Often poetic, but also fierce; so is the sound of Texas natives This Will Destroy You. Working as a well oiled four man machine, the Magic Bullet golden boys unravel songs that expound on the perfect mix between airy ambient melodies and the heavy, at times brutish, motion of rock and roll. Holding nothing back, This Will Destroy You offers a marketable compromise between pedal rock and straight-from-the-guitar instrumental music – a sound that is absent from similar artists. With two solid full lengths and extensive touring under their belts, This Will Destroy You has already established themselves as a power house in the instrumental genre. However, with their newest release, Moving on the Edges of Things, the band takes a break from their normally cinematic sound and reveals a darker, more brooding side of the group, a side that up until now has never been so obvious.
The opening track, “Rituals,” already throws the listener off of the trail of generic This Will Destroy You and into a whole other realm of what is mostly sound and static. Although, under all of the chaos is the promise of some sort of organization. A faint melodic pattern can be recognized and with just under ten minutes, the song is allowed to blossom. It could be easy to write off the song as just another track trying to capture some weird, off the handle sound, that only a seven inch would allow time for, but with certain graces, the listener is able to understand the beauty behind the song. It’s just getting through the first three quarters of the track that might be difficult. As the song progresses, the band abandons the broken melody and unstable sound scheme and breaks into full instrumentation. Even though the end of the song might seem a bit more concrete, the haunting mask of static is never quiet, keeping an eerie fog present throughout the song even after it takes on its more logical structure.
The second track, “Woven Tears,” is heavy and grotesque, probably the heaviest song the band has released to date. The coolest part of this song is the size of the drum part. The pounding toms literally overwhelm the speakers, throwing the listener into a groove similar to Russian Circles or even bands like Pelican. However, the group still seems to provide the This Will Destroy You vibes that their fan base has been used to. Although this song is a step in a whole new direction for the band, it’s hard not to appreciate its contagious subtleties even without their normally upbeat color. Not nearly as cryptic as the first track, “Woven Tears” still has its share of experimental airs. Like the preceding song, a steady backdrop of noise is present throughout the track, but instead of taking a main part, as with “Rituals,” it serves only to highlight the overall tone of the song.
Overall, Moving On the Edges of Things is a black sheep in the This Will Destroy You discography, but judging by their newer material, it is only a messenger of what is to come. Dark, heavy and cryptic, it pulls no punches in bringing honest and unique instrumental rock to the listener. As Far as post-rock goes it is definitely on the more eccentric side, but with This Will Destroy You’s seasoned musical conscious, it’s hard to find anything drastically wrong with what the release has to offer. Besides the first track’s more than gracious length, one that seems to clash with the actual content of the song, there is little to be discontent with, and a lot to turn the heads of fans and newcomers alike. Moving On the Edges of Things proves to be an adequate segue to what is to come for This Will Destroy You.