Countless Skies – Glow

Countless Skies – Glow
Willowtip Records
Release Date: 06/11/2020
Running Time: 43:38
Reviewed by Tammy Lomax
10/10

I really ought to express how much I love what I do here at Ever Metal. I have had some emotional times during the lockdown, as I am sure we all have, right? Having an outlet is important for our health and wellbeing. We all need a chance to escape and just be ourselves and…breathe. I do it via my writing, and I am very grateful. Without it, I dread to think! 😅 Plus, I have the amazing opportunity to get my hands all over some new music!

So, during these emotionally challenging times, I thought Countless Skies was a perfect selection.

UK based, they erupted onto the metal scene in 2014 with their self-titled EP. “Glow” is the follow-up to 2016’s full-length debut, “New Dawn”, and takes the band’s progressive brand of Melodeath metal to a new level. Recently, they have shaken hands and sealed the deal with Willowtip Records for the release of “Glow”.

The album itself was recorded in the home studio of guitarist James Pratt. He says “It took a lot of learning and some expensive purchases, but it did have its upside. Not under the normal time constraints of being in a studio, we could take more risks, and get better performances from everyone. We also spent a lot of time adding more layers, harmonies, and even some extra instruments”. “Glow” was also mixed and mastered by Juho Räihä of SoundSpiral Audio.

Well, let’s play this bad boy then!

‘Tempest’ makes me a happy Tammy. What a perfect way to open this album. The setting for it is my perfect place, the beach. As the waves fade you are hit with the most atmospheric vibe. Vocalist Ross King is pure, he strikes some notes that honestly had me flabbergasted. The tech vibe bumps you spiritually and powerfully. You instantly realise this album is going to be full of raw emotion!

I am really liking the added instrumental extras, too. They fit, are in the right place, and definitely hit the spot! I’m feeling very zen!

‘Summit’ brought to mind Cradle Of Filth. Throughout you have some injurious drums, they literally are bashing at your ears. The tech remains, but you have some coatings of harmonies, and it’s all moulded together very well.

Tracks ‘Moon’ and ‘Zephyr’ flow together, perfectly matching the previous tracks. I do understand what Countless Skies are doing, and fair play. Sometimes you can’t guarantee the results you desire when adding some new flavours. It could be seen as trying to squish too much together, but it’s not with these fellas! They also take their time through each track, and that is a good thing, especially with all these new sounds. Anyway, why is everyone in such a rush these days? Good things come to those who wait!

The tracks ‘Glow’ Part One, Part Two, and Part Three, bring the album to a climax. Part One has been released already and had a good amount of attention. I can say now that I was absolutely dumbfounded with them and they left me speechless. And to be fair, shutting me up from waffling takes some serious doing! I am stunned. I just let these 3 tracks play together out of respect, and really tuned my ears, and my actual everything into them. They’re a montage of EVERYTHING!

I am assured there is a feel of Pink Floyd, just more modern, especially when the instruments play and tell their story, you drift off in your own music bubble and the story unfolds. I feel a love story, passion, fire, and some dangers and challenges. These tracks are a 20-minute opus split into three parts.

There has been a lot more creativity put into these masterpieces, the results are positive.

For me, this album could not have come at a better time. I really needed to get some of these built up emotions out! It just had to happen, and what better way to do it than with Countless Skies. They have demonstrated and proved through their music that, it doesn’t matter who you are, or what you are about, it’s literally all about feeling the music.

Who else is missing gigs?!

I miss gigs so much. Live streams will just have to do for now but, as soon as everything resumes some normality, I’m certainly going to a Countless Skies gig!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Tempest
02. Summit
03. Moon
04. Zephyr
05. Glow Part 1
06. Glow Part 2
07. Glow Part 3

LINE – UP:
Ross King – Vocals and Guitars.
James Pratt – Guitars and Backing Vocals.
Phil Romeo – Bassist and Clean Vocals.
Nathan Robshaw – Drums.

GUESTS/SESSION MUSICIANS:
Arianna Mahsaveh – Cello (Tracks 2/5)
Marcello Ciciriello – Piano (Tracks 1/4/5)
Anthony Trimming – Choir (Tracks 2)
RJ Learmouth – Choir (Tracks 2)
Vicky Harley – Choir (Tracks 2)

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