Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Pettersson - Rift And Seam


Tracklist:-

1. Ben
2. Infirm
3. White Birch
4. Interlude
5. Spiro, Spero
6. Heliobacter
7. All Is Lost
8. Kalk

I think (emphasis on the word think) that Pettersson are the first Austrian band I've featured on here. I'd check that but it would take a long time to establish whether I was correct or not. Anyway, "Rift And Seam" was released in October 2016 and is so far the only release that Pettersson has put out. It was released on black vinyl by no less than 11 labels and is now also available on tape. 

The majority of my record collection seems to made up of screamo/emo releases and this record (sent via Time As A Color) takes pride of place amongst it. Opening song Ben sounds great when it begins, the melodies bouncing off my high living room ceiling. It’s full intricate drumming, guitars and spoken/screamed vocals that provide really tangible emotion. Infirm is gentler and It’s delivery reminds me of Arkless during the verse. It gradually gains volume before Pettersson let the screams take over again, all the while being backed up by swathes of melodic riffs. As you listen to “Rift And Seam” you’ll hear more of the indie-influence that is an integral part of Pettersson’s sound. It’s definitely present during White Birch, which also seems to have a bit of black metal atmosphere flowing through it (the kind that’s present in Dawn Ray’d and the like). Interlude sounds like it’s semi-improvised, which is nice. They hit full stride again on Spiro, Spero and do so with plenty of assured intent. It’s hard to believe that this is their debut record. The off-kilter, loud/quiet dynamics on Heliobacter remind of a lot of the post-hardcore bands that are missing in action now (you know, good ones like Knut and Hopesfall). All Is Lost isn’t the gut-wrenching, world ending ballad that you think it is. It’s heavy yes, but also uplifting. Album closer Kalk is the longest song on “Rift And Seam” and possesses enough anticipation amongst it’s opening bars to justify that. The drum beat is rousing while the single guitar riff that changes pitch and flows into feedback at time is beautiful. Midway through you’re hit with a wall of instrumental sound that is amongst the heaviest on the album. It’s dramatic and at times you think you can hear screamed vocals in the background as it transforms into white noise. Ending with the same lowly riff, it leaves behind only silence and an eerie peace. In a time when people very rarely sit and listen to an album all the way through, in one sitting, Pettersson have managed to write one that simply has to be given your full attention. It’s a product of modern day DIY screamo/emo and yet it has a character all of it’s own. There are few better ways to escape reality that this. Great record from a great band.

You can stream "Rift And Seam" and pick it up as a name-your-price-download below:-



Pettersson Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/petterssonband/

Get vinyl copies from the below labels (tape copies are available from Pettersson):-

I.Corrupt Records - http://icorruptrecords.com/products/12-vinyl
Miss The Stars Records - http://www.missthestars-records.com/12/page/6/
Structures//Agony Records - http://structuresagonyrecords.limitedrun.com/categories/vinyl
My Name Is Jonas Records - http://mynameisjonasrecords.bigcartel.com/
Time As A Color - http://timeasacolor.com/shop/product-category/time-as-a-color-releases/
One Wild Collective - http://onewildcollective.8merch.com/services/store
Krimskramz - http://krimskramz.tictail.com/products/krimskramz-releases
Upwind Produzioni - http://itsupwindproductions.tumblr.com/releases
Longrail Records - https://longrailrecords.bandcamp.com/merch

The Facebook links for all of the labels involved in the album's release are below:-

I.Corrupt Records  - https://www.facebook.com/hirseviolence/
Miss The Stars Records - https://www.facebook.com/missthestarsrecords/
Hardcore For The Losers - https://www.facebook.com/HardcoreForTheLosers/
Structures//Agony Records - https://www.facebook.com/structuresagonyrecords/
Samegrey Records - https://www.facebook.com/samegrey
My Name Is Jonas Records - https://www.facebook.com/mynameisjonasrecords/
Time As A Color - https://www.facebook.com/timeasacolor
One Wild Collective - https://www.facebook.com/onewildcollectivelabel/
Krimskramz - https://www.facebook.com/krimskramzstuff/
Upwind Produzioni - https://www.facebook.com/upwindproduzioni/
Longrail Records - https://www.facebook.com/longrailrecords/
Natural Resources - https://www.facebook.com/naturalresourcestapes/

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