Biblical
The City That Always Sleeps

by Jim Di Gioia

October 27, 2017

Biblical, The City That Always Sleeps

The City That Always Sleeps is a Biblical’s big wake-up call to the world.

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There’s something prophetic about the title “Mature Themes”, the opening song on Biblical‘s sophomore album The City That Always Sleeps. It suggests both caution and confidence; a warning that Biblical are about to unleash a musical experience that isn’t for the faint-hearted. Wielding hard rock sensibilities, psychedelic stoner jams, and proto-prog rock freakouts, the sprawling eight-song set comes in at an economical 38 minutes and leaves the listener spell-bound and thoroughly spent.

The tone and tenor is set right off the top: the surf-rock-as-played-by-Motörhead guitar riffs of “Mature Themes” kicks open this tour de force before bleeding into the blissed-out barn-burner “The Last Thing I Remember”. From there, Biblical establish a balance of power and presence. There’s a palpable kinaesthetic energy coursing through “Fugue State”, “Gallows Humour”, and the title track, a dynamism usually foreign to Biblical’s sludgy, drone-rock brethren.

Nothing about The City That Always Sleeps is lumbering or laboured. It’s a masterful blend of metal’s fire and brimstone, shoegaze’s hypnotics, and the fervor of psychedelic rock. Bold, brawny, and unabashedly poised, The City That Always Sleeps is Biblical’s wake-up call to the world.

Jim Di Gioia

CoFounder at DOMINIONATED
Jim founded the music blog Quick Before It Melts in 2006 and was its principal writer until 2016, when its decade-long run ended 10 years to the day it started. DOMINIONATED is its spiritual successor. Jim currently serves as a Polaris Music Prize jurist and Prism Prize jurist.
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