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|Post Metal/ Rock Of '09?|
So there hasn't been alot of solid post rock or post metal I've heard or even alot of post rock or post metal in general. So these are the records I've heard and give me some psot rock and post metal record I don't have. K thanks.
Hymn To The Immortal Wind
The best of the year by far.
|2||Amia Venera Landscape|
Amazing Italian post metal band that took its sweet time to release an ep. I remember like 2 years ago when I didn't even like good music, but heard the New Aurora and fell inlove. Listen to this and try and tell its not amazing ://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RA72eXHyCpk .
Progressive post black metal? I don't fucking know but it's amazing.
|4||Do Make Say Think|
You surprised? This sort of consistency is unlawful! Better than History In Rust? Idk but it's amazing.
|5||Heaven In Her Arms |
A Dead Sinking Story meets Galilean Satellites. Owns wayyy to hard.
Flowers and Fireworks
Kinda reminds me of a more post metal version of Johnny Truant. Not as good as I was hoping but still fantastic.
|7||Jonsi and Alex|
So apparently this is the album thats making everyone question if everything Jonsi touches turns into gold. Well I guess I'm in the minority here but my opinuin is that this is one of the best minimalist/ambient records since Stars Of The Lid's opus And Their Refinement Of The Decline which is record that Riceboy Sleeps draws a lot of comparisons from. It must be said that not everyone who likes Sigur Ros will like this, for this definatly is not a Sigur Ros record, the only comparison I can think of is that the album's highlight Indian Summer contains a beauty that reminds me alot of everyone's favorite Sigur Ros piece Untitled 3. Very textured, yet raw with artist expression, Jonsi and Alex's Riceboy Sleeps is basically the basically the musical equivalent to a picture being painted.
|8||All the Empires of the World|
Is it sludge? Is it doom? Is it post metal? I'm not sure but there is something about the unclassifiable bleakness of Last Rites that has left quite an impression. How good [i]All The Empires of the World[/i] acually is will have to be proved with their upcoming full release (whenever that may be) but right now all I can really say is that this is awesome.
|9||There Will Be Fireworks|
There Will Be Fireworks
Kind of like an Explosions In The Sky meets Snow Patrol type thing. Sooo good.
|10||City of Ships|
Look What God Did To Us
Like a more post metal version of Thrice just not quite as good as it sounds.
|11||Motohiro Nakashima |
We Hum On The Way Home
Alot of instrumental music suffers from being too cute. Artists like The Album Leaf, Explosions In The Sky etc. attempt to make "pretty" music but more times then not instead of pulling on your heartstrokes they bring the zzz's and sometimes even bring up your lunch. But with We Hum On The Way Home Japanese composer Motohiro Nakashima manages to stay on the right side of cute. Mainly consisting of just piano, trumpet and acoustic guitar, this Jap manages to make some of best neo classical music I've heard since Max Richter, and music thats perfect for that picnic in park with your, probably unfaithful, lover.
|12||Glass America |
It's been said over and over, 90% of post rock sucks, this however doesn't. Not to say that is revolutionary, but it is much more on the lines of Sigur Ros, focusing on the ambience instead of bulid and climax. The Christian aspect of this also cannot be denied as the last line of the record goes "and they sing hallelujah" but it is not flaunted, more just a celebratory theme for the record. Take a more generic, less amazing Sigur Ros and mix it with the ambient worship style of The Glorious Unseen and you've got Redivivus, the fantastic debut from post rock hopeful's Glass America.
You know those albums that you hear like a song off of it and you're like "this is gonna be amazing!" but it turns out to be the best song and the album isn't amazing, that was You're In My Thoughts for Arrivals. Not that this album is bad, at all, the atmosphere is chilling and it has a few 'wow' moments but it is plagued by repetitiveness and lack of ideas. Arrivals is definatly a cool album but still, damn
I was expecting some over dramatic black metal but with quite abit of recs I decided to give it a listen. I'm so glad I did. Sure the lyrics are depressing Through The Trees is one of the prettiest songs of the year. Excellent.
Sol Eye Sea I
Still hasn't really had much of an effect on me but it's pretty radd.
What We All Come To Need
So basically about 8 months ago, I went to a HMV in Calgary looking for some post metal. I heard bits of the genre but didn't own a record, so I blindly picked up City Of Echoes. In conclusion I lost the record like 2 days later and didn't give a fuck because it basically a borefest. Now it's the present day and I am quite familiar with the genre and City Of Echoes is still snoozetacular, but I really enjoyed what I heard from The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon as did almost everyone else. So you would think Pelican would go into the studio and think "maybe, we should go with the more atmospheric, epic approach other then boring listeners into submission with non stop uninspired riffs." Well you were half right.
Pretty great post rock, but could've been so much more.
Decent enough post rock with some fantastic moments, but not enough to make this fantastic. Or really that great.
|19|| ||If These Trees Could Talk|
Above the Earth, Below the Sky
Generic as eff post rock. Just slap a 3 on it.
The Dark Places Of The Earth
As much as we all would love the world to go out like described F#A# it's probably going to alot more like Lustmord's drone piece The Dark Places Of The Earth; dark, cold and boring. Basically the first and last track are all you need to listen to, otherwise just nothing happens. The opening track Fallen begins with an apocalyptic atmosphere that is quite captivating, to say the least, slowly flowing almost like a build acually making the 16 minutes fly by. Then comes the next track Atom the unsettling, dark ambience flows where you patiently await for something to happen. Nothing ends up happening until the beautiful last track which is hard to enjoy because of the impatience the album breeds. Basically this is a pretty great ambient/ drone record but like most albums from the genre, it's disappointing to think what it could've been.
|props for 2, i just got that EP like a week ago and it is amazing. 1,3,6,8,15 are great. havent heard the rest. but i highly recommend getting the new Junius album, its one of my favs this year|
|Yay! Ive been looking for a post metal list, and i will definitely look through these.|
|lol post rock|
|It is my favorite genre, but it has become so stagnant I don't really even bother with new releases anymore. |
|Same here but there are some pretty sweet releases.|
|Didn't like 21? I thought it had some moments, but otherwise fell into that 90%. It was free tho :D|
Just got 2, it's solid so far :)
9 and 10 sound promising, what're some good songs to start with?
|Yah 21 was insanely boring.|
Basically just go to their myspace's haha. There Will Be Fireworks is really good.
|You check out ILIKETRAINS yet?|
|Oh and Russian Circles, get on that fo reals.|
|ILIKETRAINS? Is that that one Icelandic band? Haha.|
Oh shit I knew I was forgetting something, Geneva pwns sooo hard.
|Yah 10 was sweet but really not that great.|
7 is brilliant, my 3rd favorite record of the year so far and I'm going all out and doing my top 100 of '09 this year.
|Nah, different band. iLiketrains is from the UK. Theres been a lot of buzz about them in the post rock world.|
|I listen to 9 exclusively for the scottish accents.|
|Oh alright, I shall give them a listen. Thanks.|
|you seem to love jonsi as much as i do. check out frakkur|
|How can anyone not?! And will do. What is that though, if I may ask?|
|his solo stuff|
|How I have not heard of this is beyond.|
Will check out asap.
|good idea haha its pretty creepy. lemme know what you think|
|Ghost Brigade - Isolation Songs|
Atmospheric Sludge Metal/Post-Rock from Finland.
aMute - Infernal Heights for a Drama
Experimental Rock/Ambient/Darkwave/Post-Rock from Belgium
Giant Squid - The Ichthyologist
Post-Rock/Atmospheric Sludge Metal from USA.
Balmorhea - All Is Wild, All Is Silent
Post-Rock/Classical from USA
|Will look into all of those.|
|Uhm. Isis- Wavering Radiant?|
|Eh...check out maudlin of the Well's newest one, 'Part The Second'. It's free from their website, I think.|
|Really good list dude.|