1st listen: so heavy yet so light. It might feel a little lacking in variety for an album that's more than one hour long, but the majestic dynamics and overemotional sound textures more than compensate for that.
Favorite track: Communal Blood.
Incredibly immersive, eerie, sad, sometimes terrifying, other times calm - "Tunnel Blanket" is the group’s second long-player. Delivering the epic-in-scope soundscapes that followers of its makers’ previous recordings are accustomed to, but presents them in new lights – where once the sun shone down bright upon immediate tropes and traits, now their work is better suited to distant starlight, casting changeable shadows across vistas of inspired, ambitious amplification. This is not an album to pick through in search of bold hooks and instant melodies. Whereas "Young Mountain" and "S/T" could be played in bookstores, coffee shops, and surfing videos, "Tunnel Blanket" commands and provides entire immersion between the recording and the listener. This is not background music and you’re not going to play it at family gatherings (save for perhaps a particularly dark funeral). But there is still beauty in the latest from THIS WILL DESTROY YOU. In fact, this could easily be described as the most beautiful album the band has ever made.
released August 1, 2011
- Engineered by John Congleton
- Mastered by Alan Douches