Telepathy are a band I’ve followed for a number of years and with every performance, tour and new piece of music I’ve seen the Colchester four piece grow from a piece from a pub band to one of Britain’s finest exports. Since the release of their 2014 album 12 Areas, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the follow up and now that it is here, it has been worth the wait and then some.
In these dark times of Brexit, the rise of the far right, Donald Trump and Mrs Brown’s Boys; Tempest gave me hope and reassurance that there is light at the end of this tunnel. It’s an album made by four young, talented musicians who have found their feet in hills of gold. Telepathy are a band who can tell a story with music, 12 Areas inspired me and filled me with promise, while Tempest gave me hope for the dark times. The concept of the album is that it “depicts the harrowing journey of a person beset with grief and faced with total isolation after awaking from a great flood. The album guides the listener on a journey through awakening, desolation and finally acceptance.” Bearing this in mind, Tempest fits this concept like a glove, the journey the listener goes on is a whirlwind of emotions and I stumbled out of it breathless after the first listen. In the eight track, the band take us on a journey through sorrow, acceptance, pain and faith and it conveys these with flying colours. The arrangements and beauty in these pieces of music is some of the best this urst.
It’s an album that delivers so much in its run time. There were many beautiful moments in the album I kept coming back down, the fast tempo sections of ‘Smoke From Distance Fires,’ the overwhelmingly emotional interlude of ‘Celebration of Decay,’ a constant reminder what this quartet can produce when they work in tandem, while the ending of ‘Hiraeth’ was another stand out emotional punch. There were some nice surprises as well, the vocal appearance on ‘Echo of Souls’ took me by surprise and added to the album. These aren’t vocals for the sake of it, they add to the story and to the song and are in no way forced. The black metal esque ‘Metanoia,’ was a nice touch while the Cult of Luna inspired stomp of ‘Metanoia’ was a dark finish to the album, just one that was not as memorable as powerful as ‘To Kiss The Ocean Floor’ on 12 Areas. Despite this though, Tempest have proven to me not one of the best underground releases of the year, but one of the greatest of the year and is up there with Code Orange, Fen and Mastodon for the best releases of 2017 so far.
An inspiring, powerful release from the best British post-metal band since Bossk. An absolute colossal album that took me on a journey that I would be happy to purchase a season ticket for. Outstanding.
Best Tracks: Smoke from Distant Fires, Celebration of Decay, Echo of Souls and Hiraeth
1. First Light
Piotr Turek – Guitar
Albert Turek – Drums
Richard Powley – Guitar
Teddy-James Driscoll – Bass