Published March 17, 2015
Jesus to the effing Christ how desperately I have waited for this album to finally drop! This review was fully formed in my head long before tidings of a long-lusted-for release date reached my excited ears, and awaited only for said ears to confirm at long last what educated guesses had always reckoned would be a full-blown masterpiece.
And an honest to goddamn masterpiece it’s proving to be!
`The Freak Is Alive’ drops a beautiful weight on the listener’s chest with chord one. It goes on to to slather aural gorgeousness across the listener’s mesmerized headspace with broad strokes of the brush from a palette of infinite finesse throughout its entire runtime.
Every song is a new journey through soothing soundscapes that softly caress the listener’s frail senses, yet pummel and punish her heavier leanings all at the same time. Every distinguishing element meshes seamlessly into a flawless mosaic of compositional wonderment as the dynamics ebb and flow, much like a Neurosis dirge such as “In The Eye Of Every Storm.”
Every strike of the drums is a stroke of genius, while the vocals embrace a conscious choice of appropriately clean singing throughout, and the strings strum continuously crushing riffs that intertwine with beautifully woven passages which lull the listener into a meditative trance–intermittently broken as the crushing riffing comes crashing down on him again.
Self-classified as progressive doom, the sounds Momentum convey on this, their sophomore LP, are as original as that apt description. I promise you that the psychedelic trip this album will take you on is like one you’ve never been on before, and are exceedingly unlikely to experience again this side of a possible nirvana.