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The Offering - Seeing The Elephant review


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Band: The Offering
Album: Seeing The Elephant
Release date: November 2022

01. WASP
02. Ghost Mother
03. Tipless
04. Rose Fire
05. Seeing The Elephant
06. My Heroine
07. Flower Children
08. Tiny Disappointments
09. With Consent
10. Esther Weeps

What if you took radio rock but made it mind-bogglingly intense?

Back when I reviewed The Offering's debut, 2019's Home, I also opened the review up with a similar conceptual question. I'm afraid I'll have to come up with another schtick if I'm still the one reviewing their whenever-to-come follow-up. But there's something about The Offering that makes these summations extremely fitting for them. Not only could you have an endless mix of bands to quote or of styles and descriptors to use, but none of them would be all-encompassing enough to be "the final The Offering writeup". Reading my review again, at the risk of sounding self-congratulatory, I already made quite a big point on how diverse the mix of styles that the band plays with is. Now, on a sophomore, it's hard not to make the exact same point again.

And what seems to set the two existing The Offering albums apart is that now I have a reference for what a The Offering album can sound like. Previously I had to namedrop Slipknot or Nevermore or Judas Priest, but now, even if all of these still immediately come to mind when listening to Seeing the Elephant, there's no other band out there that sounds like The Offering, so instead they're the first name to come to mind when listening to their music. Crazy, right? That comes together with the sound being a little less all over the place, and a bit more focused on a more intense and progressive version of groovy nu metal, cutting away a bit of the thrash and power that was still prevalent in Home.

But while The Offering are a much more interesting and intense take on some older sounds, those older sounds still serve as the basis of Seeing The Elephant, and all of these radio-rock-adjacent styles of metal are ones that still carry some cheesy baggage of that very specific mainstream angst, further exacerbated by some increase focus on these sounds instead of the more reputable power thrash leanings, a blending of sounds that can come across as messy, and some very unsubtle political lyricism. So right out of the gate, The Offering might not be the band for most people, making it a potentially worse pill to swallow than Home, but they're very upfront about who they are, genre and lyrics-wise. So for the ones that were already won over by Home (hint: me), Seeing The Elephant is exciting, diverse, bold, and full of chugs.

I don't have to give the usual gateway band "might get mainsteam listeners into 'actual' metal" apologia, because in an ideal world, the mainstead would've been all over The Offering already.

Written on 29.11.2022 by Doesn't matter that much to me if you agree with me, as long as you checked the album out.


Comments: 3   Visited by: 68 users
01.12.2022 - 02:11
Rating: 8

Loved their previous album, this one is strong but not quite hitting at the same level as the first album, will have to re-listen.
"Nullum unquam exstitit magnum igenium sine aliqua dementia [there was never great genius without some madness]."

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15.12.2022 - 17:08
Rating: 8
This had a really strong start and I was ready for it to outdo Home, but the second half didn't quite live up to those promises. There's still some good stuff later in the album and nothing that would prevent me from coming back to listen to this as much as Home, but it is a "tiny disappointment" that it didn't keep up the momentum.

Nonetheless, The Offering is still one of the more interesting bands to debut in recent years and I love the energy and variety in their sound. It's fun stuff.
"Earth is small and I hate it" - Lum Invader

I'm the Agent of Steel.
16.12.2022 - 23:10
Meat and Potatos
I misread as "The Offspring"
Growing up is the worst. I hope I never do it.

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