Red Sparowes – The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therein Lies The Answer

January 01, 1970

(Sargent House)


The third album from L.A.’s
premier post-rock outfit led by Isis
multi-instrumentalist Bryant Clifford Meyer is also their most confident and
sprawling work to date. Say what you will about the mouthful of an album title,
but if you are looking for the common denominator bridging the gap between
Meyer’s 2002 art metal tour de force Oceanic and Tortoise’s Millions
Now Living Will Never Die
, this is it. With titles such as “A Hail of
Bombs”, “Giving Birth to Imagined Saviors” and “In Every Mind” adding snatches
of sociopolitical hubris to the wordless expressionism of these players’
masterful fluidity as one sonic entity, The Fear Is Excruciating… is the
stuff that quality instru-metal in the 21st century is undoubtedly
made of, and should be sought out by headbangers and heshers alike.


“In Illusions of Order”, “Giving Birth to Imagined Saviors”, “A Mutiny”, “As
Each End Looms and Subsides” RON HART



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