EP Review: Bleaklow – The Sunless Country
Band: Bleaklow (UK)
Album: The Sunless Country (EP, 2011)
Genre: Progressive Instrumental Metal
For my next trick, which is another review, I’ll listen to only one fuckin’ song and tell you exactly what the whole EP is like. No cheating involved. Honest to God. Swearing on the tip of my dick!
Know why? ‘Cause there’s only one song, though a long one, on this thing. The thing in question is called The Sunless Country, which evidently is also the name of the one song on the disc. The disc is released by UK Prog Metal outfit Bleaklow and they deliver it in a handmade leather container / envelope thingy. Cool! Except that you’ll be disappointed, because it’s already sold out. According to the band’s own Joe Clayton that happened within an hour and a half after pre-ordering started. That’s slightly misleading, because there were only 25 copies available. But, come on! You wouldn’t want to hand sew together 1,000 leather envelopes. You’d get fuckin’ bored!
So unless the band decides to put together some more physical copies, this review isn’t particularly useful as a piece of consumer advice. So scrap that. The goal of this is to make you familiar with what is an awesome three-piece band making awesome fuckin’ shit!
According to Joe they found us through our review of another Sheffield-based band, Naisian, a good while ago. With Bleaklow’s own release rapidly approaching – the release date is set at October 12th – we’re happy to check out their stuff now.
Because what a fuckin’ masterpiece! The Sunless Country spans very nearly 24 minutes in total. 24 minutes filled with slow-paced highly melodic, highly dynamic and highly sophisticated Prog stuff. In terms of look and feel I notice a strong similarity to Tool, but in reality the differences are obvious too. Bleaklow is much cleaner in sound with their loudest moments approaching Tool’s more quieter parts. Moreover, the EP is completely instrumental, featuring just drums, guitars and bass.
Together the three lads form unity. They manage to span a big veil over all their respective instruments and sound as one. The three of them radiate just one big pile of moods, emotions and mind scenes. It’d be impossible for me to describe it in more detail. You’ll just have to listen.
Bleaklow has an official Facebook page where you can keep an eye out for more news. Moreover you can stream The Sunless Country on their BandCamp page, where apparently the EP will be made available for download from the 12th. Stay sharp!
My Grade: 9.0/10
Buy this when:
- you can figure out how to get one of those rare physical copies. Otherwise wait till a download becomes available next week!