Downfall of Gaia
Suffocating in the Swarm of Cranes


4.5
superb

Review

by Brootalisk USER (4 Reviews)
October 9th, 2012 | 122 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hauntingly uplifting and disturbingly sanguine, Suffocating in the Swarm of Cranes will dwell within your inner being for generations to come.

When ISIS disbanded in 2009, the post metal scene went on a quick and utterly steep decline. Aaron Turner and company left a huge hole in the genre that simply could not be filled, which to this day still remains as a large gap in the heart of the once prominent field. However, rising from the fog of obscurity, Downfall of Gaia create a fantastic endeavor towards returning some relevance to the long forgotten genre with their latest record, Suffocating in the Swarm of Cranes.

What made Epos such a memorable journey was its impenetrable atmosphere, and why fix what isn't broken? Downfall of Gaia's sophomore effort features the band's now signature dark atmosphere while effortlessly conveying a sense of hopelessness without quite reaching the desolation that has made Neurosis a household name. This time around though, the German outfit sacrifices a bit of density for a more sustained and thorough album. Reaching almost an hour, Suffocating in the Swarm of Cranes showcases a bit more of a melodic side, like with the beginning of track “I Fade Away”. These almost harmonious moments serve as an incredibly well executed contrast to the dark depths of the remainder of the record while also offering some reprieve before the onslaught progresses yet again.

The most impressive thing present in the record is the band's reluctance to rush their sound. Too many times has a band found a unique riff or melody only to accelerate headfirst into it, instead of letting yourself ease into it naturally. One of the defining moments in the record is towards the end, during the build up in the beginning of the track “Giving Their Heir to the Masses”. Rather than speed into the crescendo of the climax, the band plays a trick on you and actually slows the pace down to an almost unbearable crawl. As the listener, you can feel the summit of the mountain you've been climbing throughout the album, but it's just out of your grasp. Finally, after what seems like thousands of aeons, the height of your aural enterprise is reached, and made all the sweeter because of the tumultuous journey you experienced to get there. This is entirely indicative of the exploration required to penetrate the shell of this monstrosity.

Sophomore releases are almost always defined as a maturing point in a young band's career, and Suffocating in the Swarm of Cranes is an incredible example of growth and advancement. The album displays the ensemble becoming more confident in their sound, which only contributes to the overall experience. With the amalgamation of all these elements, and the execution of a band beyond its years, Downfall of Gaia make a huge statement with what could be one of the finest post metal records in recent memory.


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XingKing
October 9th 2012


10855 Comments


Haven't heard this yet, but Epos was fucking amazing, especially Zerfall. I will be getting on this shit like no other.

Brootalisk
October 9th 2012


14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

In my personal opinion, it's better than Epos. I could go on and on about how much I fucking love this album.

XingKing
October 9th 2012


10855 Comments


I'm sure this won't let me down, man. I added four bands to the recommended, you should add them to the reviews recommended albums too.

Brootalisk
October 9th 2012


14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh fuck yeah, I totally forgot about Alpinist. Thanks for the help broseph.

BallsToTheWall
October 9th 2012


44629 Comments


Need to hear this.

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BallsToTheWall
October 9th 2012


44629 Comments


Good review.

scissorlocked
October 9th 2012


3511 Comments


will listen

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Gyromania
October 9th 2012


15941 Comments


band's name would sound cooler if it were just 'fall of gaia'

good review.

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trilogique21
October 9th 2012


422 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah this is really good. bit of an exhausting listen, though. not sure i could listen to it front to back multiple times.

CaptainDooRight
October 9th 2012


29906 Comments


This looks interesting. I gotta hear this. Excellent review as well Pos'd.

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Scoot
October 9th 2012


17816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sounds good, i'll check it

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
October 9th 2012


3470 Comments


First review and a feature? Just give this guy Staff already

Tim00w
October 9th 2012


42 Comments


Why is this in the punk category?

eternium
October 9th 2012


16338 Comments


Because the band is primarily crust punk.

XingKing
October 9th 2012


10855 Comments


Woah, a feature? Kudos, man. Kuuuuudoooooossssssuh.

Scoot
October 9th 2012


17816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this rips pretty hard i must say

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
October 9th 2012


2005 Comments


Good review, worthy feature, pos'd.

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jmh886
October 9th 2012


844 Comments


atmospheric crust? That's the dumbest subgenre I've ever heard.

alachlahol
October 9th 2012


7501 Comments


havent listened to this band in a long time is this actually good or have you heard the earlier
material

XingKing
October 9th 2012


10855 Comments


atmospheric crust? That's the dumbest subgenre I've ever heard.

Atmospheric crust is another word for Crust/hardcore with post rock mixed in. Post-hardcore is an extremely unfitting tag and post-crust is a term that didn't exist till I just typed it. You'll find it's a relatively common term in the genre.

Edit: Neo-crust. That's the term I was looking for.



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