New Vegas
Post Tenebras Spero Lucem


4.0
excellent

Review

by climactic USER (9 Reviews)
April 11th, 2014 | 58 replies | 2,000 views


Release Date: 03/17/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: super heavy metalcore/hardcore dipped in sludge, sprinkled with melody, and topped with George Carlin and Fallout references = guaranteed recipe for success

Slipping under the radar this year is Post Tenebras Spero Lucem, the third official release from Pittsburgh’s New Vegas. For a relatively unknown and underground release, this 6-song EP is incredibly accomplished, seamlessly integrating elements from not just metalcore and hardcore, but post-metal, sludge and screamo as well. There’s something here for almost everybody; chaotic, dissonant riffing sits alongside beautiful clean sections, heavy-as-fuck breakdowns, and melodic buildups without ever sounding forced. While this particular combination of styles isn’t the most groundbreaking concept (Amia Venera Landscape and Locktender come to mind), New Vegas set themselves apart by working in a more concise and focused manner; in other words, there’s no bullshit to be found here. Every song on Post Tenebras falls into the 4-5 minute range, but the band manages to pack more memorable sections into each track than one would expect. Take the second song, and personal highlight, “Life Decisions”; what starts out as a feedback-laden, Converge-influenced riff-fest evolves into a more melodic, atmospheric piece, and then hits you with more riffz before the song ends. The songwriting is rock-solid, and it’s this fluid integration of various styles that makes Post Tenebras Spero Lucem worth coming back to.

Another thing that strikes me about this EP is the production – it’s pretty much perfect for this type of music. The heavy, raw, but simultaneously crystal-clear mixing makes Post simply a joy to listen to. A few of the heavy sections are drenched in a layer of clean, reverb-laden guitars – a subtle but very nice touch. The occasional inclusion of sound effects and production tricks only adds to the experience. In the instrumental department, New Vegas gives it their all; every member of the band is talented and, as a whole, it’s the attention to detail in the compositions on Post Tenebras that makes it memorable. No instrument overpowers the other, and each member plays an important role (yes, even the bassist!) Additionally, the vocalist is more than adequate at his craft, utilizing everything from growls to high-pitched shrieks, to hardcore shouts and more. There are no clean vocals to be found here, even in the clean sections of the music, but for the most part, it works in the bands’ favor.

This is a very solid release from a band that deserves more recognition. The combination of different styles of metal and punk, as well as the worthy production value and abundance of interesting riffs and compositions, makes Post Tenebras Spero Lucem stand out amongst the sea of derivative releases from seemingly endless hardcore/metalcore bands. Certainly worth a listen!



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climactic
April 11th 2014


18881 Comments


band includes our very own wacknizzle, check it hard, good shit right here

http://newvegas.bandcamp.com/album/post-tenebras-spero-lucem

YakNips
April 11th 2014


10627 Comments


swag

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climactic
April 11th 2014


18881 Comments


its really good d00d

YakNips
April 11th 2014


10627 Comments


gonna check it 4 sure br0

climactic
April 11th 2014


18881 Comments


swag sweg swig swog swug

SCREAMorphine
April 11th 2014


1752 Comments


Definitely going to check this out.


climactic
April 11th 2014


18881 Comments


thanks for the pos and yeah dude, it rocks

stranger
April 11th 2014


593 Comments


highly original name

climactic
April 11th 2014


18881 Comments


about as brutal as a review thats not A CONVERGE REVIEW can be

Nikkolae
April 11th 2014


4847 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Dat artwork and album name

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climactic
April 11th 2014


18881 Comments


translates roughly from latin: "i hope for light after the darkness", i think (???)

Nikkolae
April 11th 2014


4847 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yep thats pretty much what i get out of it, the actual album is not too shabby either

fromtheinside
April 11th 2014


18203 Comments


WACK

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fromtheinside
April 11th 2014


18203 Comments


i called it, i says "this is the year of sludge" and what do we have here...

Futures
April 11th 2014


10565 Comments


omg a clim review. but this sounds sweet might give it a jam.

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Relinquished
April 11th 2014


24993 Comments


fti please what do you know besides ehg, thou, and indian

fromtheinside
April 11th 2014


18203 Comments


ugh relinq why are you in here raining all over this parade fuck man

Nikkolae
April 11th 2014


4847 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i think i heard him say yo mamma

climactic
April 11th 2014


18881 Comments


omg a clim review

a rare occasion indeed



Mort.
April 12th 2014


3570 Comments


this sounds awesome, will check

also if wacks in it I expect it to be good, that guy knows his metalcore.

also do you know what instrument wack plays?

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