Conjurer / Pijn - Curse These Metal Hands [Collaboration] review



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8.20
Band: Conjurer / Pijn
Album: Curse These Metal Hands [Collaboration]
Release date: August 2019


01. High Spirits
02. The Pall
03. Endeavour
04. Sunday


It took two up-and-coming British sludge/post bands to finally create a good Baroness record this year.

In case you're unfamiliar with Conjurer and Pijn, you should at least know Conjurer's Mire that we nominated last year for best post-metal album. Pijn is kinda like that but more post-rock. They're both Holy Roar Records bands, so I sadly regret not seeing them at Roadburn this year, so I'm making that up by talking about their collab. And collabs seem to happen more and more often in metal, from bands like Sunn O))), The Body, Thou, Full Of Hell, which have already started making a name for themselves as collaborative bands. So now we have Curse These Metal Hands.

Which is a title I would've expected for a much heavier record. In comparison, it is actually lighter than most of the two bands' material, akin to Baroness or later Mastodon. For the most part, since you'll find the album's heaviest moments in the album's shortest track, the two-minute "Endeavor". The rest seems to be a very airy type of heavy post-rock, with just enough distortion and post-metal vocals to feel heavy enough, and just enough great sounding production to outweigh the weird one that Gold & Grey had. And with said track's position within the album, it starts and ends with the same uplifting lightness and sandwiches some of its heaviness within.

Most of the tracks are around the 10 minute runtime, and the band's sounds seem to blend quite seamlessly (most of the time it's hard to tell that this is a collaboration between two bands instead of a cohesive album by one band) within those to craft some dynamic and intricate post-metal. Regardless of how light it is, what makes it great is how full it sounds, so with it being so light it sounds the most euphoric that I've heard post-metal sound. It's somehow both extremely heavy and completely weightless. There's just one main critique that I have for it. It's too short, at barely over half an hour.

Sure, I would've loved to hear both bands collaborate to do the heaviest music that they can do, considering how well it would've fit the dark title, but this is what I never knew I wanted to hear.



 



Written on 27.08.2019 by My opinion is objective, sorry if you don't agree, but you're wrong.


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Comments: 5   Visited by: 30 users
28.08.2019 - 11:20
Tornado Of Souls
The name of the album is actually a reference to a fictional band in the British sitcom Peep Show. Really love this album but agree it is far too short!
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28.08.2019 - 11:51
RaduP
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Written by Tornado Of Souls on 28.08.2019 at 11:20

The name of the album is actually a reference to a fictional band in the British sitcom Peep Show. Really love this album but agree it is far too short!

I've seen that reference mentioned, but I never heard of the sitcom before that
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Take off those stupid glasses and kiss me
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28.08.2019 - 12:44
Mercurial
Written by RaduP on 28.08.2019 at 11:51

I've seen that reference mentioned, but I never heard of the sitcom before that

Everyone owes it to themselves to watch Peep Show.
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28.08.2019 - 13:03
RaduP
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Written by Mercurial on 28.08.2019 at 12:44

Everyone owes it to themselves to watch Peep Show.

Sure
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Take off those stupid glasses and kiss me
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28.08.2019 - 13:12
Mercurial
Written by RaduP on 28.08.2019 at 13:03

Sure

78% of all good TV quotes are from Peep Shop.
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