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Gridfailure: When the Lights Go Out, Vol. II

Even though Halloween has come and gone, there’s no reason to avoid scary music, especially when it’s as dark as this is. Unlike other bands that frighten with lyrics or musical bombast, Gridfailure operates at a slower pace. This is the kind of music that might go along with a slow descent into a dark abyss. Some scary music gives listeners a hand to hold, some kind of reassurance that you’ll find your way out. But Gridfailure casts aside those supports, leaving listeners lost in the dark, just steps away from that weird shape in front of you and that growling monstrosity behind you. If that sounds bad, the music keeps the listener right there the whole time, caught between uncertainty and paranoia. That may not sound entertaining to some, but this isn’t your average entertainment. It’s atmospheric noise, tinged with hints of melody, human voices, and sadness. Tracks like “Watch Faith Not Save You” transform old-time hymns into musical horrors while “Crimson Eyes at Dusk” make you wonder if you are really seeing what you think you are seeing.

It should seem obvious that there’s no easy way to describe the music on this album. It’s all about the darkness of the end and it effectively captures all the doubt, despair, and paranoia of not knowing what lurks around the corner. I’ve listened to the album twice and I’m still shaken from “Disposing of the Remains.” This is music that belongs in the movies, not only because its so effective, but also because it will make the movies scarier. For those willing to forget ahead into the black, take a flashlight and a teddy bear�"you’ll need them.

Track Listing:
1. Crimson Eyes at Dusk
2. From Portals
3. Diminishing Realism
4. A Void Within the Congregation
5. Veiled Presence
6. Watch Faith Not Save You
7. Disposing of the Remains
8. The Lights Go Out

Added: November 2nd 2018
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
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Related Link: Bandcamp Page
Hits: 127
Language: english

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