As We Draw – Lines Breaking Circles
CD Review courtesy of Zac Boda
I am very lucky to have the chance to review As We Draw’s “Lines Breaking Circles”. First, I want to express that this review will be very different from my past reviews. This style of music and album cannot be broken down into songs. This is not for the slight of heart. This album is a challenge, experience, and a journey through a violent storm. I was introduced to this trio from Laval, France with this subject line, “Review of probably the best post metal release of the year?” Needless to say, my hopes were set high simply from receiving this email. As We Draw brings memories of my early experiences with Pelican, Isis, and Neurosis. If you truly dedicate sometime and attention to listen (I mean really listen) you will walk away fulfilled. I cannot describe a high or low point of the album; it simply flows and crashes against gargantuan waves of a stormy sea. I love the album artwork; it truly fits the adventure you are preparing to set upon. I feel I am looking out the port side window of our ship, and all I see are the waves crashing against us. Enough of my ranting, if you are a fan of post, avant garde, music you absolutely have to give these guys a listen (hell they are giving the album away free). I hope you enjoy as I have. Well done AWD, well done.
If I have to “grade” this album: 4.5 out of 5
As if you haven't had enough of these Isis, Cult Of Luna cocksuckers, with their so-called cheesy parts and badass cathartic sonic explosions... Of course, one can wonder about the relevence of playing some post-metal in 2010. But when it's done with such talent, such faith as these three young guys from Laval, either you take your hat off to them, or either your heart is made of dog food. «Lines Breaking Circles», is made for those who are still crying over Breach's split and years when Cult Of Luna still made you have a boner. This is quite a severe reproof to all those who spend more time twitting their promo photos than polishing their art in the studio. These guys are true workaholics and such gifted aesthetes that they're starting to get sickening. Especially knowing that they can kick your ass on stage as well as on your turntable. But you can't really hate them, can you? Not when you listen to these killer choruses sponsored by Kleenex on «Scum Of The Earth» or those huge slaps on «Draft» or again... Alright, enough of this, you already got that it is the same deal as their buddies from Birds In Row : LAVAL EQUALS LIFE.
• Artwork by Bart «Hello, I Am Unemployed» & Amaury Sauvé
• Graphic conception by Amaury Sauvé
• Recorded live by Amaury Sauvé & Sylvain Biguet
• Mixed by Sylvain Biguet
• Screeprinted & assembled by the band & Birds In Row
• Mastered by Alan Douches (Converge, Dillinger Escape Plan...)
• Available (pack LP+CD only) on Throatruiner Records (FR), Free Edge (FR), Demon Spawn (DE), Dare The Divine (CZ) & Guranje S Litice (CZ) 300 copies pressed (100 white 12’’, 200 black 12’’)