ALBUM REVIEW: Manchester Orchestra – The Million Masks of God | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Loma Vista Recordings

Released: 30.04.21

 

 

 

 

 

 

While 2017’s A Black Mile to the Surface was an overlooked indie rock masterpiece to be filed in the great American canon alongside the likes of The National, The Million Masks of God contains even loftier aspirations so that where the metaphors previously had Atlanta’s Manchester Orchestra struggling to get to sea-level, they are now turning to the heavens for meaning.

Inaudible and Angel of Death sees them at their best with almost trademark familial tropes about old folks’ homes, and grandiose scales and melody as good as much of Black Mile… However, elsewhere often pretentious musical twists like starting the next song in the same key and time signature as the last is a little discombobulating at first, without quite nailing the ethereal brilliance and dynamic some of their peers have achieved with similar techniques.

The Million Masks of God is a record that takes its place alongside the more proggier leanings of mid-period Muse or, at its heaviest such as on Bed Head, the glorious melodrama of Biffy Clyro but at other times orchestral moments and subtle electronica often sound forced or underwhelming at the horizon where indie rock crosses over to MOR.

 

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