Sometimes it seems like the world is playing a cruel joke on the Huckster. I bemoan the fact that I dislike introductory tracks as much as I dislike preludes in books. I bemoan the fact that I wish bands could think of something more original for their concept albums than a post-apocalyptic sci-fi quest. And then I grab Prologue, the debut album from British doomsters Poseidon, and yes, after reading the press clipping, the entire album is an introduction to an ongoing post-apocalyptic opera they are calling “The Medius Chronicle.” So that would be two strikes, but I am going to forge ahead because I have a good feeling about this one. Formed out of the ashes of post-hardcore/prog act Light Bearer, Poseidon drop the hardcore, keep a bit of the prog, and infuse it all with 70s metal, dollops of doom, and a hint of sludge. Sound enticing? It does to me.

This album truly is a prologue, with only four tracks. However, those tracks manage to clock in at an impressive 44 minutes, meaning there could be a few opportunities for bloat here. “The Beginning The End The Colony” is the first cut, thirteen minutes long and with more changeups than any major-league pitcher. Nasty feedback fades in, thick and fuzzy, with pounding floor toms joining the fray after a minute, and at three minutes we’re greeted by the rest of the band, with distorted bass and plodding tempo, we are well on our doomy way. When the most gloriously obnoxious guitar tone kicks off the main riff I can’t help but smile: it’s hard to get a tone like that intentionally, and I applaud the horribleness of it. Anyhow, the clean singing on this epic eventually gives way to raging harsh vocals, the music ebbs and flows like a seascape, and thirteen minutes fly by.

A big plus for Poseidon and their work here is the variety: no, we don’t just have four ten-minute doom epics. “Mother Mary Son of Scorn,” the second cut, is shorter at eight minutes, and begins as a slow, dirge-like ballad, only guitar and vocal. Eventually electric guitar and piano join in with a Pink Floyd flair before the song switches up and centers on a hypnotic kick drum. Well arranged, and again, not boring in the least. “Chainbreaker” is the shortest song here, a six minute Neurosis-like tear, whereas “Omega” closes out the record with sixteen more minutes of Pink Floyd-infused doom. The latter two songs open with voiceovers, the first an angry rant, the second more of a sermon, and both are effective.

My major nitpick with Prologue is the production: it’s too clean and crisp, and the sibilance of the higher frequencies doesn’t fit in at all on an album that’s predominantly doom. The floor toms at the beginning of “The Beginning The End The Colony” should emanate with a throbbing menace, but the artificial click that’s been EQed in during recording neuters that menace. Even though “Mother Mary Son of Scorn” is an acoustic number, that acoustic guitar rings so bright as to once again take away any hint of melancholy. Skewing the EQ away from the treble in favor of bass would have done wonders for Prologue.

That’s just one nitpick, though, and the band overcomes this nitpick with superior songwriting and musicianship. All told, I’m much less upset about the entire album being a post-apocalyptic prologue now than I was before listening. I love being surprised like that. Prologue is an excellent debut from an intriguing new band, and I’m looking forward to hearing what Poseidon have up their sleeves next. Songs of this quality presented in a slightly darker light will push these guys into the higher reaches of the doom echelon.


Rating: 3.5/5.0
DR: 7 | Format Reviewed: 192 kbps mp3
Label: Ripple Music
Websites: poseidonii.bandcamp.com/releases | facebook.com/weareposeidon
Releases Worldwide: July 21st, 2017

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  • foreverAlfon

    If this is the prologue i can’t wait to listen to the main story

  • Malhorne

    So to please you author should write loooooooooong Prologue?

    • Huck N’ Roll

      Or just call it “Chapter 1.”

      • Malhorne

        Pro tip: Do a short prologue, call it Chapter 1 and nobody will ever complain about it eheh

  • Wes Allen

    All hail the ubiquitous sphere!

  • Monsterth Goatom

    I hope we don’t have to wait as long for the next installment as the world did when Wordsworth wrote his Prologue.

  • Monsterth Goatom

    Their Bandcamp page seems rather half-baked.

    • Brutalist_Receptacle

      I TOO AM HALF-BAKED

      • Drew Music

        Then you’re not trying hard enough, and I find the absence of bold hypertext here to be disturbing.

      • Thatguy

        You are when not in bold.

    • Drew Music

      Jesus, ain’t it though? I was toying between ordering this or Impure Wilhelmina’s dark little gem, these guys made that decision pretty easy. I’ll be keeping an eye on them, though, this sounds all kinds of promising. Excellent review, Huckmaster Flex, this band now has my utmost attention.

      • Monsterth Goatom

        That Impure Wilhelmina is real gold. I’ll be getting that one too.

        • Drew Music

          Best do so quick, homie, that album is moving quick as shit on Bandcamp. There were only 2 copies left of the vinyl version I wanted when I made up my mind, and it looked like the others were in a similar boat. Unless you’re just looking to download it, of course, in which case I doubt that they’ll be running out of interwebz. Well worth the frenzy, that album is a welcome addition to my running AotY list.

          • The Akerstache

            I’m lucky enough to have a wonderful little local chain of record stores that stock everything Season of Mist puts out, so I had no trouble getting my hands on a copy of it.

            And yes, Impure Wilhelmina is excellent. Not sure how far it is up my AotY list yet, but it’ll probably be on there.

    • Eric Radliff

      As in… you can’t buy it? Yeah I think its half baked! lol

      • Monsterth Goatom

        No stream, no purchase info, though it says released on the 7th.

        • Drew Music

          Go back from whence you came, that you may find that which you seek.
          I’ll be keeping an eye out for a vinyl release, but you can download the album NYP on Bandcamp.

  • Planex

    Band Photo Meter: Intervention for a loved one.

    • Thatguy

      Or from left to right, grandson, grand-dad, dad and mad uncle at the funeral.

  • wayne the devil

    Speaking of loooong….I wonder if Jari ‘Rose’ will drop the Wintersun album in AMG’s bin? My feeling is He probably shouldn’t….

    • Oh we got it alright!

      • wayne the devil

        I am still laughing at the April Fools thing you guys had on here with Jari and Co. Funny beyond words.

  • Nukenado

    At a camp, so I’m unable to listen to the music, but from the review, this reads like Harakiri for the Sky, just doomier.
    Interested.

  • The Akerstache

    So they’re a doom metal Dear Hunter?

    I’m sold.

    • Drew Music

      The Dear Hunter are absolutely fucking fantastic, cool to see some love for them here. I saw them with Coheed & Cambria a little while back, I’d never heard of them and figured I’d endure them in good spirits (read: aided by 5 strong thc candies) until the “real” show began, I ended up being completely blown away. Those dudes know what they’re doing, their performance would have easily warranted a headline spot on any other tour.

      • The Akerstache

        I really enjoy their music, it’s such a great concept, and they execute it perfectly. They absolutely nail the storytelling aspect of their music. They remind me of something Charles Dickens would write.

        I just wish they were a little more metal, they’re very good, but folk-pop rock isn’t really my genre, so I don’t stay for longer that a day or two before returning to land of riffs’n’growls. I’d love to what they’re doing taken down a more metal road, which is why I really hope Poseidon does a good job. I have a massive soft spot for excellent stories in albums, (hell, Opeth’s Still Life is my favorite album ever, and the story and the way it creates an emotional connection with the listener is a huge part of why) so fingers are crossed.

        • Drew Music

          That Poseidon release is awesome, I almost feel bad for paying damn near nothing for it. Almost. Not to worry, those enigmatic bastards will be dragging more money out of me once they release their stuff on vinyl.

          • The Akerstache

            I’m probably only going to stream it via bandcamp for now (I’m on a brief hiatus from my job so I’m trying to avoid going down the rabbit hole of awesome music, and am imposing a “no albums that score less than 4.0” rule until I return), but it’s definitely warranting of a physical copy, and I have every intention of getting it once I get the chance.

          • Drew Music

            I’m just glad I was able to download it, I think they’re fucking with us as it keeps appearing and reappearing on Bandcamp. And I feel that, there is almost too much musical goodness on offer this year, if you try to catch up or keep up you’ll probably only end up rewarded with a sweet new straitjacket for your efforts.

  • Ugh, god. The production completely ruins this for me. Tin-can doom metal.

  • Dan

    decent, but sounds like its stamped out of the exact same mold as pallbearer and every other doom/sludge outfit these days. I see them having their guitars hung near their knees while playing

  • Caleb

    If anyone is interested, the sample at the beginning is the voice of Mario Savio on the steps of Sproul Hall at Berkeley on December 2, 1964. I’ve heard this in another song titled “The Movie’s Over” by Aussie prog rock band Cog.

  • h_f_m

    I’m really digging this. I hear a slight tinge of Acid Bath in there.