Monday, May 2, 2011

Heirs - 2009 Alchera

Band : Heirs
Album : Alchera
Release Year : 2009
Genre : Shoegaze | Post-Rock | Instrumental | Experimental

Tracklist : 
1. Plague Asphyx
2. Mockery
3. Cabal
4. Mandril
5. The White Swell
6. Russia

Rock in its whole, has become diluted with redundant jargon, repetitive structure, and lackluster rhetoric. You take the heart of the rebellious genre of punk, throw in the inspiration of post-rock, add a little grunge and metal and you have Heirs. This is music. This  is rock.

The opening track "Plague Asphyx" opens with an actual introduction, which turns out to be both surprising and stimulating. From the start, the mastery of the album has found a balance that actually allows all the instruments to be heard in just the right way. Allowing the guitars to become prominent at buildups, die back down, allow the drums to start its own part of the story, and so on. "Mockery" illustrates this perfectly, and it has also become apparent that the similarities to Pelican are very hard to ignore.

Darker moods are usually implied with music related to post-rock. "Cabal" seems to take the mood even further, the contrast between the major keys and moving them into the minors make it that much more gloomy and enthralling. The mood almost seems to take on an aura of Josh Graham and his work, knowing how to bend the music around an idea and keep the balance of the sound at the same time. The buildup as heard in "Mandril" is immense, each second moving heavier and more resilient layers on top of the already existing melodies.

"The White Swell" being an aptly named track, presents with beautifully layered harmonies. The tracks moves off on and on into a more ambient category, which brings in a unique element. Adding in ambiance and making it still gravitate your attention is a hard skill to accomplish. "Russia" the finale track begins with an audial explosion and dies right back down into the somber ambiance. As the track builds itself back up, it does a superb job of reintroducing the introduction, building through the heart of the album, and clearing its way for the end. As it finally dies down, it leaves a sort of remiss craving for more.

In the end, any sort of summarization could not do this band's debut justice. Very well crafted and excellent balance; again, this is music. This is rock.

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