It always soothes my soul when I come across a chunk of proggy, shoegaze-y post-metal that has a truly original sound to it. For as much as I like the genre, I have to admit lots of themes do tend to get rehashed and repeated. Build up, crescendo, trippy section, atmosphere, atmosphere, rinse and repeat (not necessarily in that order). Here we have the newly released record Far Above the Pines by one man band Dust Sculptures, and while he does follow the structure a bit, there’s something about his sound that feels unique to the genre. Maybe its the weird electronic sections, the heartfelt clean vocals, the emotional punch of the heavier bits,or that melancholic atmosphere that somehow allows just enough light through to make the whole thing feel really uplifting. Whatever it is, this album is unlike anything I’ve heard before.
If you fancy bands like Isis, Deafheaven, Porcupine Tree/Steven Wilson, Skyharbor, Pink Floyd, or *shels I really recommend giving this record a listen even though none of those bands sound remotely like the album in this post. As always, if you like what you hear, be a great human being and toss the artist some spare change and buy a download of the album, and be even more super by sharing the recommendation with friends you think will dig the music. Let me know what you think of Dust Sculptures down in the comments. Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!
While it’s been quite a long time since black metal has evolved from its anarchistic, church burning beginnings, it still amazes me how far the genre has come. Bands like Deafheaven, Agalloch, Moonsorrow, Wolves in the Throne Room, and Septicflesh have taken the genre in such wildly different directions and opened up what was a very closed community to many more fans. And to be completely honest, I would have never learned to appreciate tr00 kvlt black metal if it weren’t for those bands (and Emperor) easing me into the insane harshness of the genre.
Now taking the genre down a different path is Botanist. Utilizing major keys, a love of Sonic Youth, and a dulcimer (it’s an instrument in case you’re wondering) Botonist have crafted ‘happy black metal’. Flowers, plants, love for nature, all that lovely stuff personified in the music really make their new record, VI: Flora, pop. Thematically, the record is very black metal. It recounts a tale of a man becoming a hermit to escape all the hate and pain of the world and to surround himself with the beauty of nature and await the day when humanity eradicates its self and Mother Earth can reclaim and begin to regrow. Anyhoo, environmentalist warnings aside, this is a beautiful record filled with sounds and themes yet to be explored in black metal.
This is one of the more unique records I’ve heard this year and it’s well worth your time, if only to hear how far black metal has come since the days of Mayhem and Darkthrone. Give a listen and let us know what you think. And as always, if you like what you hear, toss the artist a few bucks and grab a download of the record. Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!
Posted by Mark/Angel
There seems to be something about trios that swings the instrumental prowess in one of two extreme directions: either the three members are incredibly talented individuals (giving rise to technical and intricate rock/metal) or less proficient and more focused on simplistic yet anthemic music (such as in punk). Managing to synthesize aspects of both these camps, Russian prog-post-rock trio Reserve De Marche create a unique melting pot of keywords in their début that are bound to push all the right buttons for instrumental fans. If names such as Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Cult Of Luna, (a more energetic) Red Sparowes and Russian Circles call your attention, then read on about The Last Twenty Years.
Are you in a mellow, pensive mood today? Need to settle into a relaxed humor? Well how about some nice calming metal to do the trick. Here’s the stream for Red Forest by post-rock/metal instrumental band If These Trees Could Talk.
This is quite the excellent album. There are hints of many other bands in their sounds but on a whole everything come out sounding unique and fresh. There are the Earthy and blackened tones of Agalloch, the thick atmosphere of Isis, and beautiful landscapes of Alcest and *shels. This album has a heavy cinematic feel to it where the music has a strong way of creating mental pictures to accompany what you are listening to. I enjoyed how the music worked on the level as something that you can focus on and completely lose yourself in as well as being a style that is fitting for playing in the background while doing other things allowing you to zone in and out at will. If you dig on any of the bands I mentioned above or others like Red Sparrowes and Pelican, you should highly enjoy this release. If not, check it out anyway, it’s some cool stuff. So, turn on your stereo (or headphones if you are at work), hit play, and get lost in their daydream.
You can purchase the album from their Bandcamp page as well as Itunes, Amazon, and various other digital distributors. If you’re like me and a physical copy is more up your alley you can grab that from the band’s web store here. And if you live or are staying in Europe, the band is doing a quick turn of the northern parts during April. You can see the dates on the tour poster below. Enjoy! Peace Love and Metal!!