The loss of faith, in one’s self, in others, in one’s country, in one’s religion is about one of the toughest losses to deal with in life. With tangible things one at least is able to retain a physical memory of one sort or another after a loss. But it does no good to remember when one once had faith for that time would, from the current perspective, be viewed with spite for having been a deceptive time. A darkness and a skepticism begins to pervade one’s very judgement and from that point forward nothing is ever very certain again.
I felt this sense of a loss of faith and a defiant sense of certainty that hope in any form is a fleeting flight of fancy held on to by those who cannot utter and come to grips with the lines “There will be no peace on earth / For you or me.” These bleak words taken from “Will There Be Peace” the opening track from Dallas, Texas doom rock trio The Angelus, from their second full length record There Will be No Peace.
It gives the record a certain tonality of darkness that becomes its theme and backbone. The odd thing though is that this darkness of language and the immense musical talents of this trio combine to make a record that is rather awe inspiring. After banging through the instrumental second tune “Thunderbolts I Scatter” with its quaking, war like drums and ominous drones of the bass and guitar, they launch into “It Descends” which is beautifully gloomy given Emil Rapstine’s clean and clear spoken vocals that have just a hint of Texas twang.
These vocals are especially powerful on the slow and brooding “An Interceding” one of the most richly textured yet simple sounding tracks on the record as is the slow jam “It’s a Hell of a Climb,” which bleeds into the opposite arch of the cavernous rocker“The Other Side of the Mountain.”
I’m generally a guy who tries to look on the bright side as much as possible, despite how hard that view seems to be less and less believable with each passing day sometimes. Despite this I found myself captivated by There Will be No Peace, because as doom and gloom as its title may suggest, it is by no means preachy or contrived the way so much hard rock of this genre often is. My advice, lock up all the sharp objects in your house, pour yourself a drink, turn off the lights and turn on There Will Be No Peace.
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