Poseidon – Prologue (Review)

PoseidonPoseidon are a UK doom band and this is their debut album.

This is 45 minutes of progressive doom/sludge brought to us by ex-members of the phenomenal Light Bearer.

Theirs is a blend of Neurosis-esque heaviness mixed with the progressive experimentation of someone like Pink Floyd, and the earthy doom metal delivery of someone like Yob or Electric Wizard.

Poseidon’s sound is a vast and expansive one. Over four tracks they explore their unfolding sonic soundscape with style and grace, visiting doom, sludge, 70s progressive rock, drone, and many other styles and sub-genres in their quest for post-apocalyptic enlightenment.

There’s a great deal of emotive content spread over these songs, with heavy riffs and melodic leads used to build atmosphere. It’s a diverse listen too, with each track having its own personality and defining features, whether this be the Neurosis-crawl of The Beginning; the End, the Colony, the acoustic introspection of Mother Mary; Son of Scorn, the short and heavy charms of Chainbreaker, or the monolithic soundcapes of Omega.

A combination of clean and shouted vocals are used, both of which are performed well. The singer’s voice is fully invested in the various roles it has to play in helping to bring the music to life.

Varied, ambitious, absorbing, and engaging; Prologue is an impressive and compelling listen. Poseidon have done themselves proud with this album. Prologue is sure to win the band a lot of admirers from fans of the style, as well as jealousy from lesser bands who are undoubtedly wondering how they make this look so easy.

Very highly recommended.

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