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Karen McTavish

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  1. Heirs
    by Ire Wolves
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    The One You Feed The One You Feed
    "Heirs" was is a beautifully mixed album by the Weight Room.
    My favorite tracks were The Giver, Sleep Bringer, Burial and Nothing Left. This album is intimate, layered and vulnerable. It will take you into terror, social anxiety, the struggle of keeping loved ones close while dealing with suffering and loss. Of course the album starts with the sound of a heartbeat and ends with the sound of a life being cut short.

    Powerlessness, no sexy confessional lyrics - this album is meant to be "felt". Anti-religion, German holocaust survivors?, Standing Rock?, Poverty, suffering, politics - you are witnessing it all with little ability to process the events- the hills & valleys of vocal expression - it feels...comforting.

    The vocals ranges are growing stronger with each album with new textures and relief. Clean mixed with a bunch of dirty gravel. Powerful.

    Likely a celebration of life where no life should grow.
    Sleep Bringer could be a film score with the insane white noise of constant thoughts. Burial also gives a peek into the un-quiet mind, the chaotic mind. Clean acoustic guitars after a 2 minute moment of silence on the Burial Track is Ire Wolves forcing you to look inward. Bastards.

    This album takes risks and sound much bigger than a 3 piece. Nothing Left shows new vocal ranges that the band has completely mastered. The intention of the work is clearly expressed and "felt". It felt like a painting.
  2. Organ Grinder
    by Reflectivore
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  3. Reflectivore
    by Reflectivore
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    Organ Grinder Organ Grinder
    Impact/impressions:
    the visual appearance of 'relief' in the video is powerful.
    When the smoke hung on to the suit for example.
    The relief of air filling lungs, pain, burden and the need to create.

    Ryan Rusch- really impressed with your vocals. The drum snare is a gun shot (Ticonderoga) when ear buds are in my head. It's shocking, and it snaps me back into reality. Same with Red Mirror Glass ending. Cuts to silence. Feels perfect, not a criticism. It's unusual. The vocals/lyrics feels authentic and vulnerable (Organ Grinder).

    The octaves the guitar brings to the piano, playing cords intentionally flawed, is amazing. Allen has such a crisp brutal growl - would love to hear more of that. I can't say enough good things about Organ Grinder- the chorus might kill you.
  4. Reflectivore
    by Reflectivore
    favorite track 00:00/00:00
    Organ Grinder Organ Grinder
    Impact/impressions:
    the visual appearance of 'relief' in the video is powerful.
    When the smoke hung on to the suit for example.
    The relief of air filling lungs, pain, burden and the need to create.

    Ryan Rusch- really impressed with your vocals. The drum snare is a gun shot (Ticonderoga) when ear buds are in my head. It's shocking, and it snaps me back into reality. Same with Red Mirror Glass ending. Cuts to silence. Feels perfect, not a criticism. It's unusual. The vocals/lyrics feels authentic and vulnerable (Organ Grinder).

    The octaves the guitar brings to the piano, playing cords intentionally flawed, is amazing. Allen has such a crisp brutal growl - would love to hear more of that. I can't say enough good things about Organ Grinder- the chorus might kill you.
  5. Year Of The Funeral
    by The Dead See
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    Dark Night Of The Soul Dark Night Of The Soul
    Year of the Funeral is one of the greatest albums I've heard this year. Dark Knight of the Soul is haunting.