I’ve been here before, not exactly here, but I’ve certainly reviewed From The Petrified Forest before – you can and should check the review of their EP, Mostly Mort, out here. Mostly Mort was a brilliant release that utilised a mixture of space-rock and post-metal, there were lots of massive walls of distortion, mellowed out moments and was generally, quite an ambitious release. How does the newest release, Neon On The Inside, hold up against it?
In fact, it holds up in a familiar way. Similar song structures and distortions bring about this creeping sense of familiarity, but this time, everything sounds crisper and for Neon On The Inside, it’s works well. What’s essential on a release like this in the post-metal and space-rock scene is clarity, otherwise everything rages together into a disappointing mess that makes it impossible to understand what’s going on. Thankfully, that’s not the case here – everything is clear and bright, never does it sound muddy or misshapen.
So with the familiar sounds and song structures, this album must be rather boring, right? Not at all – From The Petrified Forest have gone to work on this release giving every song hear an epic tinge of brilliance. Everything sounds so punchy and colossal, Anything In Your Heart is probably my favourite track with its smashing outro – the guitar pickings and the massive open chords are amazing. The drumming sounds really bold as well, which is always a nice touch on a release like this. I would have liked to have seen some more bass work on Neon On The Inside, I mean, Mostly Mort didn’t have much, but there were moments where the bass was allowed to shine, but here, the bass is overshadowed by the lens-flare of guitar.
The clean moments on this EP sound like you’re typical post-rock song, which isn’t much to write home about, but I see a lot in these heavy and bright walls of distortion, it just seems like some more variety would not have gone amiss. Speaking of clean moments, the singing on the title track just seems out of place when played besides the rest of the EP – there’s no other vocals and that’s cool, but after hearing some at the start, I was hyped for some vocal experimentation. I think overall, the influences on this band shine through much clearer on this album, the heavies are heavier and the cleans are shinier and wondrous.
A welcome return to the music scene for From The Petrified Forest. If you like post-metal with a focus on the bright side of tone, then this EP is for you. Some variation would have been nice, but considering the length of the release, it’s nothing to complain (that much) about. I salute you From The Petrified Forest! Give him some of your hard earned cash if you like what yo hear, the EP is a name your price, price on Bandcamp. What does this sound like? Take a bunch of metal songs, mix them together with sugar and what do you get? From The Petrified Forest!