Spring is finally here and as the old saying goes; “One good thing leads to another”, as German post rockers Long Distance Calling make a most welcome return with album number four – The Flood Inside. The first point of note here is that there are vocals. Sure, the group have recorded with guest vocalists in the past such as big name artists Jonas Renkse (Katatonia) and John Bush (Anthrax). However following the departure of Reimut von Bonn back in April 2012, the band have welcomed Martin “Marsen” Fischer (Pigeon Toe and ex-Fear My Thoughts), to provide vocals and also keyboard. This was the next logical step for the quintet, yet there are still some tracks on here that are purely instrumental. Fischer sings three of the eight tracks on The Flood Inside. Once more there are many guest appearances with names including Vincent Cavanagh (Anathema), Petter Carlsen and Henrik Freischlader to name but a few. Opening track ‘Nucleus’ builds from the off with some slick drumming from Janosch Rathmer and also features some very nice bluesy guitar interplay and is a real joy to hear. Another major improvement in our opinion here is the sound of the drums – they have always been excellent on record but the group have managed to fatten the sound of the toms much more on The Flood Inside making it a real beast, see ‘Ductus’. Elsewhere the dreamlike ‘Waves’ sails along with a commanding momentum provided by yet another fine drum performance. This is a fine offering from one of the best in the business, their second best work after the impeccable Pièce de résistance Avoid The Light from 2009.
Long Distance Calling are:
David Jordan (Guitar), Florian Füntmann (Guitar), Jan Hoffmann (Bass), Janosch Rathmer (Drums), Martin “Marsen” Fischer (Vocals, Keyboard).