Not many bands these days can boast of
being continually impervious to the parlous art we call music. While a plethora
of musicians and bands tend to (what many like to call) “sell out”,
there are some who make music for no one else but themselves, albeit coming
perilously close to being called monotonous at times.
Lille, France. They have been around since 1997, but surprisingly, the band
hasn’t released a lot of material. Their first full length release, ‘The Sundering’ came out in 2008 (a whopping 11 years
after their inception), and the band has been an exalted name in the local
stoner metal/rock fan base since. The year 2015 saw the release of ‘Beyond The Wall Of
Time’, the band’s third full length release.
of a track clocks in at just over 9 minutes and revolves around a heavy intro
riff, after which it ascends to blazing solos; all the while maintaining a
sentiment of variability. The next song “Last
Watchmaker’s Grave” is about as lengthy as its predecessor, but
follows a more atmospheric approach. The song slowly augments to become a full-blown
heavy metal track. Another song “Shadow
Of Dreams” skillfully treads into the blues/hard rock territory. With
its wah-wah and high gain solos, it is one of the better songs on the album.
The band’s sound mainly consists of
muddy guitar tones and groovy riffage with a lot of progressive elements. The
song “Against The Clock”
is probably my favorite of the album for the sole reason that it has vocals.
While it might be unfair to question the direction that Glowsun have decided to
take here, one can’t help but hope that the band try to include vocals in all
their songs. The simple dual harmonies work wonderfully well with the pure,
unadulterated, stoner/doom sound of the band. Jaccob Johan (who also handles guitar duties) provides the vocals
and all the raspy goodness that comes with it. The album cover almost at once
gives away the nature of the music that it represents.
butterflies for Glowsun. At just over the 40 minute mark, this album is
definitely not for those who like “versatile” music. Yes, the music
does happen to be tedious and unvaried at times, but that didn’t keep me from
enjoying the album. This is largely because the musicianship and the content is
credible enough for one to appreciate without challenging it. But like I said
before, more vocals would’ve definitely been awesome.
Time’ is everything that many of us have
come to expect of a “stock” stoner/doom rock album. But then again,
it is much, much more.