Check out what we’ve been enjoying post metal wise this year.
Spotlights – We Are All Atomic
New York trio Spotlights can pretty much do no wrong in our eyes. This year they released the expansive and heavy We Are All Atomic EP which continues their pretty much flawless run since the release of their debut album Tidals in 2016. Combining elements of doomgaze to their hefty and meandering post metal sound, Spotlights seduce as much as pulverise.
Wolfhand – The Devil Arrives
Vermont based outfit Wolfhand are an unusual proposition. Combining doom, post metal, and an eerie/disturbing lap steel guitar, the band don’t attack the listener as much as erode the listener’s nerves. The Devil Arrives is their latest album and it kind of sounds like the music inside Cormac McCarthy’s head.
Mountaineer – Bloodletting
Mountaineer, an Oakland, California based sextet, describe themselves as post-metal/sludge pop. We can certainly see where they are coming from as some passages and melodies are rather pretty and melodic calling to mind Jesu. Having said that, when they’re heavy they are pulverising. Bloodletting is their third album since 2017, and is their most accomplished in our book.
Old Man Gloom – Seminar VIII: Light of Meaning and Seminar IX: Darkness of Being
To say it has been difficult time for post metal supergroup Old Man Gloom is somewhat of an understatement. Tragically, in 2018 their bassist/vocalist Caleb Schofield, also of Cave In, passed away after a tragic car accident. Bravely, the rest of the band decided to continue creating music together in tribute to their late bandmate. This year they released not one but two stellar albums, consisting of the final contributions from Schofield.
Psychonaut – Unfold the God Man
Belgium outfit Psychonaut are a fascinating beast. On their latest album, Unfold the God Man, they explore their love of so many styles with such a deft touch that it is mesmerising. A solid example of this is ‘Kabuddah’ streaming below. Launching with a prog metal riff, the song quickly heads into alternative rock territory before exploding into post metal screams. Savage.
Рожь – Остов
Рожь hails from Russia. The name means ‘rye’ apparently. There’s only one fellow in the band. That’s about all we know. This EP is a dense and unforgiving listen, combining delicate interludes with thundering slowness.