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thisquietarmy & Syndrome – The Lonely Mountain

After stunning split albums with Aidan Baker, Year of no Light, Labirinto e.a., Canada’s thisquietarmy now teams up with Belgium’s Syndrome. Musically, this split seems self-evident. Both bands share a common view on crafting exhilarating soundscapes, and seamlessly blend ambient, drone and post rock elements to thrust their songs to cathartic climaxes. Yet, this release is less self-evident than the premise of this match up suggests. Taking cue from each other’s work, both bands were driven to explore a different approach to their craft and aesthetic. This split is dark and brooding, and explores the boundaries of atonal chaos and noise. Thisquietarmy and Syndrome manage to capture the essence of aural discord, and succeed to restrain, mold and craft it into this fine collection powerful songs.  Thisquietarmy and Syndrome transcend the concept of “a split album”, and present a dynamic and potently coherent album.
The album comes with a bonus disc of live collaborations between thisquietarmy and Syndrome, recorded during the joint leg of their 2012 tour at Magasin4 (Brussels), Mukha museum and A.I.R. (Antwerp).
For fans of: Nadja/Aidan Baker, Jesu, Zola Jesus, Treha Sektori, Amenra, Sembler Deah, …