Thursday 5 December 2013


GenresPunk / Noise Rock / Post-Rock / Doom / Sludge / Post-Hardcore / Metalcore / Screamo
Related artistsN/A.
Country: Santa Rosa, California USA
Years Active: 2009
Song: "A Wake"
Album: "Dolores"
Year: 2009
Label(s): Molsook Records / The Perpetual Motion Machine / TBD Records
This post's artist is from the December 2013 Mix. This is track #3.
You can download the December 2013 Mix right here.
For fans of: Isis, Milanku, Back When, Spires, Joshua Fit For Battle, Kodan Armada,
                   Moxiebeat, (old/good) Hopesfall, Protestant, Jungbluth, Callow,
                   Phoenix Bodies, Cassilis, Tel Fyr, This Ship Will Sink, In First Person,
                   The SetupCreeper, Curl Up And Die, Amber and Gray Ghost.

3 vocalists AND 3 guitarists, this band brings a very thick and massive sound, much like Isis and Milanku but with more speed and variation than those bands - think Back When and In First Person. 4 more words. Haunting. Claustrophobic. Expansive. Punishing.


(((O))) "A Wake" is a biting and venomous first track. The first minute shows you a hint of the aggression that the band is capable of. The next minute is a huge buildup to the crushing end. So heavy. So amazing.
(2009) LITANY FOR THE WHALE - "A Wake" (from 'Dolores')


(((O))) "Die Alone, Unloved" is very similar to what Storm The Bastille was doing at the end of their tenure - screamo meets abrasive bass-driven hardcore with vocals that sound like they were screamed inside of a rusted metal crate. Moxiebeat, I'm looking in your direction.
(2009) LITANY FOR THE WHALE - "Die Alone, Unloved" (from 'Dolores')


(((O))) "Rotting on the Shoreline" has an atmospheric beginning that bursts into a sassy screaming match until the 2:20 mark, at which point we are graced with an extremely driving and head-bobbing mid-section and outro. Awesome lyrics, too.
(2009) LITANY FOR THE WHALE - "Rotting on the Shoreline" (from 'Dolores')


(((O))) "Lonesome God", the album's closer, is the bands epic masterpiece, which gets all-encompassing pretty early on - at 1:10 to be exact. The song weaves in and out of crushing passages and perfectly placed, lulling melodies.
(2009) LITANY FOR THE WHALE - "Lonesome God" (from 'Dolores')


2009 - Dolores cd/12"LP (download here) (PURCHASE LP here)

LITANY FOR THE WHALE out-of-print discography mp3 download

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