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THE JOURNEY IS OVER NOW

Comity

 

Experimental/Post Metal

3.93 | 4 ratings

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Conor Fynes
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4 stars 'The Journey Is Over Now' - Comity (7/10)

Some may find it conflicts with their preconceptions of France's 'haute' culture and fine cheeses, but the nation of revolution and republic has had one of the most vibrant metal scenes of recent years. Comity is one of the bands that has achieved international recognition and respect. Finding a devoted fanbase in the same neighbourhood as bands like Converge and Cave In, Comity's hardcore approach to post-metal is aggressive, yet intelligently atmospheric. 'The Journey is Over now' is the band's third album, and having been around for well over a decade, they have polished up their act to the point where their grasp of style is tight and firm. The band's incredibly chaotic and often noisy approach to post-metal will not appeal to all metalheads, however.

Personally, my luck with metalcore has been intermittent at best, and an indefinite turn off at worst. Comity inhabit the same region of sound as post-metal powerhouse Cult of Luna, but their sound has a more energetic sound to it that sounds inspired by the aggressive tendencies of hardcore punk. The riffs are sludgy and bleak, and often dissonant. At their most challenging, Comity conjures a brushfire of noisy sound, with a sense of chaos that takes a while to wrap one's head around it. Even the way the music has been mixed gives off the impression that Comity are gearing their music towards intensity.

Balancing out their sound is, surprisingly enough, a strong black metal influence. Although it seems weird at first for atmospheric black metal to have anything to do with Comity's existing sound, black metal seeps into one of the vocal styles, as well as the more melodic guitar work. The black metal sound is always subordinate to the sludge, but I found it added a new dimension to the music that I did not necessarily catch the first time around. To newcomers, Comity is easily recommended as being similar to Cult Of Luna, but the vibe is much angrier and chaotic. I did not find myself loving what they were doing upon my first listen, but through the haze of heaviness and jarring dissonance, there is a depth to the sound and composition that deserves to be heard out.

Conor Fynes | 4/5 |

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