Breaching is the debut album from Leeds-based, 6-piece, post-metallers Hundred Year Old Man.
Hot on the heels of recent EP Rei, Breaching emits the same heaving intensity and unforgiving, wall of sound approach. Dense and billowing riffs are intertwined with field recordings and spoken word passages to form an unyielding, sprawling piece of work that delivers the bands artistic vision perfectly. The more ambient, drone sections of the record compliment and allow the real songs to take flight. Debut single Black Fire is reworked to give the track a new lease of life, whilst the other heavy hitters here; The Forest, Long Wall, Disconnect and Ascension are a continuation of the excellent work found on the Rei EP.
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Breaching contains masses of atmosphere and is a ferocious and immersive listening experience. An epic, monolithic voyage full of texture, depth, aggression and emotion. This is an album that should be approached as a whole, with patience and attention. The rewards will deliver a unique, crushing and quite simply superb record.
"Channelling existential dread Hundred Year Old Man have built on the solid foundation of their promising debut ep to deliver a fearsome, reverential post metal tour de force. Muscular guitars shift like tectonic plates, grinding with just enough melody to make ‘Breaching’ such a compelling journey." Atom Smasher
"These pieces have a very organic flow to them as well, resisting the tried and tested quiet-loud-quiet-loud dynamic in favour of a dense, slow-burning assault. These songs gradually beat against you like waves against a coastline until you’re ground down completely, rendered a shivering, submissive pile of goo by the time ten-minute closer ‘Ascension’ has finished crashing down. A damn good time, in other words." The Quietus
"A stunning piece of post-metal" GBHBL
"If heavy music that fights convention and pigeon holing is what you crave, then “Breaching” may be for you." Drifting, Almost Falling
"An immense and immersive hour which balances beauty and brutality" Aural Aggravation
"Hundred Year Old Man have created an incredible debut record with Breaching. In a genre where you’d struggle to stand out amongst your peers, they’ve cemented themselves as a strong contender for it’s next poster boys. You’d struggle to find anything better this year, within the post-metal confines than this record." Noizze
"I strongly suggest that you turn out the lights, turn up the volume, and expose yourself to Breaching. You won’t regret it. Quality stuff." WonderBoxMetal
"Offering droning instrumentation, volume shifts and cinematic grandeur in both the vocal and melody departments, it has all the ingredients to make a truly unforgettable statement on an album that’s been crafted with such care and detail already." This Noise Is Ours
"The loud parts they will serve fans of Isis, Sand, Wiegedood and Neurosis, while at the other moments of Swans, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and the former Red Harvest. It is all of an almost indescribable power and splendor. What a compelling and overwhelming album this is." Subjectivisten