Hull, Beyond the Lightless Sky
The goal is to overwhelm
If you like Neurosis, you’ll like Hull. Vocalist Nick Palmirotto has a barrel-chested bellow similar to Scott Kelly’s, and the rhythm section creates a mighty Neurosis-style thunder. But there’s more to the Brooklyn band’s music than that; the spiraling guitars in the album’s 11-minute opener, “Earth from Water,” are Baronesque, and in the song’s final third, a female voice can be heard yelling from the back, bringing to mind Kylesa’s male-female vocal duality. Beyond the Lightless Sky alternates vocal tracks with instrumentals and short interludes (one of which features guest vocals from Jarboe); juxtaposes loosely strung, forcefully strummed acoustic guitars and roaring electric ones; and is apparently a concept album, though the lyrics are mostly incomprehensible. It doesn’t matter. The goal is to overwhelm, and “Earth from Water,” the solo-studded “Fire Vein,” the massive, herds-of-mastodon-crossing-the-plains “False Priest” and album closer “In Death, Truth” all accomplish that objective with ease.