For This We Fought The Battle Of Ages
Review by Adam M on August 30, 2016.
SubRosa plays a very post take on the metal genre, but with overt doom tendencies. There are cascading riffs that have power and elegance within them that take this genre to the next level.
This is a form of metal that bands like Isis and Cult of Luna have perfected and it is seen to be taken in a different direction here. The songs are generally more open-ended than what those bands perform. The winding passages are freer to explore every nook and cranny possible because the band goes in more directions and doesn’t rely on the same guitar riff as those bands mentioned. This is certainly a very adventurous listen that explores new sonic territories around every corner. The band seems to have mastered loudness control as they let these songs drift into portions that brilliantly display the power of the guitar riff as well as other strings. Moments of the single track Wounds of Warden completely enrapture the listener with glittering use of the guitar. The female vocals are not at the level of the guitar riffs, but still provide a nice counterpoint to what’s going on instrumentally. The overall effect is awe inspiring and will completely win over the listener. SubRosa has put together an album that is as challenging as it is rewarding. It will take multiple listens to allow the guitar riffs to become enveloped in the brain, but this album is more than worth the effort.
For This We Fought The Battle Of Ages has an array of moments that are not to be taken with a grain of salt. They are massive and crushing in their effect. This album is simply a monster and must be consumed as such. The music is huge and all-consuming, but could still be refined further in the future. This is one band that I’m excited for what will come and will keep my ears open for what is offered.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10