"some music was meant to stay underground..."

The Angelic Process - "Weighing Souls with Sand" (CD)

The Angelic Process - "Weighing Souls with Sand" CD cover image

"Weighing Souls with Sand" track listing:

1. The Promise Of Snakes (9:32)
2. Million Year Summer (3:52)
3. The Resonance Of Goodbye (5:14)
4. We All Die Laughing (6:05)
5. Dying In A-Minor (8:19)
6. Weighing Souls With Sand (5:19)
7. Mouvement - World Deafening Eclipse (1:59)
8. Burning In The Undertow Of God (6:46)
9. Mouvement - The Smoke Of Her Burning (4:16)
10. How To Build A Time Machine (5:44)

Reviewed by on January 14, 2010

"...an epic, exhaustive album. The magnitude of power that the music exhibits is absolutely stunning."

There are really only two words necessary to describe the music of The Angelic Process: raw emotion. “Weighing Souls with Sand” is a thick, depressive album that is packed from beginning to end with raw passion and fervor. Multiple genres are spanned here, from doom to drone to ambient to shoegaze to noise. Everything on this album plays together to create an incredible, breathtaking experience.

The musicianship on this album is jaw dropping. The Angelic Process creates music that comes at you all at once. Everything blends together with raw emotion at some points and powerful, depressive music at others. Taking into account the sheer beauty and scope of this album, the amount of noise that would typically create an indiscernible wall of sound is pretty remarkable. The layers included on this album make listening to it an incredible experience. The vocals are spectacular, even though they are mostly hidden under the layers of music.

Throughout the album, the band consistently creates powerful, moving music. The downtuned doom-y guitar work is matched by higher, brighter leads. Not once is this album trite or repetitive, as all the songs have their own unique sounds. From the powerful "The Resonance of Goodbye" to the depressive "Dying in A-Minor," the passion on this album is incredible and the mood is powerful and at the same time saddening. Shortly after this album was released, K. Angylus, the front man of this band, tragically passed away due to what appears to be a suicide. This album is a heartrending testament to this man’s life and depression. Considering the utter beauty through chaos contained on this album, his life and artistic genius will be deeply missed.

Utterly poignant and powerful, “Weighing Souls with Sand” is an epic, exhaustive album. The magnitude of power that the music exhibits is absolutely stunning. Combining heaviness and, at times, brutality with utter splendor, this album spans genres and mindsets impressively and distinctly. I would recommend this to fans of stirring music laden with beauty throughout, and may K. Angylus rest in peace.

Highs: Tragic, beautiful music that soars in enormity.

Lows: Can be hard to take in at times.

Bottom line: Brutal and beautiful all at once, this album creates soundscapes that simply cannot be heard elsewhere.

Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls
4.5 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)