Night Verses‘ last album, ‘Into The Vanishing Light’, was one of the most intriguing takes on post-hardcore in recent years. But, with last year’s departure of vocalist Douglas Robinson, their multi-dimensional sonic assault has had to manifest itself differently on their latest effort, ‘From The Gallery Of Sleep’.
Instead of enduring the conveyor belt of pain and auditioning vocalists, Night Verses have decided to soldier on as an instrumental act. The band have cited non-musical influences such as the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, and also declared an intention to make the music reminiscent of dream sequences.
From the start, the band showcase their chops, refusing to inhibit themselves. There’s tonnes going on here, and then some. Fast riffing? Check. Samples and glitchy bits? Check.
Particularly in ‘Trading Shadows’, guitarist Nick DePirro does a brilliant job as the sole guitar player, considering for the most part he’s only backed by the rhythm section. It’s like imagining a creature who can grow an extra set of limbs.
Drummer Aric Improta manages to fit ghost notes and other subtle fills in to every song, yet it’s never to the detriment of the music. Finally, you have bassist Reilly Herrera, who can provide slaps and thuds in equal measure. You’d give anything to see this lot in rehearsals.
They know how to keep you on board too. Interlude ‘Glitch In The You I Thought I Knew’ lulls us into a false sense of security before the pummelling guitar lines and drums come back in again on ‘No.0’. There’s not just incredibly fast playing here, Night Verses exude a certain kind of intuitive sprit and togetherness as a unit that just can’t be taught. You either have it or you don’t.
Let’s face it, this would not be a Night Verses album without another ‘Phoenix’ epic. ‘Phoenix IV: Levitation’ is the latest instalment, and the acoustic-backed section near the ending is a highlight for sure. ‘Infinity Beach’ acts as the calm after the storm, and closes the album on a soothing high.
Clocking in at 63 minutes, this album will require a significant amount of attention in order to fully enter Night Verses‘ world, but still there are more ideas in some songs on this album than most bands have in their entire careers. The absence of vocals has not hindered the band in the slightest, and has in fact opened up even more avenues than before.
‘From The Gallery Of Sleep’ should establish Night Verses as one of the best progressive acts around right now, and there’s definitely still more to come.
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