SEVEN MILE JOURNEY - The Metamorphosis Project

Seven Mile Journey - The Metamorphosis Project

6 songs
57:12 minutes
***** ***
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Two years ago, I was pleasantly surprised by the debut album of Danish postrockers Seven Mile Journey. Too often, young bands come and go, but this four-piece decided to stay and is now back with their second CD The Metamorphosis Project. What struck me first is the nearly identical cover artwork; apart from a different background colour (dark red became black), it’s exactly the same picture. This is a strong hint that you shouldn’t expect a radical departure from their style. Instead of four songs lasting forty minutes, we get this time six songs that add up to nearly an hour. Concept-wise, not much has changed: the rather minimalist approach of two guitars, one bass and a drum set still weave soundscapes that always start very inconspicuously, building up tension until they explode in a catharsis of noise. This is nothing new, dozens of postrock bands have used the same recipe, but it still works extraordinarily well with Seven Mile Journey.

Like on the predecessor, The Metamorphosis Project may consist of six tracks, but it feels like a single one hour long song. There are recurring melodies, the rhythms section offers a carpet on which the guitars are spinning mile-long constructs that eventually always meet in an eruptive crescendo. By closing your eyes, the band manages to conjure images in your mind, and I repeat myself when I decided that this is a cinematic journey of sound, always with a gloomy undertone but with the promise of hope as an afterthought. A look at the photo gallery at the band’s Myspace site underlines this. Instead of showing off the band members, they rather decide to stay discreetly in the background, and rely on black and white photos of melancholic landscapes.

The Metamorphosis Project takes advantage from its more generous running time, and is the ideal soundtrack for a foggy winter evening. If you think that monumental postrock can only be delivered by American bands like Godspeed You Black Emperor or Explosions In The Sky, it’s time to reconsider, because Seven Mile Journey are among the best that Denmark, Scandinavia and all of Europe have to offer in the traditional postrock movement.

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