03. Echo Chamber
07. Is This A Take a look at
13. Darkish Solitaire
NORTHLANE‘s self-recorded, self-produced file “Obsidian” is a musical seize bag from which all kinds of genres emerge. The Australian 4-piece that started as a metalcore outfit with ambient tones has morphed into a way more digital and alt-pop targeted band. Whereas there are nonetheless loads of unclean vocals and rapid-fire drum fills to be discovered on their sixth album, many of those songs would serve a greater objective at a rave or a nightclub.
That is high quality for the listener who’s into slightly little bit of every thing, however when fusing such completely different genres collectively, the important thing to success is movement. The rationale FALLING IN REVERSE can style bend so nicely, for example, is that there’s a cohesive development between the varied components; from rap to metalcore to pop hooks, there’s a melodic throughline that connects all of them. Conversely, NORTHLANE‘s “Obsidian” is slightly disjointed.
“Xen”, for example, is an virtually 6-minute observe that alternates between dissonant chords with screaming vocals, a U2-sounding refrain, and gentle electronica, lastly ending with a shoegaze outro. Every section sounds high quality, however they really feel very separate. A part of what contributes to this sense of disconnectedness is the band’s use of uneven guitars, like in “Is This A Take a look at” and “Cypher”, which inherently interrupts movement. However, “Nova” flows fairly properly, however one has to query the consistency of placing this COLDPLAY-esque track on the identical album because the metalcore-influenced title observe.
In the long run, “Obsidian” is a extremely experimental file that appears like a mishmash of the members’ favourite genres. Just a little extra finesse within the songwriting would have made it extra palatable and given it a better sense of path.
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