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An Embarrassment of Riches

by The Night Watch

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anemicjim
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anemicjim Absolute wild ride of an album. Can't believe this band is so overlooked! Favorite track: Land Ho!.
captain_crunchy
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captain_crunchy Beautiful and engrossing - plays like the soundtrack of an imagined quest. For dreamers, pirates, and adventurers of all stripes. Favorite track: The Summit (Part II).
Leterren
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Leterren This album is truly like nothing I've heard before. A beautiful marriage of prog, folk, classical, black metal, and a dozen other influences spun into something totally unique. Favorite track: Dance of the Mountain People.
jorgemeister
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jorgemeister Amazing opener for an amazing album. Cheers guys. Favorite track: Land Ho!.
Stéphane Gallay
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Stéphane Gallay Au final, An Embarrassment of Riches est assez fidèle à son titre: quand c’est bien, c’est très bien. Le mélange rock/violon au service d’une bande-son instrumentale épique est impressionnant. Mais on a un peu l’impression que The Night Watch essaye d’en faire trop et se perd dans des idées qui ne sont pas si bonnes que ça. Ça reste néanmoins un album qui mérite le détour. (Chroniqué sur alias.erdorin.org) Favorite track: The Summit (Part I).
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Fire Delusion This is a brilliant, very unique and refreshing release, so much so that I find myself wanting to get immersed in it as soon as I stop listening to it. You will find both soul crushing and uplifting melodies. The composition is brilliant. Get this. Favorite track: Telling Brow and Tongue Root.
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Land Ho! 11:04
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Mendoza 08:03
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Shamaniac 10:26
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Currents 03:56

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The Night Watch are proud to present their third full-length opus An Embarrassment of Riches, an instrumental conceptual epic of depth and scope that represents the culmination of years of painstaking work. The story loosely follows a nameless explorer who finds themselves shipwrecked on a seemingly deserted island. Much like the looming peaks adorning the gorgeous cover (courtesy of artist Alice Duke) An Embarrassment of Riches is a towering and richly detailed journey through external and internal landscapes, where post/progressive/black/doom and folk metal weave their way through a tapestry of post-rock/folk/jazz and classical textures. To take their sonic storytelling to even greater heights, the band collaborated with famed visual artist Costin Chioreanu (Opeth/Emperor/Wardruna) who animated a stunning video for The Summit (Part I). From cavernous valleys of solitude and paranoia, to soaring peaks of transcendence and affirmation, the turmoil and triumph one would imagine facing on an isolated land mass are herein expressed through harrowing tales of dynamic sound, carrying listeners on a wordless journey to the root, and summit, of human experience.

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released November 15, 2019

“It may seem nigh impossible for an instrumental, highly acoustic album that includes a violin as one of the key instruments to make the end of year list for best progressive metal releases. Yet the emotionally evocative playground that The Night Watch craft in their thundering drums that roll like waves, and thoughtful guitar riffs that cut like knives, truly strike to the heart of what makes metal so breathtaking.”
- Sonic Perspectives Top 15 progressive Metal Albums of 2019

"An Embarrassment of Riches is a towering achievement not only for The Night Watch, but for the instrumental progressive metal subgenre as a whole."
- Metal Injection

"The Night Watch named their third LP An Embarrassment of Riches, and it’s exactly that: a wealth of musical treasure."
- Decibel Magazine

"Do yourself a favor and check out one of the best modern prog bands out right now."
- Progressive Music Planet

"...you’ll be rewarded with some cinematic vistas as beautiful and foreboding as the cover art."
- Metalsucks

“…the writing and musicianship are both consistently excellent throughout the album…”
- Angry Metal Guy

“…rich, complex, and beguiling…”
- Heavy Blog Is Heavy

"...beautifully orchestrated...this project is able to maintain that organic beauty while also pulling off some impressive musical feats."
- The Needle Drop (Best songs of the week 9/29)

"The band master a variety of sonic colors and An Embarrassment Of Riches is so replete with sparkling musical ideas that it is essentially... an embarrassment of riches."
- Two Metal Guys

Written and Performed by The Night Watch

Evan Runge – Violin
Nathanael Larochette – Guitars
Matthew Cowan – Fretless Bass
Daniel Mollema – Drums, Percussion, Piano

Guitars, drums, bass engineered by Topon Das at Apartment 2
Violin, vocals, percussion engineered by Dean Watson at The Gallery
“Currents” engineered and mixed by Dave Draves at Little Bullhorn

Mixed by Simon Larochette at The Sugar Shack
Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music

Original artwork by Alice Duke
Design and layout by Isaac Valentin

Guest vocals by Xander Galbreath and Olivier Nordskip

Chorus – Evan Runge, Nathanael Larochette, Matthew Cowan, Daniel Mollema, Conyer Clayton, Megan Rose Franken, Greg Kampf, Sabina Lindgren, Jason Sherriff

Layout Poets – Ali Alikhani, Nathanael Larochette, Vanessa Rotondo, Conyer Clayton, Matthew Cowan, Daniel Mollema, Evan Runge, Callahan Connor

Created with generous support from the City of Ottawa

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