Pinkish Black – Razed to the Ground (2013)
Review by Jude Felton
Personally speaking, it’s been one hell of a year so far for genre-blending albums. Or, should I say, albums that push genres into new areas; the ones that have taken risks and paid off handsomely. The latest albums from the likes of Crown, Altar of Plagues and Deafheaven have all kicked my ass, and are all absolutely fantastic. Now we have the new album from Texan duo, Pinkish Black, and it’s a blinder, my friends.
An accompanying promotional piece for Razed to the Ground states that it’s Death Rock, Post Punk, Doom and Electronic, and to be fair that’s a pretty accurate description of the album. Whilst I was listening to it though, it reminded me of the great Italian giallos of the 70s’, just with the added bonus of tortured vocals.
The sweeping electronics and dirty-as-hell low end combine perfectly to create a wonderful soundscape. Saying that though, this is challenging listening to those that might want something a little more cut and dry, with their musical genres; it may well confuse the fuck out of you. However, I think those that give it a chance will be thoroughly rewarded with what they find.
Razed to the Ground is most certainly an album that you need to fully absorb, in order to fully appreciate, and I honestly think that it is quite wonderful.
It’s the soundtrack to the coolest movie that you will never see.
1. She Left Him Red
2. Ashtray Eyes
3. Kites and Vultures
4. Razed to the Ground
5. Bad Dreamer
7. Loss of Feeling of Loss
Razed to the Ground is released by Century Media on September 17th.