Written, performed and recorded in November 2020 for National Solo Album Month, “This Is Not For You” is a sprawling and ambitious debut affair from No Sky Can Blind Us, an experimental project by West of House singer Erick Bieger. The 34-minute song is broken down into nine movements and a coda, and is to be considered an album unto itself. Loosely inspired by the novel “House of Leaves” by Mark Z. Danielewski, “This Is Not For You” seeks to capture the internal chaotic struggle of mental illness, specifically schizophrenia – a theme which runs through every note and lyric. It’s designed to be intentionally jarring, genre hopping from brutal extremes to droning ambient beauty, and taking the listener through their own journey of peace and chaos.
Bieger’s debut solo effort is a standout of its calibre. Starting off with a hyper EDM intro and merging into a multifaceted and multilayered metal signature sound, every sequence of this anthology track leads into something more progressive as the duration of the song plays out. The musicianship factors are heavily apparent in every measure and really showcases the versatility and creativity of the artistic merit. The performance and production value parallels each other perfectly and really encapsulates an atmospheric aura that gives this project the authenticity it truly conveys. Bieger brings forth a visceral take on several metal sub genres from symphonic metal to black metal and really diversifies the approach with cleverly executed production techniques and atmospheric textures that add the multi layers in all the right places. This anthology is doused with raw talent, unsurpassed originality and deserves undivided attention from start to finish.
The staying power is very real and this is also the type of project you can listen to uninterrupted. No skipping sequences necessary. Prepare to get your mind blown. “This Is Not For You” releases on April 3rd and will be available on several digital music streaming platforms. Keep your eyes (and ears) open.
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