Body Thief
Travel Glow
(2019)
Crank this to 8.3 of 11
Genre:
Post-Hardcore, Emo
Sounds Like:
Coheed and Cambria, Circa Survive, Mars Volta
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Body Thief’s sophomore release Travel Glow is an upgrade for clarity, contrast and more pinpoint fretwork over their debut album Speak in Hibernation (2015). As much of the emo post-hardcore sound can overwhelm you with its incessant piercing vocals, Hawkins does a nice job with his charismatic change-ups and soft to screech approaches. Splashes of spoken word don’t annoy as much many of its counterparts. Perhaps influenced by Claudio Paul Sanchez III from Coheed, Hawkins has the pipes to make an impact. Ramos floors us with his vibrant percussion-work, perhaps the brightest moment on the album. Overall, Travel Glow is a well-crafted rhythmic variety of anguish.

Track Listing:
1. Sour Sounds (4:17)
2. Night Owls in Mating Season (4:15)
3. Apheliotropism (1:21)
4. Innerverse (4:52)
5. Vestper Visits (4:01)
6. Heliotropism (2:31)
7. Clocks Like Hell (3:45)
8. Temptation of Knowledge (4:39)

Standout Track:
"Innerverse" is an absolute gem on all fronts. Terrific song structure with entrancing balance. Ramos’ diverse percussion on this track is superb. Across the board, the post rock fretwork and change-ups on this track take us away. Mars Volta adrenaline coupled with the beautiful fretwork of a Silent Island.

Adult Beverage Pairing:
Man we are suckers for a good triple IPA. Take a gander at Body Thief’s native city where Hellbender Brewing Company resides. Their 11% ABV, 25 IBUs, triple IPA entitled Beyond the Infinite is brewed w/ flaked oats, unmalted wheat and Mosaic hops, and dry-hopped with ultra-rare Centennial and Cascade hop hash, a hop resin product created when processing wet hops prior to drying and forming into pellets. Surprisingly smooth with a bold citrusy, tropical aroma. So well-suited with ‘Travel Glow’ and a sharp subwoofer.

ROTATION RECAP:
Vocal Performance
8.3 out of 11

Captivation and Variety
8.2 out of 11

Weight of the Heavy
7.1 out of 11

Fretwork Prowess
8.1 out of 11

Percussion Prowess
9.1 out of 11

Overall Album Flow
8.3 out of 11

Contrast
8.1 out of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
8.2 out of 11

Production Value
8.3 out of 11

Final Thoughts:
Travel Glow may not break tremendous ground, but the five-piece DC natives clearly love the genre and get the formula. Their second release shows more maturity and precision and is strong enough to peak our interest in a genre that has been historically difficult for us to sink our teeth in. Give this one a gander and add some diversity to your collection of heavy. Explore and dive in.

Band Members:
Dan Hawkins - Vocals
Andres Soto - Guitar
Walt Umana - Bass
Greg Chipkin - Guitar
Sebastian Ramos - Drums

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