Tuesday 5 January 2016

Absolutist - Traverse 7"


1. Sleepless Tension
2. Lux
3. Traverse

I've just realised that by this time last year, I'd already written three review and a introduction feature so I needed to remedy that...and fast! I decided to turn to arguably one of the nicest looking 7"s released last year. Absolutist's three-track 7" Traverse was released via a cooperative of no less than 7 labels and was their only release of the year. A nice black record housed in a pristine white sleeve with black artwork was what greeted me when it turned up in the post. It came at the right time too as I hadn't got any music by Absolutist since their split with Abest in 2013. 

The crust of Absolutist has become a lot more anthemic (or it just me?) since their earlier releases in 2013. Sleepless Tension may still be caustic in delivery but the melodic riffs that accompany it are a perfect opposite and help create a strong atmosphere. While the opener is short and blasting, Lux feels entirely different with it’s ambient and gentle build-up. When the guitars come into view they present big riffs, backed up by a skillful rhythm section. Elements of post-metal nestle within Absolutist’s hardcore. The release that comes from the verses is palpable, especially when held up against the more sedate passages. The latter-half of Lux rages and wipes out any notion of the band slowing down and abandoning their crust blueprint. I’ve always had a lot of time for Irish bands, Raum Kingdom being one example. On the title-track Absolutist reminds me that I stayed away from this corner of the world for too long (in musical terms). I thought that these three songs were going to be over in a flash but they weren’t at all. Anger tempered with beauty and the way that Absolutist has captured that feeling is really special. This was really enjoyable. 

Stream Traverse here:-

Grab the 7" from the below labels:-

Distro-y Records- http://distroyrecords.com
Svoboda Records - http://www.svoboda-records.fr
Chainbreaker Records - https://www.facebook.com/chainbreakerrecords/
Broken Limbs Recordings - http://www.brokenlimbsrecordings.net
Never Fall Into Silence Records - http://neverfallintosilencerecords.bigcartel.com
Pumpkin Records - http://pumpkinrecords.co.uk
Holy Goat Records - https://www.facebook.com/holygoatrecords/

Absolutist Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Absolutist
Distro-y Records Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Distroy-Records
Svoboda Records Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SvobodaRecords
Broken Limbs Recordings Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/brokenlimbs
Never Fall Into Silence Records Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/neverfallintosilence
Pumpkin Records Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pumpkinrecordsuk

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