Joy Wants Eternity- The Fog is Rising (2012)

Posted: June 28, 2012 by Is This Revolutionary? in Album, Reviews
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My fondness for Joy Wants Eternity has been in question since the first time I listened to them. I have often been accused of liking what some call “generic post-rock”; its actually one of the criticisms that I take to heart the most. In all honesty, I’m unsure what keeps pulling me in and listening with every album. Not as innovative as the bands that made it (the Big 4), they play a style of post-rock that’s so simple uncomplicated that it may be one of the most genuine sounds I’ve heard. They’re not showy or flashy, they’re not in-your-face intense, but rather they stick to the basics and perform them without mistakes. There’s something to be said about that.

The Fog is Rising is a slightly included album. Not flawless, but good nonetheless. Conceptually, I compare it to construction-grade diamonds. It’s solid, carefully crafted, and is perfect for its use, but at the same time, it lacks the luster that blows the viewer (or in our case, the listener) away. Similarly, The Fog is Rising brings a lot of talent to the table, with its peaceful soundscapes and calming atmosphere, but doesn’t provoke the kind of thoughts or emotions one looks for in an incredible post-rock album. 6 songs, 36 minutes of just good instrumentals, and no crappy vocals or odd instruments that make my teeth itch. Best song on this album is “Dark Heart of the King”, which gets very emotional by the end and is just an all-around fantastic work. “In Camera” was a bit of a wasted track: 3 minutes of piano may look good on paper, but for an album that’s short, sweet, and to the point, that’s better off being shorter and tacked onto the end of another song.

Rating: When I tell you you’ll enjoy it, you’ll enjoy it. This is a very good band for newer listeners to post-rock who want to be exposed to its purest form, without vocals or experimental moments. The For is Rising earns a 3.5/5 kegs for some entertaining easy-listening.

 

 

Joy Wants Eternity – http://www.joywantseternity.com
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Joy-Wants-Eternity/75787420007
MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/joywantseternity
Last.fm – http://www.last.fm/music/Joy+Wants+Eternity

Digital Sales Available on iTunes or BandCamp
http://joywantseternity.bandcamp.com/

Vinyl and CD release available on Etsy
http://www.etsy.com/shop/joywantseternity

 

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