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At the Soundless Dawn [Vinyl]

Red SparowesVinyl
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Vinyl (February 22, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Robotic Empire
  • ASIN: B000SSOMYY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,573 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Alone and Unaware, the Landscape Was Transformed in Front of Our Eyes
2. Buildings Began to Stretch Wide Across the Sky, and the Air Filled with
3. The Soundless Dawn Came Alive as Cities Began to Mark the Horizon
4. Mechanical Sounds Cascaded Through the City Walls and Everyone Reveled
5. A Brief Moment of Clarity Broke Through the Deafening Hum, But It Was Too
6. Our Happiest Days Slowly Began to Turn into Dust
7. The Sixth Extinction Crept Up Slowly, Like Sunlight Through the Shutters, a

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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the Year February 22, 2005
By Lee L.
Format:Audio CD
I am absolutely stunned by this album.

If you like bands like Isis, Neurosis, Pelican, etc., you're going to like this band. However, the real treat here is for people like myself that really love bands like Explosions in the Sky, Mogwai, and Godspeed, but still like the above metal bands.

The best way to describe this album is to take the heaviness of bands like Isis and cross it with the songwriting structures and sensibilities of a band like Explosions in the Sky. The result is an epic album of instrumental, soaring post post post rock/post hardcore.

I think over time this album may find its way into my top fifty favorite albums ever. I can't imagine a better album coming out this year. Best of the genre.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars shimmering and beautiful August 24, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Reminiscent of both the 4ad instrumental outfit dif juz and mogwai, red sparowes, nonetheless, have a sound all their own--one which would seem to deny any categorization as such, most of all the catch all "metal", of which they are certainly not, despite the members associations in various bands. While there are a good many instumental bands that sound merely like music sans lyrics, red sparowes create soundscapes of intricate beauty, in a way that pulls you into a world as opposed to simply adding a soundtrack to this one. In other words, the music is enough, lyrics would simply seem gratuitous, superfluous, and overkill. The album contains seven tracks, but it would be wrong to call them songs. They are really pieces containing several vignettes, small works unto themselves, that evoke a spectrum of dreamy moodiness, agitated torpor, and utter wonder. In the context that the tracks appear to follow a poem--the song titles of which comprise this poem--gives this album an additional boost of artistic flavor. And while somewhat dark in tone, there is something joyful about this album. When it's over you will feel elated and edified, and ready for another go.
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34 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Landscape was Transformed in Front of Our Eyes. January 26, 2006
Format:Audio CD
RED SPAROWES - At the Soundless Dawn
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Call it Post-Rock, Call it Instru-Metal, or just call it a satisfying aural experience. Regardless of what you'd like to classify this CD as I call it amazing...
I listen to stuff like: GYBE, Pelican, Explosions in the Sky, Mogwai and the like... Basically out of those bands my biggest complaint is they seem too pretentious. (Well not so much Pelican, they are also amazing...) Red Sparowes, in addition to having their own sound, are also very creative, just look at the song titles... They are able to convey their albums message through a paragraph broken into 7 song titles:
Alone and Unaware, the Landscape was transformed in Front of Our Eyes, Buildings Began to Stretch Wide Across the Sky, and the Air Filled with a Reddish Glow, The Soundless Dawn Came Alive as Cities Began to Mark the Horizon, Mechanical Sounds Cascaded Though the City Walls and Everyone Reveled in Their Ignorance, A Brief Moment of Clarity Broke Through the Deafening Hum, but it was too Late, Our Happiest Days Slowly Began to Turn into Dust, The Sixth Extinction Crept Up Slowly, Like Sunlight Through the Shutters, as We Looked Back in Regret.
-One word: Genius.
Musically they are incredible... not only in the talent department but in their ability to flow gracefully through each song and into the next.
I know they may not really be bringing anything `new' to the table. Then again there is nothing wrong with mastering an `art' even if you didn't create it. Also remember this is their debut, they only have good things to look forward to.
(For fans of Isis, Neurosis, or the bands mentioned above.)
-4.75 Stars.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album of 2005 September 2, 2006
By ManStar
Format:Audio CD
While most of the user reviews have been glowing, I am surprised at the handful that accuse Red Sparowes of doing nothing "new". In the limited, narrow world of instrumental (or pseudo-instrumental) post-rock, the Red Sparowes certainly stand head over heels. This is heavy music without being heavy. The melodies are delicate and each composition is carefully crafted. These nuances are even more pronounced when they play live. It is inspiring for an old fart like myself to see kids up on a stage that are channeling a much different energy than the usual trucker-hat, tight pants, tiny t-shirt world of Arcade Fire or Devandra Sufjan Etc. This, in itself, is certainly "new". What Red Sparowes do that no other current band does (and if you can think of any, let me know) is channel the early spirit of '80s goth music. Many of their songs have a similar feel as to a lot of the grandiose introductions on the Cure's "Disintegration", which is, truly, a majestic and beautiful thing. I just hope, with as much energy as these guys have and as committed as they are to other, equally adventurous projects, that Red Sparowes are around for a long time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a masterful production March 9, 2005
By No name
Format:Audio CD
I will start by mentioning that this is the only review i have ever written about a cd on any website. At The Soundless Dawn is that good. This cd transcends all boundaries, genres, and states of music listening conciousness with it's epic, sweeping melodies and gorgeous textures. The song titles are long because they are lines from a singular paragraph and meant to be read as such. With each song you can literally visualize the message disclosed in the paragraph line by line through the band's sonic prowess. Although this is a collective of musicians from several talented and innovative bands, this record sounds like nothing else i have ever heard...ever. I cannot stress how essential this record is if you are a fan of highly innovative instrumental music. The band does offer you a chance to listen to their unique sound by providing two free mp3 downloads on their finely designed website [...]

I hope this review helps anyone interested in purchasing this cd. thank you, and namaste`
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Twang eases muffle
RS light a match instantaneously with their debut's first, and by far most powerful, melodic theme and spend the rest the album recuperating from that height, only rallying enough... Read more
Published on April 26, 2010 by IRate
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Post-Rock
The first time a friend of mine showed me Red Sparowes I was floored. I do not know which albums he showed me, but I don't think this was included in any of it. Read more
Published on February 8, 2009 by Jacob Kempner
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Instramental Album for Neurosis Fans.
This Band is a combination of members from Neurosis and Isis, and it doesn't fall to far outside their sound box. Read more
Published on August 19, 2008 by Concerned One
3.0 out of 5 stars a good isis alternative
It'a alright, definently an isis sound, they helped produce these guys, but not like isis. kinda boring.
Published on January 22, 2007 by M. Cromwell
3.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Hold My Attention
I came to Red Sparowes (through Isis) with very high expectations, and I was not entirely satisfied with this record. Read more
Published on September 22, 2006 by The Dilettante
5.0 out of 5 stars oh mamma
Ill keep this short. This band gets its emotoins and feelings across with out the use of vocals, The music speeks volumes. I love these instramental bands.......
Published on July 20, 2006 by D. J. Szmalc
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Sparowes Debut
When i heard Jeff Caxide [bass] formerly of Isis was forming this band, i was immediately interested. Read more
Published on June 2, 2006 by Jeffrey Rivers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Instrumental Post-Rock
While a little more rough around the edges than fellow post-rock instrumental band Saxon Shore, Red Sparowes have produced a simply amazing album. Read more
Published on February 7, 2006 by j-j-jordan
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but nothing new
At the Soundless dawn is a solid debut with an incredible line up of musicians, but really, this is just another post-rock album. Read more
Published on January 10, 2006 by ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars At the Shadowless Dusk
I never thought any group of musicians could take you further out to sea than Isis, but the Red Sparowes have. Read more
Published on January 5, 2006 by Matthew Pettit
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