Thursday, August 9, 2012

CD Review: Beardfish- The Void(2012)

Album Out:
August 28, 2012

Track Listing
Intro (by Andy Tillison)
2 Voluntary Slavery
3 Turn To Gravel
4 They Whisper
5 This Matter Of Mine
6 Seventeen Again
7 Ludvig & Sverker
8 He Already Lives In You
9 Note
I. Note
II. Descending
III. The Void
IV. Note (reprise)
10 Where The Lights Are Low
Bonus Track:
11 Ludvig & Sverker Solo Piano Version

What an incredible year for music I say that with all sincerity that I possibly can.That goes for the music that I have had the pleasure of reviewing for all these labels, I also thank them for the honor.
This just adds to the pleasure of doing this, this album is incredible for all the right reasons.
Having been compared to Yes, King Crimson & Genesis over the years here is what  vocalist/keyboardist Rikard Sjöblom says about that.

“We don’t have a problem with people comparing us to those bands because, for sure, we grew uplistening to King Crimson, Yes and Genesis,”. KingCrimson was one of the reasons we started Beardfish in the first place, but that’s not the only kind of music that we listen to. We always try to put our own spin or our own view on things. All four of us are music lovers; we’re into all sorts of music styles, which is why the new album takes the twists and turns that it does. It’s fun to be able to surprise people.”

This album has such a diversity to it that to label it and put it in a category is limiting as to me it sounds like that is the last thing this band know is any limits or genre, they are so well rounded as musicians.

"Seventeen Again" proves that last statement a jazz/fusion inspired song I would imagine,  played with the absolute clarity and precision timing and melodic guitar solo one minute plus into the song.
Here is the band playing
"Voluntary Slavery" the song clocks in at over 7 minutes.

(from the band's bio)

The Void also offers up a brazen metal-influenced edge. By no means is this the first time the band has cranked up the distortion and the attitude on an album, but as Sjöblom tells it Beardfish did hit a metal comfort zone on certain parts of the new record. “All four of us really like metal, so it’s something that has been cooking for quite some time. We wanted to make a couple of songs that are slightly heavier. On our previous album, Mammoth (2011), we had a couple of songs that were leaning a bit more towards the heavier side, that were a bit more metal. Afterwards, though, we sort of felt that we’d chickened out when we recorded those songs. We didn’t crank the amps up as much as we wanted to, and we trusted other people a little too much with how the album was supposed to sound. With these new songs (‘Voluntary Slavery’, ‘Turn To Gravel’, ‘This Matter Of Mine’) we knew we had to make them sound like they do when we rehearse them and play them live. That’s not an easy task, getting that rough edge in the studio, but I think we pulled it off.”

I really enjoyed the realm and deep landscape of this album its music, the constant awe inspiring musicianship and overall greatness of the whole overall sound.

To give you an idea of the scope of the music this band puts out if you can imagine one song "Note" that clocks at almost 16 minutes long, broken down into 4 chapters this is quite the task.
The first part is just a piano & vocals and quite nicely played.

This band was launched in 2001 and I am so happy to hear them finally, I see what I might have missed on previous albums. I am hooked and will be doing some looking for their previous albums.

Thank you for reading this
Written by
Anthony Nadeau

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