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|dank 2015 post-metal|
No particular order. Streams and purchase options are provided if available, as are legal name-your-price downloads.
Mostly instrumental stuff that riffs like there's no fucking tomorrow.
Key track: "Through the Dark, Brown Deserts" (riffs to the infinity)
This is the logical follow-up to ADoM that The Anaesthete should have been. It's good to have them back.
Key track: "Untitled VII"
Nothing particularly innovative, but this album is (very) long-form post-metal done very well. The title track is spectacular.
Key track: "Sistere"
PARTIAL STREAM/BUY: candlelightrecordsuk.bandcamp.com/album/natron
An odd, awesome mix of pummeling, super duper drop-tuned sludge metal, industrial, ambient, and (occasionally) black metal. It also drum machines pretty hard.
Key track: "Serpents," "Wings Beating over Heaven"
|5||The Nepalese Temple Ball|
NAME-YOUR-PRICE DOWNLOAD: thenepalesetempleball.bandcamp.com/
One of the most unexpectedly spectacular albums I've heard all year, and one of the few on this list to which I've given a 4.5. Blends sludge metal, progressive metal, psychedelic, and stoner doom (with a bit of mathy stuff). Their bassist is fantastic. Highly recommended.
Key track: idk, they're all really good. it's a free download, so there's no reason not to try it out, I guess.
[sputnik is being dumb about this one's artwork] STREAM/BUY: earthmassband.co.uk/album/collapse-download
Hypnotic (seriously, though, I can zone out to this band's music for hours), atmospheric sludge with some definite stoner influences.
Key track: "Loom (i.Drowse ii.Barren)"
|7||Spook the Horses|
Post-metal with some pretty diverse influences (ambient, indie, post-rock,shoegaze, etc.). Love me some Kiwi jams.
Key track: "Below Our Time"
|8||Three Steps to the Ocean|
NAME-YOUR-PRICE DOWNLOAD: threestepstotheocean.bandcamp.com/
Largely instrumental, dark, atmospheric post-metal. Its dark, grandiose atmosphere brings to mind Year of No Light at times, albeit with more post-rock and less doom metal.
|9||Tangled Thoughts of Leaving|
Yield to Despair
PSA: This is unequivocally one of the best albums of the year (if it weren't for Sufjan Stevens it'd be my AotY right now). I cannot understate this. If I were to describe it, I'd call it a mix of post-metal, post-rock, noise rock, math rock, and jazz. Just trust me when I say that you need this in your life.
Key track: all of them (the title track is really good, I guess)
Heavy instrumental post-rock. Fast, energetic, and technically proficient.
Key track: "Viesca"
NAME-YOUR-PRICE DOWNLOAD: kalpaband.bandcamp.com/
Pretty standard instrumental Cult of Luna/Isis worship, but it's done extremely well. It maintains a really compelling, dark, oppressive energy throughout its entire length, and it's got good production, a great drummer, and some fantastic, crushing riffs. It also doesn't overstay its welcome, which is always nice.
Key track: "Waves Will Rise over Babylon"
It's basically Omega Massif 2.0 plus vocals, and since Omega Massif are (were...) objectively fantastic, it follows that Phantom Winter must also rule face. Extremely dark, heavy, apocalyptic sludge. Think a really heavy Pelican with some seriously pummeling Amenra-esque atmospheres and a better drummer.
Key track: "Avalanche Cities"
The Moon Lit Our Path
I haven't spent a ton of time with this yet, but it's shaping up to be something really memorable. A super-compelling, instrumental amalgam of sludge metal, black metal, death metal, and progressive metal.
Key tracks: not sure yet
|14||A Swarm of the Sun|
Spacey, foreboding post-metal/post-rock with really effective use of clean vocals, some pretty tasteful synthesizer and piano flourishes, and constant, driving percussion. Really memorable atmospheres here.
Ket track: "These Depths Were Always Meant for Both of Us"
Cult of Luna/Amenra worship (you might notice a pattern here), but very well-executed. Heavy and dynamic, and it switches really effectively between a darker, Time to Burn-esque vibe and a more epic, cathartic atmosphere.
Key track: "I. Anger"
This is the album that Providence should have been (yeah, I stole that from someone else's soundoff). A very effective blend of post-metal, alternative, and progressive rock. Neat lyrics.
Key track: "Dam's Lair Road"
NAME-YOUR-PRICE DOWNLOAD: irreversible.bandcamp.com/
Irreversible have been getting better with each album for the past few years, and their self-titled does not break this trend. An eclectic mix of post, stoner, sludge, and hardcore that really succeeds at seamlessly integrating these influences where some of their earlier stuff felt a lot more cluttered. Too bad it's supposedly their final album.
Key track: "Fade"
The Crash and the Draw
It's not on the same level as The Ritual Fires..., but it's still a fantastic comeback for some genre veterans with a pretty unique sound.
Key track: "The Way Is Through"
A well-executed blend of post-metal, sludge, and post-hardcore with pretty heavy Time to Burn vibes. Since Time to Burn are awesome, this is a good thing.
Key track: "Remnants of a Blazing Sun"
G H O S T
Kinda like if This Will Destroy You (self-titled era) went post-metal.
|If y'all were to get on any of these, my favorite are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 9 (although everything on here is at least a high 3.5/5 and is worth checking out). 5 and 9 are 4.5s for me, and 2 might become one with time. |
For the sake of convenience, here are the readily-accessible name-your-price downloads that y'all have no excuse not to check out because free music:
|Seriously though, I can't overstate how fucking awesome 5 and 9 are. I mean, I really liked everything here, but those are both top 10 material for the year, and 9 is fighting with Sufjan Stevens for #1. |
|You are to post-metal as I am to PE by the looks of it...|
|nah relinquished is the undoubted post-metal authority here but this list is fantastic, i'll give a listen to some of the albums here i haven't heard|
|idk whether PE refers to physical education, power electronic, premature ejaculation, or Pineapple Express|
I'm assuming it's Pineapple Express
|"nah relinquished is the undoubted post-metal authority here but this list is fantastic, i'll give a listen to some of the albums here i haven't heard"|
Thanks! Hope you enjoy something here.
And don't worry, I would never claim to hold Wolfe's throne. I learned how to post-metal in thrall of the 'quished.
idk man, it's late here and I've been staring into an SEM all day so things that should be obvious to me may or may not be obscured at the moment
|Me is power electronics, noise and eai fanboy. Hope that clears things up for you... :]|
|Haha, it certainly does. |
|I used to enjoy omega massif back when I was 13/14, so I might check 12 out of sheer nostalgia-influenced curiosity.|
|admittedly, 3 gets a little less spectacular in between shots of Isis and Cult of Luna, but I still dig it|
|Yeah, I'll give you that. It could've probably had 20 minutes trimmed to no ill effect. |
|Personally havent really been impressed at all by 13. 5 looks cool af tho|
|This list is now permanently in my tabs for the next 3 weeks then. So interested in 5.|
|a lot of the bands here that I didn't think much of before got better now, but not all got me really excited. 1, 4, 5, 16, 17, 18 are real good. the rest didn't grab me or need more time with.|
|will check 5 and 9. Abstracter from this year was pre good too|
|Sweet list, I've heard most of these. Gotta check 5 doe |
|YES I was waiting for this list. Definitely will be coming back.|
|Some of the inclusions on that list make no sense, but damn son, props for the Supercontinent inclusion. |
|exactly what I thought|
|7,10,16,17 are really good, I haven't listened to the others enough but at first glance they seemed unexciting, to almost plain boring. Dont get me wrong though, they all sound good, but not a lot of them stick.|
|A few of them are pretty "standard" post-metal that probably won't really stick if you aren't about that kind of thing (which I am), so it'd make sense that not everything would be your jam. However, I'd definitely give stuff like 1, 4, 5, 9, and 14 a shot: they're still firmly under the post-metal umbrella, but they're very well-executed and they all have sufficiently distinct sounds to separate them from the more typical genre fare. |
|Pots metal is a genre that I need to be in the mood for to really enjoy it and it seems that I contracted some kind of post metal fatigue, which is kinda sad cause it's a genre that can truly engross me. But I will definately check those out.|
|I feel you on that fatigue thing|
Also, I forgot: the new Vattnet Viskar is fucking fantastic. It's a perfect mix of black metal and post-metal.
|Sweet list! Totally forgot about earthmass, loved Lunar Dawn (Keep, Relic & Ritual)|