Threatmantics

Shadow On Your Heart

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Ffatbyrg Records

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Wales' favourite indie punk-folk-rockers Threatmantics FINALLY return for their newest outing, 'Shadow On Your Heart'. Kicking things off with the eponymous starter, we get a beautfully lacerative streak of bass and distorted guitar before snappily breaking down into a twinkling guitar and string redux. This is but one of many points throughout this LP that point towards an alt-folk sensibility, managing the heft of thudding percussion and driven fuzz with a juxpositive lightness of touch and tender playfulness. This playful flickering continues into the follower, 'First Things' which showcases perfectly Heddwyn's astute post-punk vocal qualities, encompassing an aspect of theatrics whilst managing to perfectly fit into the perfectly off-kilter rhythmic maelstrom that periodically breaks through the unsettling minor-key gloom. 

It's a clever balance which continues to impress, with 'Who Is Afraid Of Patrick Wollf?' and 'Dangos Dy Ddannedd' showing both frantic momentum (bolstered by beautifully pulled viola and fuzzed-bass, coalescing together into a tense maelstrom) and short-lived resolution. Lifting the mood just long enough before plunging into a frantic, rich melodic counterpoint. 

Add to that the foreboding, atonal impact of 'Now You Are Gone' (post-punk bass and viola/guitar harmonies) and the hardcore thrash of 'Krystal Pistol' and we have a magnificently dynamic foundation for the kiler closing trio. 'Under The Sun' is possibly the most expansive two-and-a-half minute tune i've ever heard, going from tender acousticry highly reminiscent of the alt-folk anti-punk movement of the early 00's before launching into a hefty post-rock redux in the latter half. It's incredibly well handled and the vocoded machinations once again balance the thrashing anti-melody with a sense of sweetness before 'Mother Folker From Hell' (arguably the most earwormy piece on here, as slanted and enchanted as the Threaters get) and the brilliantly off-piste, haunted closer of 'Little Johnny'.

STAFF COMMENTS

Barry says: If you ever wondered if alt-folk post-punk orchestral indie-rock could ever work then look no further. I can say i've been considerably ahead of the curve here having seen Threaters play on more than one occasion, but this really is a perfect distillation of their unflappable spirit and undeniable excellence. Brilliantly recorded, emphatically performed, and wonderfully captured anarchic melodic mayhem. Superb.

TRACK LISTING

1. Shadow On Your Heart
2. First Things 03:26
3. Now You Are Gone
4. Who Is Afraid Of Patrick Wolf?
5. Cold Warts
6. Dangos Dy Ddannedd 02:27
7. Krystal Pystol
8. Under The Sun
9. Mother Folker From Hell
10. Little Johnny

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