Weesp “Black Sails” Album review

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Weesp has been around for a few years and released a few albums. They’ve even toured across Europe and amassed a decent following on social media. However, they are largely unknown. This is an unfortunate, yet common, theme with numerous talented and passionate artists across the world.

Black Sails came out in the spring, so yes my review is late. But, it is still here for your enjoyment and education.

Their Sound

Weesp is described as an “alternative rock, metal, post metal, electronic” band. They employ heavy instruments and electronic and synthetic elements. Right off the bat, it is obvious they defy the barriers of genres. I see this as a good thing. In my interview with the band, the said from the beginning, they wanted to make their “own music not limited by the frames of a certain genre and its rules”. I love the creative spirit that flows through both their words and music. It is very inspirational to hear bands doing things the way they want to, rather than how a record company wants them to.

Weesp splices together aspects from different genres, borrowing whatever ideas and elements the band members collectively decide on incorporating. Overall, this unique sound is coated in moody tones and rich with thick riffs and dark notions. Yet, despite this seemingly pessimistic attitude, the band’s overall message and lyrics are hopeful and positive.

Opinion

In true Weesp fashion, Black Sails has a dismal atmosphere, but once you get inside the record and examine it a little closer, it is drenched with a gloriously positive message. “Lean on the shoulders of those who still stand”, the title track’s chorus reads, “Stand your ground, face common dreads/Don’t let the world break you and you will change it someday”. This uplifting message is strewn across their band’s one-of-a-kind blend.

Black Sails is largely radio friendly, yet it has a raw edge that brings the lyrics and music closer to home. This makes it feel more personal, while still appealing to a bigger audience. Sometimes the band cranks out heavier grooves. The opening track, “Who We Are” is a great example of this. Songs like this show an obvious connection to “metal” and harder rock. Yet, Weesp is capable of stripping away the screaming and heavy drumming. The single, “Illumination”, is a supreme example of their capacity to construct a ballad.

Songs Worth Investigating

“Illumination” was one of the first songs I heard by Weesp. It is slower, as I mentioned. This meshes well with Alexey Fallco’s vocal style. The song is haunting, atmospheric and a must listen to for anyone looking to expand their music library.

“Who We Are” is a heavier tune, though it is dripping with emotion. Alexey is great at communicating passion and angst in the same breath. He can switch between gentle notions and a screaming fit in seconds.

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