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  • Summary: The fifth full-length studio release for the British rock band was recorded and mixed by Lewis Johns.
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  1. Mar 2, 2018
    100
    Time 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]
  2. Mar 5, 2018
    90
    What follows maintains both the high standard and the mixture of shades and textures.
  3. Mar 6, 2018
    90
    Although 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.
  4. Mar 2, 2018
    80
    The climax brings an emotional resonance to proceedings that confirms Rolo Tomassi's impressive ability to cross these genres and moods and influences but still sound undeniably them.
  5. This is easily their most expansive work yet--a continued exploration of the beauty in brutality.
  6. Mar 2, 2018
    80
    For all the twists and turns that Rolo Tomassi have made, this is their first album that can reasonably be described as being, first and foremost, riotously good fun.
  7. 75
    Rolo Tomassi are a band still looking to push themselves further forward creatively, while remaining just as focused on retaining the dramatic core of their sound that has long set them apart from any contemporaries.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Mar 7, 2018
    10
    After 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
  2. Aug 4, 2018
    10
    The 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
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  3. peo
    May 8, 2018
    10
    It Has to be and it is the best album of the year , no more talk.
    is one of the best records this band have ever recorded.
  4. Mar 13, 2018
    9
    Solid. Worth listening to. Not the best album of this band, but one their highlights of their career.
  5. May 8, 2018
    9
    First intro to this band and very impressed. I can see the instrumentals being performed by the London Symphony in 5- 10 years. Solid vocalsFirst intro to this band and very impressed. I can see the instrumentals being performed by the London Symphony in 5- 10 years. Solid vocals both on the metal side and on the melodic. Would love to see them coming to the US and touring. Expand
  6. Apr 3, 2018
    7
    Agreed, screaming is great fun.
    In the Hollow Hour the vocal eruptions blend nicely in the overall composition, and i will surely look
    Agreed, 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.
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  7. May 2, 2018
    0
    This new album from the band seems quite messy and not as cohesive as past projects which doesn't mean that is bad, but definitively not good.

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