EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE – Prepare to Get Dazzled By ISLES’s “A Light Past the Clouds”

God, I’m such a sucker for hopefully named post-rock tracks. The genre, with its over the top crescendos and stark contrast, already makes me introspective and filled with wonder so the track names are like the cherry on top, a final twist of the emotional knife. It also helps when the music itself is brilliant, as is the case here. ISLES, based in California’s Bay Area, have been around for a while now but have yet to garner widespread attention in the post-rock genre. Perhaps now, with the resurgence of amazing music being made in the post-rock spaces that are mostly centered in the US, they can get the attention they deserve. Their groove filled sound certainly draws from the same wellsprings as band like Man Mountain, This Patch of Sky or set and setting do.

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE – Fill Your Belly With Some Post Metal Goodness With Cavern’s “Eater”

When will the bad premiere post titles stop, you ask? Never! Honestly, naming these posts is a nightmare so falling back on puns and silly double entendres is all we have, give us a break. OK, on to the matter at hand which is Cavern’s excellent brand of stoner-tinged post metal. This Oakland based duo seems to have learned the adage of “less is more” since their release in 2015, stripping back their sound to the bare necessities. The result is a type of post metal that seeps urgency and immediacy, no note out of place and no transition unnecessary. This lends them a kind of instrumental flow which lends them in the category of bands like Russian Circles and set and setting but also with Elder and their ilk. How so? Check out “Eater” below, the title track from their upcoming EP!

Hey! Listen to Mountaineer!

A few years ago, long time Heavy Blog friend/staff member, Geoff Smith, turned me on to Secrets of the Sky. I immediately fell in love with their super dark version of post metal, spliced with plenty of doom and other stuff I am generally known to enjoy. I got to listen to their sophomore album, Pathway, and review it for the blog, further deepening my connection with them. Thus, when I had heard that Clayton Bartholomew (who’s also ex-Lycus by the way) had left the band, I was crushed and very fearful of the future for that niche brand of sound that I had gotten used to. Luckily, my fears were short lived as Bartholomew began gathering musicians around him again in the form of Mountaineer. The project promised to scratch all those places that I needed scratch with Secrets of the Sky’s demise. Finally, only a few weeks ago, their first album dropped and lo and behold, the promise has been kept.

PREMIERE: Jump Into the Deep End With Pray For Sound’s “Everywhere, Everywhere” Video

It’s been a while since we mentioned Boston instrumental post-rock group Pray For Sound here. Originally we told you to listen to their 2014 album Dreamer, which Eden complimented for its open, cinematic sounds calling to mind the likes of sleepmakeswaves, Explosions in the Sky, and plenty more. True to form, after telling you all to listen to that album over half a year after its release, we somehow managed to let these guys slip through our fingers again as they released their truly excellent follow-up Everything Is Beautiful last fall. Don’t ask us how it happened because we don’t have a good answer other than us being fools. Certainly don’t think it has anything to do with the quality of the album because Everything Is Beautiful is undoubtedly the most fully-realized and expansive record Pray For Sound have put out. It’s sweeping, cinematic post-rock at its finest that knows how and when to hit heavy and add plenty of interesting knots throughout while maintaining its general feel of open, pastoral beauty.