Thursday, October 10, 2013

Vagrond/Of Separation and Departure/2013 Full Length Review


  Vagrond  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  very  depressive form of  black  metal with  elements  of  progressive, post  rock  and  shoegaze  and  this  is  a  review  of  their self  released  2013  album  "Of  Separation  And  Departure".

  "Moonlight  Painted  On  The  Waves"  begins with  some  soft  acoustic  guitar  playing  which  utilizes  both  finger  picking and  full  chords  along  with  some  synths  and  serves  as  an  intro  for  the  album.

  "Separation"  begins  with  some  slow  guitar  riffs  and  drums  and  a  few  seconds  alter  the  depressive  black  metal  screams  start  kicking  in  and  after  a  couple of  minutes  the  music  goes  into  a  softer  direction along with  some  acoustic  guitars  and  you  can  also  hear  the  bass  in  the  background  for  a  few seconds  before  getting  heavy  again  and  towards  the  end  there is  a  brief  use  of melodic  clean  singing  vocals  along  with  a  brief  use  of  guitar  solos and  leads.    

  "Winter  Grey"  begins  with  some  soft acoustic  guitar  playing which  utilizes  some  finger  picking  and  full  chords  and  after  a  couple  of minute  melodic  guitar  and  bass riffs  along  with  some  drums  and  clean  singing  make  their  way  into  the  song  and  after awhile depressive  black  metal  screams  start coming  into  the  song  while  also  keeping  around  the  melodic  vocals.  

  "Within  These  Walls  Part  1"  begins  with  some  soft  acoustic  guitar  playing  and  a  minute  later  heavy  guitars,  drums and  depressive  screams  start making  their way  into  the  song  along  with  some  powerful  bass  guitars  and  towards  the  end  the  music  starts  adding  in  some  melodic  elements.

  "Within  These  Walls  Part  2" begins  with  some  acoustic  and  bass  guitars  which  leads  up to a  melodic  guitar  lead  and  drums  and  after  a  while  the  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  depressive  black  metal vocals  start  kicking  in  along  with  some  melodic  clean  singing  and  towards  the  end  there a re  more  melodic  guitar  leads  being  utilized.

  'Day Breaks  Over  Clam  Water"  begins with  some  bass  guitars,  drums and  psychedelic  sounding  guitar  leads along with  some  cleaner  sections  in  the  background  and  the  song  is  all instrumental.

 "To Build  A  Monument"  begins with  some  heavy  and  dark  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  some  drums  before  the  black  metal vocals  start  kicking  in  and  make  the  music  more  depressive  sounding  and  the  song  for  the  most  part  uses  the  same  riff  until  the  end  of  the  song.

  'Departure"  begins  with  some  soft  acoustic  guitar  playing  which  utilizes  finger  picking  and full chords  along with  some  bass  guitars  and  drum  beats  and  a  few  minutes  later  raw  and  primitive  sounding  guitar  riffs  and  suicidal  black  metal  screams  start  kicking  in  for  awhile  and  then  the  song  slows  down  and  gets  more  darker  sounding.

  Song  lyrics  cover  nature,  darkness  and  depressive  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark and  heavy  sound where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  along with  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Vagrond a re  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  depressive  black  metal,  progressive,  post  rock  and  shoegaze  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  ""Separation"  "Within  These  Walls  Part  2" and  "Departure".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.  

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