Album Review: Envy – Recitation (Rock Action)

Album Review: Envy - Recitation (Rock Action)


The pieces of a supersonic dichotomy fit snugly together on this ambitious record

Japanese noise-monsters [a]Envy[/a] are no strangers to the quiet-loud-ear-bleedingly-louder dynamic used by their label bosses [a]Mogwai[/a]. In keeping with their post-rock roots, ‘[b]Recitation[/b]’ is a tumultuous addition to their previous cerebral offerings. Pummelling screamo chant-cum-divertimento ‘[b]A Breath Clad In Happiness[/b]’ and the fury of ‘[b]Rainclouds Running In A Holy Night[/b]’ coexist effortlessly with gentle opener ‘[b]Guidance[/b]’ and the serenade of ‘[b]A Hint Of The Incapacity[/b]’, proving that big bursts of cacophonous bedlam and instrumental sentimentality aren’t mutually exclusive. A brutally romantic record.

[b]Ash Dosanjh[/b]

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