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  • Solrac Avan

    This sounds like a great way to end november and welcome the winter. Nice review Dr.

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      It’s good stuff and thank you.

      • EnslavedEld73

        Saw these guys in LA years ago, excellent show and nice guys.

        • Dr. A.N. Grier

          They are the nicest dudes.

  • Danny

    I was in a band with two bassists for a while! Not as an artistic decision, they had just decided to fire one guy but were too awkward to actually tell him, so they went ahead posting an ad looking for a new one anyways. Sorxe seem to have their shit together much better than that.

    The review seems to suggest I should check out Isis (the band, obviously) first though, given that I’m interested in post-metal but have never heard them.

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      Isis is a good band to check out. And so is this one.

      • Danny

        Which Isis album should I start with?

        • Dr. A.N. Grier

          I mean, I don’t really dislike any of their albums. But Oceanic and Panopticon are probably my favorites.

          • Yeah, I always preferred Panopticon above the more highly rated Oceanic; maybe best to go chronological though. I think Cult of Luna blow them away however, going right back to their first albums. Far more engaging for me. You could also try Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame by Rest, class album.

          • HeavyMetalHamster

            Cult of Luna are the masters of post metal.

          • herrschobel

            as much as i like ‘Cult of Luna’, i always found them to be the less clever, less intricate sibling of ISIS … Isis remain my favourite Post Metal Band to this Day … though ‘Mariner’ is a Masterpiece …

          • sir_c

            Agree, ISIS are pretty good. Still, Vertikal is an excellent album that rivals ISIS.

          • Panopticon > Panopticon > Oceanic

        • Treble Yell

          Oceanic.

        • herrschobel

          Oceanic

      • sir_c

        Add a bit of drone and stoner and you get Ufomammut.

    • HeavyMetalHamster

      Neds Atomic Dustbin did a great job with 2 bassistS.
      One for the low frequency and one for th Peter Hookish runs.

      • Danny

        Lead bass and rhythm bass?

        • HeavyMetalHamster

          Basically.
          Mind you….lots of bands lay down low frequency bass tracks in studio as well as your usual frequency bass parts to get more rumble and bottom end….so that could be emulated live too I guess.

      • Aaron

        I fucking love Ned’s. My favorite 90s alt rock band by far. Their dual bass approach took their sound to a whole new level.
        Also, re: Isis, I think Oceanic is their best.

      • Name’s Dalton

        Dianogah has the two bassists thing down pat too.

    • Brutalist_Receptacle

      WOOF.

      • Danny

        You’re half an hour late <3

    • Javier Merino Ortiz

      What happened with the bassist?

      • Danny

        I don’t really know, actually. Got removed from the group chat, re-added, then they tried to convince him to play acoustic guitar instead (which would bring us to three dedicated guitars total), and then he disappeared from group chat again. This all happened less than a week ago, so I don’t know if there’s another chapter to this story yet to come.

    • Panagiotis Krokidas

      You’ne never heard Isis! That’s impossible.

      There was a period when, if in metal, you couldn’t avoid listening to them. They were there, a constant buzzing in your ears, no matter how hard you tried to border your listening choices. Like Opeth, Lamb of God and Slipknot.

      • Danny

        I’ve never heard Lamb or Slipknot either………. you’d be amazed the density of this rock I live under

        • FJ Sampaio

          Liking the music of Isis you may want to listen to one of the most underrated albums within the genre… but unforrgettable in my years: Capricorns ‘Ruder forms survive’…

      • HeavyMetalHamster

        Isis is the bomb!
        Sorry…

    • FJ Sampaio

      you MUST hear Isis first, this band changed my life 10 years ago…

  • hallowed

    I’m all about that bass, no treble.

  • Pretty good. Nice, thick sound and the progressions of the songs are very well done. I’d be interested to hear Surrounded by Shadows because I have a hard time believing you can have two bass players and not hear them in the mix, but anything’s possible!

  • HeavyMetalHamster

    Interested to see a review of the new The Faceless. Their Depeche Mode cover alone is worth the album purchase.

  • Not bad at all musicwise, and certainly well written. Bonus points are surely to be awarded for this and the comments ultimately leading to me guilt-buying Vertikal. I’ve been worshipping the Cult (and The Cult) for years but had never, um, made a donation, so to speak.

  • Panagiotis Krokidas

    You’ne never heard Isis! That’s impossible.

    There was a period when, if in metal, you couldn’t avoid listening to them. They were there, a constant buzzing in your ears, no matter how hard you tried to border your listening choices. Like Opeth, Lamb of God and Slipknot.

  • herrschobel

    Majestic … really digging this … especially the Vocals work very well for me … i´d give this a 3.5 at least …thanks for bringing this to my attention