120 Days: 120 Days II

Steven Spoerl

This sequel effort may further 120 Days' fan base, but it doesn't further much else.

120 Days

120 Days II

Label: Splendour
US Release Date: 2012-03-06
UK Release Date: 2012-03-06

120 Days II has a brief running time but it fills it with a unified vision. Unfortunately, there's not too much to make that vision stand out. It also struggles with an over-reliance on the EDM genre, which provides a limited palette. However, when the band strays from that and lets itself dip into more ambient territory, it seems to take on new life. This is especially evident on "Sleepless Nights #4", which wouldn't be out of place on a Swans album. In a best case scenario, 120 Days II will act as a stepping stone for 120 Days that guides them to more experimentation instead of tinkering with the same formulas. It's not difficult to imagine them making a classic album somewhere down the road.

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