Eulcid The Wind Blew All The Fires Out

Hailing from the fertile musical grounds of Boston, MA, Eulcid's debut full-length surpasses all the potential that their Crane EP demonstrated while growing in leaps and bounds as musicians and as songwriters. The Wind Blew All the Fires Out is a simply superb album comprised of jagged riffs that swirl, scrape and scratch; discordant leads that weave their way in and out of the melodic/screamed vocals, which crack and falter with the perfect amount of emotion; and inspired musicianship that walks the line between understated and complex. While comparisons to the Washington, DC's '90s indie rock/post punk movement are not without justification, and plays a large influence in their sound, Eulcid is by no means derivative, building upon that foundation and surpassing it. Tracks such as "Single Sender," "Reaction Impulse Theory" and "Perfect" are as much indie-based noise rock as they are journeys through divergent sonic soundscapes that seem to flow together (as all the tracks do throughout the album) all the while building upon swirling guitars that break into post punk fury and discordant excess, yet retain an underlying thread of melody throughout. Eulcid's greatest strength, however, may be their ability to explore divergent tangents within the context of any given song, be it harsh, restrained or even progressive, without ever losing their way. Regardless, The Wind Blew All The Fires Out is a breathtaking album, both sonically and visually, which deserves to be recognised as greater than the sum of its parts. (Second Nature)