Rolo Tomassi have always been a band that have pushed the boundaries of creativity within the UK heavy music scene. On their fifth album Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It (released March 2nd) this is no different. For those that think Rolo Tomassi are just a brutally heavy experimental hardcore outfit, are in for a surpise with this album. The incorporation of a more delicate side sees the band weave in captivating melodic vocals into their characteristically heavy sound.
When listening to a Rolo Tomassi album you expect to be slapped in the face by heaviness from track one. On Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It, it takes until third track Rituals for the earth shattering heaviness to kick in. The opening two tracks set a sombre tone and suck you in as a listener before the onslaught.
It is the longer more progressive tracks on this album where the bands creativity truly shine through. Songs such as Whispers Among Us and A Flood Of Light are prime examples of this. The latter opening with genre breaking synthesiser intro. It is on these longer tracks that the experimentations are heard at their best. The coupling of keys with Eva Spence’s spine tingling vocals produces a sound that mesmerises you before the pummelling heaviness of the rest of the band kicks in. It is the journeys this album takes you on that makes this album so magnificent.
These longer more progressive songs are intertwined with rip-roaringly heavy tracks. The standout being Alma Matter, a track that explodes out the traps before building to a crescendo that makes you want to destroy anything in your vicinity.
Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It sees Rolo Tomassi continue to push themselves to the creative limit, with exceptional outcomes. From the melding of keys with their typically brutal heaviness to one of the vocal performances of the year from Eva Spence. This album is essential listening for any fan of more experimental heavy music.