The Seven Mile Journey - The Metamosphosis Project
It really isn't until the "Identity Journals (Anonymous)" the third track on "The Metamorphosis Project" that you feel like you are ready to give the whole disc a shot. Call it a lapse in proper sequencing, but the opening tracks here suffer from repetition. For a drone-shoegazing band, repetition is the heart of the matter, but when the drone just isn't interesting, repetition only hammers that home. Danish band The Seven Mile Journey do, however, have it in them for compelling, dramatic composition. "Journals" is almost epic, in an "Ummagumma" era Floyd was; ponderous and menacing, but just on the right side of gorgeous.
The piano-driven "A Sanctuary for Lugubrious Tracy," despite its shitty, pretentious title, is a powerful, sparse track that is heavy with longing. The closer, "Purification-The Journey Transcriptions" thankfully adds surging, Velvet's type guitar to the drone, and ends the set on a peak of inspiration and tone.
"The Metamorphosis Project" shows a band that is ambitious, but not often up for delivering. Of the six tracks, three show promise and confidence and depth of feeling; the other three are sort of mailed in and ponderously self-satisfied. If The Seven Mile Journey choose the right door, the future looks bright.
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