Review by Adam M on May 17, 2018.
Voices take their warped point of view into a new album’s worth of material. This album really finds the proper strange atmosphere and expands upon it for added effect. The music here really is claustrophobic and frightening making the album title very appropriate. The really good thing about this disc is that the band isn’t afraid to be more subtle and the use of dynamics really enhances this disc. There are moments of softness on the album that are just hypnotizing.
The music here is hard to describe, but it is certainly progressive and forward thinking. The band weaves a bunch of innovative rhythms into a weird concoction that is highly addictive. The fact that there hasn’t really been a similar disc put out this year really puts the quality of this album at the forefront. Even from the first track Unkown we are really taken on a ride into the stranger realms of the subconscious and this is developed upon in tracks like IWSYA. The ability of the band to sustain interest throughout makes for an album that is a standout from this year’s releases. There really hasn’t been anything that has been able to sustain such an innovative and progressive standpoint throughout the length of the release. The music is fairly dark and this should appeal to fans of this mood nicely. The album really has the right atmosphere to make a full impact on the listener.
Since this is only their third full-length release it will be interesting to see how the band progresses in the future and builds on this nice template. I believe they have found their peak with Frightened and released one of the more original albums I’ve heard in some time. The endless variety makes this band a nice companion piece to the more outright bludgeoning performance that Akercocke puts on as well. Fans of twisted and interesting music should find something to like here.
Rating: 8.3 out of 10334