Albums of 2016 - The Holy - More Escher and Random Notes

Albums of 2016 - The Holy - More Escher and Random Notes

I've lavished praise on The Holy here countless times, slowly but surely people are starting to listen. The Helsinki quintet do not fuck around, leaving everything on the table at the end of their songs and treating you to these beautiful yet humungous soundscapes filled with soaring guitars and pummelling beats, their debut EP More Escher and Random Notes sums that up in more over five quite glorious tracks. 

"This Will Be the Day That I Die" was the track that started it for me a good while ago now, a huge, sweeping epic filled with darkly hued atmosphere. it's edgy, it's gorgeous and it's tense and it's even buoyant. Opener "Can't Remember Your Name" is another slow burning beauty that's just the right mixture of brooding and beauty, the percussive melody slowly rises in intensity amongst different, but always darkened textures, add in cascading synths and brooding guitars and soon it will command your complete attention up to its unsettling conclusion.

There's lots of drums throughout (there are two drummers in the band) and "Airport for Lovers" rushes along like Springsteen on acid with pulsating rhythms and soaring guitars duelling for attention. I can't pick a favourite but perhaps it is "Ramses The Evil Brother", similarly brimming with ideas, darkened in colour and majestic in delivery, rushing through at breakneck speed and triumphant in its fuzzy, dramatic conclusion, a truly glorious listen it is too.

More Escher and Random Notes is quite simply the best thing that passed through my ears in 2016 (closely followed by Blackstar - I'm not going to bother reviewing that one at the end of January - I'm sure you've heard it).

The Holy #2 - Ramses The Evil Brother

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Let's cut straight to the chase, The Holy are one of the most exciting new bands around at the minute.  I said pretty much that in May with their stupendous track "This Will Be the Day That I Die" and last year when they were known as Holy Roman. Soon you'll be saying it too. The Helsinki quintet do not fuck around, leaving everything on the table at the end of their songs and treating you to these beautiful yet humungous soundscapes filled with soaring guitars and pummelling beats (that'll be two drummers).

Their latest instant classic is "Ramses The Evil Brother" (not sure if they've been watching Game of Thrones?!), which is typically epic in scope, brimming with ideas, darkened in colour and majestic in delivery, rushing through at breakneck speed and triumphant in its fuzzy, dramatic conclusion, a truly glorious listen to is too.

An EP More Escher and Random Notes is due to be released via Soliti in early August.

The Holy - This Will Be the Day That I Die

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I blogged about Holy Roman pretty much a year ago now, the Helsinki quintet return as The Holy with the atmospheric and colossal  "This Will Be the Day That I Die".

There's lots of drums here - just like Adam & The Ants, the band have two  - and the percussive melody slowly rises in intensity amongst different, but always darkened textures, there's cascading synths and brooding guitars which command your attention until the soothing and unsettling conclusion.

Yes, I'm certainly ready for more. By:Larm 2017 or UK shows. You decide guys.