Wednesday, February 1, 2012

SubRosa - No Help For The Mighty One

No Help For the Mighty One is not an enterprise for the faint of heart. It's an extreme and aggressively emotional listen that offers no reprieve to your aural capability. They're hard to pigeonhole into any one genre, but there is a definite stonery sludge factor at play here. The slightly off-key vocal melodies are lilting and serene, which essentially counterbalances the relentless doom riff attack in a way that seems fresh and unique.

I do find the overuse of the electric violins on this record a hard pill to swallow, but SubRosa make me regret airing this complaint by offering up House Carpenter; a 3 minute acapella folk song that seems like it would work against the grain of this album, but strangely does not. In fact, it makes the listener realize that this entity is, in fact, a horse of many colors.

As for my rating, it's going to take a few more spins to completely wrap my head around, so i'll give it a solid 3 forks for the time being. But I WILL say this: for a band with 3 of 5 members being female, they sure do have a metric ton of balls!!

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