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Downfall Of Gaia – Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes

Alongside the genre standards of death, religion, politics, war and magick, it's surprising how many bands turn to the raw power of nature for inspiration. Bands like Mastodon and Gojira for instance live up to their namesakes through the visceral organic energy of tracks such as 'March Of The Ants' and 'Flying Whales' and when Isis' Aaron Turner growled 'The swarm is flocking to the wound, their speed only matched by their efficiency' on their seminal Mosquito Control EP, it felt like you were actually being suffocated at the heart of the swarm.