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  • ashcindersmoke

    Well you name dropped Isis, Neurosis and Cult of Luna so I’ll be listening to this post haste. A+ review

    • Name’s Dalton

      This template was written long before metal bands delved into it; post rock birthed this beast. Bitch Magnet, Slint, Ativin, Breadwinner, Shellac, Tarentel, The Building Press, Maserati, Turing Machine, Dilute, Godspeed You Black Emperor, and many others, all to varying degrees, emphasized the notes not played – the white space, along with longer song structures, clean, ringing guitars that interwove with the bass guitar before erupting at various points, and sparse vocals (if not eschewing them altogether).

      Isis, Russian Circles and Pelican sprang from this indie scene. Neurosis has always just been Neurosis.

  • herrschobel

    ‘Oceanic’ was THE record that got me interested in Metal again after an absence of almost 7 years when i was mostly listening to electronic music of all sorts and some occasional noise or noise rock … sometimes Postmetal is more Metal than Metal … esp. aforementioned record that at times is so heavy it makes you drown in thick lava .. esp. the track ‘false light’ …

    • Sean Sky

      Post-metal, post-black, and folk oriented stuff got me back into metal after a similar hiatus too. Except I was more into indie / alt rock, hip-hop, first wave, and random shit (dabbling in electronic). I think there’s a stigma about it because it’s not always brutal, or bordering on not even being metal but there’s some great stuff going on there. I think it’s good to stay open to new things.

      • Frost15

        Completely agree with you there. Getting out of your comfort zone can lead to many musical “enlightenments”, yet there is the risk of listening to some really crappy stuff. Worth it though…

        • Sean Sky

          Sometimes you gotta dig through shit to find the gems ¯_(ツ)_/¯

      • herrschobel

        there is only a few bands that nail it within that micorgenre…oh i hate this genre shit ba the way :-) … Isis, Neurosis and maaaaybe Cult of Luna at times are topnotch…a lot of the other so called PostMetal stuff is just meandering and boring .. i think Aaron Turner is a Beast and thats what made Isis so brilliant…that guy was a Monster vocally..

        • Sean Sky

          I go back and forth on my feelings about genres and sub-genres. A lot of my favorite acts are ones that genre blend to create new, interesting things. If you set out just to make another “black metal” album it’s probably not treading much new ground. Still, there’s something to be said for refining ones craft in certain areas…

  • Wilhelm

    Props to the old school Katatonia shirt, but I’m just not a fan of this genre of music.

  • Felchmeister777

    Ah fuck this site, I’m done. Everything’s fucking ‘sludge’ or ‘post metal’.

    When the hell did Metal become so stagnant!?

    It’s actually got to the stage where you can tell exactly what the bands are gonna sound like just from their album covers! Originality is fucking dead…

    Angry Metal Guy, you really should be a LOT angrier. If you’re in your mid-thirties or above you have to empathise, surely..(!)

    Although, going back to my original point, this is one of the reasons i’m through checking this site all the time in the hope that something fresh and distinctive will emerge. Yeah…right…

    • You can’t walk away now….

      • Felchmeister777

        Yeah…it started to feel a little like bravado the moment I hit ‘post’…

        Pleeeease just try and feature a little more ‘avant-garde’ stuff if at all possible. Help an old fart keep a little faith…

        • We will do our best.

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        • Sean Sky

          I thought that Slaugmaur album was pretty interesting. Definitely a bit out there. There’s also O.R.k, Thy Catafalque, Master’s Hammer, Northern Crown, Disperse, the Cara Neir / Wildspeaker split, and Aevangelist. At least those are some acts I’ve found within the past few months from digging through AMG that I thought were a bit weird / fringe in some way or another.

          There’s plenty of bands doing interesting stuff right now. You may also want to listen to stuff that’s not metal if you want some more variety. I’m listening to some James Blake right now, personally.

          • Felchmeister777

            Yeah I barely listen to metal anymore. Which sucks because when it’s done well there’s nothing better.

            Thanks for the recommendations. I know a few of those & some of Aevangelist’s stuff is cool, definitely. My all time faves are Morbid Angel, Arcturus, Bal Sagoth, Kayo Dot & Emperor, to name but a few. I guess I just missing hearing ‘new’ stuff. But, at the same time, I appreciate you always have to dig to find the real gems.

            There’s simply too much music out there now. Different times, anyone can do it now, so Quality Control goes to shit. It’s no different with films really. Anyway, I digress…

            If one album in fifty hits the spot I should still be grateful. Maybe I’ve just been spoilt from living through so many landmark releases.

            Or maybe I’m just a cranky old twat…

          • Sean Sky

            I actually think the overall bar has been set higher. Bands have gotten better at making decent stuff, even if it’s uninspired and unoriginal, it’s fairly well-produced a lot of the time.

            And of course the barrier to entry has been lowered, which allows more people to create content, which introduces plenty of shite… But also introduces those rare gems that may not have gotten a start otherwise.

            Additionally the internet age has just exposed us to more content. Years ago we’d dig through records / CD’s at the local shops and hope we could find cool stuff, right? Or you’d go off of recommendations from friends and listen to their CD’s. Now you can go on Spotify and you have access to millions of albums. It’s a similar problem with every medium (I’m an avid gamer myself so I see it ther all the time). We’re over-exposed.

            Anyway I’m rambling here.

          • Felchmeister777

            “Bands have gotten better at making decent stuff, even if it’s uninspired and unoriginal, it’s fairly well-produced a lot of the time”

            Some good points in your post, but that paragraph above threw me. You sound a bit like a prisoner defending the crappy mashed potato in the canteen or something.

            I’m not interested in ‘decent’ – life’s too short. With so much good stuff out there buried away, I’m tired of these endless waves of overly technical, widdly metal musicians that know fuck all about songwriting or how to give their music feeling…

            I dig what you’re saying about the pros/cons of online streaming/exposure etc etc however…

          • Sean Sky

            Oh, don’t misunderstand me… I don’t want to waste time listening to decent either.

          • herrschobel

            i listen to everything that is good :-) … vague statement….i know what you mean tough…i go to metal for energy and expression…not so much for innovation. Even the most ‘progressive’ Metal bands feel out of touch with current cultural tendencies at large…at least musically … to a certain degree i believe this is due to the ‘classical’ instrumenatation of the genre…that´s a a broad brush stroke and there are exceptions of course … but if you listen to someone like Tzusing, a techno/electro producer from Shanghai you immediatly sense how much he is in the present AND the future … Metalbands almost never do that … the best thing guitar based i heard recently was a punk band from Bristol called IDLES…who would have thought that … but in terms of energy and political Statement they blow every metal band to pieces … so yeah…there is a lot of good stuff to be found in many genres …

          • Felchmeister777

            Good post, agree with you as well, very much so. I’ll check out the two artists you mentioned as well!

            I’ve got this new Dodecahedron to check out tonight – a few folk here have raved about that.

            For what it’s worth, the most interesting metal album I’ve heard in the last six months or so is a band called Escarre. Their debut is a really refreshing, distinctive take on the whole Arcturus/DHG/Virus type vibe, if that’s your thing at all.

            Anyway, thanks again for the recommendations ;)

          • herrschobel

            yeah do that—-check out ‘Tzusing – 日出東方 唯我不敗’ on ze youtube … and the IDLES Album is called Brutalism … don´t expect a musical revelation there…it´s punk…but it´s pretty damn kick ass and clever .. The Dodecahedron is a hard pill to swallow but very well worth it … i check the Escarre…have a good Day Sir !

          • Felchmeister777

            Tzusing…excellent call, thank you! Very refreshing… ;)

        • Drew Music

          Kwintessens by Dodecahedron, now say sorry to the nice metal people.

    • ashcindersmoke

      There’s like a million different metal bands active today and half of them get reviewed on this site. I see 2 or 3 different sub-genres reviewed every day. It’ll be alright ye olde fart

    • sjforr

      I don’t know about this mate. As a fellow ye olde farte, I must say that without this site I’d have no chance of filtering through the oceans of music swirling around in the world today. To take but one recent example, go and check out the Dodecahedron review from March. That put me onto some mind-blowing new music that seemed pretty fresh and original to my ears. No way in the world I’d ever have been connected with that if it wasn’t for this site.

      • Marc Rikmenspoel

        Me too, I’ll be 47 this year, and I get lots of good suggestions from this site. As I get older, I get more into Black Metal, the nature and pagan-themed stuff mostly. Between AMG, the Brave Board, some youtube channels, and Bandcamp recommendations, I find plenty of good new listening.

        • sjforr

          I’m exactly the same. I turn 45 this year and have found that I’m getting more into Black Metal as I get older, especially the folk/pagan stuff. My favourite album of 2016 was Moonsorrow. In fact, when I was younger I wasn’t really ever that into metal. I had some mainstream metal in my cd collection ( eg. Metallica and Pantera) but it was only ever an occasional thing. I avoided BM without ever even listening to it because of all the BM nonsense going on in Norway in the early 90’s. It’s only really in the last 10 years that I’ve got into metal in a big way through bands like Opeth (still my all time favourite) and Katatonia. Modern BM has taken melodic elements and higher production standards and produced some of the most amazing music I’ve ever listened to. Personally I think the metal of today is more interesting and diverse and innovative than it’s ever been and is now my favourite genre of music. I can’t get enough of the stuff in fact.

    • Name’s Dalton

      Maybe give Entheos (from Quebec) a go? Just discovered them tonight via Bandcamp and it’s pretty amazing. It’s black metal at its core, I suppose, but it has so much going on, especially with the guitars, as though Lee Ranaldo or Ash Bowie (Polvo) were playing. Plus the bass guitar is audible and interesting.

      • Felchmeister777

        Ahh good call, I know it well. That’s one of the better death metal albums I’ve heard of late, definitely.

        Find some of the blast-beat stuff is a bit filler, but still, there are some mind blowing riffs/solos and the electronic elements are really nicely done.

        That would have been a great recommendation so thank you anyway!

  • Flämmer

    What the hell is a bread solstice? Why not Pancake Solstice or Waffle Solstice? If you’re going to use food in your album title you can at least make it something awesome.

    • METAL OTTER

      A bread solstice is either of the two times in the morning, the burnt solstice and the white solstice, when the slice reaches its highest or lowest point in the toaster during operation, marked by the crispiest and floppiest states.

      • Flämmer

        This makes a surprising amount of sense.

  • Frost15

    Embedded track got me interested. Will check,