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EAST OF THE WALL - ressentiment 2xLP

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From the opening track you can tell Ressentiment isn’t your standard fare. Layers upon layers of prog-ish post-metal lead to full-blown stories being told in each song. When your album begins with lyrics like “This crowd/a fleshy lake/The throngs as smallish waves/folds like skin upon the sow/A faint din as spit and speech caw/the rank broth that stews while boiled alive” (from “The Ladder”), you know this isn’t some standard party metal.

The vocals and the music meld perfectly together here, with melancholy moments immediately flipping to angry walls of guitars and then to soothing melodies while clean singing co-mingles with angry growls – but not necessarily in the parts you’d think. There’s no doubt the album is an extremely challenging listen and I’ll admit myself that I had to listen to it three times before being able to put my thoughts into the words you see here because I think only at that point had I discovered enough of the intricacies and complexities of what’s put forth on this disc. If you listen and it doesn’t immediately hit you, I’d flip to the aforementioned “Handshake in your Mouth” and listen to lyrics like “The distant mock of warmth/An aftertaste of the bodies’ greeting collision/You’ll never feel that again.” It’s a trip, man — a head trip of immense proportions, and well worth your time.