Pet Slimmers Of The Year
Fragments of Uniforms
14 April 2014
by Ruth Booth
We all know what you’re doing here. It’s so obvious. You’re wondering why Candlelight are releasing the debut of an ISIS-esque, (largely) instrumental post-metal band, aren’t you?
It’s alright, we don’t blame you. Yet in Fragments of Uniforms, Pet Slimmers Of The Year have a considered yet powerful record – at times echoing Cult of Luna’s recent work, in its heavier moments, more like Rosetta. Mournful pilgrimages (‘Days Since I Disappeared’), and chiming ginnels (‘Tides’) sit beside world-spanning thunderous riffs (‘Mare Imbrium’). It’s an emotional hinterland of destinies unfulfilled, and big wild wastes of the night.
There’s a brooding, dream-like quality to Fragments…, yet at the same time, it’s inextricably rooted in something more familiar. While ‘Tides’ and ‘Mare Imbrium’ position this album in the cosmos, more explicitly, ‘The Churning of The Sea of Milk’ references Hindu mythology, while ‘Gathering Half the Deep and Full of Voices’ takes its lead from Tennyson’s Idylls of The King.
Fragments of Uniforms speaks of an alternative English soundscape, albeit one of psyche, paganism and spirituality, rather than the land itself. While it’s tempting to place this album elsewhere, thematically and emotionally, it has much in common with the likes of Winterfylleth’s output. Perhaps this goes somewhere to explaining why Candlelight took a punt.
Either way, Fragments of Uniforms is a well-crafted debut, a measured musing for an English Summer gloaming, and an interesting complement to the canon. It’s a solid purchase for fans of post-metal – but for collectors of albums by brilliantly-named bands, it’s a must.
Sounds like: Cult of Luna, Rosetta, Winterfylleth (sort of)
Standout Tracks: Tides, Arterias, Churning of the Sea of Milk