Two years ago Dark is the Water emerged from the swells of the ocean with Heavy the Sky and now two years later they are back to grace us with a brand new full length titled Weight of the Sea. Weight of the Sea is a wonderful mixture of calming serene doom passages and weighty, ever crushing dirges. The six tracks that are present within this release are performed and executed damn near perfect as each track is cohesive, heavy, melodic, memorable and down right intoxicating. Weight of the Sea flows perfectly together from track to track gifting you with a well rounded and comprehensive listen that draws you in never to let you back to shore until you have listened through and through.
Dark is the Water starts you off with their opener Sunless, a wonderfully melodic and serene track that grips you right from the very beginning. Through the first minute you hear waves crashing before angelic riffs pour through your speakers pulling you out to sea. This near twelve minute track is something to behold as it takes you in and has tidal waves of melodic and atmospheric sound wash over you ever taking your mind and having it wander through the vast and open ocean. Around the four minute mark is where things begin to kick up slightly as buzzing and fuzzed out riffs join the otherwise peaceful fray, only for those to die back down giving way to the complete serene sounds that you heard before. Sunless ebbs and flows perfectly, ever drawing you in more and more, captivating you and pulling you in to the remaining five tracks.
Sunless is followed by five more wonderful tracks that are equally melodic and enchanting. The second track titled Marching on Sand much like Sunless is an instrumental, but this time this track has a little more grit to it from the very beginning while still retaining that serene and melodic sound. Through these two tracks you can come to expect more of the same from Dark is the Water as the remaining three tracks are just as superb and captivating. With the coming of the third track The Shallows also come the implementation of vocals. Dark is the Water utilize both angelic cleans and unearthly growls through the remaining tracks. The cleans are beautiful and highly intoxicating while the growls are powerful and menacing adding plenty of variety to each track. Each of these tracks has an immense and clean sound that is incredibly hard to deny.
Weight of the Sea is an easy record to fall in to and dragged out to sea by. This record has a great ability to captivate your mind and have it follow along through the barren seas. Filled with rumbling bass lines, at times crunching riffs and at other times serene melodic riffs, angelic cleans, menacing growls and an overall wondrous atmosphere, Weight of the Sea has it all. This record is beautifully done and undeniably intoxicating. It doesn’t get much better than this.
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