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Deadbird - Twilight Ritual

hanszimmer   (14 reviews)

Posted: 11/29/2008 | Comments: 6 | Rate:

I'm going to be honest and admit I never really got into Deadbird's first album. I thought it was a decent sludge record, at best. It wasn't bad by any means, I would just rather listen to Rwake's Hell Is A Door To The Sun instead. That being said, this one completely managed to change my perspective on this band and find it's way into my list of favorite releases this year. I'm not sure if that's because the production is better and allows you to appreciate every musical layer, subtle and prominent. I typically want my sludge as disgusting and incoherent as humanly possible but Deadbird just has too many dynamics to be lost in the fuzz.

Featuring ex and current members of Little Rock's, Rwake, Deadbird comes out swinging with Twilight Ritual. A crushing country-cooked masterpiece filled to the brim with massive riffs, awesome melody and an overall aura of despair and anguish. The opening track "Into the Clearing" is a slow-stirring pseudo-ballad that turns into an epic threnody of doom. From here on out, the album attacks your being with intent to pulverize. They also experiment with a lot of vocal melodies and even somewhat of an acoustic track. It closes with the title track and you are left 100% satisfied. At least, I was.

Rwake and Deadbird are often compared and while they both build an absolutely dark landscape complete with harmonizing guitars, howls and even ambience at times, Deadbird tends to focus more on the melodic side of the spectrum. This may be why I'm starting to prefer Twilight Ritual over most of Rwake's material. I'm a sucker for melody, what can i say? I still love both albums, but this is slowly creeping into a higher spot on my list. I can't make a solid decision til I see them live, because Rwake destroys on stage.

In my opinion, this sophomore release is practically perfect and far supersedes their 2005 debut. I have zero complaints or ideas that I think would make this a better record. It touches down on so many levels and is done with incredible taste. The shortest songs are a little less than six minutes and I never find myself skipping any tracks. If i put this on, it plays through til the end. Twilight Ritual is one of those rare albums that could make you tap your foot while a cigarette was put out in your arm.

Any fan of doom/sludge, Pantera's cover of "Planet Caravan", or just overall heavy fucking tunes, get on this. Now.

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Comments
dr. spaceman
23,170 Posts
35/M/OH
i love this album.
breeze 'em out
21,316 Posts
35/M/NY
i really wanna see them live.
Riffmaster
2,385 Posts
37/M/PA
My favorite record of 2008. "The Riverbed" gives me chills everytime I listen to it.
listen to neurosis
10,733 Posts
34/M/VA
a lot of this album rules, and a lot of this album is throw away material to me; not necessarily whole songs though, but almost every song has a part that makes me want to fast forward to get to the good stuff again.

It's a good album, but to me it's pretty inconsistent throughout.
strange meat
2,573 Posts
36/M/PA
also love this album
breeze 'em out
21,316 Posts
35/M/NY
Originally posted by: Metal til Im sixty

a lot of this album rules, and a lot of this album is throw away material to me; not necessarily whole songs though, but almost every song has a part that makes me want to fast forward to get to the good stuff again.

It's a good album, but to me it's pretty inconsistent throughout.




you're just too hard to impress sometimes

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