Hey! Listen to Sarin!

For people who have lamented the fall of post metal countless of times, we seem to be writing about plenty of good stuff from that front. It's probably just bias, as the mountains of repetitive post metal that we hear gets expunged from our perception in favor of the things we like. Whatever the case, it's a pleasure when the genre clicks and boy does it click for Sarin. The somewhat veteran group, laying stake to 2012 as their year of genesis, just released D A R K E R  L A K E S this week (hereby known as Lakes) and it is a celebration of everything post metal is still capable of in 2017. Its dark compositions work beautifully with the deep guitar and synth tones, reminding use of acts like Minsk, The Mire (RIP), Mouth of the Architect and many more.

Heretoir – The Circle

Is it possible for a post-black metal artist to sit still? Not that we would ever want them to, mind you, but it's worth pointing out that many of the artists responsible for the creation and popularization of ... Read More...

Hey, Listen to Wet Teeth!

Columbus-cum-New York sludge multi-instrumentalist Dan Wilburn has a fairly stacked resume despite being a dude whose name doesn't immediately ring many bells (yet): following a stint playing with post-metal acolytes Mouth of the Architect, he's been a gun-for-hire running sound for some of our favorite bands, including Cynic and Intronaut. If you're reading this site at all and make it out to shows, then there's a solid shot you've been in the same room as Mr. Wilburn and not even realize it.
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Mire – Inward/Outward

Sticky, sodden, stinking and sinking --- Mire is not the most pleasant or imaginative of words to use to name your band and yet where once there was none, now we have two fighting to disentangle themselves; waving to grab our attention.
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The Mire – Glass Cathedrals

Post-metal and sludge as we know it are generally associated with meandering and complicated song structures, ever evolving in tone and atmosphere with little in the way with repeating segments. That was until 2009, when Brighton, UK based group The Mire --- who were born out of the brief dissolution of Bossk --- took the genre's melancholic atmosphere and massive riffs and made them work in the context of condensed pop-inspired song structures and vocal hooks with their EP Volume I, beating The Ocean's 2010 game-changer Heliocentric to the punch. 4-minute tracks with cleanly-sung refrains were nearly unheard of in the genre, and to no surprise, the formula works; The Mire strive to bring emotion, soul, and immediacy into a genre that has all the potential to be deeply resonant with not just the mind, but the heart as well.