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A Closing Skyline

Splashes of color.

The Close Day of Promise

             I've tried to think up an intro for this forever, and I can't do it. So I'm skipping it this time.

            A Closing Skyline plays hardcore. They scream, a lot. They are armed with a thunderous double pedal bass. Their guitars blast your mind with their intensity. But there is something special about ACS: Their guitarists actually have talent beyond power-chorded chug-a-thons.

            On a quick glance, I would say that at least 50%, if not more, of this album is instrumental. Hardcore isn't really known for instrumentals (at least not to me), but ACS is actually more interesting when they are playing instrumentally. Their guitarists, the masters of melody that they are, play tons of cascading and ascending melodies that fit over the thrash of the drums and the thump of the bass. Dont worry, this isn't pansy hardcore....this is killer stuff. They just have a lot of variation and movement in the guitars, making sure you can never tell what they will do next.

            They also eschew the verse/chorus/verse format most of the time, and often don't play one section of music more than once. If this isn't enough to intrigue you, then catch this: the guitarists are so talented that they even can play slow pieces with grandeur. The opener "Whitehaven Drive" is a melancholy piece that barely even uses distortion. It never gets loud, and the two guitars and bass intertwine sad melodies for nearly two and a half minutes. It's an extremely serene song, and if I didn't know it was by a hardcore band, I wouldn't be able to tell.

            In short, the guitarists for A Closing Skyline are insanely talented, and thusly, they make this a fantastic hardcore CD. I don't usually like hardcore, but this cd piqued my interest from the second I popped it in. Fans of hardcore will enjoy this breath of life into their genre. It's really that good.


Best Element: Amazingly skilled guitarists.
Genre: Hardcore.