maandag 3 oktober 2016

Big Jesus – Oneiric

Big Jesus – Oneiric
Mascot – 2016
Rated: ***

To be honest, I had to look up what Oneiric meant. It rang a bell. But I couldn’t concentrate. And we have Big Jesus to thank for that. An amazing amount of shattering almost pneumatic riffs are delivered through nine concise tracks. Yes, we are not referring to the closing tenth song Heaviest Heart just yet. We focus first on their combination of metal, shoegaze, rock and early psychedelic thin almost dreamlike wavy vocals. Aah, that’s what the album title Oneiric was referring to. It’s good. It works. But even if you truly dig the recipe they use, you cannot escape the inevitable conclusion that they keep using that same recipe over and over. You can fall in love with any number of elements of these tracks. But in the end the songs become a bit too much one tasty cookie in a jar of stale ones. But then there’s closer Heaviest Heart, with seven and a half minutes, it moves away from the road they paved so pneumatically during the first nine songs and let the heaviness drive off while the dreams grow bigger. Definitely weighty and grand. I wonder though, how the delicate sighs of vocalist Spencer Ussery work live?

(Written by JK)

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