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Kowloon Walled City – Grievances (Gilead Media)

  Kowloon Walled City is a band from San Francisco, California. They were formed in 2007. Their music is a blend of sludge metal, doom metal, post-rock, post-metal, and punk. It reminds me of bands like Cult of Luna and Neurosis in terms of the heaviness combined with beautiful atmosphere, however the vocals take a monotonous yelling approach. Their style is also reminiscent to Slint’s classic album Spiderland, but to write them off as just a clone would be a terrible disservice to the band. In 2015, they released Grievances, their follow up album to their critically successful Container Ships album from 2012. Grievances is the band’s 3rd album overall, and fifth release overall. Musically, it continues from the style that the band started on Container Ships. The production is clean and solid. The music is more slowed down, sludgy, and spacious then their early material. Lyrically and musically, the band is influenced by the idea of technology, industry, relationships between power and employment, and the power employers have over us. Musically, the band takes a simple approach. No crazy guitar or vocal effects, just good old-fashioned rock and roll. In fact, the music itself sounds very dry, and it is quite impressive how spacious it actually sounds. As a whole, this album is very hypnotic, and very easy to listen through and get lost in. With a length of 37 minutes, it lasts exactly how long it should. It’s not too long, and not too short. Just the perfect amount punk, metal, sludge, and ambience, no matter what time of day it is. The riffs are heavy, the chord progressions are beautiful, and the vocals provide a perfect balance between power and fragility, which is a very hard thing for vocalists to accomplish. Overall, I can not praise this band enough, and they have released yet another amazing album in their already impressive collection.

– Jordan Salfity

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/kowloonwalledcity/

Website: http://inthewalledcity.com/

Bandcamp: https://kowloonwalledcity.bandcamp.com/

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