Distributor/label: Consouling Sounds
Realeased: November 2014
Buy Album: http://northumbria.bandcamp.com/
Jim Field – Guitar
Dorian Williamson – Bass
1 – Transcendence
2 – The Ocean Calls us Home
3 – Ostara
4 – The Silver Forest
5 – Bring Down the Sky
‘Bring Down The Sky’ is the new album from Toronto based, ambient metal duo Northumbria. Now I have to admit, this was a rather difficult one to get through. When I first received the album I had a skip through the tracks to see what I was in for and I was less than excited to review it. I even thought to myself, “it’s just noise!”. It absolutely loathes me to even write that phrase but I have to be honest, that’s what I though at the time.
Once I actually sat down and had the chance to properly listen to ‘Bring Down The Sky’, I quickly realised it is much deeper that my initial reaction had me believe. Each track feels like a vast landscape of sound that wouldn’t be out of place in some extraterrestrial world.
However, I must admit, I think I may be the wrong person to review this album as the whole ‘drone’ based sound just isn’t my thing at all. I can appreciate the haunting and brooding nature of it all, but it musically, it just doesn’t do anything for me I’m afraid.
I found the moments when the guitar pierces through the incessant drone of the bass to be the only thing that I could latch onto and enjoy. These parts, like in ‘The Ocean Calls Us Home’ and title track ‘Bring Down The Sky’, remind me slightly of ‘Maggot Brain by Funkadelic. While the guitar is no where near as technical or prominent as that of ‘Maggot Brain’, it just seems to give the songs a focal point within the vast atmosphere created by the drone.
Again I must say that I do not feel like I am the best person to judge this album. If you are a fan of the more obscure side of post-rock or ambient/drone music, then you should definitely check this out. You will probably be able to appreciate this a lot more than me.