Wednesday 8 May 2019

Methadone Skies - Different Layers Of Fear (Album Review)

Release date: May 10th 2019. Label: Haywire Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Different Layers Of Fear – Tracklisting

1.Where Were You When We Were Into the Void?
2.God Help Us All
5.Ol' Painless
6.A Glitch in the Sun


Wehry - Guitar
Casian - Guitar
Mihai - Bass
Retea - Drums


Methadone Skies new album - Different Layers Of Fear - is perhaps their most engaging and heaviest album to date. The band play a darker, bolder and progressive style of Instrumental Stoner Rock/Metal compared to their previous albums. Methadone Skies don't shy away from creating complex sounding rhythms throughout the course of the album.

Taking influence from bands such as TOOL, Pelican and Russian Circles on this album. This sees the band adapting a more Post-Rock/Post-Metal influence to their music and this allows Methadone Skies to play styles of music that I haven't heard them play before. With this being their fourth album to date, the band needed to change things round and that's why you can hear elements of Ambient Doom, Post-Rock and Post-Metal merged with their standard Stoner Rock/Metal sound.

Different Layers Of Fear maybe slightly too long running over seventy minutes but at least there is plenty of music to keep you entertained and mentally stimulated for a long to come.

Standout songs on the album include - Where Were You When We Were Into The Void, God Help Us All, Focus, Of Painless, A Glitch In The Sun (which features guest vocals from one of my favourite singers – Davide Straccione of ZIPPO and Shores Of Null fame). and Manos. As this is where Methadone Skies impress the most with their different styles of Progressive Rock/Metal. The whole album has a truly cinematic feel especially when the more experimental and ambient sounds appear.

Glitch In The Sun is perhaps my favourite song on the album as the vocals are quite emotional and feel inspired by David Bowie in places. The music can be quite uplifting before the band bring everything crashing down and start playing a gloomier style of music. This can be said for all of the songs held on the album.

The production is first-rate with Methadone Skies proving what fantastic musicians they actually are. Different Layers Of Fear is a beautifully played and highly intelligent album that you rarely hear these days. Overall, Different Layers Of Fear is one of the best instrumental rock/metal albums of the year.

Words by Steve Howe