Into The Vanishing Light
(Graphic Nature Records)
Night Verses’ songs transcend audible experiences, digging into your skin with their grandiose, over the top orchestrations. Their music could back line any visual performance (dance routine, opera, show/more) with how vivid and detailed every part is. Not many bands can add that to their texture — the ability to have such expression go above a pure sonic palette. Into The Vanishing Light is the band’s sophomore release, focusing on their iconic depth in their sound — helped by producer Ross Robinson — expanding the record into a journey much more atmospheric than their debut.
The beauty of Night Verses is their eccentric composure in their talent. The quartet is comprised of musicians possessing extreme prowess for their part in the project. When playing together, it’s not unusual for there to be a multitude of parts working together, making it hard to focus on anyone piece without the other. The guitars will have their own massive syncopated collapses, with the bass roaring beneath, the drums playing out like a machine gun hitting the side of a building. All over this are vocals that have to cut through all of this; and often do with vicious howls or croons of sorrow. Night Verses is one of those rare formations that know how to build to something, including mammoth like parts that crumble the foundation of every conscious. The outro of “A Dialogue In Cataplexy” is a shocking realization of just how bold the movements are in Into The Vanishing Light — crashing drums, explosive guitar/bass and visceral screams. And that’s just one song’s unique climb. All 11 songs feature Night Verses collectively giving their all to every part, with not a single piece ever lacking; instead giving the songs their own flavor to the overall 55 minute runtime.
Night Verses dynamic assault expand from shivering cleans into striking parts furious by their broadness. Their songs have their own breath to them, each having their own pulse and reason to have a melody stuck in your head. Vocalist Douglas Robinson’s ability to attach vocal harmonies between the swirling chaos helps land home distinct melodies; giving an extra power to the already thick musicianship. “Connecting Hexes” is short, with Robinson straightening out the inner thoughts stalking his every move. The rather elegant delivery finds a way to take root through the atypical, chaotic drumming from Aric Improta. This frantic approach to building a foundation is part of Night Verses atmosphere, allowing Nick DePirro (guitar) and Reilly Herrera (bass) to swirl their parts together into a clash of buzzes. It’s a sonic overload painted into distorted beauty; a fashionable dress of noise built into a dazzling aesthetic.
Robinson’s awareness of his detached emotions are given light in the lyrics. This ability to bring to the forefront such images as “Panic And Pull Your Heart Out” are stacked in front of music that gives the same anxious feeling. Where there is urgency, Night Verses are there crying out. Improta’s keen sense of rhythm gives a sense of dread and shock to the song, with the bass and guitars trudging along; Robinson bursting through the mix with commanding desperation. “Drift” has the opposite feel to it, sounding like the realm one finds themselves in when their exhaustion leaves them restless — endlessly wading through the void. Night Verses are right there orchestrating the feeling, with an airy ambiance that doesn’t exactly rupture; save for the bellowing bass syncopating with the drums. The entire song reaches a new height for the band when the music stops, allowing Robinson a medium to let his voice wail out, showcasing how in charge of his range he is. “Growing Out Of Orbit” is a soft, introspective listen. The song gathers some of the dark yet serene cadences that grapple Robinson’s inner struggles with love, orbiting at a distance (creating a familiar imagery to “Vantablack”’s lyrics). The song’s final chorus features a stronger build, organized by Night Verses steady build that feels entirely organic, making one forget that the song started out so quiet.
When it comes to providing more straightforward tracks, Night Verses can condense their presence into blistering songs that punch faster and quicker than others. “Faceless Youth” finds the band plunging into becoming an audible battering ram. “Blue Shades Of The Sun” plays out like a temper tantrum — rolling through hectic patterns with a vigor that wraps into a harmonious chorus pulling out the remains of Robinson’s insides. The beauty of a song like this is it details how Night Verses can arrange their moods, forming a clear distress that gets held tight by soothing compositions and dynamics.
Into The Vanishing Light is made by the closer, the third of the ‘Phoenix’ series (“Phoenix III: Into The Vanishing Light”). It’s a song more ambitious than the opener, setting the stage for Night Verses final act. The song encapsulates the band’s phenomenal sound through vivacious patterns — streamlining through energetic prances and fractured pulses. The ability of the quartet to weave together gifts of audible beauty attest to how dense their music is. Every play through of Into The Vanishing Light finds another hook to attach to, another rhythm pattern to be amazed at and another layer of texture to exhume. That’s the richness of Night Verses.