RED SPAROWES The Fear Is Excruciating But Therein Lies the Answer (Sargent House)
The band known for their ridiculously long song titles (e.g. The Great Leap Forward Poured Down Upon Us One Day Like a Mighty Storm, Suddenly and Furiously Blinding Our Senses) has reined in such penchants somewhat leaving fans with a lengthy album name instead.
What has not changed, however, is Red Sparowes’ gift in expressing narrative concepts in instrumental rock passages that are laced with dynamic traces of progressive metal, atmospheric shoegaze, old school post-rock and even Americana! On The Fear Is Excruciating, Red Sparowes’ third full-length, eschews the sheer visceral violence of the post-metal set (like Russian Circles) and finds the payoff in considered mid-tempo pieces, alternating between soft and loud sequences for maximum impact.
In certain senses, Red Sparowes has gone back to basics, almost “dumbing” down the instrumentals to highlight more clarified melodies rather than epic grand-standing. Its all in excellent contrast to what is happening in the instrumental rock scene at the moment and for that, the band should be applauded.
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