Saturday, 8 October 2011

Planks - The Darkest of Grays/Solicit to Fall review

Another in a series of offerings on the Southern Lord label, this, by Planks from Germany, features two of their 12” releases, “The Darkest of Grays” and “Solicit to Fall”. Planks certainly know how to tread that fine, fine line between fierceness and subtlety of dynamic. There is fluidity to the ferocity in these pieces which takes remarkable courage and skill. Rage is tempered with melody, and this can be seen to remarkable effect on “The Dead Return to War”. Thunderous bass and a jagged guitar line support the authoritative vocal, that changes gear throughout its’ duration to give an unsettling, discordant sensibility. The almost emaciated guitar refrain that peppers the track lends a distant, ethereal feel......

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