|Noise, Sludge Metal
September 20th, 2013
Release length: 31:52
Whispers from… is actually a conceptual effort. According to their Bandcamp page (or what it seems to say as the wording is a bit off) the tracks of this release relay the torments of a man destroyed by the abuse of his father, shifting between such emotions as hope and destruction. This is something that can’t be picked up on at first since “The End” comes off more like your typical Mathcore track, though eventually shows some of the Sludge Metal elements about a minute in. The pace never really picks up past a mid-tempo performance, though some slower aspects do give an unsettling vibe, making you aware that, in the broad scheme of the things, something is just not right, which is confirmed by the next and much darker track, “The Past.” While the introduction and main verses sound great, the guitars can be a bit hollow in the melodic chorus of richer riffs, finding almost no bass to back them up. It’s odd considering the mid-range hum of that instrument is felt everywhere else. While nearly ten minutes long, the slower pace and well executed bridges, such as around the seven minute mark to help shift into something a little different, really works to keep the song flowing and increase the tension.
Despite its title, the following track “The Light” is actually more dark and brooding, the trudging pace of the music coming like forcing your way through wet cement with a burden on your back that remains consistent until about six minutes in when there seems to represent an emotional break with heavier riffs that aren’t quite a breakdown, but come close it. Sadly, “The Light” doesn’t really go anywhere until the last few minutes, and it does end up a bit repetitive by then. “The Others,” however, is a nice little change of pace that doesn’t really play off way that song ends, keeping that brooding atmosphere alive in the chords with a slower pace once more, but only for the first two minutes. Aside some passages that seem to offer a bit of remorse, the music doesn’t really convey much emotion. In fact, much of the song seems as though it wants to be creepy and unnerving, but instead comes off a bit flat and boring until about six and a half minutes in, offering some lighter, more hopeful music that gives some closure to the experience.
While the first three songs of Whispers from… are good, and the closure “The Others” offers is well executed, “The Past” is the only song that really sticks out from start to finish. The concept of journeying further down the rabbit hole from abuse is handled well enough, and the subtle emotions that creep up in some songs can make an impact on the listener. But, other than some of the lyrics, this album as a whole feels like listening to someone vent about an abusive home life, when really it’s just an overreaction to proper parenting and concern. Whispers from… grows on you after the first spin due to the progression of emotion, but it definitely could have been better overall. It seems like there’s a superb album hidden in here somewhere, but that quality was sacrificed for the sake of being artistic and clever. After a handful of repeat spins, this debut from Another End will begin to wear down, finding itself sitting in your collection until your in the mood to give it another shot further down the line.
01. The End – 6:15
02. The Past – 9:53
03. The Light – 7:18
04. The Others – 8:27
|Initial Pressing Score: 5.5/10