David Lenaerts was born in a town called 'Zonhoven' but somewhere in his life, he decided to relocate to Ghent. I can imagine that move had something to do with music. There he started working on this solo project, mainly influenced by today's post-rock and shoegaze bands but just as well by several hard rock and metal bands. These influences are present throughout the entire album, along with some industrial elements because of the methodical, electronic drums.
This methodical aspect is actually present in most of the songs. You can almost hear the brain of the perfectionist working. Every instrument, every note and every piece of percussion is meticulously placed within the music. It's as if Lenaers decided to create the perfect post-rock album and worked hours and hours to get the job done. So is the album perfect? Well, no album is perfect but it is a damn good one, that's for sure.
The combination of post-rock and metal, give the album a very heavy and harsh sound, even though the production is excellent. When distorted, the guitars have a fierce, slashing attitude, reminding me of some of the greatest heavy and thrash metal bands. Add some typical, instrumental post rock and you get something that will somehow get stuck in your head. Opener 'Bokeh' is a perfect example of this magnificent sound, which, in fact, continues the whole time.
'Like Lingering Ghosts' is probably one of my favorite songs on this album, driving on a nice mid-tempo and some excellent guitar play. With a perfect alternation between calm passages and brutal, metallic outbursts, it's easy to place this between bands like Explosions In The Sky, God Is An Astronaut and Maybeshewill. And if you will, you can always go for a frenzied headbanging session. Besides, I'm a firm believer in the classic ballad songwriting abilities in this guy. Some of those passages reek strongly of Guns 'N Roses' 'November Rain' quality.
So yes, there's quite a decent portion of hard rock and heavy metal here. 'Oceans Of Liquid Diamond' for example brings back some awesome memories of Anathema. And it's all instrumental, so no vocals to ruin the magic, no screamers who wake you up from your blissful coma. Speaking of 'blissful', 'All Ball' opens so stunningly lovely and friendly, like it could be an Evergrey ballad before turning into a classic post-rock anthem. I guess this is the obligatory ballad.
Like I mentioned with all of the one-man post-rock acts I reviewed so far: I'm stunned by the versatility of these projects. With this one, I'm particularly pleased with the sound of the distorted guitars in songs like 'Pseudocoprolites', heavy, blasting and firm, just the way I like them. So I guess this is another album that will find the way to my stereo quite often from now on. If you're a fan of post-rock, you should check this out because this is yet another great example of what Belgians are capable of...