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Red Sparowes


Post Rock/Math rock

3.38 | 37 ratings

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The T
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3 stars RED SPAROWES is another in the long list of bands that play post/math rock that could easily be included in the post-metal genre. And this album is a proof of that.

The music in this purely-instrumental disc bears a lot of similarities with post-metal bands like ISIS or PELICAN, while also keeping elements of more relaxed post-rock outfits. This album could be called a metal album were it not for the lack of heavy riffing and the rather soft impression the sounds make in your ears, as opposed to the decibel-attack of metal. But the style is similar: gloomy, grayish, painting a broad landscape instead of caring for minutia; textures are the key, but not virtuosic or adorned guitar work.

I have two problems with this long-titled album (and let's not start with the song titles!): one, the mood changes only a little bit throughout the whole record, and the tempo of the songs is pretty similar all the way through (with a few exceptions); and, two, the musicianship is not as great as it could be. Let me explain this second point: while I understand that this music is better when played directly, raw, crudely, I can't help but think that a better drummer (for example) would make this album a lot of good. Not only is the playing simple and rather un-creative, but the sound is so big, empty, under-produced, that the drummer sounds as if he actually was worse than he really is. Other bands get away with these production values when THE WHOLE album is recorded like that (see NEUROSIS), but here the guitars and bass sound much cleaner and more produced, and the drums are the ones that got the cheap treatment in the mixing studio.

The concept is very good (dealing with Mao's Great Leap Forward which ended up killing millions in the process) and the music has some good points, but it could be better, more varied in mood and tempo and with better playing.

A good instrumental album recommended for fans of post-metal and post-rock with a harder edge.

The T | 3/5 |


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