From the biography: "Glasgow Coma Scale was formed in February 2011 by Piotr and Marek Kowalski. The two brothers and trained classical musicians lived their lives between Krakow/Poland, where they were born and Barcelona/Spain, finally settling in Frankfurt / Germany. However, they never got the chance to play together in the same band. Along with the drummer Helmes Bode, the idea has now come full circle". This album, their second release after an EP, took quite a long time to make, which to me says a lot about the perfectionists that these people really are. Yet, it contains a beautiful and coherent overview of the music they have been making over the years.
That music is post-rock, injected with influences from psychedelic rock and stoner rock. If you want a comparison, think Monkey 3, Mogwai, Explosions In The Sky and My Sleeping Karma making an album together. Yes, it is that good. Like I wrote in the opening paragraph, this album somehow is becoming an inspiration and that's a good thing. With albums like these, the words keep flowing. 'Northern Wastes' is my absolute favorite here, and I think many post rock fans will agree that this this is a masterpiece. It isn't the only remarkable track here either, while opener 'Sonda' gently showcases the splendor, 'Southern Crosses' starts overwhelming the listener before 'Northern Wastes' completely overtakes him.
'Venice Calling' has a nice eighties feel to it. Uptempo post-rock isn't always very successful but this song is awesome. Caspian comes to mind, along with things like A Flock Of Seagulls or Echo & the Bunnymen. I'm not sure if that's intended, maybe I'm just getting old enough to see these decades-crossing comparisons. The other three tracks are up to you, dear reader, I think I've glorified this album enough by now. Trust me, this one really is worth checking out, certainly if you're a post-rock fan. I mean, 'Enter Oblivion' got me from "meh" to "I want to be on Dunk! Festival with these guys playing live and I want it now" in seven seconds. That's not something every band succeeds in, right?