Late Night Venture - Tychonians

6 songs
41:15 minutes
***** ***


True to their three year rhythm, Danish quintet Late Night Venture are back with their third longplayer Tychonians, following the science fiction themed predecessor Pioneers Of Spaceflight. The albumís title is of course a reference to sixteenth century pioneer Tycho Brahe from Denmark who can very well be considered the father of modern astronomy. As man is still trying to figure out all the mysteries of space, we can all be seen as Tychonians.

Early in their career, Late Night Venture were still rooted in indie rock, but over time they moved into more serious waters, and the new album builds on the post rock elements that have been showing up especially on the last record. Late Night Venture are smart enough not just to deliver a kind of post rock by numbers album, but use elements from the most different genres to craft their very own brand of stoner doom neo psychedelia post rock metal, or whatever you feel like labelling it. Although the band has two vocalists (both of whom also play an instrument), there are hardly any vocals on the album. Whenever they are used, they are used sparingly but with a lot of effect.

The opener Stjerneborg, which is the name of Tycho Braheís underground observatory, is one of the darkest pieces I have ever heard from LNV. The band is more metal than rock here, with a definite penchant for doom. Despite all the gravitas, the guys never slip into self-indulgence but keep this powerful monster under five minutes, making it the shortest track on the album. The following Nebula is catchier, comes with a killer groove and shows the bandís stoner rock side. The more playful side comes with the next two tracks which are the longest on the album. Moon Shone On White Rock is nearly ten minutes long and has a certain Pink Floydish affinity. There are some rough vocals that not only add to the music but also helps to distinguish them from more run-of-the-mill post rock bands.

The second half mirrors what preceded, starting with the dreamy Halo Orbit which manages to shift from mellow atmospheres to pondering post metal drama. Revenge Motif and Praha conclude the album in that typical Late Night Venture style which always finds sweet moments for its otherwise full-on post metal onslaughts.

Tychonians may have fewer songs than its predecessor, and also has a quarter hour less music on it, yet still it feels more cohesive and mature. By mixing so many genres into their post rock / metal stew, Late Night Venture even manage to pull off something resembling modern progressive rock. Usually I prefer vocal bands, but Late Night Venture did the right choice a long time ago by concentrating their energies on more cerebral music that never forgets to have the gutsy moments that lend the music that dichotomy which eventually makes out the peculiar yet always affecting sound of Late Night Venture.

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