Returning We Hear the Larks

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Returning We Hear the Larks
Origin Bristol, United Kingdom
Genres Progressive Metal, Djent
Years active 2008–2013
Labels Murder on the Dancefloor Records (2011-2013)
Independent (2006-2011)
Associated acts Fractals, Red Horizons, MurderOnTheDancefloor, Sins of the Watchmen, Narcolept, Lentil, Anathematize, J. Unit, Ade Porwal
Past members Jak Noble

Returning We Hear the Larks was the progressive metal solo project of Jak Noble, a student from Bristol, UK from 2008 to 2013. The name is taken from the poem by war poet Isaac Rosenberg.

The project gained attention as part of the early djent scene of the 2010s, as well as through promotion on prominent metal blogs and websites such as got-djent.com[1] and MetalSucks.[2] Notable American metal magazine Decibel[3] also featured reviews of releases by the project.

Under this name, Noble released a considerable amount of material, comprising two full-length albums, six extended plays and three compilation albums to date[4] (Noble has stated that he plans to release a covers album as well as a final compilation of unreleased material as a farewell to the project[5]).

History[edit]

Early projects (2004-2008)[edit]

In 2004, Noble began his musical career writing and recording pop punk music with his younger brother under the name Lentil.[6] He soon began experimenting with his own hard rock music and releasing it online under his own name. A short debut album was released in the spring of 2006 entitled Asphyxiation.  In October 2006, he took up rhythm guitar for the local metalcore band Anathematize, consisting of close friends of his. After the band lost various singers, Noble assumed the position of front man as well as second guitarist.

After going through personal troubles in early 2007, Noble relaunched his solo project anonymously under the name MurderOnTheDancefloor[7] (initially written with spaces, until it was changed due to a dispute with the US deathcore band of the same name). Influenced heavily by the music of his teenage years such as Enter Shikari and Bring Me the Horizon, Noble performed a fusion of deathcore and trance under this name.

In early 2008, Noble’s musical direction changed and he worked on experimental metal/deathcore under the name Sins of the Watchmen for a brief period of time.

Initial EPs (2008-2010)[edit]

Once again in late 2008, Noble chose to take his music in a more experimental direction. Inspired by his visit to Belgium and the battlegrounds of the First World War, the project was named Returning We Hear the Larks. He immediately released the Langemark EP,[8] themed around his experiences in Belgium, and began the development of his debut album. The Hidden World: I, a Harry Potter-themed EP, was also released in 2009. By this time, Noble was heavily influenced by progressive metal bands such as Meshuggah and Gojira. He discovered the beginnings of the djent scene and, with the release of his Of Marduk EP, became one of the first bands on got-djent.com,[9] which has since become an integral part of the djent scene. It was through his presence on this site, as well as on Jamendo, that Noble gained a fanbase amongst the underground/online community.

Ypres and Proud England (2010-2011)[edit]

His increase in listeners generated significant hype for the eventual release of his debut World War One-themed full-length Ypres in summer 2010. The album was released for free digital download on Returning We Hear the Larks' official Bandcamp page.[10] The album has since been distributed to online retailers such as iTunes, Amazon and Spotify by Record Union.[11] The project’s final EP, Proud England, was released in March 2011 to critical approval.[12]

Around this time, Noble began the melodic death metal project Red Horizons with his cousin Josh. He also replaced Ash Gollings as the vocalist of UK-based technical death metal band Fractals in the autumn of 2011.

Far-Stepper/Of Wide Sea and disbandment (2012-present)[edit]

Three years since the release of his album Ypres, Noble released his second full-length entitled Far-Stepper/Of Wide Sea for free download on his Bandcamp on June 25, 2013.[13][14] Along with this release, he stated that the project had reached its conclusion and that this would be the last full Returning We Hear the Larks album.[5] Despite this however, Noble is expected to release a covers album as well as a collection of demos as a farewell to the project.[5]

Members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

  • Ypres (2010)
  • Far-Stepper/Of Wide Sea (2013)

EPs

  • Langemark (2009)
  • The Hidden World: I (2009)
  • Of Marduk (2010)
  • Proud England (2011)

Compilation albums

  • Scattered Fragments of a Past Forgotten: Old Songs Reborn (2010)
  • Alpha: The Ypres Months (2010)
  • The NewGrounds Years: 2007 - 2010 (2011)

Compilation EPs

  • Returning We Hear the Demos, Vol. 1 (2009)
  • Returning We Hear the Demos, Vol. 2 (2010)

Singles

  • Immolation (2010)
  • Line-Trap (2012)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Khomenko, Alex (June 11, 2013). "Returning We Hear the Larks: new song 'The Corruption of the Third Sister'". got-djent.com. Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ Neilstein, Vince (October 21, 2010). "Unsigned and Unholy: The Anti-Djent Instrumental Edition". MetalSucks. Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ Mudrian, Albert (October 2011). "Return We Hear the Larks: Proud England EP". Decibel. 
  4. ^ Anonymous (March 12, 2013). Returning We Hear the Larks: Ambient Metal Solo Project of Jak Noble. MusicBrainz. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c Noble, Jak (June 25, 2013). Ladies and Gentlemen, Far-Stepper/Of Wide Sea. Facebook. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  6. ^ Anonymous (c. 2006). Lentil. Last.fm. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  7. ^ Anonymous (c. 2007). MurderOnTheDancefloor. Last.fm. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  8. ^ Bosh66 (c. 2011). Returning We Hear the Larks: Langemark. Prog Archives. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  9. ^ Noble, Jak (August 3, 2010). Returning We Hear the Larks. got-djent.com. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  10. ^ Noble, Jak (September 2010). Ypres. Bandcamp. Retrieved on July 2, 2013.
  11. ^ Anonymous (c. 2010). Ypres | Returning We Hear the Larks. iTunes Store. Retrieved on July 2, 2013.
  12. ^ Rowe, Jimmy (March 10, 2011). Returning We Hear the Larks - Proud England. Heavy Blog Is Heavy. Retrieved on July 2, 2013.
  13. ^ Noble, Jak (June 2013). Far-Stepper/Of Wide Sea. Bandcamp. Retrieved on July 2, 2013.
  14. ^ Rowe, Jimmy (Juny 25, 2013). Returning We Hear The Larks Release New Album, Far-Stepper/Of Wide Sea. Heavy Blog Is Heavy. Retrieved on July 2, 2013.