Metal Hammer (UK) - - Albums - CH­ERYL CARTER

Herephem­ine CHROMISM UK post-met­allers find a light in the dark­ness

The de­but al­bum from London’s The Ever Liv­ing is a tex­tured jour­ney full of am­bi­tion and self-as­sured de­sign that brings to­gether crunchy post-metal, atmospheri­c key­boards and a ma­tu­rity that be­lies the band’s short ca­reer. Herephem­ine con­trasts light and shade and in opener The Great De­featist the band marry dark tex­tures and Chris Be­van Lee’s gruff vo­cals with soar­ing syn­the­sised lines that aim to bring a lit­tle hope into pro­ceed­ings de­spite the melan­cholic un­der­cur­rent that un­der­pins down the track. The Ever Liv­ing pull much of their weight from in­can­des­cent gui­tars that burn bright in the dark world the band have cre­ated; Fore­bod­ing Epiphany flares with sub­tle melody while In­ter­rotron screams with rage. At 66 min­utes long, Herephem­ine does take a dip in the mid­sec­tion but it’s a small crit­i­cism on a record that shines with prom­ise. FOR FANS OF: CULT OF LUNA, ROSETTA, YEAR OF NO LIGHT

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