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MUSIC Our first impressions of the new track by Rolo Tomassi 'Balancing the Dark'

Published 11 DEC 2017 15:23PM

Words by Callum Sayer




Just when Rolo Tomassi’s return couldn’t kick you in the teeth any more than with their last release ‘Rituals’, the five-piece have upped the ante with their latest tune ‘Balancing the Dark’.

Rolo Tomassi’s newest track, which premiered on the Radio 1 Rock show Sunday night, is in anticipation for the March release of their next album, ‘Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It’. This is a crushingly powerful return to the front-lines of modern metal music.

The band's previous album Grievances offered forty minutes of experimental, post-metal goodness, and their upcoming record is looking to refine that further with an even darker and more menacing setting.


Our first impressions of ‘Balancing the Dark’

First things first, the group are definitely living up to their experimental nature, the song opens with a static synth intro in a similar vein to ‘Rituals’ - there was the possibility that ‘Balancing the Dark’ would follow in the footsteps of their previous release and not offer much in terms of variety, this, however, is quickly disproved. The track then juxtaposes that notion and presents listeners with a Jazz-Fusion styled opening with intricate chords, an offbeat tempo and smooth tone, giving off a serious mathcore vibe.

The band have experimented with post-rock elements in their previous releases. However, the intro (as well as the outro) are so refined and stylistically crafted that they could be fleshed out into their own jazz-fusion tracks.

The tune then plunges into the meat of what it has to offer, with their staple disjointed sound, the uncommon time signature becomes more pronounced and offers groove to the song.



Rolo Tomassi prove they are more than just a metal band with where they take their signature sound; it makes them instantly identifiable. Compared to Rituals, Balancing the Dark offers a more orchestral and grand overtone, offering somewhat of a macabre and dystopian tone to the music; the textures are impending.

The song oozes atmosphere without specifically being minimalist or ambient. Rolo Tomassi offers a convincing environment within their music, which is something a lot of artists find hard to accomplish.


Speaking of the grandness of the song, there seems to be an influence from death metal here, with a tremolo picked bridge accompanied by loud and ferocious sounds of old, in a genre where the bridge or the breakdown is often monotonous; it definitely offers homage to the predecessors of the genre.

The song ends in the same fashion as the intro with a slight twist, the smooth chord progression reappears. However, the drums use rubato with a “drunk” styled feel, complimenting their signature chaos, yet with a more mellow and sombre approach, having a fitting conclusion to the song.

Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It is out the 2nd of March 2018.

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