A horrible hack

Ether

There Is Nothing Left For Me Here

Year Released: 2017
Format: Download
Label: Dead Truth
 
Reviewed by Alex Deller on Oct 10, 2017
Much of the time this sounds like a spacy post-metal band gone grubby sludge. Big, cataclysmic sounds rule the roost, while the vocals are of that familiar Scott Kelly/Steve Von Till amalgam type. There is, however, more to it than that. Early on some lugubrious, cleanly-sung parts are introduced, and these recall an Americanized take on the point where My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost started to get their goth on. Elsewhere, one band member is in control of a gong, and the trickles of violin and banjo almost lend things a Lullaby For The Working Class vibe. To Ether's credit, all of this stuff knits together far better aurally than it does on paper, putting them in the same rough sphere as bands like Minsk, Wormwood (KS) and US Christmas. There's perhaps more to admire musically than there is to connect with emotionally for my particular tastes, but as a crashing, expansive feat of engineering I can see TINLFMH suiting plenty of folks just fine.


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