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New Model Army - Between Dog And Wolf (2013) - Review

Band: New Model Army
Album title: Between Dog And Wolf
Release date: 23 September 2013
Label: Attack Attack Records

01. Horsemen
02. March In September
03. Seven Times
04. Did You Make It Safe?
05. I Need More Time
06. Pull The Sun
07. Lean Back And Fall
08. Knievel
09. Stormclouds
10. Between Dog And Wolf
11. Qasr El Nil Bridge
12. Tomorrow Came
13. Summer Moors
14. Ghosts

Shamanic rock to the delight of rebels. The modern and the archaic blending to produce an expanded state of consciousness that reconciles us with the Nature elements and our original essence. So significant and revolutionary is the kind of music awaiting us in Between Dog And Wolf, the twelfth studio album by New Model Army. More than three decades after its inception in Bradford (England), the post-punk/rock myth is living a second youth and the same applies to their sound, which reveals itself more profound (yet visceral enough), balanced and meaningful than ever. Not in vein, everything in this record is conceived to take us on an intense journey, from the current social ostracism to the primitive spirituality (the nods to cave-painting in Joolz's impressive artwork are not arbitrary), what encloses itself a mature post-punk attitude. Tribal rhythms and throbbing bass chords drive the songs in symbiosis, while guitars, keyboards, violins, xylophones, harmonicas, hammer dulcimers, cellos, harps and a wide variety of brass arrangements, weave a dream-like realm around Justin Sullivan's warmly concise singing. His signature vocal style is shown up even more haunting (almost telluric) and evocative than usual, due to the interaction with the enthralling backdrop. Passion, solitude, freedom, pain and nature, flowing through fourteen art rock pieces, frank and oceanic at the same time. In addition, the record engineer and producer Joe Barresi (who has also worked with bands like Tool, Soundgarden, Queens Of The Stone Age, Kyuss and Bad Religion among others) has known to interlink the songs subtly through the mixing, leaving his imprint on them.

On this new album, New Model Army creates a more atmospheric and cinematic style, which they achieve by the heavy use of multi-ethnic sounds and tribal percussions. So the band's unmistakable post-punk substance appears dissolved into multiple artistic forms. Thus, we can find ourselves trapped in the somber undercurrent of the choral opener "Horsemen", lifted up by the astral vibe of "Pull The Sun", caught up in the eerie atmosphere of the closer "Ghosts" or carried away by the desert charm that pervades "Qasr El Nil Bridge". The repertoire also includes inspiring windswept gems like "Kievel" and "Summer Moors", whose distant guitar lines and arpeggios never fail to send chills down the spine. Not to mention the emotive, velvety rock ballad "Lean Back And Fall". Following that progressive path, it is also worth noting the ominous and heartrending "I Need More Time" and, more fervent and assertive in rhythm, the pair formed by "Stormclouds" and the title track. The dank, hard-edged guitar riffing, along with the deafening tribal drumming, make both consecutive tunes stand out from the others, marking together the high peak of this record. "Tomorrow Came" is probably the song that better represents the band's classic sound, although in a rejuvenated and contemporary manner. In contrast, the folksy "March In September" runs jolly and upbeat in appearence, but the lyrics conceal a sorrowful message of frustration: ".../ So you tried to make family / But nothing was given / So you gave them your own blood / For theirs had been stolen /...". Every track is somehow connected with each other, both through words and music, and that's why this album deserves a non-stop listening (headphones are recommended to relish all the details). The songs flow one into another with ease and gradually a strange rapture occurs, putting that far horizon (often referred to in the lyrics direct or indirectly) within reach for the listener.

So it is Between Dog And Wolf: expansive, exuberant and evocative. Even lacking of any straightaway recognizable hit (specially for those who wrongly are expecting a clone of Vengeance), this is one of the more creative and finest works in the New Model Army's catalogue and marks a fresh new start in their career. Post-punk wolves in shamanic rock clothing. ".../ There's a line of shadow on the far horizon / It could be stormclouds and it could be mountains /...".

Review written by: Billyphobia (Virus G)
Rating: 9/10

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Band: Ugasanie
Album title: The Dark Side
Release date: 19 September 2015
Label: Black Mara Records

Ugasanie takes a vacation from his often polar dark ambient style, to give us a truly eerie album! White Silence's “To The Lord Of The Polar Desert With Seven Faces” and “Arctic Hysteria” on Call Of The North gave us a hint of some of the creepier territory that Ugasanie was comfortable in. However these tracks were part of greater polar-themed albums. The Dark Side takes us to a whole new place with Ugasanie, down the deep dark corridors of the underworld itself. The Dark Side is an ode to death and eternity, where you will hear field recordings captured in places such as morgues and cemeteries. It is a prayer to Mara, the Slavic goddess associated with seasonal rites based on the idea of death and rebirth of nature. She is associated with death, winter, and nightmares. A very fitting patroness for Ugasanie and a fitting name for the fledgling label Black Mara, which specializes in dark ambient. The darkness Ugasanie portrays here is as cinematic as it is unnerving, yet it is never too harsh or overwhelming for the listener. It holds us tightly in Mara’s embrace and keeps us there from beginning to end. Ugasanie has shown us the darkness of Mara, goddess of death, in a brilliant collection of tracks. This album is highly recommended for any fan of dark ambient with equal amounts of subtlety and aggression.

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