Long Distance Calling - Satellite Bay review



Reviewer:
8.1

36 users:
8.19
Band: Long Distance Calling
Album: Satellite Bay
Release date: 2007


01. Jungfernflug
02. Fire In The Mountain
03. Aurora
04. Horizon
05. The Very Last Day
06. Built Without Hands
07. Swallow The Water


Post-rock/post-metal
Viva Hate Records
Germany 2007
Total Running Time: 58:42

CD or 2-LP can be ordered at http://www.vivahaterecords.com

Line-up:
David Jordan: Guitar
Janosch Rathmer: Drums
Florian Füntmann: Guitar
Jan Hoffmann: Bass
Reimut van Bonn: Ambience

voice on "Built Without Hands": Peter Dolving



"Nothing that makes this world a better place lasts for only three minutes. Nothing of relevance embraces you and abruptly leaves afterwards. Music does not need to be divided into five minute long chapters, verse-chorus-verse. Music needs room, not rules, it needs freedom, not boundaries."

These opening words from the accompanying biography to Satellite Bay ring totally true to my ears. If, you, the reader, disagree with this statement then Long Distance Calling's Satellite Bay is not for you and you will be better off going back to your verse-chorus-verse structured bands.

Long Distance Calling is a German band that started out rehearsing early 2006. All its musicians already having played in several mostly heavier bands. Now they wanted to record a different kind of music than what they had done earlier. No limits, no restraints.
So what does it sound like, I hear one ask… What is presented here are seven tracks totalling 60 minutes in the vein of Isis, Cult Of Luna et al. Mostly spun out instrumental tracks that rely on atmosphere with a lot of dynamics to create soundscapes. It is a sonic journey into the world. First creating visions of landscapes filled with meandering brooks and rivers only to descent into the bowels of the earth confronting one with one's own fears. This confrontation is best exemplified by the songs The Very Last Day and Built Without Hands. The Very Last Day contains the first slight vocals of the album, albeit spoken and whispered adding to an eerie mood. Built Without Hands features the biggest surprise of the album, namely the guest vocals of one Peter Dolving, yes, him of The Haunted. It is the fact that his name is mentioned or else I would totally not have recognised the vocals as those of Peter. Here he doesn't sound his aggressive usual self, but more forewarning of an apocalyptic event bound to hit any moment.

All in all Satellite Bay is filled with great music which could almost feature as a soundtrack to films such as slowed down versions of Koyaanisqatsi. So replace Philip Glass's soundtrack there and insert this one instead and the film will still have as much impact.

This is post-rock/post-metal, ooh, how I hate those terms but I finally have found a use for them now it seems, the way I like it.

Stand-out track for me is the aforementioned Built Without Hands and opener Jungfernflug.

Written by Marcel Hubregtse | 06.01.2008


 


Comments

Comments: 11   Visited by: 97 users
06.01.2008 - 19:19
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Some nice post-rock/post-metal for people who want to discover soundscapes.
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
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05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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06.01.2008 - 21:53
Damnated
Churchburner
sounds promising.
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Written by TheBigRossowski on 10.02.2009 at 16:01

if my wife and I can't conceive, I want a medical shipment of your sperm so our baby will be just like you.
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06.01.2008 - 23:00
dancingdecember
god i love this genre !!! seems great,gotta check it out thanks.
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i'm super, thanks for asking
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06.01.2008 - 23:19
Infurnace
I'm listening to a lot of post-rock/post-metal lately so I might check this one out.
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06.01.2008 - 23:23
Spyroid
Rosetta Stoned
I love this album, relly happy to see the review here!
Good review aswell! Really like the comparison with the Koyaanisquatsi soundtrack
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06.01.2008 - 23:24
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Spyroid on 06.01.2008 at 23:23

I love this album, relly happy to see the review here!
Good review aswell! Really like the comparison with the Koyaanisquatsi soundtrack


I don't know why but from the moment I put the cd in the player I had visions of that movie, but then, like I said, slowed down.
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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07.01.2008 - 03:03
Spyroid
Rosetta Stoned
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 06.01.2008 at 23:24

Written by Spyroid on 06.01.2008 at 23:23

I love this album, relly happy to see the review here!
Good review aswell! Really like the comparison with the Koyaanisquatsi soundtrack


I don't know why but from the moment I put the cd in the player I had visions of that movie, but then, like I said, slowed down.


Guess I have to watch the movie again without sound and listen to the CD
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11.01.2008 - 17:15
FOOCK Nam
Very charm music.
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25.03.2008 - 17:31
Thryce
Retired Staff
Just stumbled across this album today, after watching this video. I'm really liking the mood on this kind of music. Seems like a "love on first sight" album to me.
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Your favorite band sucks.
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26.03.2008 - 00:22
Promonex
Cathemeral
Written by Thryce on 25.03.2008 at 17:31

Just stumbled across this album today, after watching this video. I'm really liking the mood on this kind of music. Seems like a "love on first sight" album to me.

Gave it a try and loved the music as well. In fact I felt like I wanted to put this stuff on my home stereo right away. Which is rather weird as I never listen to music on my home stereo, but only on my PC. The video wasn't that impressive though. Not as impressive as reading that they'll be playing at Soundpollution Festival. Guess where I'm going to in two weeks?
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26.05.2011 - 14:27
The Turbanator
One of the best I heard. This, God Is An Astronaut, Jakob, Explosions In The Sky, Mogwai.

Really good.
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In the name of forests; In the name of stars; In the name of all the seas; In the name of storms... Proud sons of ancient nation; Proud sons of sacred song in the wind; Proud sons behind a mirror of ice who told... Fathers of the icy age!!
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