Tuesday 15 December 2015


GenresPunk / Emo / Screamo / Ambient / Post-Rock / Post-Hardcore / Post-Metal
Related artistsRoman Ships.
CountrySouth Dakota USA
Years Active2001-2004 & 2011
Song: "Star-lit Soliloquy"
Album: "Majestic Blue"
Year: 2004
For fans ofAngel Eyes, Respire, Dawntreader, 124C41+, ...Who Calls So Loud, Funeral Diner, Coma Regalia, Lonely Animals, Isis, , Bloodpheasant, Ephemera, To Dream Of Autumn, Envy, Milanku, So Hideous, My Love, Portrait, The Tragedy, OsoLuna, I Would Set Myself On Fire For You, Evylock and The Pax Cecilia aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Init Records / Discern Direction Records
This post's artist is from the November 2015 Mix. This is track #10.
You can download: the December Mix#12 right here or get the new January 2016 Mix#1 here.

SINKING STEPS...RISING EYES were a post-hardcore/screamo band in the early 2000s that employed some pretty experimental stuff for the genre, such as piano/keyboards, flute, clean female vocals and a classical twist while doing so in fantastical fashion. All of their material was released by the amazing Init Records (one of my top five record labels of all time) from 2004 with the exception of the final 7" which was released in 2011 and was recorded that same year when the band reunited for the Init Fest, although the songs were written in 2003 or so.

'The 2002 EP' (released in 2002 on cd by the band and 2004 as a 7" on Init Records) is the heaviest and closest to Envy and To Dream Of Autumn. The 2004 LP 'Majestic Blue' boasts a soft/hard dynamic that may not have been matched in the decade since its release and parallels Angel Eyes as well as The Pax Cecilia. The posthumous 'Two Songs' 7" is another gem that sounds more like the 2002 EP and injects additional quirky rhythms and interesting time signatures. On every release the songs eclipse four minutes (with many being six and upwards of 10) with a single exception of "In Exile" which clocks in at 2:06. My personal favourite is "Star-lit Soliloquy" from 'Majestic Blue' as it hits everything perfectly, so if you need a song recommendation start there.

The band was always able to gradually shifts from harsh screaming and heaviness to angelic vocals and sweet lullabies seamlessly. The fluidity of their material is truly astounding and they were way ahead of the curve considering all of this stuff was recorded over a decade ago. I'm not going to write anymore because the music speaks for itself and accurate comparisons are pretty much nonexistent. The closest thing I've got for you is Angel Eyes, Respire, Portrait and The Pax Cecilia...which is some pretty damn ass good company. Check that shit out.


Click )==>here<==( to download the band's complete discography in mp3/wma form.

2002 - The 2002 EP cd/7"EP (stream/buy here)

2004 - Majestic Blue cd/2x12"LP (stream/buy here)

2011 - Two Songs 7"EP (stream/buy here)


(2011) SINKING STEPS...RISING EYES - "Per Diem" (from 'Two Songs')

(2004) SINKING STEPS...RISING EYES - "Star-lit Soliloquy" (from 'Majestic Blue')

(2004) SINKING STEPS...RISING EYES - "The Shedding Skin" (from 'Majestic Blue')

(2002) SINKING STEPS...RISING EYES - "Untitled Three" (from 'The 2002 EP')

(2002) SINKING STEPS...RISING EYES - "Untitled One" (from 'The 2002 EP')


SINKING STEPS...RISING EYES out of print mp3 discography download

(download here)



  1. great band. definition of unknown and as such underrated and unappreciated. i have the vinyl but i'm gonna give this a download see how the two compare. great blog.

  2. I saw them live in duluth man in 2002 loved them