Hull, Beyond the Lightless Sky

Phil Freeman

By Phil Freeman

on 10.11.11 in Reviews

Beyond The Lightless Sky

The goal is to overwhelm

If you like Neurosis, you’ll like Hull. Vocalist Nick Palmirotto has a barrel-chested bellow similar to Scott Kelly’s, and the rhythm section creates a mighty Neurosis-style thunder. But there’s more to the Brooklyn band’s music than that; the spiraling guitars in the album’s 11-minute opener, “Earth from Water,” are Baronesque, and in the song’s final third, a female voice can be heard yelling from the back, bringing to mind Kylesa’s male-female vocal duality. Beyond the Lightless Sky alternates vocal tracks with instrumentals and short interludes (one of which features guest vocals from Jarboe); juxtaposes loosely strung, forcefully strummed acoustic guitars and roaring electric ones; and is apparently a concept album, though the lyrics are mostly incomprehensible. It doesn’t matter. The goal is to overwhelm, and “Earth from Water,” the solo-studded “Fire Vein,” the massive, herds-of-mastodon-crossing-the-plains “False Priest” and album closer “In Death, Truth” all accomplish that objective with ease.