Album of the Day Recap: 24/09/18 – 28/09/18

At the start of the week, I had the idea that I would try and focus on more beautiful, hopeful music this week. Yet, as you’ll see, by Tuesday that idea was long gone – and by Thursday, and the way the American government seemed to be treating survivors of sexual assault, nothing felt appropriate save absolute rage. Fuck the patriarchy. Burn it all down.

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SubRosa – For This We Fought The Battle Of Ages

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Label: Profound Lore Records

It’s not often I feel intimidated when writing about an album – in fact, it’s happened only a handful of times out of all the reviews I’ve had published. But putting down my thoughts on the new album from SubRosaFor This We Fought The Battle Of Ages, genuinely feels like a mammoth undertaking. There’s several reasons for this. To start with, it’s the follow-up to not just one of my favourite albums of the past few years, but one of my favourite albums completely. More Constant Than The Gods still astounds me to this day, so the expectations for For This We Fought are high to begin with. Then, there’s the context of the album itself, being based as it is upon the novel We, a seminal work of dystopian fiction. But what truly makes writing about For This We Fought… such a daunting task is a problem I imagine most writers have grappled with at some point in their lives: how to adequately convey the emotions it arises, the impact it has, how god-damn good the album is. As this might imply, For This We Fought… doesn’t just meet expectations; it surpasses them, to the extent that it makes an album as near-perfect as More Constant Than The Gods seem like a warm-up for the main act.

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SubRosa – More Constant Than The Gods

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Label: Profound Lore Records

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The biggest danger when listening to music can be that your hopes and expectations run away with you. How many times has an incredible opening track or introduction given way to an album that couldn’t quite match the start, and has suffered as a result? How often does a hyped album turn out to be crushingly ordinary? The answer should be obvious: too many.

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