Album Review: Eschar – Nova

N O V A (Album Front Cover Artwork) - 1500 x 1500UK post-rockers Eschar are back with their follow up to ‘Elements’, and they’re taking the scene to greater heights. If you’re attending this year’s ArcTanGent, this band is definitely one to check out while you can, before they start headlining festivals all over. Sophomore release ‘Nova’ is just under an hour of cinematic melodies, deeply intricate musicianship, and just plain powerful music.

Aphotic opens the album with eerie grace—just like in a movie when everything goes quiet and you know something huge is about to happen, the chills of anticipation are tangible. And you don’t have to wait long for that explosion of sound in the very next track, Monolith. Living up to its name, this track is massive, intricate, and soaring far above the clouds, clocking in over the nine minute mark in a true marathon of epic musical proportions.

The quartet claim that Nova is all about “Progression. We mean that in every sense of the word.” And we couldn’t agree more—every track tells a tale, progressing seemingly effortlessly into the next, weaving a whole new world for you to get lost in. From the endless riffs in “Falling Faintly Through The Universe” that start from the ground up and shoot for the stars, to the guttural, almost brutal closer Contact Light, in every carefully constructed note, and in every layer of their craft, ‘Nova’ is living proof that not all stories need words.

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8/10

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Eschar – ‘Nova’
Released: 3/4/15

Alex
A professional behind the scenes string-puller, in her spare time Alex is usually found spending all of her money in record stores or rocking out at shows. Pop punk is her true calling, peppered with a healthy dose of tv show marathons, and lots of iced tea.

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