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Litany for the Whale - Dolores [12 inch] (Cover Artwork)

Litany for the Whale

Litany for the Whale: Dolores [12 inch]Dolores [12 inch] (2009)
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Reviewer Rating: 3.5


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Litany for the Whale strikes a solid balance on their debut EP, Dolores, finding a comfortable middle between simply blistering, heavy hardcore and more artistic, experimental flourishes. "A Sleep" is merely a noisy buildup of room clutter, acoustics and creaking doors along with some fuzz before.
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Litany for the Whale strikes a solid balance on their debut EP, Dolores, finding a comfortable middle between simply blistering, heavy hardcore and more artistic, experimental flourishes.

"A Sleep" is merely a noisy buildup of room clutter, acoustics and creaking doors along with some fuzz before the burly "A Wake" comes forward with metallic, pulsing riffs and a barely audible, distorted snarling vocal comes in. But the song quickly recedes a bit so that it can create a massive crescendo, an upward swing that pummels around the two-minute mark in a certainly Pg. 99-esque manner. The weird intersections between melody, frustrated singing and just heavy moments in "Rotting on the Shoreline" actually kinda recall the weirder parts of Cave In's metalcore era, as does some of its choking followup, "Lord of the Gallows." A pair of ominous, softly weeping acoustic guitars make up the surprisingly beautiful "Philistines."

Dolores does lose you at various points, but manages to mostly hold you with a compelling, brute force, a smoggy, bass-fueled propulsion of sound that can hopefully be expanded upon for the next time around.

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Teenage Disco Bloodbath will be issuing the CD version later this summer.

 

 
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blanktapesemptybottles (July 19, 2009)

will be def be picking this up, thanks for the recommendation and thanks for putting this out guys

elephantdwarf (July 17, 2009)

cool. love me some chris taylor artwork.

molsookrecords (July 17, 2009)

Thanks guys for the kind words. And yeah this is a co-release, like Paul says...

pmmrecords (July 17, 2009)

Glad to hear you liked the record Brian! Yes, the album artwork was drawn by Chris Taylor. Not a ripoff, this is the real deal.

Note: The vinyl can also be ordered from Molsook Records who released it in collaboration with PMM. The cd version will be out later this summer from Teenage Disco Bloodbath Records.

elephantdwarf (July 17, 2009)

after looking at their myspace pictures... i guess they did tour with pygmy lush... so. i dunno... sorry.

elephantdwarf (July 17, 2009)

unless this artwork was lazily done by chris taylor... ... what a rip off.

14theroad (July 17, 2009)

I liked what I heard. Will see them at Fest.

thus_spoke_sean (July 17, 2009)

this is excellent

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