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Post rock with a twist,
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Ok so there is so many post rock bands now that, some bands are just carbon copies, of Explosions in the sky or Mogwai.
Thankfully Vessels aren't one of these, they could fall in to post rock thing, though there is some excellent vocals, they could also fall in to progressive rock with a touch of old jazz, and a splashing of electronic music, you can't really pigeon hole them.
The album stars with Alter beast, starts pretty full on, lots of layers, very loopy guitar riffs, fat sounding complex bass, and absolutely wonderful driving drumming( actually one of the best drummers I have ever seen), the song builds with layers just as you think here we go, normal chaos post rock thing, they drop back down, then drop in a heavy bit, back out again, then it launches into such beautiful but heavy guitar lines, this is Vessels, God damn original.
Every song on this album is different, different structures, tempos,short songs, long songs, and on 1st listen you just don't know where these songs are going, actually after 6 listens you still get surprised and lost.The track 'Trois heures' has so many changes yet is so fluid, from one part to the next.
Not a bad track, not even close, in years to come this will a classic reissued and remastered CD( though it is excellently recorded) it was produced my John Congleton who did the Explosions in the Sky albums.
Stand out tracks 'Trois heures','Happy Accident', 'Idle brain and Devils workshop' and 'Look at that cloud'.
I first saw this band supporting another band I went to see, and when Vessels came on, myself and my good buddy, were overwhelmed, the thing is Vessels produce this sound live as well.
Even though at times there are 3 guitars, bass and drums you can still hear everything clearly, the melodies shine through, at times there is even two drummers.
So if you like Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, Oceansize, Tool, Sigur Ros, God is an Astronaut, This will destroy you ( who they supported and blew 'This will Destroy' you off the stage, I found this will Destroy very samey and had the worst image ever, good albums though), Jakob,65 Days of Static you will love this.
Buy it today and enjoy