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
This album breaks conventions with most post-metal. It at once can be played next to shoegaze then breaks out into a fury of aggression and still remain catchy. For my money Rosetta are at the top of the food chain. After all the amazing albums Rosetta has, it boggles the mind that they can still innovate and surprise me. I love that I can play this next bands as diverse as Ride, Slowdive, Joy Division, The Cure, Godflesh, and Neurosis. It's a pure delight on the ears. Bryon Wilson
Another brilliant post-metal entry into the metal hall of fame by Cult of Luna. Is it a surprise it's so good? Maybe not, but it doesn't make it any less of an achievement. Best to listen to it in one sitting for the richest reward. Highly recommended. Fraz