May 13, 2012
Tree of Sores – A Cry of Despair ...
One track clocking in at around 27 minutes stunningly representing a naturally flowing abyss of atmospheric guitar work and heavy flowing drums.
This CD still retains the heaviness of their début but incorporates a more dynamic approach within the instrumentation as it builds, falls and climbs to absolute epic proportions.
The CD begins with haunting guitar tones setting the scene for the rest of the journey, while shortly after the metronome pounding drums lays down the bed frame for the heavy bass tones which weave in and out, all together preparing you for the crushing break at 2:45 which engulfs you within a crushing tonal abyss. The vocals generate an abrasive harshness and contribute to the feeling of the CD, but aren’t utilised as much as their début, only in select moments which work to create a bigger impact.
The highlight for me is after the 19th minute mark as it builds to bursting point in atmospheric heavy bliss, with pummeling drums and thick swarms of layered guitar, which all fades into drones and effects. Overall, an outstanding performance which takes you on an epic journey with purpose and originality.
The transitions between sections flow organically and come across as not just a jam, and the subtle haunting moments aren’t your average generic crescendo build up, but possess a feeling unique, like their seasoned, honed and honest sound. Every member here excels and delivers, and adds their own taste to the mixture.
Their CD is a nice package with, detailed, graphic artwork which captures the title and their sonic form perfectly. If your after epic, dark, ambient soundscapes which decent into nightmare, buy this CD today!
I strongly recommend you Catch Tree of Sores live in the UK and across Europe with Wizard’s Beard in July.
Words: Dan Clarke
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