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Since their formation in the summer of 2005, SubRosa has been recognized as one of the more unique bands in the Doom Rock genre. Underpinned by a monolithically heavy rhythm section and featuring two electric violinists and the enchanting vocals of Rebecca Vernon, the Salt Lake City-based group garnered widespread critical acclaim in 2011 for their third album No Help for the Mighty Ones, a powerful mix of Kyuss, Sleep, L7 and PJ Harvey as well as folk, neoclassical and chamber music influences. With their 2013 full-length, SubRosa presents their most accomplished and enrapturing work yet, one that shall bring the band even more accolades. More Constant Than the Gods continues in the vein of it's predecessor while improving upon the aspects that landed that release on so many Best of 2011 lists.
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It does however suffer in keeping up this momentum as there are only so many weird and wonderful violin and guitar solos you can get away with on one release. This is perhaps highlighted with Affliction which is rather a lacklustre track that leads into the final track on the album. With no drums and stripped out guitar it relies on piano and string instruments but feels like it should be more on a folk album then presented here. SubRosa are at their best when they blend these elements not separate them and the separation is just a tad too far on No Safe Harbor. I just feel if SubRosa started using the odd synth here and there it may give them a little more sonic dynamic and a greater musical palette to play with when they experiment.
I make it sound all bad but it is not because even the latter part is not bad and the first part of this album is doom rock as its best. Certainly worth parting with your money to buy. It's a pity Amazon UK or US are not selling the limited edition vinyl version (if you still can get a copy) as it is very expensive to import from the US. It means you are limited to the digital download or the CD. You can listen to the whole album on the band's bandcamp page before deciding to buy which is a bonus.
It's superb, highly inventive doom rock. Just when you think you've heard it all before, something comes along to really impress, and this album impresses on a number of levels. First rate inventive song writing, female dual vocals and violins with a massive guitar tone and solid rhythm section deliver something really unique.
Highly enjoyable, very recommendable, and with plenty of replay value.
I expect the vinyl version will be released early 2014...