Alaskan
Despair, Erosion, Loss


4.0
excellent

Review

by Alex Newton USER (43 Reviews)
January 28th, 2014 | 33 replies


Release Date: 02/28/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Majestic and devastating in equal turn, "Despair, Erosion, Loss" is an uncompromising effort that puts Alaskan on the post-metal map.

The mountain stands before me: glaciers wracked with black crevasses extend for miles before windswept ridges jut upwards at jagged angles. Something inside tells me to go back. “A sacrifice!” scream the violins, shrill strings that rise and writhe like harbingers of doom. The storm descends; I forge ever onward. My footsteps ring against the frozen earth, faster and faster, into the mouth of the sky. An avalanche – the drums, thundering; resonant and sharp, an unstoppable force to carry me to the foot of the behemoth. I pass the point of no return; the falling snow is a deafening blanket. I look around and find nothing familiar but the sound of my own voice as it carries down the slopes to disappear into some godforsaken chasm. “Beg for forgiveness!” the mountain demands, its voice harsh, merciless. Why undertake this journey? Why here, of all places, when I could be in sunny fields or sandy shores?

I turn my gaze upward and clench my jaw. The wind howls with derision. A distant pounding, the beat ever-shifting, mocking my quickening pulse. The violin returns, somewhere in the distance, obscured by seismic guitar chords that rattle my bones. My heart races, adrenaline pushing me upward. The air clears, and the turbulent thrumming gives way to a clarity; a hollowness. On the brink of oblivion, I’ve reached reach a plateau. The storm has passed – or am I in the eye? Serene acoustic guitar echoes up the canyon as I stop to gaze in wonder at the resplendence partially buried beneath my feet. I feel hot blood coursing through my veins, bringing me strength in the face of this trial. From peak to peak the cymbals ring, claustrophobic even in this immense space. A drumroll, like a vast approaching army. This is not over. “My mind is focused on the task at hand,” I insist. Onward.

The heavy snow is becoming too much to bear. The blizzard around me swirls and envelops, blocking out the sun, an icy Inferno. The mountain roars, double-bass surging from its icy caverns and washing over me. I gasp for air. “Your cries of shame fall on deaf ears,” it growls. Suddenly, light: the clouds break. A miracle? A sign? I grope blindly, landing a handhold. One meter at a time. The summit is near. My soul lifts at the sight, those shimmering strings returning like the voices of angels – I must be close enough to heaven to hear them. Their chorus rises in the face of the howling behemoth beneath me, lifting me up through the storm. All at once, the sounds become one, as if the gods themselves have taken up my cause, and I soar toward the summit. A tremendous guitar riff, angular and with unbridled energy, swells up the mountainside, the antithesis of that raging storm, and I fall bodily upon the summit. My lungs ache, blood is spackled across my clothing; my mind whirls and my eyes see more shadows than light, but still I rise. The guitar returns, mournful, defeated… Upon this desolate precipice, so far from home and sunlit shores, I am more alive than ever before. I have slain the beast. I stand broken but unyielding; victorious.

Eternal.


Alaskan – Despair, Erosion, Loss.



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pedro70512
January 27th 2014


2671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

First posted on MuzikDizcovery.com

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pedro70512
January 27th 2014


2671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Some notes:

Feedback would be awesome.
All quotes are album lyrics.
Album is at http://alaskan.bandcamp.com/

Thanks peeps.

feav233
January 28th 2014


1411 Comments


didnt' know they had anything new out, will check out

Mad.
January 29th 2014


3819 Comments


Awesome, well thought-out review man, flows really nicely, especially with how it links to the summary. I haven't heard this but I have a really good idea what the music will sound like!

Pos'd

pedro70512
January 30th 2014


2671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks man. Good to hear it wasn't too opaque. Let me know what you think if you listen to it!

Mad.
January 30th 2014


3819 Comments


Hmm, I might do but that post-hardcore tag puts me off, I'm not a fan of non-clean vocals

pedro70512
January 30th 2014


2671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fair enough. Shouts and growls aren't everyone's cup of tea.

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
January 30th 2014


6109 Comments


idk why but every time i've seen this review today on the front page i've wanted to click on it because i think it says alakazam

pedro70512
January 30th 2014


2671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Haha, is that even a band? If not it should be.

PortalofPerfection
January 31st 2014


486 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

So yeah, this is really good. The spectrum of genres is quite impressive.

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pedro70512
February 2nd 2014


2671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Is no one else going to rate this? Huh.

Mad.
February 2nd 2014


3819 Comments


I would but it would probably be a 3.0 :/

pedro70512
February 2nd 2014


2671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ah, fair enough. I'm sure Alaskan would appreciate it. Unto each his own.

Mad.
February 2nd 2014


3819 Comments


Yeah, really didn't like those vocals, gave up on the first track lol

PortalofPerfection
February 6th 2014


486 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah I wasn't a huge fan of the vocals either but I got used to them, they're actually mixed pretty low. Submerged is fucking fantastic.

TheBarber
February 8th 2014


1963 Comments


I'm usually pretty difficult with pm but in any case the approach you took for the review played out really well, pos! I'll check into this as I love the artwork and your description

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TheBarber
February 8th 2014


1963 Comments


Vocals remind a bit of Old Man Gloom, digging the opener

pedro70512
February 8th 2014


2671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks Barber. Old Man Gloom, now there's a band I haven't heard about in a while. Need to check out Zozobra again.

TheBarber
February 8th 2014


1963 Comments


Zozobra III is still an easy heavy classic, I'm also a lover of their latest: NO. As for this band I can see myself liking this record quite a bit but in time cuz it's really dense

thisisivy
February 11th 2014


113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Adversity; Woe was awesome and this rules as well.



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