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Album Review: Fliege - 'One Day They'll Wonder What Happened Here'

New York City duo Fliege self-releases their new horror film concept album, One Day They'll Wonder What Happened Here, based on John Carpenter's, The Thing.



Halloween may be over, but for film buffs like Fliege, horror films are more than just for one occasion, it's a part of their lifestyle. The New York City duo is back with a masterfully done conceptual record, One Day They'll Wonder What Happened Here. Based on the renowned horror classic, The Thing, self-released One Day They'll Wonder What Happened Here, is a gorgeous retelling scene for scene, celebrating the film, which turns 40 this year.

"Sight For The Snowblind" provides a slightly more denuded and melodic approach to their craft but still retains the heaviness we have received from each track. A major highlight on the record, it encapsulates everything the band is known for and more with a more evolved presentation."

More than just an homage to a film and John Carpenter, Fliege takes the time to appreciate all the nuances and themes within this film experience. Cleverly tied around themes that intermingle around the COVID pandemic: infection, isolation, and paranoia, Fliege found a way to blend the two, as a tribute to the film and the new world that was shaped around them.

Bringing flavors of 80's soundscapes around inventive, bellicose, modern metal structures, Fliege takes bringing this story to life to another level with its extreme instrumental and unique narrative approach.

From the beginning, One Day They'll Wonder What Happened Here starts with, "The Thaw," a macabre retro synth atmospheric approach that dives into an aura of agitated guitar assault, tenebrous screams, and instrumental dominance that lends itself to far more impressive moments on the record.

Other progressive moments that materialize on this record are, "Glaciers of Eden Pt. 1." Powerfully engaging at every turn, Fliege finds a way to blend rapacious instrumental and vocal energy with dramatically masterful storytelling.

Beautifully titanic points of interest soon follow with, "Man Is The Warmest Place To Hide." Fliege combines raw and pristine vocal brilliance with melodically difficult musical resonance to create a contentiously assertive listening experience that showcases all the technical ingenuity the band has to offer.

"Sight For The Snowblind" provides a slightly more denuded and melodic approach to their craft but still retains the heaviness we have received from each track. A major highlight on the record, it encapsulates everything the band is known for and more with a more evolved presentation.

The album comes to a close with two immersive experiences, "Blair Built A Spaceship" and finale, "Glaciers of Eden Pt. 2." Captivating and undeniably heavy, Fliege completes this introspective gem with a gratifying close.

One Day They'll Wonder What Happened Here blends many different rock nuances into an impressive foundation of retro-synths to create an inviting and beautifully emotional listening experience. While it delves into many deep themes of The Thing, it also possesses a clever metaphor for the world around us at this moment and time. When one can do that with music and film, it proves to show how talented the New York duo is narratively and instrumentally.



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