band back to a more alternative rock style, but their roots as an instrumental band remain. Any generic alternative rock band with a guitar and a bass would think very little of the noise going on underneath the hook lines, but it's quite clear the vocals here were the last thing on, with LDC's signature layering of sound and texture crawling underneath Fischer's crystal clear vocal lines.

The backlash against the band is only expected, they have dropped an underground and progressive style for a more mainstream and accessible one, but I think they have simultaneously improved both genres in doing it. Long Distance Calling are simultaneously the most innovative post-rock band of today, and the most innovative alternative rock band of today, and that is something that will let them break through.

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 The Flood Inside by LONG DISTANCE CALLING album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.54 | 34 ratings

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The Flood Inside
Long Distance Calling Post Rock/Math rock

Review by UMUR
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3 stars "The Flood Inside" is the 4th full-length studio album by German post rock/metal act Long Distance Calling. The album was released through Superball Music in March 2013. Since the release of the band's third full-length studio album "Long Distance Calling (2011)", a significant lineup change has taken place as Reimut Van Bonn (electronics and sound) left in April 2012. Keyboard player and vocalist Marsen Fischer then joined the lineup, which marks the first time Long Distance Calling have had a permanent vocalist in the lineup. Their music has predominantly been instrumental up until now, with only a few tracks featuring guest vocalists. Among others Jonas Renkse from Katatonia.

Even with a permanent lead vocalist in the lineup, the music on "The Flood Inside" is predominantly instrumental like the case were on earlier releases by the band. Even the tracks which feature vocals also feature longer instrumental sections. The colourful and often atmospheric guitar playing, the occasionally heavy distorted riffing and the quite busy drumming by Janosch Rathmer are still central in the band's music, like they have been since day one. The musicianship is overall on a high level. Marsen Fischer has a bit of an anonymous and not very distinct sounding voice, but his singing is pleasant enough and suits the music well. "The Flood Inside" is well produced and features a warm and pleasant sound.

"The Flood Inside" is in many ways a quality release by Long Distance Calling, but that's to be expected from these guys. However they seldom reach the excellent mark, where their music takes me away to another dimension and therefore my rating is closer to 3.5 stars (70%) than a full 4 (80%). It's still a great release though.

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 The Flood Inside by LONG DISTANCE CALLING album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.54 | 34 ratings

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Long Distance Calling Post Rock/Math rock

Review by kev rowland
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3 stars German post rock act Long Distance Calling were formed in 2006 by David Jordan (guitar), Janosch Rathmer (drums), Florian F'ntmann (guitar), Jan Hoffmann (bass) and Reimut van Bonn (ambience) who wanted to create music where there would be no rules or preconceptions. Primarily an instrumental act, they had however previously worked with guest- singers such as John Bush (Armored Saint, Anthrax) or Jonas Renkse (Katatonia) so they were aware of the possibilities of using vocals within their own musical style. When founder member Reimut amicably departed in April 2012 they discussed what the next step should be for the band and they soon settle on Marsen Fischer to provide vocals on a permanent basis, with the added bonus that he also plays keyboards.

The new album then is quite different in some ways to the band's previous works, but at the same time fits in very naturally with their history. They have again used some guest musicians to broaden the sound, this time including Vincent Cavanagh (Anathema), Henrik Freischlader, Robot Koch (Casper, Max Mutzke, Marteria), Norwegian singer/songwriter Petter Carlsen, Tuneverse co-founder Alex Komlew and Mario Cullmann (F'nf Sterne Deluxe). 'The Flood Inside' starts with an instrumental number, 'Nucleus', but follows that up with 'Inside The Flood' which does have vocals. But, the songs without vocals don't need them as they are complete in themselves while the songs with vocals are complete without being overpowered by the singer. It is all about doing what is right for the music, and the use of space and clear layers within the sound is spot on. It is an album that can be enjoyed the very first time it is played but the more it gets into the psyche the better it is.

Well structured, complex where it needs to be but simple in others, this is a very strong piece of work and could well be considered their best yet. Worth investigation. www.longdistancecalling.de

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 The Flood Inside by LONG DISTANCE CALLING album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.54 | 34 ratings

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The Flood Inside
Long Distance Calling Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Wolfhound

4 stars I would like to preface my review by saying that I am not an expert reviewer, but rather I know what I like and what I think is good music. I usually won't review something unless I can listen to it from start to finish and be thoroughly entertained.

I am only recently acquainted with this group, but I have all their albums. Amidst all the post rock/math rock groups this group seems to stand out to me; perhaps is the emphasis on the rock aspect of the music that grabs me. Honestly, there's a lot of the post rock groups that just start to sound kind of the same to me although there a handful or two that I really enjoy. It's hard for me to explain why I like this group more than a lot of other groups in the same genre(s). The music has a flow to me and never feels stiff or ponderous. Now onto the new album...

The Flood Inside finds the group continuing in the vein of the self-titled album from 2011 with a collection moderate length songs and one 11 minute plus song that has the definite post rock/math rock feel to it while being more rock driven and less ambient than many post rock/math rock bands. The group keeps their signature sound while adding more vocals to the music than previously. Four of the eight tracks on the album feature fairly significant vocal presences; while the vocals may not be outstanding I think the vocals are good and fit the music well. And THANK THE BIG BANG that they did not add screamy type vocals that some post rock/math rock groups like to do. They continue to keep a good balance between simple, yet solid riffs and spacey jams that don't quite wander off into the realm of ambient pieces.

From a personal perspective I would give this album 5 stars, because I enjoy it from start to finish every time I listen to it and to me that makes for an outstanding album. But for the sake of trying to be objective I will give it 4 stars because overall it could be said that they have backed off the instrumental intensity of the previous albums and they haven't done much to expand upon their sound. Still I think they have gone the distance on this album and this is another great album for 2013.

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 Long Distance Calling by LONG DISTANCE CALLING album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.92 | 139 ratings

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Long Distance Calling Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Any Colour You Like
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4 stars Long Distance Calling is another one of those instrumental bands who, for the sake of being instrumental, often get lumped in with the 'post rock/metal' category. Having heard this, their latest album, that feels like a rather clumsy appropriation.

Sure, there's sound-scapes and textured riffs and all that stereotypical stuff. But as the album progresses, the listener will surely realise that this is more straightforward rock, with a metallic crunch. Indeed, where this album is strong, is that it takes the textural dream-scapes of post rock artists, and mixes them with the more dynamic edges of progressive metal. The percussion is exemplary, neither saturating the music with wasted fills and pointless show-off drivel, but remaining understated and purposeful throughout. The occasional time-signature change shows a heightened sense of musical maturity, allowing the compositions to traverse multiple incarnations of the same track over the course of their 6-10 minute run time. There's enough sonic diversity to stave off boredom here, which is lucky, for such instrumental albums can often fall into the trap of repetition.

John Bush (ex-Anthrax) has a guest vocal spot on 'Middleville', and while his vocals are neither exceptional or dull, one feels they are a bit of an afterthought. Having said this, adding vocals to the music seemed rather easy; given that Long Distance Calling tend to craft song-like tracks anyway. While I'll admit that this is a fun release, it doesn't quite have the final punch to really push it into another category. But at least in an area of contemporary music where it's often felt to be more understated and obtuse than extroverted and succinct, Long Distance Calling prove that there's still a place for good old fashioned hard work, distortion pedal engaged, structured rock.

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 Long Distance Calling by LONG DISTANCE CALLING album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.92 | 139 ratings

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Long Distance Calling Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
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5 stars This album just shot up to the top of my best of 2011 list, mind you I haven't heard a lot of new releases so far this year but still I can't see this not being in my top five.They did it again ! I was so impressed with the previous album "Avoid The Light" and it was cool to hear Jonas from KATATONIA sing on a track that he had also written.This time they got ARMORED SAINT vocalist John Bush to sing on a track (that he also wrote). Interesting to read that that track was recorded by former ARMORED SAINT bassist Joey Vera who of course went on to play in FATES WARNING. As far as the music goes here I really can't detect much in the way of Post-Rock. Post-Metal for sure. It's dark and quite heavy with dual guitars along with bass and drums. Some added electronics as well for atmosphere which is a nice touch.The sound quality is perfect.The drumming is amazing !

"Into The Black Wide Open" opens with faint atmosphere then a heavy bass / drum section comes in. Some spoken words which are both funny and alarming. It then turns heavier then the tempo picks up before 3 minutes. Nice. It settles back before 4 minutes with bass then builds. "The Figrin D'an Boogie" has some incredible drumming on it. It settles back before 2 1/2 minutes then the guitar comes to the fore a minute later. It kicks in before 5 minutes.

"Invisible Giants" builds to a heavy soundscape. Kicking ass and taking names right here folks. "Timebends" features atmosphere before it kicks in just before a minute. Great sound here. Sounds like keys after 1 1/2 minutes. Check out the bass before 3 1/2 minutes. "Arecibo (Long Distance Calling)" is a great track. Heavy with plenty of guitars and check out the insane section 4 minutes in.

"Middleville" is the vocal track. Fantastic sound here a minute in followed by vocals. Love the guitar before 2 minutes.Vocals stop before 5 minutes as a heavy and dark soundscape takes over with the guitar making noise over top. So good.Vocals are back after 6 minutes.The guitars are setting the soundscape on fire 8 minutes in. "Beyond The Void" has lots of atmosphere then the sound starts to pick up. It kicks in before 3 1/2 minutes.The drums and bass sound amazing ! Keys before 6 1/2 minutes. It stays heavy to the end although it does get experimental.

These guys are fast becoming one of my favourite bands to listen to. 4.5 stars just seem too low for this beast.

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 Avoid The Light by LONG DISTANCE CALLING album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.56 | 52 ratings

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Long Distance Calling Post Rock/Math rock

Review by The Prognaut
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4 stars This is certainly a proposal for the ears of those who are willing to go further from the pre-established musical boundaries in order to discover a brand new adventurous world of elaborated passages and sequences not conceived for the regular listener. The German band delivers through "Avoid The Light" a quite remarkable second effort to underline even more what they compromised to achieve on their debut album and to me, they just hit the bull's-eye.

When it comes to musical evolution and development within "Avoid The Light", the musicianship truly sets off in a perfectly timed togetherness, collapsing all instruments in an almost circular transition that floats around over and over again until the syncopated notes out of the thundering drums or crunchy guitars break into scene. I must say that from day one of spinning this record I have created this strange sense of detachment whenever I feel like running out of this world.

Perhaps the album may appear to be derivative and hollow at certain points but the enjoyment of these minimalistic details is what makes the listening more pleasant and intriguing at the same time. The main instrumental section within the album goes from "Apparitions" through "I Know You, Stanley Milgram!" where four enigmatic tracks describe a space full of erratic sensations through heavy riffs and empowering arrangements. Right after that, "The Nearing Grave" carries on almost in a more passive mood along soft lyrics in between that blend suitably perfect with the background music.

And so, "Sundown Highway" represents the closing section of this musical experience brought to us by LONG DISTANCE CALLING. This track is a keeper indeed, maybe to me the most elaborated and condensed piece out of the entire record. There is a certain slant towards a more progressive influence without leaving out the pure and unique essence of the band as it transcends directly to the base of basic Progressive Metal but surprisingly how, it closes down so calmly that it gets to confuse the listener a little bit.

LONG DISTANCE CALLING shows definitely a breakthrough within the genre by risking and proposing new ways of listening to music in spite of the unavoidable comparisons. This German band has been to me one of the best discoveries on what's been running out of the current year.

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Review by EatThatPhonebook
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4 stars Long Distance Calling is a German Post-rock band, and this self titled effort is their third studio album; some are considering this their best album so far, even better than 2009's "Avoid The Light", which was recognized and appreciated by the few fans of the band in the underground scene. But this third album made the band a little more successful, and more fans have gathered around them.

I've always been really fascinated by Post-Rock, especially thanks to bands like Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Sigur Ros, Slint and Talk Talk from the earlier ages. But I can assure you that even if this is a post-rock album by a post-rock band, it does not sound like any of those bands mentioned above. Their sound is in fact quite unique: there is no building of the tracks, or at least nothing compared to the great bands of the genre. There is tons of guitar, clean or distorted,(there is a clear metal influence) keyboards, effects, dynamic bass and drums. And I still have to mention that this is an instrumental band, and no vocals are present, except for the track "Middleville", which is sung by a guest vocalist. But what impressed me the most of this album is the amazing, and I mean amazing, production. Just from the starting minute of the album, with the pondering bass and enriched drums, my mind was blown for it's crystal clear and perfect sound. Luckily this production sticks around for the whole album, making it the best quality of the record. The musicianship and technical quality of the band members is quite impressive, especially for a band that isn't exactly at the tip of everyone's tongue.

I do have some issues with "Long distance Calling", I admit it; not every song is solid and well written as the others, and there are some weak moments that occur during the 56 minutes in some parts of some songs. Moments that are easily forgettable, unfortunately, but without these pieces this album would have certainly been a masterpiece.

Songs like the opener "Into the Black Wide Open", with it's already mentioned amazing intro and great time changes along the whole track, "The Figrin D'an Boogie" very enlivened and catchy, enriched with spacey effects and percussion. "Invisible Giants" is another one of my favorites, thanks to the great opening riff that echoes along the whole song, as well as the energetic and powerful variations. But title track spreads energy like no other song here; I love also how the keyboards give a kind of psychedelic touch to the mood. The already mentioned "Middleville" is the only sung song of the album, with grungy like vocals. But it's also here that I find some low points. I also can't fully appreciate the eleven minute track "Beyond The Void", as well as the fourth track, "Timebends".

But as a conclusion, this is a terrific album, definitely to check out if you're into post-rock or into prog.

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3.92 | 139 ratings

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Long Distance Calling Post Rock/Math rock

Review by J-Man
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4 stars It's no secret to most listeners that the post rock scene isn't the most ever-changing genre out there. Though one may notice small differences from band to band, it seems that the genre has many more "clones" out there than desired. Germany's Long Distance Calling hasn't ever sent out to entirely revolutionize post rock, but they certainly have a sound of their own and plenty of impressive chops to go along with it. Long Distance Calling, the band's self-titled third album, is possibly their best album yet and an all-around amazing effort. If you like your post rock with a heavy, metallic edge and plenty of atmosphere, it's hard to go wrong with this one.

Although I've mentioned earlier that Long Distance Calling may not the most revolutionary band out there, the music here is still unique to an extent. It's firmly based in post rock, but I also hear plenty of metal, progressive rock, and even a few alternative tendencies. My favorite tracks are probably the beautiful "Invisible Giants" and the heavy-edged "Arecibo (Long Distance Calling)". John Bush (of Anthrax and Armored Saint fame) lends his grunge-tinged vocals to "Middleville" which adds some nice variation to this otherwise instrumental effort. The greatest thing about Long Distance Calling is probably the musicianship, which is spectacular across the board. I especially have to give a nod in the direction of Janosch Rathmer. As a drummer myself, listening to his energetic and refined style is just a breath of fresh air.

The production is also very professional and powerful. This has an organic, 70's-influenced sound that still leaves room for heavy and modern metal bits. This is a spectacular sound, to say the very least.

Long Distance Calling may not be a shocking revolution in the post rock genre, but I will admit that it's rare to hear music of this level of quality anywhere. If you like your post rock with a heavy edge and plenty of atmosphere, this should be one of your best albums of 2011. Seldom do I hear an album with such excellent musicianship and beauty. 4 stars are well-earned in this case.

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3.92 | 139 ratings

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Long Distance Calling
Long Distance Calling Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Avtokrat

4 stars Long Distance Calling may not be an absolute masterpiece, but surely is an enjoyable album that displays 58 minutes of good music that will surely catch the attention of post metal fans.This is an entirely instrumental album (except for Middleville) where the most interesting parts in my opinion are the first track (Into the Black Wide Open) and the last one (Beyond the Void), even if also the other tracks remain on a very good level. Long Distance Calling is an album that easily gets 4 full and well deserved stars but the hope is that the enormous potential of this band will express at an even higher level at an early opportunity in order to really hit the jackpot.

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