Look, let's be transparent here. If you've already listened to the existing three(!) singles from Breath's forthcoming debut, yet still aren't convinced, I don't know if anything I write here today can change your mind. In any case, if this bad boy isn't on your release radar, you are certifiably missing out.
But, more to the point: what's this? Another Breaths track premiere? As if Lined in Silver's killer title track wasn't enough to get our collective blood a-pumpin' here at the Sleeping Village? When you're dealing with the quality stuff, sometimes you just need to help yourself to seconds, and that's exactly what we slumbering scribes are doing here today. "The Forgotten Ones" is next up for a little love, and we're pleased and honored to present it here today for your listening pleasure. Without further ado, then, cast yer earholes and eyeballs below. We'll meet ye on the other side!
In marked contrast to the prior singles, "The Forgotten Ones" has a notably aggressive and angular bent. The intro features some crunchy-ass riffage and snarled vocals akin to the days of early metalcore, but, like unto the Breaths ethos, the track inevitably opens and evolves. Jason Robert's trademark dream-poppy delivery, which floats somewhere between "rockstar smooth" and "deliciously saccharine," enters the fray with nary a stutter, providing the type of hooky chorus that we've come to expect. The evolution doesn't stop here, however. The last minute or so of the track features a furious romp through a chaotic hellscape, which provides a strong contrast to the lightfooted vocal footprint. Even when the cleans come back in, the instrumentation is monolithic in scope, an utterly impenetrable wall of sound. This outro and the prior crunchy riffage makes for, dare I say, the most overtly "metal" expression of the nuanced and multi-layered Breaths sound.
Taken as a solitary track, "The Forgotten Ones" is A. endlessly enjoyable and B. endlessly intriguing. However, taken as a part of the larger picture, it is even more so on both counts, and does quite well to illustrate the diverse cast of sounds and aesthetics at play on this debut album. While "doom" and "post-metal" are fairly encompassing terms, they do little to describe the sheer breadth of what Lined in Silver has to offer. Breaths jumps from ferociously metallic to dreamily ambient at the drop of a hat, and the application of the unexpected makes for a genuinely enthralling listening experience.
While you still have a while to wait before the March 26th release, the existing singles do quite well at displaying a general scope of the sights and sounds. Said singles are available for streaming on bandcamp, which, incidentally, is also a great place to hit that pre-order.
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