This is third Post Rock Post that has emerged from A Thousand Arms dropping their latest compilation two weeks ago and I don’t think we’re even half way through them. There are plenty of more bands I’d like so shine a more specific light on; we’ll get there. For now, we have what is perhaps the most important name in this list of newly discovered (for me) post rock and metal bands: Seeress. As if the track on the compilation, “Attractor’, which opens their latest album wasn’t enough, the text on the release itself reeled me right in. It works marvelously with the grandiose sound of the band, giving the vibe chilling context. Let’s head on over the jump for a listen, a read and then, a discussion.
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Here’s the text which accompanies the release: “Nearing a diameter of 330 million light years, the Bootes Void is widely accepted as one of the largest voids in the vast existence of our universe. Elsewhere in our universe, the Milky Way galaxy, and surrounding galaxies, are being pursued by another void, traveling at roughly 630 kilometers per second. Right here on our planet, there is emptiness. Darkness. The unknown. Everywhere you turn your gaze, there lies an opportunity to lock eyes with a Great Void”. God damn.
The track itself seems to clothe these words with pulsing flesh and blood. I’ve said it times and times before and I’ll say it again: the key to good post metal/rock is in the drums. This adage holds true here as well; listen close to the three minute mark as clever cymbal and fill work inject the following melodic section with its momentum and context. Then, head on to five minutes and a half for the crashing accompaniment to the track’s heavy segment. Along the way, make sure to listen very closely to that aforementioned melody; it’s honestly like nothing I’ve heard before in the genre, its composition unique and immensely engaging.
The whole is just so effective and the rest of the album is no different; over four expansive tracks, Seeress accomplish what other bands take whole discographies to create, namely a distinct sound and aural identity. Great Void is a marvelous accomplishment in the genre, getting everything it does exactly right. This leaves us very hopeful for the future of the band and eager to see what they came up with next. Post metal in 2017 lives, even if it is beleaguered. Fight the good fight and go give Seeress your support; they deserve it.
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