If you have 44 minutes to kill and you want to spend that time being taken away from your otherwise dreary existence, then Sagor Som Leder Mot Slutet’s latest release is a good way of achieving this.
Sagor Som Leder Mot Slutet paint with a broad canvas on II, crafting large, spacious soundscapes that take the listener on a journey. Ultimately it’s this latter thing that any band like this has to do for me; with this kind of music I’m looking to be taken out of the real world and shown sights that I wouldn’t normally see. Sagor Som Leder Mot Slutet manage to achieve this with confidence on II.
The music is full of resplendent melodies and emotive musical hooks. As well as a bucketload of the lighter, reflective passages that you’d expect for an album of this ilk, I very much like that there are a lot of more energetic sections full of tasty riffs and attitude.
Strings enhance the core instruments at key moments, adding a further engaging delicacy to the band’s creations. When juxtaposed against the heavier, faster sections, it works exceptionally well, (Storm is a perfect example of this, and a wonderfully realised evocation of the song’s namesake in musical form).
Mixing post-rock and post-metal with progressive rock/metal naturally and easily, this is melodic and highly engaging music that manages to have a kick to it that a lot of instrumental bands lack.
An impressive and rewarding listen.