Album Review :
The Drowned God - I'll Always Be the Same

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Label: Solid State Records
Release Date: January 25, 2019

Tracklisting:

  1. Low in the Heavens
  2. Catholic
  3. If You Were Them, You’d Do It Too
  4. Body Knot
  5. Less Than an Exit
  6. Sorrow Came Without the Wind
  7. Confuser
  8. You Were Right the First Time

I’ll Always Be the Same is a tiring listen. For an album that focuses on negative thoughts and emotions, the lyrics really accentuate the music. Human psychology is paradoxical in the sense that even when emotions and thoughts seem to repeat themselves, they can never actually be the same qualitatively, since they occur at different points in time. The music of The Drowned God is an effigy of consciousness, for the song structures are entirely unpredictable, even when there is repetition at either the lyrical or musical level. Blast beats, ambient guitar, singing, and some of the most emotional screams I’ve heard in a long time all have their place. Perhaps the most jarring of time changes is on “If You Were Them, You’d Do It Too,” but it’s entirely welcome. The lyrics are simply devastating and brim with painful introspection, from “Will I be forgotten or will you keep me tucked away?” (“Low in the Heavens”) to “Am I the fault line between us?” (“Confuser”). I’ll Always Be the Same doesn’t offer pat answers to try and make sense of suffering; but instead, this work of art exists as an expression of visceral pain, and ultimately offers solace to those who find such expressions relatable.

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thenorthsea

So far I’ve loved listening to this album. I went back and listened to The Drowned God’s first album after they signed with Solid State, and was impressed with their sound. Their music is moody and atmospheric, while their vocalist adds so much emotion to their sound. While I think their first album edges the new one out a bit, it’s still excellent, and hopefully a sign of albums to come in 2019.

josue

lthe drowned god are christian band

John

Have they announced that?

AustinG

For such a dark subject matter, it sounds like they have the right heart attitude. Not sure how much nevative/reoccuring thoughts and emotions I can take in one sitting, so I might pass on this one.

Dude, nice review. Your final sentence was particularly persuasive. I’m gonna have to check this out. I dug the song they released on video a few weeks back. I also realized when I saw the finished album cover that their band name is not only a Game of Thrones reference, but apparently either a play on dying to self, or taking yourself off the throne…or maybe not. I guess I’ll have to listen. To be a broken record: I wish Solid State was on Bandcamp.

Jacob S

Their debut is at https://thedrownedgod.bandcamp.com if you didn’t know. I still have to give these guys a listen.

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