Burn Embrace

March 26, 2020


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The Pitch: UK progressive, post-metal act Telepathy continue their stormlike power with Burn Embrace via Svart Records. FFO SonanceCult of LunaRussian CirclesExplosions in the Sky

What I Like: Telepathy is a project somewhat near and dear to me as I reviewed their 2014 debut 12 Areas before Metal Trenches had even come into existence. They were among the first bands I started writing about, and it's been neat to see them progress over the past 6 years. Once more, Burn Embrace finds them expressive and brooding as ever; able to convey a broad range of emotions without ever uttering a single syllable. Sludgy chords and rumbling bass roll like a stormy sea with punctuated cymbal strikes like the clashing of frothy waves. Moody, reverb-soaked guitar leads surround the listener in a suffocating atmosphere of malaise. Seriously, if you weren't depressed already, prepare to be. That may not sound appealing, but my hats off to any band that can not only channel such moods, but also evoke them in the listener.

Critiques: I feel like the album could use a few more punctuated climaxes. It's a solid experience, but I'm often left with more mood than memorable moments.

The Verdict: Telepathy absolutely deserve to be uttered in the same breath as more popular instrumental acts like Russian Circles and Explosions In The Sky. Check them out if you are a fan of the genre.

Flight's Fav's: Black Earth, Pariah, Burn Embrace

- Review by FlightOfIcarus

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