Swarm of the Lotus / When White Becomes Black
Album: When White Becomes Black   Collection:General
Artist:Swarm of the Lotus   Added:Nov 2004
Label:At a Loss Recordings  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2004-11-29 Pull Date: 2005-01-31 Charts: Loud
Week Ending: Jan 23 Dec 26 Dec 19 Dec 5
Airplays: 1 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Nov 02, 2006: Cognitive Overload
Committed to Ash
4. Dec 17, 2004: Baptism of Solitude
Committed to Ash
2. Jan 19, 2005: The Sun Never Sets on Cool
Burn Autumn Burn
5. Dec 01, 2004: Mr. Sparkle Challenge
Cherry Chocolate Salamander
3. Dec 21, 2004: Baptism of Solitude
Committed to Ash

Album Review
Reviewed 2004-11-28
Very heavy hard rock that walks the line between metal, hard rock, and hardcore. They have a big, down tuned, pummeling sound. They have a pretty unique sound which has parts old Isis (or old Neurosis), 16, and touches of Mastodon. From Baltimore.
**1. Feedback and noise into a heavy pummeling sound. Damn this is heavy. Changes speeds a couple times. Damn this is relentless.
**2. More discordance and a slow gallop.
**3. Another dissonant tracks with slower parts that are heavy and oppressive. Actually this track goes through a lot of changes.
**4. Short and faster.
5. Just discordant guitar and drums for the first 30 or so seconds. Lots of stopping and starting. A surprisingly melodic 2nd half of the song.
6. Fast right from the start. Some electronics to add to the chaos. The track slows way down in the middle and gets very quiet.
7. Another shorter fast track. This reminds me of Dillinger Escape Plan some.
**8. Even more discordant. A slow march which if you can believe it eventually gets to blast beats. The track ends with a huge sound pummeling sound.
**9. The most grindcore track but not until the 2nd half and then the track goes silent for a bit around 3 minutes in. It goes in and out of very quiet parts the rest of the track.
**10. The guitars have a distinct Pelican/Isis sound. Big and heavy but melodic. At about the halfway point the track completely changes getting very discordant.
11. The longest track. It starts quiet with just guitar and doesn’t get heavy until 2 minutes in. The last 2 minutes are a fadeout with lots of feedback.
Good stuff. -mph

Track Listing
1. Cherry Chocolate Salamander   6. Seeing Truth
2. Committed to Ash   7. Serpent Within
3. Strength of Inner Eyes   8. An Ocean of Fire
4. Volatile   9. Episode Infinity
5. From Embers   10. Burn Autumn Burn
  11. Stained Glass Oubliette