October File – The Application of Loneliness, Ignorance, Misery, Love and Despair – An Introspective of the Human Condition – Reviewed by Ashlinn Nash

Rating:  4.5/5
Distributor/label: Candlelight
Released: 2014
Buy Album [URL]:Plastic Head
Band Website: www.octoberfile.co.uk/

Pic (1)Band line-up:

Ben Hollyer  – Vocals
Matt Lerwill -Guitar
Steve Beatty -Bass
John Watt -Drums


01 I Fuck the Day
02 Heroes Are Welcome
03 Reinvention
04 The Water
05 Upon Reflection
06 Elation
07 Where the Clouds Meet the Horizon
08 All Rise All Fail
09 To Be Watched Upon




October File have come a long way since “Long walk on a short pier” [2004], with five releases in between, it’s no surprise there is a leap in sound change. The London based four piece are back with  latest release “The Application of Loneliness, Ignorance, Misery, Love and Despair – An Introspective of the Human Condition” is as ambitious and as conceptual as the name suggests. It’s release also marks a tenth anniversary for the band too it’s something beautifully intense and dramatic.

Opening with the somewhat powerfully chaotic “I fuck the day” that  is one of the best perfected openings to grace an album in a long time, followed swiftly by “Heroes are welcome” that brings the listener back to the traditional October File sound, fully loaded and a treat on the ears.

As you work through the album the musical break downs are more developed than previous albums and have an enriched tone and elegance to them that a lot of bands within the genre are lacking at the moment.

“The Water” opens up the album to music fans who would prefer something on the doomier side, as its slugs in which deep reverb encased melodies and a sense of magnitude. While in compare tracks like “Elation” welcome back the aspects of melodic post-rock and an undeniable Killing Joke Influence.

“Where the clouds meet the Horizon” offers the listener somewhat of 2000’s grunge journey with its double drum Melvin’s style drumming and Jaz Coleman styled strained singing that is a cosmic blend. The album is not complete without a heavier than a twelve tonne rhino track “To be watched upon” that flows in and gives the listeners ears a lasting impression and pure exhaustion from listening to it.

It’s sad to hear the relatively short album [nine tracked] album end, while you are exhausted by its heaviness you want to listen more at the same time.  With its places of experimentation, development this is an album that not only is a album that bears something fresh on the ears with its sultry array of drifting in chords that are balanced within a strong wall of sound that swirls into a post-rock paradise but one that will impress new audiences to come.

Review by Ashlinn Nash