Post metal is definitely not a style of music where it’s easy for the bands to reach an audience wider than the customary fans of the genre, especially when the a group at some point of their career makes the radical choice to deal exclusively with instrumental music. Long Distance Calling, from Germany, won’t be the ones who can change this situation but among the bands that today are dedicated to post metal are definitely in the club of those who have taken the path that sees their music gradually become more accessible, modern and with an excellent balance between experimentation and pleasantness. Regarding the use of the voice, it must be said that for a certain period of time the band has also included a singer in their line-up, but in their last album these guys from Münster have returned to the original structure without a vocalist.
Boundless, the new album from Long Distance Calling, has the merit of starting with a trio of sensational songs which have the effect of leaving you breathless. This is like pure power contained in a frame of beauty and delicacy, creating an atmosphere of continuous suspense in preparation for the sonic explosions that inevitably arrive. It might seem just the typical description of post metal, and in fact the structure of the tracks doesn’t deviate too much from the center of gravity of the typical songs produced within genre. What is absolutely different, in this case, is the incredible smoothness between the various stages of the development of the songs and also the beauty of the melodies and the riffs that we find, of first quality.
As the album proceeds, the initial tension and also the beauty of the musical lines tend to fade, leaving the stage to songs which are still interesting and pleasant to hear but maybe less unique and particular than those that open the LP. In any case, by combining the two parts of the record, we still get a really good work, which certainly stands out among the post metal productions of the last period.
Boundless is the sixth album in the discography of the band. With respect to theit previous works we have the return of the formation to a fully instrumental line-up. From a musical point of view this change has also marked a clear abandonment of those most commercial elements that we had heard in the period in which they shared the stage with singer Petter Carlsen, and in this case the change is to the benefit of the final result. As mentioned at the beginning of the review, the German band doesn’t disdain excursions to mainstream sounds, but the particularity of Boundless is that the above is achieved without affecting too much the very essence of their music.
Boundless was released on early February 2018, the date changes according to the Country.
Since you’re here, you may be interested to:
- POST, the breathtaking compilation with the best of Post Metal and Post Rock, featuring Long Distance Calling but also many other recent releases by Agrimonia, Harakiri for the Sky, Sinistro, and many others.
- SLOWGOD II by Grajo and SANGUE CASSIA by Sinistro, two other great post metal albums published in the first weeks of 2018.