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9.9/10 Ignacio
 

TONE - Solidarity - CD - Neurot Recordings - 2005

review by: Ignacio Coluccio

As much as music is nowadays mostly centered on vocals, it's good to see so many instrumental bands. Not having a singer always drives bands to be creative. We've already verified that with acts such as Pelican, Tristeza, Dysrhythmia, Electrocution 250, etc...

Tone is pretty much unclassifiable, being an instrumental band with five guitarists, a bassist and a drummer. While that might translate to bloody chaos in some people's minds, that's completely wrong. The five guitars are arranged in the best way they could have been and make good use of polyphony. What's remarkable about Solidarity is that it's really accessible while being extreme in some ways.

Musically it has Tristeza-like moments, "cute" melodic guitar playing, and some more Pelican-like parts. Still, the approach is so different: Tone's completely another thing. It's not really metal, but it's not mathrock either, and it's not normal rock for sure.

The songs usually contain a wall of sound, but, oddly, a pleasing one (a little bit like Godspeed! You Black Emperor). A big part of Solidarity's compositional aspect is the build-up, almost all the songs have it and it's a definite plus, so it wouldn't be so crazy to call Tone a post-rock act. But no.

A good way to summarize Solidarity would be "ambient music." It's not really attention demanding, and you'll love it even doing other things while listening to it.

All in all, an interesting concept perfectly done. I honestly can't imagine all the effort that must have been put into Solidarity, but I do know that the result's near perfection. (9.9/10)

 

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