Minsk
With Echoes in the Movement of Stone


4.0
excellent

Review

by Karl V.H. USER (85 Reviews)
June 7th, 2009 | 66 replies | 11,054 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A psychedelic, tribal-esque whirlwind of an album that sees Minsk creep forward with their evolving sound.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Sludge metal has to be one of the greatest things going for metal today (and if it were up to me, I would say it’s one of the greatest things to ever happen to metal….Period!!!). Even the literal meaning of the word sludge perfectly describes the sub-genre as a whole; sludge never takes the same form twice and is always evolving at a snail pace until it reaches a solid state. What’s also interesting with the word sludge is its associative nature with being dirty, grimy and the impossibility of removing it from any given surface. With this literal description in mind, it’s not hard to see why sludge metal has been moulded into so many forms over the years. Minsk are one of the many to join the legions of sludge metal bands popping up like a plague from the United States. With an already stellar debut album under their belt (The Ritual Fires of Abandonment for those of you who completely missed the train with that record), Minsk prove their worth and show us how sludge metal should be done.

Currently in Savannah, Georgia, an extremely diverse sludge metal scene brews. Whether it’s the climate or the social atmosphere of the state, bands such as Mastodon, Kylesa, and Baroness have managed to release some of the best forms of sludge metal this side of the new millennium. Minsk on the other hand hail from state of Illinois and they might as well have come from the humid state anyways. These guys know how to play with the best of them. Unlike the above-mentioned bands, Minsk rely heavily on post-metal structures unlike their straight-to-the-point counterparts.

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to The Ritual Fires of Abandonment, then With Echoes In The Movement Of Stone will feel quite comfortable with a few exceptions to their sound. Firstly though, this is a grandiose sludge fest with plenty of slow riffing, huge peaks and valleys, chanting fireside melodies, and plenty of tribal rhythm patterns that were ever so present on Ritual Fires…. However, listening to this album will reveal that Minsk have not only maintained the interesting aspects of their first album, but that they’ve matured in grand fashion. An example of this maturity can be heard on a particular cut from the album called “Almitra's Premonition”; a rather perfect example of how the band has matured as a single entity. The song begins with a mighty climb up a mile high staircase, absolutely crawling the last half of the journey with its tortoise speed dissonant riffs and pounding tom-toms. Finally, just as the band starts to make the listener wallow in anticipation for something more, Minsk open the doors to the temple at the top of mountain with Toolish circular-pattern rhythms, Pink Floydian inspired keyboards, and yet another top-notch molasses-like riff. Just as you think the band has set you back down to earth, a surprise of psychedelic melody washes over the chugging guitars. These subtle and rather moving melodic passages are just one of a few nifty surprises that Minsk have now brought to their mature and quite palatable sound.

Like their contemporary sludge companions at the present moment in time (I’m looking at you Neurosis), Minsk are on track to becoming one of those bands who are always evolving yet always retaining that signature sound that helped create them in the first place. Minsk make music for the patient listener; the ones who are rewarded for being swept away in their trancy, tribal, psychedelic sludge marathons. Much like what Neurosis were doing on albums such as Enemy of the Sun and Through Silver in Blood, Minsk are pushing the boundaries of post-metal sludge. Let’s all get naked, dance around a fire, and chant along to With Echoes In The Movement Of Stone.



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Wizard
June 7th 2009



19343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I can't believe this hasn't been reviewed seeing as this is one of the best metal releases of the year.

Enjoy the read and please point out errors. Thank you people.

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marksellsuswallets
June 7th 2009



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Shouldn't it be "psychedelic"? Also, maybe change tribalistic to tribal-esque or something since I don't think "tribalistic" is a word. Haha. Those are the only errors I see.

Anyways, I love me some tribal influenced heaviness (when it's done right of course) so I think I may check this out...


Wizard
June 7th 2009



19343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for the tips. And if you say that you like 'tribal influenced heaviness', you will love this.

marksellsuswallets
June 7th 2009



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome, will get this soon then.

joshuatree
Emeritus
June 7th 2009



3743 Comments


this is TRIBAL

Photon
June 7th 2009



1292 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review ..excellent album !!!

album streaming in full on
http://www.echoesinthemovementofstone.info/



ThyCrossAwaits
June 7th 2009



3052 Comments


thought i'd read ur review since you've been actually enjoying mine. nice job, might actually look into this.

rasputin
June 7th 2009



14540 Comments


good review, awesome reviewer

NortherlyNanook
June 7th 2009



1285 Comments


i feel bad about not listening to this yet, but i will do so soon, knowing that it's at least worth a listen

Wizard
June 7th 2009



19343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is TRIBAL
I guess I used the word 'tribal' a little too much.

thought i'd read ur review since you've been actually enjoying mine. nice job, might actually look into this.
Appreciated but I would rather have you read my reviews because you're willing to check something interesting out.

good review, awesome reviewer
Thank you good sir. Too kind.

i feel bad about not listening to this yet, but i will do so soon, knowing that it's at least worth a listen
If you have any interest in post metal, you will most likely love this.


Wizard
June 7th 2009



19343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Opps double post.

iamthesword
June 8th 2009



31 Comments


Unlike the above-mentioned bands, Minsk rely heavily on post-metal structures unlike they’re straight-to-the-point counterparts.


Like they’re contemporary sludge companions at the present moment in time


Shouldn't this be "their" in both instances?

Wizard
June 8th 2009



19343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank you for that iamthesword. Wrote this real fast and now my errors are really showing.

Wizard
June 8th 2009



19343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Glad to see alot of people checking this beast out.

/sarcasm obviously

Poet
June 9th 2009



5924 Comments


I'm actually listening to this right now.

Wizard
June 9th 2009



19343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pretty fantastic eh?

marksellsuswallets
June 11th 2009



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

On about track 5. Album is pretty awesome so far. The vocals are also quite a bit different than what I was expecting so that's a plus.

Wizard
June 11th 2009



19343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Vocals are unique and the added bits of melody through guitar lines are a breath of fresh air.

BallsToTheWall
June 11th 2009



44197 Comments


This is up then. Internet high five back spin and chest bump. Good band/record.

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Wizard
June 11th 2009



19343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This has been up for a while now Balls hahahaha.

Shouldn't this be featured as a new release or something?



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