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Until Silence by Roll the Dice sounds like a soundtrack to the Bioshock video game series. It's almost impossible to listen to this record having played any of the games in the Bioshock series without thinking that certain moments perfectly suit soundtracking a homicidal maniac's rovings around an underwater city (Rapture) or city in sky (Columbia).

No, I haven't been playing a lot of video games recently, but sure, I am a fan of the Bioshock series. I may have taken the day off work on Bioshock Infinite launch day. And yes, I may have become antsy around midday as the game still hadn't arrived, and bought another copy from a local store (the deluxe edition - I still have the keyring) so I could play the game as soon as possible. Even given all of that, the more I listen to Until Silence, the more I can't sever the two. It's not an album that's grown out of that relationship. There are songs which sound almost exactly like tracks from the existing soundtracks which are out there (they are excellent). 'Coup de Grâce' is a mix of 'The Songbird' and 'Battle For Columbia I' from the Bioshock Infinite Soundtrack, 'Perpetual Motion' is like 'The Dash' from the first Bioshock soundtrack, and the closing track from that same original soundtrack, 'All Spliced up', has elements of nearly everything present on Until Silence.

Okay, hopefully that point has been made. For those of you who have never played a Bioshock game before, I have to go into a little more detail. This is post-rock, with strings that bite, crescendos and explosions of sound, unsettling tribal percussion, and a beating heart that makes the music come alive as it narrates its tale. Roll the Dice, a duo based in Stockholm, throw electronic sounds into the mix, sounds which manage to respect the rich, live instrumentation. Their third album, Until Silence, is a pleasant listen, but falls at a couple of key moments.

There's a lot of good here: 'Blood In Blood Out' is an engrossing opener that manages to set the tone well, and never feels as long as it actually is; 'Assembly' is the longest track on the record at just under ten-minutes, yet gets right the variation it needs to engross to the end; 'Aridity' plays with syncopation and feels the most un-earthly track on here, but still manages to feel alive, like Frankenstein's monster, built from stray parts into something horrible, but unmissable; 'Haunted Piano' is perhaps the most delicate piece here, and could easily have badly concluded in different hands. Unfortunately, there are some areas which just don't work as well as others.

One crucial aspect of post-rock is the nuanced touches that allow a repetitive few minutes of noise to hold the listener's attention. An outsider looking in may think that it's the same wall of noise constantly, but there's always something underneath the layers to find and devour. Roll the Dice have moments where this isn't the case, where you listen to the same parts over and over, and nothing jumps out as benefitting the additional run-time. 'Coup de Grâce' falters here, with a rather stodgy base it lays itself upon. 'Perpetual Motion' is perhaps the worst offender, a track that starts well but plateaus, ending up with repeated listens that still don't really develop interest in the track. 'Wherever I Go, Darkness Follows' feels a little neglected, like it's missing some key element that holds the track together, a shell without anything inside it. Closer, 'In Deference', too feels a little hollow, and it comes back to this missed attention to the value of the music here. It's a real shame, as this outside you're seeing looks so brilliant and exciting, but it's the sense of longevity that makes this record a hard one to invest in.

Until Silence is an easy album to enjoy; there are intense moments, peaceful moments, heartfelt ones, and they all contribute to this moody atmosphere that is an exciting ride while it lasts. For fans of Bioshock: Would you kindly give Until Silence by Roll the Dice a listen? For those who aren't, Until Silence is still an album to be enjoyed, and post-rock fans that enjoy seeing a mix of electronica and the more traditional are in for a treat. I'm just not sure that Until Silence offers you something to come back to.

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