Absent Distance created another solid record, keeping their unique sound intact, whilst exploring other paths forged by similar bands. It’s an album I’m unlikely to listen to in full again due to the short song lengths and repetitive song structures, but individual tracks on the record do stand out when listening individually.
Hailing from Hungary, From Deep Red To Infinite Black is Absent Distance‘s third full length album, totaling 13 tracks in length. Their style is very much reminiscent of bands like The Interbeing and Rxyzyxr, with punchy vocals to match the rhythmic groove of the guitars. Soaring deep cleans break through the din of the djent, with the first 3 songs really grabbing the listeners attention.
The first track of the album “One Destination”, blasts at you immediately and is my favourite track on the album. With frenetic guitars to kick off the track, leading into crunchy djent, the band are clearly back at their best for this song. The opening vocals remind me of Cilice, with the smashing drums compliment them well.
The title tracks of the album, “Deep Black” and “Infinite Red” are quite forgettable. Some of the vocal hooks are good, but the songs are just your bread and butter djent tracks. They don’t join up nicely or follow any recurring themes through the 2 songs, which for me is a major disappointment. “Infinite Black” has a Textures feel to it, but soon drops into more of a generic djent feeling with ambience and chugs. I feel the band could really do with stretching their song writing ability, building on their strengths with the ethereal vocals and the crunchy guitar tones to create more meaningful songs, especially title tracks.
Aside from the VOLA rip-off track following “Infinite Black”, the rest of the album unfortunately blends, with little to no variation between each song. With each song averaging out at 3 minutes, it’s extremely hard to get involved in any of the tracks. Before they’ve started and matured, they’ve concluded. You end up finishing the album, but not even noticing the finale. I was waiting and waiting for that killer groove riff, but it didn’t come.
I also feel like the mix could’ve been done better. It feels clustered & cramped. It’d be nice to hear the band put out a rawer album next time, with cleaner tones like in Absent Distance’s last album The Common Ghost Of The Lifelines.
I feel like this album would’ve worked better as an EP, with the band pooling their resources to create a solid 5-6 song piece which would’ve showcased the bands ability perfectly. That being said, it’s obvious that the band has talent from the great vocals to the quick frenetic guitars. I’d really like to see them try their hand at a continuous piece of music with more guitar solos, heavy drums, and tracks focused on particular instruments that highlights the band’s strengths.
However for me, there’s not enough variation or new ideas present to make this a record worth listening to over and over again. To conclude, great band, talented musicians, get more creative next time!
Notable Tracks: “One Destination”
FFO: VOLA, Cilice, The Interbeing, RXYZYXR.