Review: +1476+ — Our Season Draws Near

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1. +1476+ is from Salem, Massachusetts of all places. There is so much metal cred oozing from this fact that it begs the question: Why aren’t more metal bands from Salem? 

2. Their new album, Our Season Draws Near, was quietly released by Prophecy Productions in March. When I say quietly, I mean even a bat couldn’t have heard this thing drop. I’m mad at myself for not knowing this album existed. I’m madder at Prophecy for their soft marketing touch.

3. Prophecy has a hard-on for dark folk blended with metal, and +1476+ certainly does that, but they do it in a way that is miraculously fresh and surprising.

4. I could waste this entire review trying to parse out the alchemical mix of genres at play on Our Season Draws Near. But nobody’s got time for that, so I’ll just waste this part right here. This album is predominantly post-hardcore and folk, with strains of D-beat and indie rock and one or two tips o’ the cap to black metal. So, like, 80% post-hardcore, 15% folk rock and 5% Hüsker Dü. 

5. I’m not even going to explain that last part. I’m just going to leave that lying there for you to ponder or ignore.

6. Doubtless my impressions of the album’s vibe are influenced by the cover art. Be that as it may, this thing positively screams NEW ENGLAND. It reminds me of dramatic skies, wooded hills and fickle weather patterns; of clam chowder and small lakes and Lyme Disease; of life endured in close proximity to both forest and sea. I do not believe that Our Season Draws Near could have been forged anywhere else in the world.

7. The vocals are the star of the show. In moments of quietude they are breathy and fragile; when the songs rage, the vocals rage along with disarming, barely contained emotion. This guy’s got a wide range of textures to work with, from melodic singing to hardcore-inflected shout-singing to a full-on manic shriek. As a lyricist, he ain’t too shabby neither, spinning wordy and eloquent tales of isolation, failure and Seasonal Effective Disorder.

8. Which leads us to the fact that this is a major feel-bad album. But it’s so intimate and beautiful and rousing that it opens up a whole color palette with which to paint its dismal moods. And in doing so reminds us that sometimes it feels very very good to feel very very bad.

9. I am writing this review in list form because either A) I cannot for the life of me shit out these ideas in an elegant way or B) I like it when Roberto Bolaño does this type of thing so I’m giving it a whirl.

10. Album highlights include THE WHOLE FUCKING THING.

11. I said before that Our Season Draws Near is surprising. How so, you ask? Well, for one it sounds like an incoherent genre-hop at first, but the longer you listen the more you see how blissfully these disparate elements coexist. Take a song like “Solitude (Exterior)”, a bittersweet acoustic ballad which suddenly erupts into sour chords and blastbeats around the 3:45 mark. Or “Solitude (Interior)”, in which wretched vocals materialize amidst a driving post-punky chorus. These might not look like the most graceful shifts on paper, but they are executed so deftly that you’ll soon realize the songs could not have unfurled any other way.

12. Sad folk lovers rejoice! Our Season Draws Near is bookended by brooding acoustic ditties the likes of which Agalloch often attempted but never really landed.

13. Here are some pictures of New England that look like +1476+ sounds.

14. You can purchase Our Season Draws Near digitally here or on physical media here. +1476+ would prefer you to follow them on Instagram but…I don’t know how to use it so I guess just go find them there yourself.

15. Rating time. I’ve scored Our Season Draws Near at:

ONE GIANT DISEASE-INFESTED DEER TICK (=5 FLAMING TOILETS OV HELL)

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  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    Salem is a cool little town until the endless stream of school busses barf their pre-teens into the streets for their witchcraft tour

  • The Arm(KJM)

    I’ve been to Salem maybe twice in my life.

    • GL

      Plz tell me it was to see some dope “Witches-esq” band???

      • The Arm(KJM)

        Nah, just visiting a friend and seeing a couple bookstores.

    • It’s actually an annoying tourist trap with all the “Magic” shops and shit.

      • The Arm(KJM)

        For the most part, yes.

  • Howard Dean
    • Hans

      The top one – Eerie, Indiana?

      • Howard Dean

        They’re both from the movie Hocus Pocus.

  • GL

    These tunes are really good Richter. Thanks duuuuuuudde.

  • Howard Dean

    Towns in Massachusetts creepier than Salem:

    –Fall River
    –Lawrence
    –Lowell
    –Springfield
    –Holyoke
    –New Bedford

    https://www.roadsnacks.net/images/2015/12/ghetto-massachusetts/4.jpg

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      I went to that Yankee Candle factory in Massachusetts once

      • Howard Dean

        Ah, the good ol’ Land of 10,000 Sneezes. I know it well.

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          It was cool. Was that in Lowell or Lenox?

          • Howard Dean

            Neither. Their main factory and store is in South Deerfield.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I honestly didn’t remember as that was years ago.

          • Joaquin Stick

            I only went because it was right down the road from a brewery, and I was waiting for it to open. Wouldn’t go again/10.

    • I watched that 90s documentary about crack in Lowell. It seemed pretty, uh, unpleasant.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        Is this on Netflix? I might watch it.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I shall watch this.

        • more beer

          You don’t need to watch that. Just go for a walk around Poughkeepsie. That way you get the live experience.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            That is an accurate depiction of the City of Poughkeepsie. I’m amazed Dokken is coming here in October.

          • Óðinn

            Dokken heard the crack in Poughkeepsie is to die for.

            Butt seriously, Dokken will play any state fair in Bumfuck, USA for a few dollars. What makes Poughkeepsie any different?

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            They’re performing my local venue.

          • Óðinn

            Are you going?

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Most likelym

          • Óðinn

            Enjoy the show, JJD! I hope it’s good.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I will enjoy it. Same thing with Dirkschneider in February.

          • Óðinn

            Korn is coming to the McCann Arena.

            http://www.mitchkorn.com

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            That’s not the Korn I was thinking of.

      • Howard Dean

        Yeah, I remember it being on HBO back in the day. I think I took three consecutive showers after watching it.

      • I went to college in Lowell. I’ve seen worse.

      • The Arm(KJM)

        It’s slowly but surely getting to be a better place. Unfortunately, gentrification is a big part of that.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      Springfield has a nice Six Flags and the Basketball Hall Of Fame.

      • Howard Dean

        The “Big E” (Eastern States Exposition) is in/near Springfield, too. There are a couple of cool spots, but for the most part it’s not a great place.

    • The Arm(KJM)

      Isn’t Holyoke just one big shooting gallery/crack house at this point?

      • Howard Dean

        Haha, pretty much. They do have a big ass shopping mall (and the Volleyball Hall of Fame!), though.

  • GL

    Tip: If you end up getting a tick buried in your skin, after you pull it out, keep it in a plastic baggie in your freezer. If you end up getting sick later on, that doctors can test the tick. It could really help diagnose you faster. Not that I have ever been sick. Just relaying information!

    Pro tip: To get a tick out, use a match or lighter and put the flash up close to the tick, it will back right out. Otherwise, it is messy.

    • Howard Dean

      These little guys are pretty handy, too (especially for getting them off pets):

      https://aftergadget.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/tick-key.jpg

    • lagerbottoms

      I get ticks so fuckin often, I just pull them out with my fingers and squish them between the flats of my thumbnails … I never got sick of them (Although I’m really sick of ticks)

  • Joaquin Stick

    I was in Salem for the first time less than 48 hours ago. Got fucking rained on. Sucked. Otherwise it’s a quaint little down that didn’t seem very spooky because it’s overrun with “tourist spoopy” shit. Really pleasant downtown area though.

    Also I reaaaaally dig this music. Thanks Richter.

  • a Richter review that I enjoyed, that only happens…every time. amazing stuff too.
    do you recommend paying $2 extra for the “Luxus” edish?

  • Hans

    1. Thanks for writing this
    2. Thanks for making me check this again because oh-so-busy me didn’t even listen to the whole first track before dismissing it the first time around and may have still done so upon hearing the vocals on the second track
    3. Screw you a little bit for making me get over myself and give this a fair chance, thereby risking that it gets to me on some level
    4. Also thank you for that, I guess, maybe. It’s probably therapeutic and I’ll learn something about myself or some shit. I mean, whatever.

  • I only understand 30% of Richter reviews, but it’s an alluring pasttime to forget the bad times. So, this review gets 5/5 Blair Witch Project 2, jajaja.

    https://media.giphy.com/media/MzThrtM1OmbNC/giphy.gif

    • You get me. You really get me.

  • themaleshoegaze

    This sounds great, was expertly written up to get me interested and I’ll be sure to check it out once my shuffle goes off its winning streak or some other time, but SHOUTOUT right here for the Bolaño name check, that guy certainly rules! (And I haven’t even read the Wild Detectives yet. Looking forward.)

    • The American title is Savage Detectives and it’s a MASTERPIECE.

      • themaleshoegaze

        Ah, I knew ‘wild’ didn’t sound right! I’ve read a couple shorter novels, some short stories and 2066, but stopped with Bolaño for the moment. I’m learning Spanish and hoping to be able to read the originals sometime. If not I’ll go back to translations, but the Detectives are in line no matter what.

        1476, first two songs pretty damn good btw, let’s see how the singing works out for me over the whole album.

  • Stockhausen

    Hit play on track one, am now sad boi, want to keep being so through whole album. Richter does not lead astray.