We’ve been talking a lot about how noisy, heavy post-rock has been doing some great things this year. This trend seems to not be slowing down as can be attested from today’s premiere. Beneath a Steel Sky is certainly of 2020, having been formed during the lockdown we’re still experiencing. They make exactly the kind of post-rock we need right now, namely one that is mingled with post-metal, atmosphere, and crashing chords. Their first single which we’re premiering today, “The Audient Void”, comes off of their debut, self-titled album which releases on September 4th. For now, head on down below for your first taste and bring something warm: it’s about to get frigid in here.
I think what I love the most about this track is how the ambience and the louder parts mingle. Instead of demarcating the track into the build-up/crescendo structure entirely (though it’s certainly still there), Beneath a Steel Sky play around with the arrangement. Ambient passages dot the track’s soundscape, swimming in between of the heavier, crashing moments. The end result is a track which feels pregnant with pent-up momentum, liable to explode at any moment. Add to that the fact that those ambient build-ups are written very well indeed, always with their own spin on a guitar line or note, and you have a very pleasing track to introspect to. The heavier parts serve as the track’s point of repetition, anchoring that introspection in place.
All in all, this makes for some tasty and atmospheric post-rock. This formula should fit will for a full release, perhaps drawing out the scale of the sounds involved and making them even grander. You can follow the band on their website as they near the release, where you can also find pre-order and streaming info. Stay frosty.