Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Beak - Let Time Begin

Let Time Begin begins with an enthralling riff which slowly bleeds into a viscous display of vocal howling. The vocals may intimidate those of you who can't stomach a little bit of angsty shrieks, but stay calm I tell you. I too, go back and forth on the harsh vocal phenomena, and the deal breaker for me is the overall musical combination of sounds. In the case of Beak, the carnivorously hefty climate shreds on as the hardcore shouts become one with the scenery. Weaving from a lucid fantasy into a bludgeoning sludge backdrop, Beak doesn’t just peck away your eyeballs, but they muzzle apart your brain from the inside out.

Let Time Begin is an extremely haunting and ritualistic portrayal of life's journey towards the top of the drowning pyramid, or descending to the depths of the uncharted tombs of life. In other words Beak conceptually tracks the beginning of time and rise of the universe, in the form of a wicked concept album. For me personally, I'd be lying if I said I understood 100% of the lyrical content expressed throughout the 40 minute, 8-song set. However, the tone, the vibe, the mood and the atmosphere of the album crammed my mind with a notion eerily similar to what the album evidently explores, thus causing history to repeat itself by way of the replay button.

The album flows smoothly throughout its duration. Melodious guitar picking carves the murky depths of the blackest hole, floating into jagged reefs of sludge and metallic waves of post-metal. The album parts a sea of sludge warping itself into outer space where volume is the only variable. The higher the better, as all you stoner rock fans would agree in more ways than one.

Think Pelican or ISIS, only imagine their beaks spew out a tasteful blackened sludge crossing the interplanetary divide of hardcore/screamo and extreme post-metal. The tranquil atmosphere permeates the minds ability to let go allowing the music to speak. Let Time Begin suggests you, as the listener, do exactly that. Kick back, relax and let the brutal melody baptize your brain. Beak has crafted a truly compelling album with Let Time Begin, and I urge you all to give it a chance. It's a bit of a grower, but, then again, so is time itself. Linked below is a brand new video of their song ‘Light Outside’ as well as their debut EP ‘Eyrie’ on bandcamp. Let Time Begin is available on September 23, 2014 via Someoddpilot Records.

-The Huntsman

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