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At The Soundless Dawn

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In terms of post-rock cliches, Red Sparowes have followed just about every one of them. Crosses are duly entered in the check boxes for lengthy song titles, absence of humour, apocalyptic guitar crescendoes and air of self-indulgence encapsulated by a seemingly endless final track which is followed by five minutes of silence and then a few more minutes of nightmarish atmosphere. Therefore, for much of the time it's very difficult to differentiate between Red Sparowes and other outfits except to say this represents the heavier sound of the market. Thankfully it's not all doom and gloom. The third track boasts a neat chiming guitar refrain, perfected by track five which captures the essence of The Chameleons' epic, atmospheric rock. Track six manages to sound both triumphant and haunting before that too is swamped by the full throttle guitars. Splashes of - albeit repetitive - melody save this record from being generic sludge but this exercise in portentous drama is certainly hard work.
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01 Alone and unaware, the landscape was transformed in front of our eyes
02 Buildings began to stretch wide across the sky, and the air filled with a reddish glow
03 The soundless dawn came alive as cities began to mark the horizon
04 Mechanical sounds cascaded through the city walls and everyone reveled in their ignorance
Standout Track A brief moment of clarity broke through the deafening hum, but it was too late
06 Our happiest days slowly began to turn into dust
07 The sixth extinction crept up slowly, like sunlight through the shutters, as we looked back in regret

Standout Track = Standout Track

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