Review: Vacant Sea/Weeping, Kneeling – split album (USA, 2014)

We’re heading towards an odd album, so if you’re one of those sissy-I-don’t-like-noise-guys please, turn your back and go read something else.

That being said I can start talking about this split album between two American acts: Vacant Sea and Weeping, Kneeling.

Vacant Sea
, the opener of this record, is a one-man band from Portland, Maine, leaded by Fos (Greek for “Day”).
The kind of music he brings in this split is a very unique cocktail of showgaze, atmospheric black metal, post metal and also some industrial-drone elements.

The two tracks offered by Fos sound quite different one another.
The first one is short and composed by slow and icy distorted guitars and harsh vocals, so I’d call that atmospheric black metal.

The second one, Closer To The Stars, which is also the most interesting one in my opinion, is a long (almost 9 minutes) trip that starts from clean and dreamy guitar arpeggios, going through black parts and ends again with chilling clean guitars and…noises.

The atmosphere of this last tune truly caught me as I held my breath for its entire length the first time I listened to it.

The only remark I have to make (but hey Fos! Just take this as a piece of advice) is to take more time to mix and master the tracks. The volume is incredibly low and we’re losing a lot of musical details this way.
Looking forward to hearing new stuff from this act, because I feel it’s going to be great stuff.

On the other side of the split we encounter Weeping, Kneeling from Connecticut.
Actually this music (noise? Distorted sounds?) isn’t played by a human…but by an entity instead.
This entity sleeps during the day, and waits by night. At least this is what I was able to heard about this inhuman act.

The sounds in this part of the album are however very strange.
Some vague synth layers covered with noises, drones and scary vocals. Nothing is clear, nothing is tangible and probably nothing is truly real in Weeping, Kneeling’s music.

It delivered 4 claustrophobic compositions here; the one that touched me the most is Final Voyage of The Astral Mariners: it has something mesmerizing in it and so sinister that it will bring you in a vortex of fears and sorrows, not so easy to get back to normality from.

In conclusion this isn’t a record for everyone, actually it is for few listeners.
But if you really wanna dig something strange, melodic and dreamy (at the beginning) and claustrophobic (at its end) well, maybe you’ve found an album that fits.


Vacant Sea

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TSL co-founder, co-owner, editor, CEO, reviewer, interviewer and writer. Basically I do a lot of stuff and I can’t get anything done well. I was born in 1991 and started loving music since 1981. Got my very first band in high school and now I play as a lonely dumbass in 3 projects: Chiral, Il Vuoto and |||. I listen to every kind of music as long as it is good and intense. Favourite genres include: everything as long as it’s good! (but also folk, black metal, 70-80’s rock and post-rock).

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