LONG DISTANCE CALLING — Long Distance Calling (review)

LONG DISTANCE CALLING — Long Distance Calling album cover Album · 2011 · Metal Related Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
J-Man
It's no secret to most listeners that the post rock scene isn't the most ever-changing genre out there. Though one may notice small differences from band to band, it seems that the genre has many more "clones" out there than desired. Germany's Long Distance Calling hasn't ever sent out to entirely revolutionize post rock, but they certainly have a sound of their own and plenty of impressive chops to go along with it. Long Distance Calling, the band's self-titled third album, is possibly their best album yet and an all-around amazing effort. If you like your post rock with a heavy, metallic edge and plenty of atmosphere, it's hard to go wrong with this one.

Although I've mentioned earlier that Long Distance Calling may not the most revolutionary band out there, the music here is still unique to an extent. It's firmly based in post rock, but I also hear plenty of metal, progressive rock, and even a few alternative tendencies. My favorite tracks are probably the beautiful "Invisible Giants" and the heavy-edged "Arecibo (Long Distance Calling)". John Bush (of Anthrax and Armored Saint fame) lends his grunge-tinged vocals to "Middleville" which adds some nice variation to this otherwise instrumental effort. The greatest thing about Long Distance Calling is probably the musicianship, which is spectacular across the board. I especially have to give a nod in the direction of Janosch Rathmer. As a drummer myself, listening to his energetic and refined style is just a breath of fresh air.

The production is also very professional and powerful. This has an organic, 70's-influenced sound that still leaves room for heavy and modern metal bits. This is a spectacular sound, to say the very least.

Long Distance Calling may not be a shocking revolution in the post rock genre, but I will admit that it's rare to hear music of this level of quality anywhere. If you like your post rock with a heavy edge and plenty of atmosphere, this should be one of your best albums of 2011. Seldom do I hear an album with such excellent musicianship and beauty. 4 stars are well-earned in this case.
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