Dolores – To die no more

October 17, 2011

Normally for such a post, I would offer some sort of bias disclaimer. Something like, “This album is incredible, but my opinion may be slightly swayed by the fact that it was made by one of my best friends.” No such disclaimer is needed for this. Dolores’ album To die no more is a perfectionist finding perfection in music he loves the most. Ryan De La Rosa has been working on this project for countless months and now, after what has seemed like an eternity for those of us that know how much thought and creativity Ryan pours into his art, Ryan has unleashed the fruit of his labor. What lies a mere click or two away from you now is not a black metal fan’s take on drone and ambience. It is not an appreciator of noise’s attempt to meld genres into a cacophony of sound. Instead, what you’ll find is a true disbeliever of beauty’s attempt to convince himself that beauty truly does exist. I can only hope that as he listens to what he has made here, despite what anguish peeks its head out from the recesses and corners of these songs, he finds it. I certainly do, even after forgetting its existence.


Ryan is also offering physical copies of this album on CD and cassette in hand-made packaging for the simple cost of shipping them to you. Get in contact with him through his bandcamp and be sure to let him know what you think of this album.

7 Responses to “Dolores – To die no more”

  1. […] time. At its inception, the band was a shouty two-piece with Ryan De La Rosa (of Fern and Moss and Delores) on guitar, but Brett continued to write acoustic songs before moving on to other projects. These […]

  2. All credibility is lost when you notice that he straight up jacked the album cover.


    Cassie Kammerzell, motherfucker.

    • We weren’t the ones who chose the album cover, so you can relax on the name-calling, Lauren. But being the “motherfucker” that I am, I’ll try to contact him about the use of the image.

  3. Josh Bradley said

    This album cover gave me a boner.

  4. cassie said

    i did see your comment, but although it’s no longer here i wanted to say i was only making light, dear blackwithsap. no need to be feisty. i actually listened to the album and there are certainly worse things my picture could be attached to.

    however, it is still not very nice to alter someone else’s image, attach your name to it and hand it out willy-nilly with no regard to the artist. the fact that i am actually pictured in this photograph is what really fiddles my whiskers, see? it just wasn’t meant for distribution. as it is now, though, a simple credit would have gone a long way.

    just to clarify, i am not speaking to “you” so literally, of course, because i realize you didn’t select the artwork. if you’ll be contacting mister de la rosa anyway though, i would appreciate you letting him know my feelings on the subject. it would be nice to hear from him, as well.

    okay. merci.

    • I deleted that comment after discovering that you weren’t the same person that commented earlier today (maybe you are? I’m still not entirely sure). Either way, it was a rash decision on my part to say such a thing.
      I spoke to Ryan and gave him your e-mail. He says that he did not find your image on a blog or on your flickr, but instead through some sort of internet archive of photographs where there was no credit given. I realize two wrongs don’t make a right, but his claim to ignorance seems sincere. Both he and I would agree that you deserve credit for this photograph, at the very least, and you deserve final say for what your art is used for. Hopefully, he promptly contacts you to explain what happened.

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