Sunday 26 January 2020

ALBUM REVIEW: Canopy, "Humanity Loss"

By: Peter Morsellino 

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 31/01/2020
Label: Independent

“Humanity Loss” DD track listing:

1). Intrusion
2). Hostile Architecture I
3). Hostile Architecture II
4). Exigent Weight
5). No Cure
6). Adrenochrome

The Review: 

The fourth release by Atlanta's Canopy is coming, and if you're not ready for it, it will destroy you.  This thing is crushing, not just in its brutal riffing, but in its dense, foreboding atmosphere.  This is a visceral, unforgiving listening experience.  Prepare yourself for “Humanity Loss”

The album begins perfectly with “Intrusion”, an ambient collage of dark undulating tones and melancholic guitars that descend into swirls of chaotic feedback and panicked screams. I'm not usually a huge fan of this type of introductory track, but here it serves an absolutely necessary purpose. It's a warning, a disclaimer. Shit is about to get real, and it doesn't take long for it to begin. 

“Intrusion” feeds directly into “Hostile Architecture l & ll”, creating a suite of devastating emotional destruction. The atmospheres don't quit, keeping you wrapped in a nightmare world that you fear you may never awaken, while the band alternates between trying to break skulls and lull you to sleep. It is as beautiful as it is ugly, as hopeless as it is powerful. These three songs will fill you with such a wondrous dread, it may in fact creep into your outside world. 

Canopy doesn't lighten up its grip on you at any point of this album.  Exigent Weight” is a hypnotizing blur with some fight riffs that will tear you apart.  No Cure” brings you down to your absolute emotional core, with a depressive tone that strips away all hope. 

The album closes out with the dark epic “Adrenochrome”.  Pained vocals tear through a dreamscape of crushing riffs and pounding drums. The melodic guitars on this track are a particular standout, calling back to the melancholy picking of the introduction.  The atmosphere is black as night. It is a goddamn masterpiece. 

I take back what I said earlier in this review. You cannot prepare yourself for the onslaught that is “Humanity Loss”. This album will destroy you, and I doubt there is anything you can do about it.  It will lay atop you like a hag, boring deep into your soul with its crushing weight.  And if you're anything like me, you will love every single second of it.

“Humanity Loss” is available HERE

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