With the ferocity of a cornered beast, Northlane are truly untethered.
Released: 24th July 2015
The departure of vocalist Adrian Fitipaldes in the autumn of 2014 forced Northlane into an uncomfortable position. Adapt or die. Choosing the former Marcus Bridge joined the fold and, with a realigned sense of purpose, the band set about constructing ‘Node’.
From the wake up cry of “daydreamer, rise and shine,” the album charges with the sound of a band demanding a second chance; the initial double tap of ‘Soma’ and comeback track ‘Obelisk’ matched by the title track as a flourishing realisation that Northlane could become unstoppable.
With the ferocity of a cornered beast, Northlane are truly untethered. Crunching growls make way for textured delicacy as ‘Node’ swirls with atmosphere and focus. There are backwards glances into the abyss, and a few sneering digs at the way the world hangs, but for the most part Northlane are pushing forward, determined to make the most of the light.
‘Rot’ is a snarling anthem of determination, the self-contained journey of ‘Leech’ a carefully balanced wonder. Despite the occasion and all the distance covered, ‘Node’ feels effortless. The band have ducked pressure and pushed through to new possibilities with a daring sense of cohesion. Whether it’s the full throttle hurtle of ‘Ra’ or the deliberate meander of ‘Weightless’, they know how to command a recorded space.
“You can be the change,” Northlane implore on the title track; a simple message that lies at the heart of ‘Node’. “One small step will change the earth.” Ali Shutler