Friday, 13 August 2010

Battle of Mice - A Day of Nights (2006)

Variety in vocals is a near impossible thing to find in music these days. Especially when you come across such unconventional vocals that work so perfectly with the sound in which it is integrated. Battle of Mice integrates post-metal with noticeable elements of sludge and... screaming, perfect screaming by lead vocalists Julie Christmas originally of Made Out of Babies. Did I mention the screams? They're flawless by the way.

With rhythmic drumming, dark guitars, and equally dark lyrics, Battle of Mice, I guarantee, will not disappoint. Furthermore, apart from Julie's unconventional vocal styles, her voice is beautiful. In the track, "Sleep and Dream" (my personal favourite from the album) she boasts the full potential of how amazingly gorgeous her voice is. You'll notice why I'm raving so heavily about her singing voice when you listen to this track from 4:34. Just, sit back and prepare to have your proverbial socks knocked the fuck off.

The only bad thing I can possibly think of about this album, "A Day of Nights" is that I wish it had more tracks. However, despite it being seven tracks in length, each track surpasses the 5 minute mark. A truly lovely album this one is, you'll find yourself putting this on for repeated spins after your very first listen. Furthermore you'll find yourself quoting these lyrics at the most random moments. Even while typing this up I still can't get over the versatility of her vocal cords. Let's just hope she doesn't damage them with those forceful, perfect screams. But at least it won't be vain. She knows this album was simply worth it.