This was one of the first Facedown Records releases this year and they started the year off right. Let down after The Burial’s debut last year, The Winepress, I approached Lights and Perfections with low interest and low expectations. After hearing “Pearls; The Frailty of Matter” online, my ears were piqued by the refreshed technical sound, prompting a purchase. The opening track, “Lights” bursts with ferocity and intensity from every angle. From the outset, you can taste the quality; strong vocals and feverish guitar work are presented in this opening and sets the bar for the album. The previously mentioned, “Pearls; The Frailty of Matter” churns out a memorable aura and its bass rapidly slithers up and down, especially in the intro and ending of the song. The closer, “Perfections” smashes through several doorways, stomps the dirt beneath it into fine powder, and then dives off a cliff into outer space.
The only con I can impart is that the songs do blend in at times and it may cause me to forget which track I’m on. However, the songs quickly differentiate themselves and the unique hooks found in each track shines brightly.
After a few months of listening, I can assuredly say that it’s a great album with tons of meat on its bones to chew on. It not may be an album that instantaneously grabs you but give it some time and you will reap great rewards by doing so.
Courage Rating: 14.37 out of 15.82