Besra – Anhedonia

In recent years, bands like Latitudes, Telepathy, Cult of Luna and more have shown us that when dynamics are added back into the mix, post metal still has a lot to offer. If you vary things up, whether by introducing new blood into your band or by stretching the spider-chart of your influences into new vectors and shapes, there’s still plenty to be said within the spheres of post metal. Besra seem to have taken these lessons to heart; their debut album, Anhedonia, does a brilliant job of blending its post metal core with plenty of off-kilter vocals, dynamic track structures and mood that’s more than just the sensation of drowning in so much ink. This makes their album an impressive debut, able to scrap the foundations of post metal for what it needs, while dragging those basics into higher planes of composition and experimentation.

Release Day Roundup – 4/27/18

Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open the floodgates and unleash a seemingly endless stream of quality new music. But while some of our Editors and Contributors sit down gleefully each week to dive into this newly stocked treasure…

MMXVIII – Pelagic Record’s Fantastic Year And The Depths Yet To Come

We’ve had our eyes on Pelagic Records ever since the label was started around the post metal powerhouse that is The Ocean. Their mission seems to be the quality release of anything hovering around the post metal and rock monikers, extending their fingers into dark folk, electronic beats and more. While Pelagic has been doing great things over the years since their founding, 2017 seems to have been a true watershed for them. From stellar releases (with names like Lo!, Labirinto, LLNN, pg.lost and many more) to new signings (like Ancestors, one of my favorite doom bands of all time), Pelagic has been all over the map of the metal community. Nothing drives home their upwards momentum more than a compilation they themselves have released, in conjunction with Visions Magazine.

Hey! Listen to LIGÆDER!

Coming back from the overly articulate realms of progressive metal which I experienced at last week’s Be Prog! My Friend festival, required a palette cleanser. I asked the staff for the dirtiest, most straight-forwardly aggressive slime out there and boy, did they deliver. This is a fantastic time to listen to OSDM and the overall resurgence of plain old angry music. Surprisingly enough, the inbox delivered as well, in the form of LIGÆDER, a Copenhagen based group containing members from LLNN and Église. These guys peddle the most absurdly filthy type of death metal but somehow manage to actually extract and nuance and emotion from the formula. Put on your best sewer diving gear and meet me below.