Breaths - Though Life Has Turned Out Nothing Like I Imagined It Is Far Better Than I Could Have D...
Album Name: Though Life Has Turned Out Nothing Like I Imagined It Is Far Better Than I Could Have Dreamt
Artist: Breaths: Jason Roberts: Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Programming, Engineering/production, Mixing, Mastering
Released: January 2022
Label: Trepanation Recordings
Breaths the post-metal/Blackgaze/Doomgaze/Post-Hardcore project from multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Jason Roberts will soon be releasing the sophomore album 'Though Life Has Turned Out Nothing Like I Imagined It Is Far Better Than I Could Have Dreamt' on the 21st of January. This second album follows up previous album and Covid project 'Lined In Silver'. 'Though Life...' is inspired by the life and trauma that Jason Roberts has lived and aims to show that even after everything there is still beauty and hope to be found within this world. Each song tells a story from light to dark moments. As a whole 'Though Life...' is an emotional look into a persons life through the use of blasting riffs, ethereal vocals and anthemic chorus's.
Opening track and first single 'The Elders' throws you straight into this heavy sound which feels more aggresive than songs I have heard on previous album 'Lined In Silver'. Yet even with this heavy tone the soft vocals still hold their own continuing that defining Breaths sound. My personal favourite on 'Though Life...' is the second track 'The Patriarch' which reminds me more of the track 'Lined In SIlver' which was a song I listened to a lot after Breaths were put on my radar from interviewing prog rock artist Mothman and The Thunderbirds. I love how 'The Patriarch' feels very hopefully and that soft beautiful echoey guitar intro has this ability to just make you feel like everything's gonna be okay. However taking a look at the lyrics I realised this is a song about loss and could therefore be considered something quite sad with lines such as "maybe one day I'll see you again, but until then". I think 'The Patriarch' and 'The Matriarch' in my opinion are the two more ethereal, doomgazy type songs on the album and that was the kind of sound that made me really enjoy Breaths when I first came across this project. I can't not mention closing track 'The Wayward', this song in my opinion feels very different to other pieces from Breaths. It has this weird, trippy kind of sound to it followed with a lot of distortion and honestly I was a bit confused by this one, I felt myself throughout the song almost waiting for it to go somewhere that never came. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad song just one that I'm not entirely sure I understood. If you're into artists such as Alcest, Deftones, Holy Fawn, Deafheaven, Sleep Token, Lantlos and Astronoid give Breaths a listen. I would highly recommend their debut album 'Lined In Silver', as for this one, I did enjoy it I just don't think for me personally I am as excited about it as I was to find 'Lined In Silver'. Having said that though I definitely have a spot on my playlists saved for 'The Patriarch'.
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