Review: Sunflo’er – No Hell (Noise Salvation, Sep 28)

No Hell is a record that covers a lot of ground in a relatively short amount of time. These three musicians, whose work outside this album I unfortunately know nothing about, take the listener on an angry odyssey through ambitious style experiments, atmosphere building, and incendiary blasts of all-out aggression. No Hell could easily have fallen apart at the seams, overstuffed with the staggering amount of stuff that gets thrown at you, but it doesn’t. Not even close. Each time the final notes of beautiful closer “Good Old Way (Reprise)” arrive, it feels like the album just started a few minutes ago. “Loup Garou” is a fiery start with labyrinthine songwriting, “No Gate to Close” adds almost black metal-esque flavors with its fast-picked guitars and driving drum blasts even as the anthem “there is hope beyond these teeth!” is called out, “No Hell” delivers more scalding fury in under a minute than many artists can introduce in ten, “Days Gone” slowly crushes with its patient texture layering and false crescendos…and that’s all in the first six tracks of the LP, about twenty minutes! The sheer eclectic density and the cohesive package in which it is presented is what keeps me coming back to No Hell pretty much every day since its release.