Cold Body Radiation – The Orphan Lyre

Rating: 3/5
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M. – All instruments


1. The Ghost of My Things
2. Sinking of a Wish
3. All the Little Things You Forget Are Stored in Heaven
4. At Sea
5. Orphean Lyre
6. Spiral Clouds
7. You Where Missing
8. The Forever Sun



Cold Body Radiation are a post rock, one man band from Holland, and it’s back with the new album The Orphan Lyre. It follows the effort The Clear Path. CBR’s member, known only as ‘M’ has evolved, by abandoning his more extreme sounds, whilst keeping his melancholic vibes.

M. doesn’t just write sad music, however, he writes the heavenly kind of music Jesus listens to, when feeling either holy, sleepy or contemplative. Yes, this band’s album elicits a number of emotions in its listener, with its atypical and expressive harmony. You don’t get bombarded with mere power chords or triads on this album. Even so, the crystalline, keyboard heavy orchestration could be a little more varied. Especially as the other individual instruments are never really given an opportunity to stand out and shine. Considering how smooth and pleasing this album is on the whole, the drums are incompatibly heavy, slightly out of time, and distracting. What’s most distracting of all, however, is the way no songs really finish, they just stop. Because of this, the album feels uncompleted. Why M didn’t just fade his compositions out, is a mystery. If he did do that, it would be understandable, as the technique would add to the hypnotic effect he creates.

Fair enough, writing his trance-like music at a fast speed would be a challenge, but still, this artist needs to do something that makes his tracks stand apart from each other more. Simply describing different moods, isn’t enough. That being said, this guy seems to have an interesting source of influences. This may be a bit of an odd thing to say about a post rock band, but when listening to his work, you may be reminded of atmospheric black metal bands, like Drudkh and their Autumn Aurora. Both they and Cold Body Radiation know how to get the most out of various concepts, without becoming monotonous, and both seem to be relatively uninterested in writing traditional rock or metal guitar riffs. As all instrumental parts seem to be considered equal, maybe the utilisation of solo riffs, even though potentially welcome, could distract from the overall effort. Perhaps that’s what CBR was thinking, perhaps not.

To sum up, TOL is music about all its instruments together, and not about individual heroism. However, as many songs are similar to each other, it could do with more singularity every now and then, to spice things up. This music may appeal to those looking to unwind, or those who are looking for something a little deeper than the standard rock band. However, it does have its flaws.

Review by: Simon the Mighty