25 May 2014

Deathmøle - Permanence

I’m not sure whether Deathmøle qualify as a real band or not. They’re a heavy, Post-Metal instrumental band, consisting of Martin, Amir and Hannelore who met and formed the band in 2005 in Northampton, Massachusetts. They have self-released several albums since then such as, Moletopopolis, Long Songs, Absent Gods & Creatures Foul, Advances and Meade’s Army among others.

The reason they might not qualify as a real band is that they aren’t actually real people but web comic characters. All feature in Questionable Content, a comic written by Jeph Jacques about a bunch of folk that hang around a coffee shop, talk about music, video games and each other's various issues and love lives.

                                                (L--R Martin, Hannelore and Amir)

Jeph started recording music for fun using the Deathmøle moniker, he wrote, played and recorded it himself using his own computer. He released it through various websites before settling on Bandcamp, where every album is now available. Permanence differs from those albums that came before it in that t was recorded in a proper studio. Last year Jeph launched a Kickstarter campaign with this goal in mind. He set a respectable target of $9,500 to fund it but has received well over $140,000 so far. Not bad going!

It’s immediately noticable what difference a proper studio makes. The sound and feel of Permanence is excellent. Whereas previous releases sounded like they were made on a PC and had a sort of tinnyness to them, Permanence sounds warm and full. The drums sound like actual boomy drums and not a programmed tish tish bum. The improved sound quality means Permanence sounds much heavier than anything before it. And it’s joyously heavy. You can hear the fun Jeph had playing each mountainous riff. College starts off fairly mellow and atmospheric, it’s typical Post-Rock. It gradually increases in tension until a huge, thrashing riff flies in and takes over.
No Thanks comes in next and dispenses with all that light and shade nonsense, it’s a full on, face grimacing, horn throwing, head banger. If people still do that sort of thing these days. Snow In Sun is the same but Nothing Is Permanent, Distance Bursting Distance Into Clouds and Everything Is Permanent favour the quiet loud dynamic. Whichever approach they take, all are fantastic.

                                                                                 Jeph Jacques


They all lead up to the final track on the album, Acceptance. It’s over twelve minutes long. It’s starts gently and full of sorrow. A slow undulating riff is underpinned by some nice, wistful pluckery. Again, it gradually builds in tension and atmosphere until a lone, sparse bass line ushers in a slowish riff that increases in speed until it’s powering along. It’s a breathtaking end to an intense album.

I do have one, small, gripe with it however; I know the songs are all pretty long on Permanence, the shortest is still over five minutes, but I’d have liked to have seen a couple more than seven tracks. It’s not as if the album is short at all though so it’s not a major issue.

Best Track – Acceptance

9 out of 10 -  Almost perfect.... Almost

Buy  and/or listen to Permanence from bandcamp HERE

Read Questionable Content HERE

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