When we asked our contributors to tell us their albums of the year, we also offered them the opportunity to retrospectively review any of their Top 10 list that we hadn’t reviewed already. Ruth Booth took us up on that offer.
26 September 2011
by Ruth Booth
Break-ups. Bloody hell. As Heartbreak Season 2011 serves up a double-header in Thursday and Thrice, here comes a little reminder for fans of the post- tag that there can be light at the end of the tunnel.
Back in March, Thrash Hits brought you news of Ancients, the new project from the ashes of Rinoa. With David Gumbleton and Matt Holden joined by Dan Hoang (Crydebris), and post-metal’s Crown Duke, Mehdi Safa (*shels, as well as *shelsmusic), Constellations is the first promise-stuffed release from the transatlantic supergroup. It doesn’t put a foot wrong.
The title track is a slow burner on a patient fuse, exploding into uplifting post-metal noise, and layered with those gorgeous soaring vocals of Safa. ‘De Stella Nova’ meanwhile has an electronica infused kick, with warm folds of organ and heavenly ambience, and something slow and curious moving behind it. The inclusion of the acoustic version, reminiscent of Sigur Rós in their stripped back moments, is a lovely touch – indeed, the Icelandic band is a touchstone here, sharing as the EP does something of their quality of innocence and inspiration.
Unfortunately, if you’ve not picked it up already, tough titties. The limited run of 100 sold out back on pre-sale, which kind of makes this a little redundant – though you can pick up the title track via the the Every Little Smile Thai Food Relief compilation, or the *shelsmusic Soundcloud account. Check it out either way. It’s early days, of course, but if this is the result, then this time around, there’s a reason to be pleased that a great band are moving on.
Sounds Like: Isis, Rinoa, Pelican.
Top Track: Constellations.