Although the band itself consists of three core members, on their debut album they’re joined by a wealth of additional musicians and vocalists, (programming, cello, saxophone, pipe, percussion, synthesizer, violin, choir), as well as guests from Minsk and Moloken. As you might imagine, this allows for a lot of scope and on It Is Not the Night That Covers You they take advantage of this to the fullest.
This is post-metal/rock with impressive clean vocals, thick, meaty guitars and light reflection and introspection. The music on this release is nothing if not highly textured and full of depth. One moment the band can be peeling off heavy riffs, while the next moment they can be visiting ambient climes and acting like they own them. Yes, these are songs that have a lot happening in them and the music is rich with content and interest no matter what they are actually playing or doing at the time.
The music is ripe with orchestration and atmosphere. With haunting synths/orchestration and dark themes as overarching features of the music, the songs on It Is Not the Night That Covers You have a lot of variety while still keeping to the general feeling and style of the songs. A melancholic grandeur can be glimpsed when listening to Nebulae Come Sweet, and their music is very evocative.
This is the kind of release that can be easy to lose yourself in as it takes you on a journey through sound and impression. I love it.
As a debut album this is extremely ambitious material, and it’s a huge credit to the band and their collaborators that they pull it off with both style and substance.
It Is Not the Night That Covers You is quite extraordinary.