Wednesday, April 12, 2017

LP Review: "The Tides Will Prevail" by Kenoma

The Tides Will Previal
There have been a great many instrumental records reviewed on this particular website, because this guy right here is a fan of instrumental music.

Long have I wondered why it's loved by such a relatively small number of people in the world. There really seems to be no rhyme or reason to it.

There have been many artists, like Jimi Hendrix himself, whose concerts were largely instrumental and other artists, like Ahab or Dakhma, whose albums are largely instrumental.

Why is it so hard to move forward from 89% instrumental, to wholly devoid of lyrics?

Though, I'm a fan, it's easy to see why some people don't enjoy the works of Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, or even John 5. Even some instrumental musicians have told why they don't like those particular artists. It's a small club I suppose....or a small series of clubs?

Hard to say really.

Ohio's Kenoma has really nothing in common with the aforementioned shredders. It's up to you to decide if that's good or bad.

We're looking at some atmospheric doom metal, that's only made more powerful while the skies are grey.

Before getting into the meat of The Tides Will Previal, it seems we should mention that this album has been in production for over a decade, in fact, it's been eleven years. So, for the better part of two decades, Kenoma has been crafting this album.

The obvious question would be was it worth the wait? I have no perspective there as I only just heard of this record today....

The Tides Will Prevail is a minimalist masterpiece that draws on all sorts of atmospheric landscape albums. There are slightly dissonant, slightly out of time arpeggios, but there's also the black metal feel of high pitched chords.

It also gets quite heavy with thick metal progressions. Yes, it's a progressive metal record, but most metal is progressive anyway, so whatever right?

These are some very long tracks. The shortest being just under ten minutes in length. There's very little shredding and very few guitar solos in general to fill out the time. The songs are filled out with churning chords that are blazing trails.

The cover art matches the music within.

Release: 4/28/17
Genre: Atmospheric Doom Metal
Label: Translation Loss Records
Formats: LP/CD/Digital

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