Unshriven by BOGRelease date: June 24, 2017
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BOG is a four-piece post-metal band from Vienna, Austria, founded by Tim Primbs, originally from Germany, as a one-man project and as an emotional outlet to cope with several experiences with death. After releasing two EPs (Gustave –2014, Auguste – 2015), three musicians joined BOG to bring the music to life on stage. Tim still does all songwriting, recording, artwork, videos and live-visuals himself to achieve a synthesis of the arts.
Unshriven will be released in June 2017, it has guest musicians from the Austrian and American post-rock scene and other related genres. For the album production, Tim Primbs cooperated with Matthew Prokop (Lehnen), Josh Wing (Sól, USA), Joel Boyd (Lehnen) and Julia Schwarzer (CAYES, AT) and Chris Pobaschnig (Mountain, AT). Will Benoit, known for his work with post-rock bands like Caspian, Junius, City of Ships and Lehnen, did the mixing and mastering.
With Unschriven, BOG returns with a full album after first releasing two EPs. It’s a concept album that tells the story of two travellers. The first level reveals the story of the 17-year-old, seriously ill girl. The second level is the accompanying metaphor: it tells of Sputnik’s journey through colours, emptiness and darkness, of its homesickness and its attempt to return home.
The album consists of 11 tracks that can be seen as stations in a story. It really is amazing how Tim could contextualize the story, you can feel the desperation in the songs but also acceptance. The swaying between a wall of sound made by well-chosen riffs to more intimate arrangements creates an amazing story. Sometimes there will be vocals which for me bring an amazing extra layer to the music, creating a new level of emotions.
There’s a slight discomfort when ‘Heedles’ begins playing you feel that there’s something wrong in the story you’re taken on to, every track takes you deeper. I really like how ‘Vanish’ gave me a feeling of acceptance. The vocals adding dimension to the ambient track that gets more heavy as it goes.
I love how the albums ender ‘Unshriven’ is this apocalyptic track that just takes away layers and becomes more intimate towards the end. The guitars fade as the songs reaches its final notes as a person would take his last breaths leaving the realm of the leaving. Which fits the story nicely!
You don’t have to crank your amp to eleven if you’re listening, Unshriven is a nice album. Tim Primbs is growing in his song writing and this is the obvious result. Definitely worth the time, enjoy it with a nice glass of whiskey as the sun goes down.
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