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  • Joel Järvinen

    I did not expect a review of this one to turn up here. Great stuff. It’s nice to hear something akin to earlier Isis releases again, however, it feels like they could’ve benefited from a few more songs of a shorter length. Most of the title track and parts of Hollow King are sadly quite boring but that’s just nitpicking. It’s a great album. Props to the outro song “Radiance of Being” which sounds eerily like Neil Young’s soundtrack to “Dead Man”.

  • tomasjacobi

    This sounds OK, but coming more or less right after the brilliant “The Ape of God” albums by Old Man Gloom I’m expecting it to disappoint slightly.

    • OMG was great, too bad many of the critics circle got too hung up in the fake promo stunt they pulled on all.

      • tomasjacobi

        They probably pissed some people off with that, but I guess that was sort of what they were going for. Both albums were great though. Especially the one with 4 tracks; I’ll be listening to that one for years I’m sure.

  • HippieOfDeath

    This album makes me turgid.

  • OzanCan

    Is post-metal as repititous as post-rock? What the hell is Post-metal?

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      Yeah, basically. Check out the clip above and some of the bands mentioned here (Isis and The Ocean). Sumac is a little more on the “progressive” side of post-metal but you’ll get the idea.

    • JJnetZach

      In the beginning there was hardcore punk. Then came post-hardcore punk (Fugazi etc), then post-hardcore punk/metal to distinguish it from post-hardcore punk (Neurosis, Godflesh, Isis, Cult of Luna etc.), later called just post-(hardcore) metal. Nowadays, however, post-metal doesn’t mean shit-all because the term has nothing to do with the “hardcore” part of it and as a result as diverse bands as Deathspell Omega and Pelican could theoretically be called post-metal (post-black metal and, arguably, “true” post-metal respectively). Phew…

      • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

        I agree that the phrase Post-Metal doesn´t mean shit. But I wuold also add that it never meant anything because “post” means after. So, what could it really mean for a band to be labelled after-metal?

        • JJnetZach

          I don’t think “true” post-metal exists yet. Take post-punk for example, it sounds nothing like the punk rock it came from. Post-grunge does not sound like grunge either.

          For something to truly be called post-metal it would, I figure, need to have its roots in modern heavy metal but play something altogether different. There are some bands heading in that direction. Maybe Locrian, Horseback and Earth could be called post-metal as well as parts on “Vertikal II” by Cult of Luna.

          The term fits nicely with bands who have “evolved” from niches of their genre and created their own beast, hence the labeling “post-black metal” on bands such as DsO, Solefald, Agalloch and Shining.