Chuck Schuldiner Project

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Subrosa - For This We Fought The Battle Of Ages

This is the album of the year. Like... I don't know what else I can say about this record. I've had it for about a month and listened to it over a month and have listened to it pretty much every day since. It's one of my favorite records of all time, which admittedly makes sense since Subrosa are one of my favorite bands of all time. I don't have a lot of time to write this review, but that doesn't matter - I know for certain that this is the sort of album that has touched my heart and will stay with me for years to come. It is simply that good.

I've spent a lot of time with Subrosa's discography over the years. 2013's More Constant Than The Gods is one of my most played albums of all times. The bands distinct brand of violin oriented doom metal has left me in awe for years and I count the members of the band as some of my best friends. This is a record that has much more than mere musical connotations for me. It shows me a sound that I can't help but to love. It builds on all that the band hinted at with previous records to create their most cohesive artistic statement to date. For This We Fought The Battle Of Ages might very well be the reason music was created.

I literally have nothing bad to say about this album. Sure it didn't necessarily immediately strike me like More Constant Than The Gods did all those years ago - but it did something else, it resonated. Subrosa is a band who at this point don't have a standout record, but a standout career. Everything they do is magical, but they have reached a point where the magic is multifaceted and endlessly exciting. For This We Fought The Battle Of Ages is an expansion on all the band has done in the past and hints at even grander things to come. Get jiggy with it.

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