After spending close to a decade of his life with ‘The Sleeping’, you’d be forgiven for thinking vocalist Douglas Robinson might want to have a rest from creating music for a while. Instead, he almost instantly launched a new band ‘Night Verses’.’ Night Verses’ wasted absolutely no time in making a name for themselves. Releasing an EP ‘Out of the Sky’ in the same year they formed, Night Verses made it clear they wanted to progress as a band as quickly as possible. The release of their EP along with acclaimed UK shows helped create a well-deserved buzz around a band that seemed to constantly be grafting their asses off anywhere they could. Whilst the impressive live shows and admirable work ethic certainly helped create the buzz, it’s the music itself that has grabbed people’s attention; A sophisticated and intricate rhythm section soaked in grooves, Night Verses sound is impressive to say the least.
‘Lift Your Existence’ continues where ‘Out of the Sky’ left off. Wasting no time in displaying exactly why there is such a buzz around this band. The opening track ‘Introducing; The Rot under the Sun’ boasts diverse guitar riffs throughout and a rhythm section that might even impress ‘Rush’ fans (I said MIGHT) . It’s THAT impressive. However, Vocalist Douglas Robinson makes sure this isn’t a band that will only appeal to fans of more progressive music. His powerful and at times colossal vocal hooks provide the cream(Or the custard, whatever tickles your fancy) , on top of the cherry, on top of the cake. It’s the vocals that pull everything together and make sure ‘Night Verses’ are a band you won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
Despite this being the band’s debut, they have made it blatantly clear that they aren’t afraid to experiment with their sound. Displaying a delicate, melodic intro to ‘Celestial Fires’ played on the Xylophone and even daring to use Bongos at one point during ‘Parasomnia’ . It’s a promising sign for any band’s future when they are willing to experiment on their debut. However, ‘Night Verses’ have also decided to lump as many songs as possible on their debut. That isn’t to say there are particularly poor songs on ‘Lift Your Existence’, but it is difficult for most bands to keep the attention of the listener for just over 73 minutes. That being said, the staggering talent that all of the members of ‘Night Verses’ hold is something that resides throughout the entire album.
Whilst the ‘Lift Your Existence’ might test your attention span, it will also leave your jaw on the floor at times. The rhythm section is something to behold throughout the entire album and Douglas has also displayed his ability to write completely enormous hooks. It’s an album that might require a considerable amount of your time before you can fully digest it, but it will also keep impressing and surprising you until the very end. With this album, ‘Night Verses’ have convincingly shown that they have all of the components to achieve much larger things in the future. Watch this space.