This is the second album from US post-metal band Earthrise.
Until We Rest Beneath the Winter Way is a 72-minute journey into ambitious, spacefaring post-metal territories. Taking in elements of progressive metal and rock, Earthrise craft heavy music with emotive atmosphere and engaging texture.
Sort of a cross between Cult of Luna‘s crushing post-metal heaviness, Rosetta‘s refined avant-garde presence, Amenra‘s depth of emotional fragility, Isis’ characterful worldbuilding, and The Ocean‘s atmospheric scope, Until We Rest Beneath the Winter Way is as accomplished and satisfying as these influences would make you hope for. Additionally, it should not need stating, (yet I’ll do so anyway), that Earthrise have their own distinct personality and sound, despite the familiar genre reference points mentioned above.
The post-metal build/release mechanic is well-used by Earthrise, and they put their own stamp on it in no uncertain terms. The band’s heaviness is confident and assured, while the lighter and more multifaceted aspects of the music are convincing in their placement and structure. Although Earthrise can play heavy with the best of them, it’s frequently the more layered and exploratory sections that stay with you the most.
The lengthy album flows well and there’s enough diversity of delivery and differentiation of influences to hold the listener’s attention throughout. There is a lot to absorb and explore on this record, and the music’s spacefaring progressive feel is endearing and compelling.
Until We Rest Beneath the Winter Way is a very enjoyable and satisfying record. Earthrise have impressed with their ability to take influence from the greats and deliver something totally of their own.
Very highly recommended.