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Release date: 1 March 2011
Style: Sludge metal

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8.1 | 62 votes

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Line-up
Sarah Pendleton - violin, vocals
Kim Pack - violin, vocals
Rebecca Vernon - guitars, vocals, chime, thumb piano
Zach Hatsis - drums, hammered dulcimer, samples
Dave Jones - bass

Additional musicians
Bill Frost - guitar
Phil White - vocals
Andy Patterson - harmonica

Staff review by
!J.O.O.E.!

Rating:
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Gaze in wonder at one of Profound Lore's recent marvels.

Salt Lake City's SubRosa, skillfully avoiding the pitfalls of machismo sludge music, conjure a sound that would likely suit the female vocal aficionado as much as it would the hardened metaller. In fact one could easily recommend listening to it that way as this isn't like most ardent heavy sludge releases, the heaviness being largely replaced with an often psychedelic, dirging quality. The fuzzy guitars take a backseat (unusual for a sludge band) and are the first constituent in a sublime three-way as the grounding foundation between the off-kilter singing (and sparely used growling) and (dis)harmonies in a tug of war with the discordant violin. The real brilliance of every song, though, is the reward that awaits at the end of each. A build up, sometimes intentional repetition, before the component elements meet in crescendo that brings the violin to the foreground in a euphoric and transcendental manner. For this reason approaching SubRosa on a riff basis, which one might often do in the genre, isn't recommended.

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published 02.11.2011 | Comments (37)

Staff pick by
!J.O.O.E.!

01.11.2011 In a sadly frequent number of cases the inclusion of the female vocal in the more extreme end of metal is typically employed for mere novelty effect (if not for the "crumpet" effect), occasionally adding another shade to the proceedings where it might. Not only do the three-fifths female outfit SubRosa manage, without effort, to waylay this unfortunate paradigm, they succeed in turning the sludge genre on its head and make the unconventional female vocal (think Bloody Panda rather than Nightwish) and the jarring violin (think A Forest Of Stars rather than Apocalyptica) its prime catalyst, creating a distinct and unusual approach to the sound. Both offbeat and dissonant whilst heavy and crushing (but not without a woman's touch) this is quite possibly the album of the year because of it.

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!J.O.O.E.! - 30.12.2011 at 12:51  
Rating: 9
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 30.12.2011 at 09:44


far better than SubRosa Now those are weak vocals
And as we all know you and thrash don't go together at all.

Her vocals on that album sound like she belongs on some teenager angst ridden nu/hard rock album like Slunt or something. Totally inappropriate for the style. I'm amazed you like it but it shows how easily influenced you were when you were younger
Marcel Hubregtse - 30.12.2011 at 12:56  
Rating: 6
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 30.12.2011 at 12:51

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 30.12.2011 at 09:44


far better than SubRosa Now those are weak vocals
And as we all know you and thrash don't go together at all.

Her vocals on that album sound like she belongs on some teenager angst ridden nu/hard rock album like Slunt or something. Totally inappropriate for the style. I'm amazed you like it but it shows how easily influenced you were when you were younger


Influenced? When almost no-one liked it at the time except for me and Walter (now main organizer of Roadburn)? We were the only two over at Meltdown Metal Magazine that liked it and I think there was only Robert Heeg over at Aardschok Magazine at the tim likign it The timeless classic that is Within The veil only got recognition later on, epsecialy due to the vocals which combined weirdly yet great with that style of thrash.

But now we're drifting off topic again. SubRosa and it's mediocrity to okayish that this new album of theirs is.
!J.O.O.E.! - 30.12.2011 at 12:58  
Rating: 9 I have no idea what that last sentence was meant to say Marcel
Marcel Hubregtse - 30.12.2011 at 13:12  
Rating: 6
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 30.12.2011 at 12:58

I have no idea what that last sentence was meant to say Marcel


K7ism kicking in after having the have got up at 4 a.m. today
!J.O.O.E.! - 30.12.2011 at 13:15  
Rating: 9
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 30.12.2011 at 13:12


K7ism kicking in after having the have got up at 4 a.m. today

He seems to be having an affect on us all recently ¬_¬
Draugen - 01.03.2012 at 16:20  
Rating: 9 I finally managed to get my hands on this!

It was without question worth the wait and the album not only lived up to my high expectations, that had built up over time, but more than surpassed them.

Every now and again you come across an album that goes beyond most of the stuff you are used to and just feels right, for a lack of a better word. It feels extra special and touches something deep within, and that is what Subrosa's masterpiece did to me.

Alright, enough with the wannabe poetic nonsese. Simply put: It's a fucking good piece of music. It got eerie violins, soulful female vocals and a great mix of catchy yet mournful songs with a truly haunting atmosphere wrapped around it all.

One of last year's best releases.
InnerSelf - 06.03.2012 at 22:09  
Rating: 9 I just finished my first thorough listen of this and I feel almost disoriented in a good way. The vocals are just perfect, in a certain point the vocals reminded me of Dolores O'Riordan from The Cranberries if that makes any sense
Will probably be stuck on this for a little while
tea[m]ster - 11.03.2012 at 20:55  
Rating: 8
Written by InnerSelf on 06.03.2012 at 22:09

I just finished my first thorough listen of this


Me too. Well actually I've spun it a couple times now and from what I gather it is definetly sludge! Reminds me a bit of Ufomammut - without the epic, long tracks. I do like the vocals and violins. It brings something fresh to the post/sludge genre.

I think this sound is an acquired taste and may be not for everyone...
InnerSelf - 11.03.2012 at 23:07  
Rating: 9
Written by tea[m]ster on 11.03.2012 at 20:55

Me too. Well actually I've spun it a couple times now and from what I gather it is definetly sludge! Reminds me a bit of Ufomammut - without the epic, long tracks. I do like the vocals and violins. It brings something fresh to the post/sludge genre.

I think this sound is an acquired taste and may be not for everyone...


I actually got A Forest of Stars vibe. same majestic atmosphere, similar violin work but the basic sound there is Black Metal.
Disgraced - 17.03.2012 at 22:27  
Rating: 10 I discovered this band two days ago and i'm listening to No Help... without stopping. i mean, it's already one of my all time favs i think.
there are some moments here and there that every time i think i'm goona cry for thei beauty!
too drunk now to explain in full details anyway today morning i purchased the cd from their bigcartel page. SO HIGHLY suggested to every eclectic fan of doom metal.
JD - 25.04.2012 at 01:02  
Rating: 9 How I missed this album the last year :/ I must follow Joe's picks from now on.
Fritillaria - 29.07.2013 at 12:28  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 30.12.2011 at 12:51

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 30.12.2011 at 09:44


far better than SubRosa Now those are weak vocals
And as we all know you and thrash don't go together at all.

Her vocals on that album sound like she belongs on some teenager angst ridden nu/hard rock album like Slunt or something. Totally inappropriate for the style. I'm amazed you like it but it shows how easily influenced you were when you were younger


But I loved everything about this album,even vocals impressed me so much, I know they're not anything special,but I think it suits the whole music.This album was so impressive on the whole.
!J.O.O.E.! - 29.07.2013 at 14:03  
Rating: 9
Written by Guest on 29.07.2013 at 12:28


But I loved everything about this album,even vocals impressed me so much, I know they're not anything special,but I think it suits the whole music.This album was so impressive on the whole.

I agree, this album is virtually flawless if you ask me
Demerzel - 19.08.2013 at 18:01  
Rating: 8 Great album, might become a 9 over time. Not sure how I feel about House Carpenter.
mz - 08.12.2013 at 23:08  
Rating: 7 A very good album but the vocals sound really weak. Also, it is a little to long for its own good. A 7.7 rounded to 8
Pazdzioch - 08.12.2013 at 23:44  
 
Written by mz on 08.12.2013 at 23:08

the vocals sound really weak. Also, it is a little to long

I have a completely opposite view on these issues
mz - 08.12.2013 at 23:49  
Rating: 7
Written by Pazdzioch on 08.12.2013 at 23:44

mpletely opposite view on these issues

well ,many have completely opposite view here. I'm in minority
Pazdzioch - 08.12.2013 at 23:53  
 
Written by mz on 08.12.2013 at 23:49

I'm in minority

You're elitist as fuck
mz - 08.12.2013 at 23:55  
Rating: 7
Written by Pazdzioch on 08.12.2013 at 23:53

Written by mz on 08.12.2013 at 23:49

I'm in minority

You're elitist as fuck

no way, I like Eminem, Rihana and system of a down

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