Metal Blade’s latest signing Downfall Of Gaia really came out of nowhere. This practically unknown band from Germany’s take on  dark, sludgy post-metal pretty much floored me the first time I heard it and thankfully, the first taste of new material in the form of  ‘In The Rivers Bleak‘ lives up to the expectation. It’s a meandering 8-minute epic that runs through crusty doom sections and even some searing black metal, all in favour of a completely dense and suffocating atmosphere that you’d normally associate with very early Isis — fans of all things bleak would do well to give this band a chance.

Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes will be released October 9th through Metal Blade.

– DL

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