A moody, crushing album that is just dripping with atmosphere and packed with mad riffs. This is absolutely a step up from what I heard initially on the "Black Fire" single. A post-metal masterpiece.
Favorite track: Long Wall.
Breaching is the debut album from Leeds-based, 6-piece, post-metallers Hundred Year Old Man.
Hot on the heels of the EP Rei, Breaching emits the same heaving intensity and unforgiving, wall of sound approach. Dense and billowing riffs are intertwined with field recordings and spoken word passages to form an unyielding, sprawling piece of work that delivers the bands artistic vision perfectly. The more ambient, drone sections of the record compliment and allow the real songs to take flight. Debut single Black Fire is reworked to give the track a new lease of life, whilst the other heavy hitters here; The Forest, Long Wall, Disconnect and Ascension are a continuation of the excellent work found on the Rei EP.
Breaching contains masses of atmosphere and is a ferocious and immersive listening experience. An epic, monolithic voyage full of texture, depth, aggression and emotion. This is an album that should be approached as a whole, with patience and attention. The rewards will deliver a unique, crushing and quite simply superb record.
released April 27, 2018
• HYOM: Aaron Bateman, Paul Broughton, Steve Conway, Owen Pegg, Dan Rochester-Argyle, Tom Wright
• Additional vocals by David Duxbury, Paul McClure, Ben Corkhill, Alex Creamer & Russell MacEwan
• Additional bass by Anthony Ferguson
• Recorded and mixed by Tom Wright & Owen Pegg at New Craven Hall, Eiger Studios & City #1
• Mastered by Magnus Lindberg
• Artwork by Paul Broughton & Richard Knox
• Original photography by Dean Scutt & Emma Kelly