National Sunday Law : La Storia Di Cannibali
In listening to National Sunday Law's debut album, La Storia Di Cannibali, it is hard to believe that the band is comprised of only two members. Although duos aren't exactly a rarity in today's underground scene (see also Nadja, Zombi, Jucifer, etc.) the album is so densely layered and massive-sounding, one can't help but be inundated with images of an army of musicians playing in unison. Seamlessly incorporating elements from across the spectrum, National Sunday Law utilize a multi-textured, thoughtful approach to extreme music. The tracks run the gamut from sprawling epics such as "Strong and Mighty Like an Oak" and "The Story of Cannibals" to short, concise bursts of all-out heaviness like "Dead Horse" and "To Hell With You". The sound is often evocative of the likes of Neurosis, Isis and perhaps The Ocean or Intronaut, but this isn't to say that National Sunday Law are derivative. Rather, the band has a similar knack for creating tumultuous, monumental soundscapes that ebb and flow from seas of tranquility to engulfing audial maelstroms. In it's totality, the recording can best be described as a quasi-psychedelic post-metal hellride through the twisted psyches of the two musicians responsible, dragging the listener through a landscape damaged by too many sleepless nights spent watching vintage cannibal films and poring over the collective works of Hunter S. Thompson. The album is stunning in it's complexity and the band has an incredibly keen sense of dynamics. While many bands attempting this style often get lost in meandering, directionless songs, National Sunday Law brings a sense of purpose to the table, each track fitting together like pieces of a larger puzzle, or perhaps components of a lengthy journey to parts unknown. Whatever the case, the band succeeds where many others fall flat, creating an album that is compelling through it's multitude of sonic and stylistic twists 'n' turns. All in all, National Sunday Law have managed to self-release an album that easily surpasses a good chunk of what underground metal labels are currently hawking to the masses, from the solid production values to the eye-catching artwork. Of course, the fact that the music itself is completely killer doesn't hurt either. Fans of everything from doom to hardcore to prog would do well to immerse themselves in this recording, and labels would do even better to take notice of this up-and-coming duo, whom we should expect even bigger things from in the future. - SonicFrontiers.net.