Even with my love of the rock and hard-rock genre, I have never listened to an album quite like L’appel Du Vide. It is not often that I can hear a story being told through the lyrics of an album, but Tress Will Tell is definitely telling a story through the emotion they put in their music. Fear, sadness, grief, hope, I could feel all of those emotions as I listened to the album. Each and every song in this album exudes emotion and feeling and not just in its lyrics. The first track, “Hiraeth”, which is mainly an instrumental piece, is a prime example of this.
“Hiraeth” starts out with a soft and steady rhythm that seems to provoke a feeling of sadness and nostalgia that evolves into the fast-paced and heavy set of guitar riffs and drumbeats that is a common reoccurrence within the album, including its sudden drop in dynamics and intensity before it rises to its previous state. This new rhythm adds a sense of desperation to the song that sparks a myriad of emotions from the listener as there seems to be no source or reason to this feeling, even when the lyrics start at the last minute.
Tracks such as 3 and 4, “From the Blue” and “Nevermind the Beating Heart” respectively, too hold a level of emotion that is centered more through the lyrics of the song. “From the Blue”, as the name suggests, speaks of sadness and grief, even with the energetic and fast rhythm that starts the song and returns in the chorus. The lyrics speak of sadness and disappointment as the vocalist shouts “…you lie to me!”, expressing the feeling of betrayal that the storyteller is feeling. It is also with this song that lyrics seem to take the forefront of album unlike the more instrumental approach of its predecessors. This shift is especially prevalent in track 4.
In a way, “Nevermind the Beating Heart” reminds me of Skillet’s “Looking for Angels”. Both songs seem to focus more on the lyrics and the message they tell rather than the instrumental aspect of the song. “Nevermind the Beating Heart” speaks of the hatred, hurt, fear, and how no one truly cares about the “beating heart” of the protagonist as they are told to abandon their dreams. Yet, despite the initial negativity, as the vocals become harsher and louder, the musical rhythm grows brighter as if, despite all they see, there is a spark of hope within the storyteller. A single ray of light in a dark world.
Like track 4, track 6’s “Tendril of Corruption” also puts more focus on lyrics, though I, admittedly, couldn’t understand what was being said. However, despite the language barrier, I could feel its negativity and, from what I could tell, a struggle that becomes palpable as the short song continues. After this, the remaining tracks gain a blend of instrumental and lyrical influences that I feel make the final four tracks stronger than the others, especially the final track, “Find Me, Fix Me”.
Track 10 is the perfect conclusion to this kind of album. Lyrically, it feels like the protagonist is expressing their previously internal struggle, summing up the album. The song ends with a bright and peaceful guitar riff that gives the entire song a lighter and hopeful finish. All of this coupled with the song’s title, “Find Me, Fix Me”, gives me the impression that the entire album has been the protagonist speaking of their internal pain and strife to a therapist and the ending solo was the protagonist feeling, not content, but lighter, as if a weight had been taken from their shoulders. A perfect end to such an impactful story told through music.