Helms Alee Noctiluca

Noctiluca

Helms Alee

Released on April 26, 2019 by Sargent House

Main artist: Helms Alee

Genre: Pop/Rock > Rock > Metal

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The fifth full-length effort from the sludgy, but oh-so-melodious Puget Sound power trio, Noctiluca delivers the goods with a versatile ten-track set that plays fast and loose with heavy metal parameters. Named after bioluminescent marine algae that responds to stimuli -- it glows when it's turned on -- Helms Alee come out of the gate bucking with "Interachnid," a relentless bit of business that pits wailing post-rock guitar and seismic low end -- bassist Dana James' amp most definitely goes to 11 -- against a staccato dance-punk backbeat. Soaring just above the din are the sonically, but not emotionally disparate voices of James and drummer Hozoji Matheson-Margullis (all clarion clear) and guitarist Ben Verellen (all bestial might), who eke out some inventive overtones from their clean/scream partnership. The aptly named "Beat Up" follows suit, administering a continuous volley of haymakers, and a nice bit of major/minor guitar manipulation -- "Play Dead" presents itself as similarly unrelenting, before unveiling its soaring, harmony-laden back half. Helms Alee have always managed to coax multitudes of sound from their limited setup, but late-album gems like the cavernous "Spider Jar" and the shoegaze-y wonder of "Pandemic" feel downright stadium-sized in their aural ambitions -- they also sound like they were shot through a wormhole from the mid-'90s. Produced with steely efficacy by Sam Bell (Minus the Bear, R.E.M., the Cars), the nine-track Noctiluca feels both streamlined and expansive, and is easily Helms Alee's most multi-faceted and majestic outing to date. ~ James Christopher Monger
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Album : 1 disk - 10 tracks Total length : 00:40:56

  1. 1 Interachnid

    Dana James, Writer - Helms Alee, MainArtist - Benjamin Verellen, Writer - Hozoji Mattheson-Margullis, Writer Copyright : © 2019 Sargent House ℗ 2019 Sargent House

  2. 2 Beat Up

    Dana James, Writer - Helms Alee, MainArtist - Benjamin Verellen, Writer - Hozoji Mattheson-Margullis, Writer Copyright : © 2019 Sargent House ℗ 2019 Sargent House

  3. 3 Play Dead

    Dana James, Writer - Helms Alee, MainArtist - Benjamin Verellen, Writer - Hozoji Mattheson-Margullis, Writer Copyright : © 2019 Sargent House ℗ 2019 Sargent House

  4. 4 Be Rad Tomorrow

    Dana James, Writer - Helms Alee, MainArtist - Benjamin Verellen, Writer - Hozoji Mattheson-Margullis, Writer Copyright : © 2019 Sargent House ℗ 2019 Sargent House

  5. 5 Lay Waste, Child

    Dana James, Writer - Helms Alee, MainArtist - Benjamin Verellen, Writer - Hozoji Mattheson-Margullis, Writer Copyright : © 2019 Sargent House ℗ 2019 Sargent House

  6. 6 Illegal Guardian

    Dana James, Writer - Helms Alee, MainArtist - Benjamin Verellen, Writer - Hozoji Mattheson-Margullis, Writer Copyright : © 2019 Sargent House ℗ 2019 Sargent House

  7. 7 Spider Jar

    Dana James, Writer - Helms Alee, MainArtist - Benjamin Verellen, Writer - Hozoji Mattheson-Margullis, Writer Copyright : © 2019 Sargent House ℗ 2019 Sargent House

  8. 8 Pleasure Torture

    Dana James, Writer - Helms Alee, MainArtist - Benjamin Verellen, Writer - Hozoji Mattheson-Margullis, Writer Copyright : © 2019 Sargent House ℗ 2019 Sargent House

  9. 9 Pandemic

    Dana James, Writer - Helms Alee, MainArtist - Benjamin Verellen, Writer - Hozoji Mattheson-Margullis, Writer Copyright : © 2019 Sargent House ℗ 2019 Sargent House

  10. 10 Word Problem

    Dana James, Writer - Helms Alee, MainArtist - Benjamin Verellen, Writer - Hozoji Mattheson-Margullis, Writer Copyright : © 2019 Sargent House ℗ 2019 Sargent House

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  • The fifth full-length effort from the sludgy, but oh-so-melodious Puget Sound power trio, Noctiluca delivers the goods with a versatile ten-track set that plays fast and loose with heavy metal parameters. Named after bioluminescent marine algae that responds to stimuli -- it glows when it's turned on -- Helms Alee come out of the gate bucking with "Interachnid," a relentless bit of business that pits wailing post-rock guitar and seismic low end -- bassist Dana James' amp most definitely goes to 11 -- against a staccato dance-punk backbeat. Soaring just above the din are the sonically, but not emotionally disparate voices of James and drummer Hozoji Matheson-Margullis (all clarion clear) and guitarist Ben Verellen (all bestial might), who eke out some inventive overtones from their clean/scream partnership. The aptly named "Beat Up" follows suit, administering a continuous volley of haymakers, and a nice bit of major/minor guitar manipulation -- "Play Dead" presents itself as similarly unrelenting, before unveiling its soaring, harmony-laden back half. Helms Alee have always managed to coax multitudes of sound from their limited setup, but late-album gems like the cavernous "Spider Jar" and the shoegaze-y wonder of "Pandemic" feel downright stadium-sized in their aural ambitions -- they also sound like they were shot through a wormhole from the mid-'90s. Produced with steely efficacy by Sam Bell (Minus the Bear, R.E.M., the Cars), the nine-track Noctiluca feels both streamlined and expansive, and is easily Helms Alee's most multi-faceted and majestic outing to date. ~ James Christopher Monger

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