For this installment of our ‘Post Rock Post’ feature, we’re introducing you to a lovely instrumental band called Audrey Fall, based out of Latvia. This past January they released their debut album Mitau, and it’s truly a stunning gem of a record. With beautiful music ranging from soothing ambiance to oppressive heaviness, the entire LP is packed full of emotion and likens the group to a heavier If These Trees Could Talk. There’s a great level of balance to be found here between the softer sections and the heavy moments, but they offset each other perfectly throughout this record’s whopping 58-minute run time. Mitau is a seamless blend of both post-rock and post-metal, so fans of either genre do not want to miss this one. Stream the entire album here:
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We’ve had a plethora of great post-rock albums come out so far this year, and now it seems here’s yet another one for us to enjoy. Sleeping Bear are a young band hailing all the way from Kiev, Ukraine and they’ve recently released their self-titled debut record. Their music sounds a good bit like If These Trees Could Talk which is a very good thing, and once you start listening, it becomes immediately apparent that this album is a quality piece of work with a ton of time and thought that went into it’s creation. Best of all though, it’s completely free to download via the group’s bandcamp page: View Full Article »
Tides of Man
Young and Courageous
01. Desolate. Magnificent.
02. Mountain House
04. Young and Courageous
05. All The Years
06. Eyes Like Strange Sins
07. We Were Only Dreaming
08. Hold Still
09. Keep Me Safe
11. Measure Your Breath
It’s been quite a while since Tides of Man have released an album, and in that time the Florida-based band have undergone a drastic transformation. 2010’s Dreamhouse was a fantastic piece of progressive rock tinged with post-hardcore that fit right alongside the likes of Coheed and Cambria or Chiodos, but shortly after the record’s release the band parted ways with frontman Tilian Pearson and began the search for a replacement vocalist. Not being able to find a good fit though, they eventually decided to halt the search and carry on as an instrumental outfit. With vocals being such a central element to their previous work, this change called for an appropriate evolution of the band’s sound, and the result of this reinvention is Young and Courageous.
Gifts From Enola, the four-piece post-rock band from Harrisonburg, Virginia, has called it a day and are disbanding after completing an impressive seven year career. The band released a statement via their website explaining why they decided to hang up their instruments after a somewhat successful career. This comes as a surprise since they just recently came out with a new album A Healthy Fear about six months ago that was well received by most people and were still in the process of touring it. But as the explanation says, being a touring band is no easy task and there’s nothing glamorous about breaking the bank to be able to play a handful of shows.
To call And So I Watch You From Afar a ‘metal band’ might be stretching the word a little too far, but bare with me. My first interaction with this Northern Irish post-rock was actually at the UK metalfest Damnation in 2009 where they were nestled in a timeslot between two extremely heavy doom/sludge acts on the smallest stage. From there, it becomes the clichéd story of a band completely stealing the show but ends more surprisingly (sometimes I swear my brain is working against me) with me completely forgetting to check them out.
It wasn’t until 2011’s There Is A Hell… that I gained an appreciation for the polarizing metalcore group Bring Me The Horizon. Often credited as being one of the bands responsible for popularizing deathcore in their early days, the band has since grown and evolved, picking up more mature musical influences and going for a somewhat artsy aesthetic. My interest was piqued for their upcoming album Sempiternal when the band stated in interviews that the new material had a touch of post-rock influence; after all, who wouldn’t be slightly curious at the prospect of BMTH aping If These Trees Could Talk and This Will Destroy You. If anything, the most cynical of us could say they’ve gotten bored of ripping off Architects and instead decided to take a grab at Devil Sold His Soul.
While not necessarily in the ballpark of post-rock, Sempiternal‘s leading single ‘Shadow Moses’ does have an epic sort of air about it and has layers of ambiance. The single sounds massive, and while all we’ve got is a decent quality radio rip from Daniel P. Carter’s Rock Show on BBC Radio One, Terry Date’s production shows signs of being extravagant. Also, bonus points for the Metal Gear Solid reference.
Stream the track below:
Sempiternal will be out later this year, perhaps around April.
It seems that all things drawn out and epic are coming out on top this year — with great releases from If These Trees Could Talk, Frames and Pelican and even the recent reformation of legendary post-metallers Bossk all vying for attention for the past six months. To add to that, it turns out Metal Blade have recently signed Germans Downfall Of Gaia, whose crusty meanderings bring to mind a whole collection of influence including Isis, Humanfly and even the aforementioned Bossk. Having formed only in 2008, the band has released material in a multitude of formats, but most recently in the form of a split with Swedes In The Hearts Of Emperors, which you can listen to over at their bandcamp page.
Despite stretching two songs over twenty minutes, it’s a compelling listen that sways naturally from bleak and desolate guitar breaks through to crushing elephantine riffs. Definitely a band to keep an eye on and thankfully they have chosen to release their new concept album Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes later this year — another record to add to the ever growing list of things to look forward to.
04. Calm Wisdom
08. Don’t Stay Here
09. End Of A Decade
Instrumental music has always been somewhat of a ‘living oxymoron’. It seems that by taking away the one element of direct communication between the band and the listener, you unwittingly open up a packed toy box of ways to make the listener feel a whole palette of emotion, whether it’s through fanatic delay pedal abuse or even the oft-neglected use of dynamics. That ‘wordless expression’ is what defines post-metal/post-rock and the application is what separates the amateurs from seasoned veterans — Frames, for whatever the reason may be, have this down to a tee. View Full Article »