The third release from Chicago Illinois natives, Flesh of the Stars, offers up some distinct differences from their previous two releases. Prior releases Hide and Hosanna played thickly in the doom forest. Wallowing in the dark mists of the minimalist doom landscapes. Anhilla, however, takes a new direction into melded progressive and atmospheric territories. While the band accredits huge influences from Om and YOB, they also acknowledge the resounding impact those like David Bowie and Pink Floyd have impacted their psyche. Anhilla is a very poignant beautiful piece of work that is special in its own distinct way. Flesh of the Stars clearly share a majestic vision with this release and we anticipate listeners much like us will find this one difficult to interrupt when in rotation.
1. Prologue (2:45)
2. I (5:23)
3. II (7:35)
4. III (7:28)
5. IV (9:23)
6. V (11:01)
7. Epilogue (2:24)
Total Running Time = 45:59
What is the standout track?
Not a fair question given this album plays as a concept piece or some may even equate to its own horror soundtrack. While we appreciate the divergence into synth territory on "IV" and the absolute triumphant revelations achieved on "V," "III" takes the cake for its sheer intensity, driving force and what we feel is the backbone to this piece. It is this track that bridges Anhilla for us into a resounding editor’s pick.
Who are these cast of characters?
Matt Ciani: guitars, vocals, synths, wurlitzer & vintage vibe electric pianos, percussion
Nico Ciani: drums
Mike Fox: guitars, vocals, synths
Travis Marmon: bass, vocals
Rachel Rustemeyer: vocals
What adult beverage do we recommend accompany this album?
Anesthetize the Devil
37.5ml (1 1/4 oz) Hayman’s London Dry Gin
37.5ml (1 1/4 oz) Antica Formula Vermouth
1 bar spoon Absinth
1 bar spoon The Bitter Truth Pimento Dram
1 bar spoon Honey Syrup
2 dashes The Bitter Truth Creole Bitters
Hard shake and strain into a chilled glass.
What is unique about Anhilla?
From the standout percussion in the prologue to the surprising synths that so beautifully develop, this “doom” album plays like a soundtrack. Additional touches such as guest vocalist Rachel Rustemeyer all play cohesively into one atmospheric trip that provides texture not often found in your typical doom album.
Final thoughts for Anhilla.
What a refreshing find! Flesh of the Stars have clearly upped their game with the concept that is Anhilla. While doom fans will appreciate the powerful patience in the deep rooted rhythms, this is an album for music fans in general. All seven tracks fit together wonderfully to paint a very dark but inspirational landscape. This album should gain momentum, so grab it while you can as a ‘name your price’ on BandCamp. These folks put their heart and soul in this one, so throw some hard earned well deserved cash their way. - 6/5/2017
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