Here we have 61 minutes of post-metal with progressive tendencies. Modelled on influences such as The Ocean, Cult of Luna, Isis, and a touch of Tool, Built-in Obsolescence mould elements of these to satisfy their own vision of what heavy music should sound like in 2018.
Making good use of the post-metal build/release mechanic, the songs ebb and flow as they move through the playing time with confidence and assiduity. The music is atmospheric and immersive, and the band craft their soundscapes with obvious care and attention as the album unfolds.
The tracks make good use of resplendent melodies, drowning the listener in emotive content. Subtlety and nuance is incorporated into the music naturally, and these parts are offset by occasional bouts of substantial heaviness. In many ways the songs are about the journey between these two extremes, which is the essence of the post-metal build/release mechanic; this is something that Built-in Obsolescence seem to have a very firm grasp of.
The songs are very well-written, with dynamics, pacing, and mood all manipulated quite adroitly by the band. This is a very textured release, and the songs are satisfying exemplars of the post-metal art because of this.
The singer’s scathing screams are passionately delivered, while his singing voice is assured and powerful. He has a really good voice that’s well-used regardless of what he gets up to, and his performance is a definite boon to this album.
Any fan of modern atmospheric, progressive, or post-metal would likely enjoy this. With good songwriting, skilfully-crafted atmospheres, talented performances, and strong, clear production values, Instar is an enjoyable and satisfying release that’s worthy of your consideration.