No God Only Teeth play a characterful style that mixes together sludge and post-metal, with elements of post-rock and crust. The band take an emotive approach to their material, forging dark soundscapes from the various subgenres.
The songs are engaging and are filled with layered atmosphere. The band’s ingredients are all used well, providing the base for a compelling journey into sludgy post-metal. Well-written and crafted by talented hands, the songs are very enjoyable examples of how to produce emotive metal that’s heavy and immersive.
The album consists of a variety of speeds and moods, from the slow and thoughtful, through stomping groove, to faster punk-infected waters. The music is infused with a vibrant energy, despite how dark and downbeat it can sometimes be, which is very moreish. The band’s use of melody is enticing and imbued with feeling, frequently helping to elevate the songs to higher planes.
The singer’s harsh raw screams are delivered with passion and sincerity. Her voice merges with the rest of the music on an intimate level, and acts not only as a focal point, but also as part of the musical scenery that builds a greater whole.
Placenta is a very strong and enjoyable album. No God Only Teeth’s debut is exactly the sort of thing that you shouldn’t miss if you’re into either sludge or post-metal.
Very highly recommended.