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Album Review

This Will Destroy You's sophomore full-length finds the post-rockers moving glacial soundscapes to the foreground and doing away with overdriven amps to make a more subdued album. For a while there, it was as if bands in the post-rock scene were in a competition to see who could achieve the most epic, monolithic burst. It was only a matter of time before it would reach a limit. Only a few weeks earlier, fellow Texans Explosions in the Sky released Take Care, Take Care, Take Care, a record that found them scaling back and swelling slowly over the course of six tracks. TWDY downplay things even more, and go almost completely ambient on Tunnel Blanket. With its icy, synthesized arrangements, “Glass Realms” could be a Brian Eno track, and “Reprise” has more in common with Sigur Rós than Mogwai. This is the type of music found in dreams. The album takes shape very slowly, with each song subtly outdoing the last, and it isn’t until the halfway point that a drumbeat becomes tangible. Finally, in the second to last song, “Black Dunes,” there is a climax with reverberated cymbal crashes and fat bass tones, before the hypnotic strings of “Powdered Hand” bring everything down to a lovely lull. Good proof that tranquil moments are just as powerful as deafening ones.

Customer Reviews

Learn to appreciate it.

The more I listen to this album the more I like it. Don't expect a "Young Mountain EP" or "This Will Destroy You Self-Titled" sound. Its DIFFERENT. It's a completely different time for this band and as a result their sound is different - much darker, but still, hauntingly good. Either accept it or don't. But don't bash TWDY. It's their music and they're the geniuses behind the band and behind whatever sound they choose to sport. Honestly, seeing them live helps give you appreciation for this new sound. Like wine, most will not like the sound at first but consider it an acquired taste. It's intense. Stand out tracks "Communal Blood" and "Black Dunes". This new album will destroy you!

Perfect Chaos

Ever since I heard the live versions of some of these songs on the internet, or the Communal Blood single they released, I was immensely excited for this album. After a bit of shock at how dark and ambient it was, I began counting down the days until I could listen to the album all the way through. It did not disappoint. I don't except everyone to appreciate this album, especially not the casual "post-rock" fan. This is dark and heavy music. An appreciation of well-crafted noise is necessary to be able to fully enjoy this album. This is definitely removed from the genre they wound up being a part of with their first two releases. Don't compare, just listen to it as if it were something brand new, and appreciate it as such.

huh?

Was I expecting the brilliance of TWDY's self titled or Young Mountain ep? No not really; nevertheless, I did have certain expectations that these gents did not deliver! I dig the 'distant' effects and patches, but it really does become quite jarring and basically unlistenable (aside from Killed the Lord, Left for the new world which is a diamond in a mine of fools gold). I will really try to let this album grow on me, but I am sad to say that this is the first time TWDY has disappointed me.

Biography

Formed: 2005 in San Marcos, TX

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Texas post-rock band This Will Destroy You formed in 2005. Members Chris King (guitars), Jeremy Galindo (guitars), Raymond Brown (bass), and Andrew Miller (drums) came together under the notion of pursuing a purely instrumental project, and recorded their demo — which would end up being released as is — shortly after getting together. The EP, entitled Young Mountain, was critically well received, and the band inked a deal with Magic Bullet Records. Brown was out of the band by 2007, replaced...
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