Dunes day is lastly upon us; in an armageddon blaze of glory, L.S. Dunes are forging the way forward for post-hardcore from the ashes of their ‘Previous Lives’. With members of Circa Survive, Coheed and Cambria, My Chemical Romance, Saosin and Thursday (and extra!) concerned, it could be an injustice to name the collective merely star-studded. The road-up of musical minds at play is staggering – ‘Previous Lives’ is a real supernova of refined, catastrophic cynicism. Grand, multi-faceted and introspective, L.S. Dunes have served up an album that spits within the face of catastrophe – ‘Previous Lives’ refuses to go down with no combat.
Before everything, this album is a spot of refuge – albeit in a somewhat unconventional method. A tragic magnificence is stitched into the document, cries of impermanence bleak but oddly comforting. This air of sharp-yet-welcoming realism is a thread all through, opening observe ‘2022’ instantly hinting at catastrophe as Anthony Inexperienced howls “if I can’t make it til 2022, at the least we’ll see how a lot I can take…” The tragedy whirls on observe, instrumentals drowning in despair as Inexperienced’s damaged vocals sink you in even additional, but the information that we have now already reached 2022 twists the music into one thing much more advanced. There’s a retrospective sigh of aid – you’re confronted with what as soon as was disastrous, with the assured information that that is very a lot a ‘Previous Life’.
By opening on this insightful stage of reflection, each shriek of desolation that follows in some way resists outright pessimism. ‘Gray Veins’ blisteringly cool haze is initially bleak and brooding, but Inexperienced’s croons of “I don’t wanna kill time prefer it doesn’t matter” are unconventionally optimistic. Tracks like ‘It Takes Time’ additionally function…
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