Départe are the kind of band who take the post metal polemic to the next level. Their music is powerful, exciting and full of stunning and subtle melodic content. Failure, Subside is an album that captures the magic of metal in 2016 - it is grandiose and over the top. It has all of the bombast of the 80s but it inserts a lot more of the potency of black metal and even a few touches of symphonic metal. Départe is all about the compositions, and by god, does Failure, Subside have some truly great ones.
This is an album that requires full immersion. If you sit down and chill out you will find yourself exploring exciting new sonic worlds. Failure, Subside is full of rich sounds, orchestral padding and more than a few potent riffs. Even though many of the compositions on this record hover around the eight minute mark Failure, Subside remains engaging. It's rare that a record can have such a dedication to long form content and still maintain interest, but Départe pull it off with aplomb. They convey a certain beauty in their desperation, one that Failure, Subside perfectly captures, time and time again.
There is something strangely mesmerizing about what Départe have done here. Failure, Subside crash forward, invoking amazing soundscapes and allowing you to navigate into worlds you might have never otherwise been exposed to. Départe understand the transcendent beauty of post metal, their clean vocals are soaring and their growls crippling, sure they can push the envelope further, but as is this record is pretty damn intense. There is still a lot to be done though, and I'm very curious to see where it is going to go.
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