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Album Review: You’re Lucky God, That I Cannot Reach You by Down I Go

Experiment hardcore act Down I Go have released their new album You’re Lucky God, That I Cannot Reach You. It’s a captivating mash of brutality and well honed rock. If there ever was a Jekyll and Hyde band, Down I Go are it. From the outset it’s impossible to predict what turn the album will take, whether it’s from track to track or from verse to verse.

Throughout You’re Lucky God, That I Cannot Reach You you’ll find complex song structures, with rhythmic patterns with both melodic and screaming vocals, frequently marrying these features with orchestral instrumentation including brass and string sections.

Opener ‘Mother In The Pen’ gently introduces the album, easy on the ear and full of emotion it stands in stark contrast to the brutality of ‘The Serpent of Lagarfljot’. The latter introduces the listener to a cacophony of devastating riffs and pounding drums. Brass instrumentation and melodic vocals momentarily dampen the intensity. It’s an exhilarating listen yet it feels a taster compared to the rest of the album.

It’s within ‘The Hired Hand & the Lake Dwellers’ and ‘The Slaying of Skeggi’ that you realise that you’re listening to something truly special. The former masterfully blends some brutal riffs with an early 2000s post hardcore sound; it’s instantaneous and suckers you in. The latter takes more of a stoner rock edge, there’s a monolithic quality behind the crushing riffs when paired with big, deep soaring riffs. From there on in You’re Lucky God, That I Cannot Reach You keeps on getting better and better.

‘Of Marbendill’ comes out like a blend of Mastodon and Jetplane Landing at their best, with added percussion and brass. On first listen you may feel slightly aghast, listen again and you’ll realise it might just be one of the best tracks committed to record in 2015. ‘Strike It While It’s Still On My Nose’ takes things down a notch with its laid back groove before the album goes full on mental in the form of ‘My Old Lady Wants Something For Her Whorl’. Blending brutal riffs, jazz tones, a snarling vocal and infectious doesn’t work on paper, yet here it’s an exhilarating and breathtaking listen.

The final three tracks of You’re Lucky God, That I Cannot Reach You take you on a journey through thrashy metal (‘An Outlaw Killed’), chaotic and fun hardcore (‘Drangey Consecrated’) and soaring progressive rock (‘The Sending’). It’s the eclectic mix within You’re Lucky God, That I Cannot Reach You that make it such a brilliant listen. Sure it won’t be to everybody’s taste and may take more than one listen to fully appreciate, but this is essential listening.

AD Rating 8/10

 

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