Glowsun- Beyond the Wall of Time
Instrumental Stoner/Psych of the highest order
I was excited to review this, the third full length album by French band Glowsun. I loved their first two records so I was hoping that I wouldn't be disappointed with Beyond the Wall of Time. Was I? Was I fuck! Herein lies a plethora of long tracks of instrumental awesomeness taking you through space, time, musical heaven and beyond.
Arrow of Time arrives with heart pulses sweeping through a landscape of serenity. Then boom, boom, boom, heavy thundering riffs arrive from stoner fuzz hell which are galloping along like the Headless Horsemen on a mission from the devil himself. Last Watchmakers Grave begins with a creepy bass line with added Space Rock swoops which takes you on a psychedelic journey through your twisted imagination. Chugging deep riffs arrive, aided and abetted with trippy drums loops leading you on another long engaging Stoner/Psych journey. You have been buried as deep as the riffs.
Behind the Moon has more thundering riffs launching you to the dark side of the moon where all communication is lost. This track is another nine minutes of raw music smashing your torso into submission and taking your mind to a feeling of being lost in space. Flower of Mist is a piece of class musicianship. The song structure here is second to none. Spooky intro followed by tight thundering riffs lead you to an eerie middle section featuring a echoing bassline and fuzzy lead guitar breaks. This masterpiece gives you a deep feeling of being lost in the mist.
Elsewhere, Shadow of Dreams' gruesome stoner riffs drag you into this dream of a track. Trippy bass grooves chill your senses in between Glowsun’s trademark smashing drums and riffs. You are on a pulsating trip through the scary places in your mind and Against the Clock, has a chilled ambience at the start leading to crushing riffs again but this time in a more controlled state which gives a laid back melodic feel but whilst still crushing your brain to pulp. The track ends in a chugging trot with a great wah wah guitar solo at the end. The head is banging. Endless Caravan ends this trip. A short ending, very chilled slow chilled baseline and drumbeat. What makes this is the understated guitar lead in the background. Now we have silence.
As I mentioned in my introduction to this record, it hasn't disappointed me at all. To me the best album they have produced. With no vocals the music is more intense due to your mind just being focused to listen intently. The song arrangements keep you guessing what is going to happen next. Surprises around every note! The longer tracks have to be listened to in a dark room at volume. You have to be in the right state of mind to understand and to take it all in with what is happening within each song. Some call these French dudes retro, nope! They are modern and exciting to listen to. Yes there is a mixture of styles within the songs, Stoner, Psych, Space Rock, Doom and Metal but that’s what we want. Beyond the Wall of Time makes an interesting listen, so if you like Karma to Burn, Saint Vitus, Black Sabbath, Clutch etc ensure you purchase and support Glowsun dudes and lasses!
Words: Brian 'Baldie' Mclean