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PVRIS - All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell

PVRIS cement their position as a truly, truly special band.
PVRIS - All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell
Published: 7:48 pm, August 20, 2017
PVRIS cement their position as a truly, truly special band.

'Album' of 'the Week'


Label: Rise Records
Released: 25th August 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Sometimes, the greatest bands on the planet just know what makes them so special. It’s not a strict formula or a repeated structure to things, it’s a feeling - one that pulsates through from the moment that play button is clicked. For PVRIS, that feeling sharped its way into focus on debut album ‘White Noise’, the sort of record that stamps down a phenomenon in the flesh, becoming that record that thousands around the globe can go-to for solace and comfort. It opened the doors on a new kingdom, and on ‘All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell’, PVRIS expand on every aspect with a lightning bolt of electric earthquakes that cement their position as a truly, truly special band.

Everything hits and fizzes at the right points. ‘Heaven’ is a grand statement of a track that manages to jump between mountain-sized chants and slick breakdowns into one delicious bundle, ‘Half’ echoes late-80s romance while gritting its teeth for more and more while the electro-wrapped swagger of ‘Winter’ perfectly encapsulates a sound that PVRIS have well and truly trademarked. Every track feels like a call to arms, blending the depths of darkness with a strident grab of the throat that makes you feel every word, take ‘Separate’ and the reverberating echoes that rise from its depths. Taking that freedom which comes through hands in the air devotion yet maintaining that crux of emotion and intimacy, it’s a record of immeasurable importance.

If ‘White Noise’ was a stunning bolt into frame, then ‘All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell’ is the moment that PVRIS redefine the frame around them into one that’s exclusively theirs. It’s a record that will become a national call book - and sets them well and truly apart from the pack. That feeling is the one of a band taking over once and for all. Jamie Muir

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