by Rolo Tomassi
- Record Label: Holy Roar
- Release Date: Mar 2, 2018
Positive: 7 out of 7
Mixed: 0 out of 7
Negative: 0 out of 7
Mar 2, 2018Time Will Die is a hugely satisfying listen, with the longer songs in particular allowing the band free rein to indulge every experimental urge. ... This album sounds like a multi-part epic made up entirely of multi-part epics. And also, undoubtedly, like a career high. [3 Mar 2018, p.50]
Mar 6, 2018Although Rolo Tomassi's four previous records are phenomenal in their own right, this album emits a more structured sense of chaos than before. The days of the band's video game-like synth tones living amongst hardcore mayhem are long gone, replaced with a more developed sound and sophisticated energy.
Aug 4, 2018The siblings Spence have been at this for over twelve years now, and although all of their albums have an overarching “Rolo Tomassi sound” toThe siblings Spence have been at this for over twelve years now, and although all of their albums have an overarching “Rolo Tomassi sound” to them, they were each very distinct from the last and definitely carried a few surprises. Album number five, Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It is the uplifting follow-up to 2015’s dark, wistful Grievances, marks another progression in Rolo Tomassi’s sound and is their most complete work yet.
Ambient opener “Towards Dawn” acts as a fantastic prelude (an interesting track in its own right, rather than a simple, throwaway intro) and segues deliciously into the luscious post-rock of “Aftermath”. Ending in a huge sing-along crescendo, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Rolo Tomassi were deliberately lulling new listeners into a false sense of security until they then unleash “Rituals”, a track which finds the quintet at their most fierce. Embracing blackened hardcore and, indeed, doom elements, “Rituals” is a brief and potent assault that has huge synths, intense riffs and vicious growls from Eva Spence. Ranging from serene, high pitched tones to throat-shredding rasps and back again, Eva Spence’s vocal performance on Time Will Die… is flawless, most notably on “A Flood Of Light”.
Rolo Tomassi have ditched the glitchy, Nintendo-core synth tones from their early days, James Spence’s synth work is now present as an atmospheric layer, similar to Cult Of Luna’s synths, sitting in harmony with Chris Cayford’s guitar playing. Used to emphasize particular moments such as the break on the magnificent “The Hollow Hour”, syncopated rhythms of “Balancing The Dark” and the huge, slowly building crescendo of album highlight “A Flood Of Light”.
The expansive Time Will Die… flows splendidly from start to finish and closes with two songs, “Contretemps” and “Risen”, that are respectively an exceptional example of epic, piano-driven post-rock (akin to Maybeshewill or Explosions In The Sky) and a dreamy shoegaze finale.
Going from strength to strength with each album cycle, Rolo Tomassi have really developed over the past decade and Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It, a beautiful, triumphant and innovative mix of post-rock, hardcore and dream-pop, is undoubtedly their best work yet.
For fans of: Converge, Between The Buried And Me, Deftones… Expand
Mar 7, 2018After a little bit bland Grievances more than worthy successor of Astratea and for me truly the first album of Rolo Tomassi, which is reallyAfter a little bit bland Grievances more than worthy successor of Astratea and for me truly the first album of Rolo Tomassi, which is really accomplished and completed piece of music, although I love them all. After long time again record, that you can listen to from very first note to the last one and each one makes sense. True highlight of their career!… Expand
Apr 3, 2018Agreed, screaming is great fun.
In the Hollow Hour the vocal eruptions blend nicely in the overall composition, and i will surely lookAgreed, screaming is great fun.
In the Hollow Hour the vocal eruptions blend nicely in the overall composition, and i will surely look forward to see a live performance, must be a thrill.
To me though, less is more. I enjoy the richness of the music and the smooth timbre of Eva's voice in Aftermath too much to appreciate the remainder of the album to the same extent.… Expand
May 29, 2018Vast soundscapes, guitar-driven and veering between screamcore and the Cocteau Twins. Starts beautifully and goes in different directions. NotVast soundscapes, guitar-driven and veering between screamcore and the Cocteau Twins. Starts beautifully and goes in different directions. Not a love, but a good like. Definitely worth a listen....it'll challenge many.… Expand
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