Shores Of Null – Quiescence (PR2014) – Shores Of Null are a profoundly interesting band with a weird album cover. All would be fine if that head were removed from the image. It just looks a bit misplaced. Whose idea was that? At any rate the album begins with a thick amount of groove on “Kings Of Null 3:47” which sort of places them between post-metal and Killing Joke. There’s a screamer on the track, but he’s not necessary. The track did fine without the little bits of scream. Other tracks however, are a different matter. The band waste no time in giving us the longest track that they have to offer with “Souls Of The Abyss 6:18.” Here, the clean vocals continue as the song offers mainly atmosphere and an eventual change to harsh vocals. “Night Will Come 4:00” offers nothing special, but “Ruins Alive 3:51” starts out with more frenzied drumming than we’ve heard on the album thus far. For the most part, it is concerned in clean vocals and powerful choruses though; and that is just fine with me. Later comes the harsh vocals, but they come with the increased punch of the track. Yes, it’s very expectable – but it’s done well and leaves you feeling refreshed. The next track “Quiescent 5:08” sees things going down in the dumps and offers a morose approach not unlike Daylight Dies. However, the soaring vocals of the frontman help to enlighten the package quite a bit. There’s a great deal of emotional power in this release and I’d be a fool not to mention that. The frontman’s powerful vocal lines might just affect you at a deep level, leaving you breathless by the end of the experience. Clearly, this gentleman can fucking sing and should be noted for his talent. His approach would also work well in several other types of music as I can see this guy becoming quite famous, quite fast.
There’s really no need to further roll through the disc, as the gist of it has been captured well enough with what I’ve already said. The band utilize many different musical approaches, but the frontman offers just one angelic and memorable vocal mark. This vocal mark might very well be the thing that moves your hand to select this album when you go to the nearest record shop, or to click “purchase” when you decide to grab it digitally. In any case, the performance here is quite powerful, memorable and noteworthy. It’s certainly still wet behind the ears as far as band maturation (they still don’t know who they are just yet) but it does show an act with a thrilling amount of talent and promise. Once again, I also feel that the frontman’s performance on this album could make him a very well-known metal asset and I don’t think it out of the ordinary to hear him doing guest vocals for other albums, or other projects in the near future. The guy’s got skill. He could do pop music if he wanted to; but he chose metal and we’re thankful for that.
(10 Tracks, 44:00)