This is a multifaceted release of progressive/post-rock, fusing elements of bands such as Russian Circles, Red Sparowes, Pelican, Scale the Summit, Cloudkicker, and Between the Buried and Me into a rich, textured journey. As I’ve opined Continue reading
Triatom is a long, involved, and weighty release that spreads out to cover doom, atmospheric, progressive, sludge, and post-metal territories across its playing time of 72 minutes. Continue reading
Here we have a decent-length slab of post-metal with stoner and doom elements chucked in for good measure. At just under 30 minutes in duration, it fills a hole that you may not have realised needed filling. Continue reading
Unearthing is just over 40 minutes long and combines post-metal/rock, progressive metal/rock, doom, drone and ambient. Continue reading
This is an intriguing blend of styles that uses progressive metal as a base to launch forays into post-rock, post-hardcore and alternative metal.
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Khaldera play their music as an instrumental band with plenty of atmosphere.
Weaving heavy, down-beat grooves with atmospheric doom and post-metal contemplation, this 18 minute Continue reading
Russian Circles are a band who have produced some thoroughly enjoyable albums over the years, ones that I regularly return to. Instrumental bands like this frequently leave me cold, as I all-too-often feel that something is missing Continue reading
These songs have some decent riffs, with some quite memorable parts to them too. I also enjoy some of the more atypical guitar parts where the band consciously seem to be making an effort to try something a bit different.
The music is quite involved and atmospheric, coming across as well-thought out and the kind of thing you would normally hear from an instrumental band, rather than one which does have a vocalist like Starchitect do.
Speaking of vocals; the singer uses harsh shouts to get his point across and his voice does the job nicely, fitting into the typical Post-Metal framework. His voice is used quite sparingly, increasing my impression of them as an instrumental band, (which they aren’t, of course).
Effectively building up a tapestry of overlapping guitar-based sounds and melodies set to a thumping beat and with the odd coarse-vocal, Starchitect have produced an enjoyable 58 minutes of music.
A recommended listen.
Treading the same stylistic landscape as bands like Pelican and Russian Circles, Valerinne offer up 63 minutes of long, epic tracks that take the listener on a journey in sound and the many ways that it can be used to evoke certain feelings.
Post-Metal and Post-Rock are rightly known for bright, resplendent guitar melodies, shooting out of, (usually), darker music to create multi-faceted and rich compositions that aim to strike a chord with the listener. The music on Monumenta certainly meets that goal and these five songs have more than enough meaningful content to satisfy.
The guitars aren’t the only star of the show though, as not only is there an extremely solid rhythm section providing a firm backbone to the tracks, but added synths also make appearances, subtly enhancing the musical soundscapes and adding value whenever and wherever they’re used.
Deftly utilising the Post-Metal/Post-Rock tried-and-tested build/release mechanic, these tracks take their time exploring the various sounds and feelings of the world they find themselves in, building to crescendo before moving off in into other areas, repeatedly, as the nuances of the songs demand. These are frequently slow and gradual shifts, with the music having a glacial, unhurried feel, despite the sometimes upbeat drums and rhythms.
Albums like this are effortless to enjoy; it’s very easy to just put them on and slip out of the everyday world, getting lost in the exotic and enticing soundscapes created by a talented group such as Valerinne. Press play on this album and this is precisely what happens.
Sit back, take it all in and savour.