Most established record labels are known for something specific. For example, Roadrunner Records manages all the major metal bands on the scene today, Fueled By Ramen are nurturing innovation with the likes of Panic! At The Disco and Twenty One Pilots, and Rise Records have even had a lot of their ‘typically signed roster’ coined under their own genre, Risecore. Holy Roar Records are making a name for themselves by putting out the boldest, daring and inspired experimental metal albums around.
Amongst the giants under the Holy Roar wing, such as Rolo Tomassi and We Never Learned To Live, are a recent addition to their outstanding catalogue, who are the oh so motivated trio, Down I Go.
‘You’re Lucky God, That I Cannot Reach You’ is the band’s fourth full-length, their first album in several years, and is the product of an intense, isolated writing session that spanned weeks on a rural farm in the Icelandic highlands. The result is simply breath-taking, and is ten tracks of rock/metal/music at its finest.
Much like Holy Roar‘s other artists, listening to Down I Go is an experience, one that is as immersive and moving as a Christopher Nolan film. The addition of a wonderful plethora of instruments, ranging from organs to a full brass section, makes this album utterly unique, a claim that is forever harder to make nowadays.
Starting and concluding with humble organ pipes beneath the hymn-like ‘Mother Of The Pen’, ‘You’re Lucky God, That I Cannot Reach You’ takes you on a journey that will move to tears, rise to fury, fall into relaxation, but mainly takes away from this world for 32 stunning minutes.
Rarely does an album this incredible come along where every song is so inspired and perfectly crafted. Even though this year has been a fruitful one in terms of amazing albums released, ‘You’re Lucky God, That I Cannot Reach You’ is still a serious contender for album of the year.
Written by Andy Roberts (@Sassensquatch)