An article about our album from an Italian music blogger who for some reason seems to have heard the album in the wrong order…but never mind = http://danteprog.com/2012/08/infictions-maps-of-revenge-and-forgiveness-a-post-rock-progressive-parfait/
When I began this exploration into the new progressive music scene, I wasn’t expecting to find such a wealth of phenomenal music. I expected to struggle to find enough genre-friendly music to barely sustain this blog. I was preparing to review albums from twenty to thirty years ago in order to fill in the empty spaces (like another site we all know). Funny how we can be completely wrong in our assumptions yet from our mistakes learn a truth filled with immeasurable joy.
One of these joys is post rock. I had heard of it but never immersed myself in the style and knew little about it’s origin or direction. I have received quite an education and have developed a deep respect for the genre. Another of these joys is the accidental discovery of an excellent album from a band unknown to me twenty-four hours earlier.
inFictions meets all these types of joy and then exceeds them. inFictions own band members describes their album Maps of Revenge and Forgiveness as a side project. Ha! There are 100,000 bands that couldn’t make a main project as good as this side-project album.
inFictions laments that drummers come and go like the wind. Gentlemen, don’t change a thing because it works.
inFictions labels some of their songs as Post Progressive Rock. Finally, someone gets it. Post rock is often progressive in its approach to time signature changes, transitions, melodies, and themes.
I stumbled upon inFictions while perusing the Italian Progressive Rock Group on SoundCloud. This was a group I was interested in due to the large number of proficient Italian Proggers we have reviewed here. However, these young men from Sheffield, UK are trailblazing new ground with an album that combines the stark sadness of post rock with the boundless energy of progressive rock.
inFictions had an instrumental posted and after a quick listen I moved on to their main Soundcloud page. This is where I discovered their entire album available for streaming and settled in for the 52 minute adventure.
Their first song, This Road leads to The Village of Informers, begins in true post rock fashion with the angry rhythm guitars; but quickly transitions into a mellow section featuring a post-rock influenced lead guitar. Once the melody arrives, the alternating progressions have sucked you in. The vocal treatment is exemplary. This is a powerful beginning to their album.
Frozen River follows- a slow, melancholy ballad with a melody that is stunning and a perfect complement to the musical backdrop. The hook is beautifully delivered – simply a masterful vocal. At 3:25 the song transitions into a crescendo that displays the virtuosity of inFictions. The contrasting pianissimo ending is barely a whisper.
1st Intersection brings us back in touch with inFictions post rock roots yet the thrashing of guitars transitions into a spatial post rock landscape akin to God is an Astronaut, This Will Destroy You, and Explosions in the Sky. But even this musical place is not maintained for long as the next transition takes us into a new progressive space and the main melody of the song. After a short verse the band hits the ground with a fucking awesome rock and roll riff that has them driving the song on all cylinders.
The Silence of the Sea (demo version) is the fourth song and listed as a demo version. We are not certain why this song is not in a final state and yet is included on the album. Perhaps it is a new post rock standard they are trying to set. The song is strong, powerful, and completely within the post rock genre.
Now we come to the defining song on the album, The Ghost of Some Old Sin. If any single song can propel inFictions into the realm of international critical acclaim – it is this song. From the first words sung to the harsh, post rock guitars that hover over portions of the song, to the counterpoint of a solitary piano- this song is pure perfection.
The album closes with an instrumental, a lovely world-influenced piece titled Orchards. This song prominently features acoustic guitar and a progression that includes clapping and a catchy guitar progression that leaves the listener wanting more.
If I have one complaint, it is this-the album is too short; it should be twice as long because I simply can not get enough of the alternative/progressive/post rock music of the extremely talented side-project inFictions.