After a perfunctory and over-long intro the first track-proper Hereinafter starts and we instantly get a nice bit of Isis-esque Post-Metal that pushes all of the right buttons and has an immediate presence.
The vocals are gruff and aggressive; a perfect counterpoint to the often fragile and iridescent music. In fact, for an album that deals with the themes of war and the consequences of war, it’s surprisingly a largely delicate and beautiful release, with haunting melodies and calm, soothing musical meanderings.
These are broken up with heavier sections, but even these carry the melodies with them and the sense of beauty is retained. Songs like Dust Eater merge the two at a cellular level and the feeling is one of controlled and restrained fury, fettered by graceful chains of the strongest polymers.
With the quality of music on offer here this could easily have been an instrumental album. The fact that we have near-Death Metal vocals bellowing over everything though takes things to a higher level and the results are breathtaking.
This is an album that deserves many accolades, and let the first start here. Stunning.