Release date: 24 January 2014
Style: Progressive rock

Rating:

8.5 | 57 votes

Owners:

31 have it
11 want it


01. Skeleton Sangria
02. Impermanence
03. Black River
04. The Wheelbarrow
05. A Cabin In The Sky
06. Heart Machine
07. Beaks Of Benevola
08. Twilight Cinema

Review

Staff review by
Ivor

Rating:
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As curious as it is, one of my favourite albums this year was released quite early at the beginning of the year. This stellar album blew me away when I first heard it and it has continued to amaze me throughout the year. I might even say, Twilight Cinema has already stood the test of time. It has definitely survived the initial round of childish excitement. Most importantly, however, each time I listen to it I'm still awed by the detailed theatrical expressiveness and beauty of this album.

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published 16.12.2014 | Comments (5)

Staff pick by
Ivor

01.02.2014 I know you have your plate full with Awards but, come on, this is just so much genuine, pure fun you're about to miss out on. It's not exactly avantgarde but it's playful and theatrical, it's sombre and poetic, it feels like watching a play. Basically it's what happens when prog goes cabaret in the head and feels just plain good about it.

If you fear to take on the whole album over at Bandcamp, just listen to the awesome "The Wheelbarrow."

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Lethrokai - 01.02.2014 at 13:50  
Rating: 8 Welp, I'm impressed. This seems to be one that constantly crosses the border between prog and avant-garde.
Darkside Momo - 01.02.2014 at 13:51  
Rating: 9 The Wheelbarrow is good but seriously, do yourself a favor and listen to Beaks of Benevola or Twilight Cinema, both tracks are awesome
Diverge - 02.02.2014 at 06:26  
Rating: 9 I really tried not to give this a 9, but this is fucking superb.
Diverge - 02.02.2014 at 06:38  
Rating: 9
Written by Lethrokai on 01.02.2014 at 13:50

Welp, I'm impressed. This seems to be one that constantly crosses the border between prog and avant-garde.

Not really. I wouldn't even classify this as avant-garde at all. It's just as Ivor put it: prog meets cabaret. There's nothing inherently experimental about this-- it's just a really great synthesis.
Lethrokai - 02.02.2014 at 16:16  
Rating: 8
Written by Diverge on 02.02.2014 at 06:38

Written by Lethrokai on 01.02.2014 at 13:50

Welp, I'm impressed. This seems to be one that constantly crosses the border between prog and avant-garde.

Not really. I wouldn't even classify this as avant-garde at all. It's just as Ivor put it: prog meets cabaret. There's nothing inherently experimental about this-- it's just a really great synthesis.

Well, I guess that's really down to your definition of avant-garde then. I find that that fusion of cabaret IS what makes it experimental. It's just down to how widely you define the genre.
Darkside Momo - 02.02.2014 at 16:25  
Rating: 9
Written by Lethrokai on 02.02.2014 at 16:16

Well, I guess that's really down to your definition of avant-garde then. I find that that fusion of cabaret IS what makes it experimental. It's just down to how widely you define the genre.

well, just fusing cabaret stuff with rock isn't enough to call avant-garde, imo. A sure sign that something is avant, however, would be the "WTF?!" moments you experience while listening to something. Twilight Cinema has none of those (this doesn't make it "less great" or anything, mind you!)
Lethrokai - 02.02.2014 at 16:37  
Rating: 8
Written by Darkside Momo on 02.02.2014 at 16:25

Written by Lethrokai on 02.02.2014 at 16:16

Well, I guess that's really down to your definition of avant-garde then. I find that that fusion of cabaret IS what makes it experimental. It's just down to how widely you define the genre.

well, just fusing cabaret stuff with rock isn't enough to call avant-garde, imo. A sure sign that something is avant, however, would be the "WTF?!" moments you experience while listening to something. Twilight Cinema has none of those (this doesn't make it "less great" or anything, mind you!)

True, but in that case, then I can honestly say that there have been many "avant-garde" albums where I haven't experienced that feeling either. Genre classification is stupid and subjective anyway.
(Besides, the music's awesome, so why are we even arguing about this!? )
Darkside Momo - 02.02.2014 at 16:43  
Rating: 9
Written by Lethrokai on 02.02.2014 at 16:37

True, but in that case, then I can honestly say that there have been many "avant-garde" albums where I haven't experienced that feeling either. Genre classification is stupid and subjective anyway.
(Besides, the music's awesome, so why are we even arguing about this!? )

so that this thread stays in the first page of updated topics
Lethrokai - 02.02.2014 at 16:44  
Rating: 8
Written by Darkside Momo on 02.02.2014 at 16:43

Written by Lethrokai on 02.02.2014 at 16:37

True, but in that case, then I can honestly say that there have been many "avant-garde" albums where I haven't experienced that feeling either. Genre classification is stupid and subjective anyway.
(Besides, the music's awesome, so why are we even arguing about this!? )

so that this thread stays in the first page of updated topics

Heh, I guess I can't argue with that logic!
In5anity - 02.02.2014 at 21:52  
Rating: 9 WOW! Where has this band been my whole life?!
Ivor - 02.02.2014 at 23:37  
  I'm glad you're all enjoying this so much. Sharing is caring, glad to have made you all happy.

Written by In5anity on 02.02.2014 at 21:52

WOW! Where has this band been my whole life?!

You know, I'm sort of asking the same question. The rest of their discography isn't as brilliant as the Twilight Cinema but it's still good stuff, definitely better than going under my radar.

I.
bleak - 03.02.2014 at 06:10  
Rating: 8 The Wheelbarrow is great. Thanks man for introduce me to the band!
PocketMetal - 03.02.2014 at 20:34  
  Great band indeed , I already know I won't be rating it lower than 8 . This music is really good but I'm not in shock or anything , I can always use some nicely done strange stuff like this though.
In5anity - 03.02.2014 at 20:57  
Rating: 9
Written by Ivor on 02.02.2014 at 23:37

Written by In5anity on 02.02.2014 at 21:52

WOW! Where has this band been my whole life?!

You know, I'm sort of asking the same question. The rest of their discography isn't as brilliant as the Twilight Cinema but it's still good stuff, definitely better than going under my radar.

I.

I directly bought Twilight Cinema and Songs From A Solitary Home after listening to your link. The latter is different (more like a mixture of Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Polkadot Cadaver ) from TC but I still like it very much. I think we missed this band all the time because it's just labeled as Rock and I already listened to every band on Metalstorm, that is labeled as progressive, experimental or avantgarde.

btw: They released an awesome single on youtube only last year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNzfFEB0ipc
Ivor - 03.02.2014 at 22:32  
 
Written by In5anity on 03.02.2014 at 20:57

I directly bought Twilight Cinema and Songs From A Solitary Home after listening to your link. The latter is different (more like a mixture of Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Polkadot Cadaver ) from TC but I still like it very much. I think we missed this band all the time because it's just labeled as Rock and I already listened to every band on Metalstorm, that is labeled as progressive, experimental or avantgarde.

btw: They released an awesome single on youtube only last year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNzfFEB0ipc

Heh, I also bought the full discography after the first run. Awesome that I'm not the only on. As for discovering, I added the band solely for the staff pick, so you couldn't have found it here on MS before this. And I think it actually has to be relabeled as prog rock at the very least. Rock seems to be saying very little about the nature of the band.

Written by PocketMetal on 03.02.2014 at 20:34

This music is really good but I'm not in shock or anything

Oh, there's no shock as to the music and it's strangeness, the shock, as you might refer to it, is that it's just so damn good and that this band has been around for years and I've only stumbled across it just now.

I.
mz - 04.02.2014 at 13:16  
Rating: 8 I have no idea about cabaret but this is great. Relaxing and fun. Thanks goes to Ivor.
EDIT: I've listened to this for 10 times today probably. It's damn sweat and I'm having hard time stopping listening to it.
In5anity - 04.02.2014 at 22:09  
Rating: 9
Written by Ivor on 03.02.2014 at 22:32

Written by In5anity on 03.02.2014 at 20:57

I directly bought Twilight Cinema and Songs From A Solitary Home after listening to your link. The latter is different (more like a mixture of Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Polkadot Cadaver ) from TC but I still like it very much. I think we missed this band all the time because it's just labeled as Rock and I already listened to every band on Metalstorm, that is labeled as progressive, experimental or avantgarde.

btw: They released an awesome single on youtube only last year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNzfFEB0ipc

Heh, I also bought the full discography after the first run. Awesome that I'm not the only on. As for discovering, I added the band solely for the staff pick, so you couldn't have found it here on MS before this. And I think it actually has to be relabeled as prog rock at the very least. Rock seems to be saying very little about the nature of the band.

Totally agree, Prog Rock or perhaps Experimental Rock sounds right. From something just called Rock, I'd expect something more....Bon Jovi-ish.
Daggon - 05.02.2014 at 03:52  
Rating: 8 Great stuff right here, maybe it's not the kind of album that blows my mind in terms of experimentation, but this is so well done that it deserves more than a couple of listens. Thanks for sharing music as enjoyable as this great album.
Doge of Venice - 11.02.2014 at 22:19  
Rating: 9 This album is so good. Been listening to it fairly thoroughly and I can only really find a few negatives. The singing is much more solid than on the previous albums, he doesn't try to sing out of his range as much, and the mood and atmosphere is solid throughout. Possibly a few blips regarding some choices in the last few songs, some bits sound harsher than I personally feel they should be, and the end leaves something to be desired. Though that may be intentional. Kind of like a cliffhanger for the next album.
Rhiannon - 13.02.2014 at 17:39  
Rating: 8 Good stuff, reminded me of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum at times, especially the male vocals.
Zaphod - 18.02.2014 at 22:59  
Rating: 9 "Beaks Of Benevola" is gorgeous.
Unhealer - 06.03.2014 at 03:56  
Rating: 8 Loved it! It was really refreshing. It bothers me a bit how the vocals are placed in the mix but I guess it was intended.
RavenEffect - 23.04.2014 at 01:41  
Rating: 10 Everything about this record is just bizarre in the best possible way. The building, the lyrics, the riffs, the madness in the Singer's voice, the use of the female vocalist, the carnivale sound...it's a journey, like Rush's Hemispheres or Pink Floyd's The Wall. After listening to a track on youtube I went to their bandcamp and just ordered the Digipack instantly. I never do this, but this record its just that great.

perfect 10/10 for me and one of the best records of the year.
!J.O.O.E.! - 11.05.2014 at 21:55  
Rating: 8 Jolly good and wacky. Particularly liked 'Beaks of Benevola'.
Ivor - 11.05.2014 at 23:39  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 11.05.2014 at 21:55

Jolly good and wacky. Particularly liked 'Beaks of Benevola'.

Heh, took you long enough to get around to this one. Glad you like it, though.

I.
!J.O.O.E.! - 11.05.2014 at 23:43  
Rating: 8
Written by Ivor on 11.05.2014 at 23:39

Heh, took you long enough to get around to this one. Glad you like it, though.

I.

Yeah it's taken me a while to get around to certain albums this year, even ones I'd been anticipating. Definitely glad I gave this a go though, serious quality stuff.
Dima - 13.05.2014 at 17:40  
Rating: 8
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 11.05.2014 at 21:55

Jolly good and wacky. Particularly liked 'Beaks of Benevola'.


Best track!
!J.O.O.E.! - 13.05.2014 at 18:09  
Rating: 8
Written by Dima on 13.05.2014 at 17:40


Best track!

Those clean female vocals are pretty sublime.
FotisKanios - 13.07.2014 at 19:47  
Rating: 9 Best album until now in the whole universe for 2014 !!!!!

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