Light is a Barrier

Label: Independent
Three similar bands: Elder/Midnight Odyssey/Locust Leaves

Rating: HHHHHHH (4/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
1. Broken Spire
2. Anathema
3. Half Light
4. Forest of Spears
5. Highborn

George Lusito – Bass
Steve Smith – Drums
Sam Waters – Guitars, Vocals
Cru Jordan Jones – Guitars, Vocals

The Liars Bend Low (2017)



Released 2022-04-22
Reviewed 2022-04-09


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Light is a Barrier, nothing can travel faster than the speed of light according to some theories, unless you somehow find a way to break the rules and achieve something like warp speed. It isn’t warp speed through the songs of Texas band Pyreship, rather the opposite. In style it is reminiscent of the cover art, it is of the same mood and character. Sludge or post-metal is the name of the game when we listen to the second album by Pyreship.

The vocals are harsh both male and female, but the focus is on the atmosphere and the heaviness so the vocals are more of a background thing. The variation isn’t much through the songs, and one can see the album as a natural progression where a story is told. In the press mail I read that they are grounded on earth but also soaring through heaven, something to that effect. A bit progressive at times, but not different from most in the sludge style of music.

Five tracks needing just short of forty minutes to play through is what we are getting, the playing time is sensible. And it is an album that rewards diligent listening rather than hands out instant rewards like hit songs, it is a well composed album. I like the heaviness and the atmospheres of the album; they are very likeable aspect of the album. It should go down well with most fans of the sludge or post-metal style of music.

I have liked playing this album, but I don’t think I will return to it as it isn’t a standout album in any regards, and I think there are better albums in the genre. But it is an album worth exploring if you are into this kind of music, there is a good chance you will enjoy this one if you are. Pyreship does well, they give us a fine album, but I don’t think it is an album that is memorable enough to really make an impact.