Monday, April 14, 2008

Album Review - This Will Destroy You

This Will Destroy You – This Will Destroy You
[Magic Bullet Records; 29/01/2008]

Texan quartet, This Will Destroy You, are one of those bands who always appear on various internet blogs and message board mutterings, yet you always seem to turn a blind eye for some reason. Once you get around to checking the music out, it’s a pleasant surprise; the irony of life, again playing its part, perhaps.

Their self-titled debut full-length packs a fine punch that really defines the term “post-rock”. With brimming guitars, shifts in tempo and a water tight rhythm section, the band has lived up to their name, so to speak.

‘A Three Legged Workhorse’ is the perfect opener for a band who displays an instrumental ethos, with all the qualities mentioned above prevailing. ‘Threads’ is another highlight, and although shorter in length, brings the elements together a little more, which is contrasting to album highlight ‘The Mighty Rio Grande’, as ominous background effects and moody guitar soundscapes create a luscious cinematic touch.

This Will Destroy You isn’t the most original piece that will collide with your ears, but in the highs and lows of the post-rock landscape, the question has to be asked; what is? In general, it’s not re-defining, but for curious virgin ears to this particular genre, this would be as good a place to start as any.

By Simon K

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